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MISSION

The Township of Mapleton Fire & Rescue Department is a highly skilled, dedicated team committed to the protection of life, property and the environment. The mission of the Township of Mapleton Fire & Rescue Department is to protect the lives and property of the inhabitants of the Township of Mapleton from the adverse effects of fires, sudden medical emergencies or exposure to dangerous conditions created by man or nature. We will accomplish our mission through fire suppression, fire prevention, public fire safety and education programs, emergency medical services and other emergency and non-emergency activities.

We will continue to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the future.

MOOREFIELD HISTORY

Maryborough Township Volunteer Fire Department was officially formed under By-law #1381, which was given a first, second, and third reading on Tuesday, July 2, 1963 and signed by Reeve M. J. Mitchell.  The by-law stated “A municipal fire department is hereby established under authority of “The Municipal Act” to be known as “The Maryborough Township Volunteer Fire Department.”

The first meeting of the department was held on Thursday, August 16, 1963 in the Township Hall with the Clerk, James Thompson, acting as chairman.

Volunteer firefighters present were; Ray Franklin, Chief, Doug Morphy, Deputy Chief, Aubrey Woodham, Instructor Bev Hills, Captain Bud Baker, Captain Millard Hammond, Secretary-Treasurer Curtis Baer, Roy Elliott, Don Fleming, Forrest Gilmer, Clarence Gowing, Ken Hill, All Loughran, Bob Ralston, Ken Rody, Ron Rody, David Wand, and Glen Welsh. These men attended an eighteen week intensive training program which was set up and instructed by Mr. Fred Anderson, the district representative of the Ontario Fire Marshall, who had worked with the Council to establish the fire department. The chief is appointed by Council.  The following are some of the Fire Chiefs since 1963: Ray Franklin, 1963-64, Bev Hills 1965-69, Ken Rody 1970-71, Ralph Noecker, Bruce Murray 

DRAYTON VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE

Drayton’s first fire pump was purchased from J. W. Green, of Hespeler, Ontario at a cost of $30.00.  A second-hand horse-drawn steam engine was purchased from the Town of Palmerston in 1917 for $150.00.  There was also a hand-drawn wagon to carry ladders, hooks, and ropes, axe, pike-pole, and buckets.  A general fire alarm was sounded by ringing church bells.

A Model A Ford engine with a high pressure pump was built by Mr. Harold Harris, of Drayton in 1940.  This apparatus could be drawn begin a car or pushed by hand.  Also in this year a Volunteer Fire Brigade was named

 A fire siren (war surplus) was purchased in 1944 and placed outside the telephone office on the corner of Wood and Wellington Street.  On the night of the school fire in 1944 the old pumping engine with its lines of hose did a wonderful job of saving the United Church when the huge flying embers from the school fire started a fire in the church belfry.  The pump was set up at the water trough at the rear of Henry’s Hardware and the lines of hose ran up the back yards to the church.  Fire extinguishers were stored at Henry’s Hardware, so as to be readily available when needed.

In 1950, a by-law was passed to regulate the Drayton Volunteer Fire Department which at this time was re-organized. Clarence Henry was appointed Fire Chief. A new fully-equipped fire truck was purchased and a fire siren installed in the belfry of the Town Hall.

Alva Cherrey was appointed Fire Chief in 1955.  He served as Fire Chief until his retirement in 1988. At that time the Drayton Fire Department had 14 volunteer members, five of whom had more than 25 years of service.  There was an efficient 24-hour answering service, 2-way radio communications, self-contained breathing apparatus, and special equipment, and chemicals to smother almost any type of fire.

Maryborough Township Volunteer Fire Department was officially formed under By-law #1381, which was given a first, second, and third reading on Tuesday, July 2, 1963 and signed by Reeve M. J. Mitchell.  The by-law stated “A municipal fire department is hereby established under authority of “The Municipal Act” to be known as “The Maryborough Township Volunteer Fire Department.”

The first meeting of the department was held on Thursday, August 16, 1963 in the Township Hall with the Clerk, James Thompson, acting as chairman.

Volunteer firefighters present were; Ray Franklin, Chief, Doug Morphy, Deputy Chief, Aubrey Woodham, Instructor Bev Hills, Captain Bud Baker, Captain Millard Hammond, Secretary-Treasurer Curtis Baer, Roy Elliott, Don Fleming, Forrest Gilmer, Clarence Gowing, Ken Hill, All Loughran, Bob Ralston, Ken Rody, Ron Rody, David Wand, and Glen Welsh. These men attended an eighteen week intensive training program which was set up and instructed by Mr. Fred Anderson, the district representative of the Ontario Fire Marshall, who had worked with the Council to establish the fire department. The chief is appointed by Council.  The following are some of the Fire Chiefs since 1963: Ray Franklin, 1963-64, Bev Hills 1965-69, Ken Rody 1970-71, Ralph Noecker, Bruce Murray 

A new fully equipped fire engine was added to the department in 1965.

The municipal water system was installed.  Prior to this water was stored at four (4) strategic location in underground tanks. 

Tom Walker succeeded Alva Cherrey in 1988 and was Fire Chief until September, 2002.

Membership in the Wellington County Mutual Aid Fire Services Association provided the department with a reciprocal agreement to aid surrounding municipalities as well as to provide special training for members.

The Township of Peel, Township of Maryborough and the Village of Drayton amalgamated, bringing the Drayton and Moorefield Fire Departments together to become the Mapleton Fire Department.

Rick Richardson became the first Full Time Fire Chief of the Township of Mapleton in October, 2002.  He is currently the active Fire Chief.