The Hartford Fire Department was organized on January 18, 1863, in the blacksmith shop of Chris Coerper, located on the corner of North Main and State streets. It was known as the Hartford Hook and Ladder Number 1.

S.M. Seeley, Foreman, organized the Washington Fire Engine Company on October 18, 1878, to obtain a 4-Wheel pumper.

On February 1, 1932, the Hartford Hook and Ladder Company and the Washington Engine Company consolidated to form one unit known as the Hartford Fire Department.

Emergency Squad

The Hartford Emergency Squad was started as a bicentennial project and had its first call on January 10, 1976. In 1976, the first year in service, the squad responded to 202 calls. The City now operates three ambulances and responds to over 1800 EMS calls annually.

The Merge

The Hartford Fire and Rescue Department merged on January 1, 2000. They continue a long-standing commitment to serving the communities of the City of Hartford and the Townships of Hartford, Erin, and Rubicon.


The Hartford Fire and Rescue Department is a combination department that provides fire and paramedic level EMS services to the City of Hartford, the Town of Hartford, the Town of Erin, and the Town of Rubicon. Hartford Fire and Rescue also provides paramedic-level EMS services to the Town of Herman and the Village of Neosho. The Hartford Fire and Rescue department employs seven full-time members and 56 paid-on-call members that respond to over 2300 calls for service per year. 

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