Message From The Chief

Welcome to the Van Wert Fire Department page! Since 1869, our department has been dedicated to serving and protecting our hometown of Van Wert. The dedication and strong work ethic of our firefighters, that serve our community, can be visualized daily.

Over the past 150 years the role and responsibilities of our fire department have changed. What used to be just fire protection and emergency medical services now includes many other specialized services. Van Wert Fire is proud to offer water and ice rescue, grain bin rescue, heavy rescue and high angle rope rescue. The firefighters are trained in hazmat operations, fire safety inspections, public education and fire plan reviews. Our department is also proud to provide and assist, advanced life support response to the entire Van Wert County. Van Wert Fire strives to keep pace with emerging programs and trainings so we can continually provide the finest services possible to our citizens, business owners and visitors.

“Guarding My Every Neighbor,” is the department motto and the professionalism and dedication for our neighbors is our first mission, every day. I personally invite you to stop by to meet your local firefighters and tour the department.

Respectfully, Chief Jon Jones

Recreational Fires

Burn Permit pamplet

A pamphlet to answer your questions on recreational fires.

Reserve Application

Reserve Application

If interested in serving our community please complete the application and return to the Van Wert Fire Department or email to

Knox Box Information

KnoxBox Solutions

Using one key, the Knox Rapid Access System removes barriers to entry when first responders respond to an emergency call.

House fire 315 Woodlawn
May 30, 2022

Semi tractor-trailer into house
May 18, 2022

Mutual Aid fire with Convoy Fire Department at Mercer Landmark
April 4, 2022

Brief St. residential fire
March 27, 2022

150 Years Sesquicentennial Celebration

Guarding My Every Neighbor