Department History Timeline

The Westminster Volunteer Fire Department has a rich history in Carroll County! You can learn more below in the History Timeline, or you can visit our local museum!

1933: Purchased American LaFrance 750 GPM Pumper which still runs and can be seen in our museum.
1823: Organized and constructed first station on Carroll Street.
1834: Moved engine house to Main Street at Court Street.
1851: Mayor and Council ordered the engine be sold. They then ordered hooks and ladders as the only tools available. 1851 westminster fire department history
1868: Efforts to start a second department on the west end failed.
1879: Department reorganized and incorporated under the current name. Land purchased to build new station on Main Street.
1881: Fire Bell purchased for engine house – Cost $.25/pound.
1885: Town water system completed and the pumper was disposed of and replaced with reels of hose. 1885 westminster fire department history
1887: Two hose houses erected at each end of town.
1893: Major fire destroys a complete city block. Fireman from Baltimore were brought in by Western Maryland Railroad to help.
1896: New 3 story engine house constructed at 66 E Main St. This included a clock tower that would house the bell which was transferred from the old station. 1896 westminster fire department history
1918: First motorized engine purchased – Republic 350 gallon pumper.
1919: American LaFrance 750 gallon pumper purchased.
1924: American LaFrance Ladder Wagon purchased. Within 24 hours of its arrival, the ladder wagon was used in fighting a large fire at Wm Myers Meat Packing plant. This unit still runs and can be seen in our museum. Click on the image to see a larger image. 1924 westminster fire department history
1926: Four paid engine drivers hired to maintain a presence 24 x 7.
1928: Ambulance Service started with the Rotary Club convincing the City Council to buy the ambulance for the fire department. 1928 westminster fire department history
1929: Purchased American LaFrance 500 GPM pumper.
1933: Purchased American LaFrance 750 GPM Pumper which still runs and can be seen in our museum. 1933 westminster fire department history
1936: Purchased American LaFrance 650 GPM Pumper.
1948: Purchased American LaFrance 700 series 750 GPM Pumper.
1955: Purchased American LaFrance 700 series 750 GPM Pumper. This unit in excellent condition and owned as a show piece by one of our members. 1955 westminster fire department history
1962: Purchased a Ford 750 GPM pumper.
1969: Purchased American LaFrance 750 GPM 100 foot Aerial Ladder. This unit remained in service until sold in 1998. 1969 westminster fire department history
1981: Purchased Engine 34. 1981 westminster fire department history
1986: Purchased Engine 31 – Hahn Pumper. 1986 westminster fire department history
1997: Purchased new E-1 105′ Tower to replace 1969 Truck. Delivered in early 1998. 1997 westminster fire department history
1998: October 24, 1998 – Retired Station 3 at 66 East Main Street at 12:00 hrs. Dedicated and placed new Station 3 at 28 John Street In-Service at 13:00 hrs. At the time of the opening, this station was the second largest volunteer station in Maryland covering 35,280 sq.ft.. 1998 westminster fire department history
2000: Purchased new Peirce Engine to replace Engine 34 but was numbered Engine 32. The previous Engine 32 was retired years before. 2000 westminster fire department history
2001: Purchased new Peirce Engine to replace Engine 33. 2001 westminster fire department history
2002: New Utility to replace aged GMC Suburban. 2002 westminster fire department history
2003: New Ambulance 38 Horton on Ford Chassis. 2003 westminster fire department history
2005: New Ambulance 37 Horton on ford Chassis. Department made the decision based on EMS statistics to have a 3rd EMS unit for reserve and has a 3rd unit out as volunteer staffing allows. 2005 westminster fire department history
2005: Department purchases a special unit for small type incidents, use at the airport ( FOAM Equipped ) and does not take specialty class of license to drive. 2005 Ford Super Duty chassis. 2005 westminster fire department history
2006: Rechassis Ambulance 39 Horton on Ford Chassis. 2006 westminster fire department history
2007: New Brush 35 purchased. 2007 westminster fire department history