Caledonia Volunteer Fire Department started in 1872 as records have shown but very little is know about the early days.
On Saturday September 5, 1970The representatives of Claridon, Scott and Tully Townships and the Village of Caledonia met at the home of Mr. Guerney Snyder for the purpose of naming the newly formed fire district and to conduct other business as necessary.
The representatives present and elected to the board by their own political bodies were:
Mr. Kermit Burkhart, Tully Township
Mr. Guerney Snyder, Scott Township
Mr. Earl Seckel, Claridon Township
Mr. Donald Hempstead, Caledonia Village
As first order of business Donald Hempstead was elected temporary chairman of the board.
After some discussion as to the name for the fire district it was unanimously agreed that the district shall be know as "1st Consolidated Fire District", this name originally suggested by Mr. Jesse Mowry, Chief of the Caledonia Volunteer Fire Department.
The position of Clerk-Treasurer for the district was discussed and the board of trustees unanimously agreed to hire Mr. Richard Parsell for the position.
It was noted that although all political bodies had adopted a resolution to join the (fire) district some (townships) had not yet submitted copies of the resolution to Mr. Reilly Hall, acting counsel for the fire district. These were to be in Mr. Hall's possession no later than Tuesday September 8, 1970.
The question of meeting place and dates for the future meeting was discussed and members agreed that all future meetings would be held at the fire station in Caledonia. Date of the meetings was set as the first Saturday of each month. This was not to include any additional meetings necessary to organize and set up the fire district.
The members agreed that a 1 mill levy would be necessary to properly finance the operation of the fire district and to purchase additional fire apparatus, the board further agreed that the levy should be placed on the ballot for the coming election with effective date of the levy to be January 1, 1970.
Following a lengthy discussion of various items which could not be acted on at this time the meeting was concluded.
Original minutes taken and typed by Mr. Donald Hempstead.
1st CFD and Marion Twp. Apparatus on display after a joint training day in Caledonia Village.
1975 1st CFD began EMS Service
Utility truck, Tanker, Engine and Grass truck
Old Engine 1 is still owned by 1st CFD and is currently on display at the Mansfield, Ohio Fire Museum