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History and Organization
The Village of Northville was organized in March of 1867, and in the earliest days fire protection was a matter in which all residents were actively involved. One of the very first ordinances adopted by the Village Trustees required that anyone occupying a building in the Village keep on hand “three good pails and one ladder” for fire fighting purposes.
By 1890, the Village had grown to the point where an organized Fire
Department was necessary. Chief A.M. Whitehead and about 30 volunteers
from the community trained on the use of the new equipment, a 60 gallon,
two-wheel, horse-drawn chemical wagon.
Today, as the result of a partnership between the Cities of Northville and Plymouth, the Department operates two stations – one located in each City, adjacent to the respective municipal offices. Personnel are assigned to a station, and respond to calls in that station’s response area. In the event of a major incident, personnel and equipment from both stations are dispatched.
Over the years, the equipment, training and range of services provided have changed significantly. But the Department still relies on the willingness of members of the community to step forward and take on the responsibility of training and then responding to the community’s emergency service needs.