Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Oct. 16 newspaper on Page A8.
OAK HILL — For 50 years, the Madison-Jefferson Fire Department (MJFD), has been providing residents with fire protection.
Jackson County Commissioners Paul Haller, Ed Armstrong, and Jon Hensler adopted a proclamation on Tuesday, Oct. 8, that recognized October 2019 as the 50th anniversary of the MJFD.
Lisle Dill, a firefighter with MJFD, was present to accept the proclamation. Dill told The Courier that he has been serving with the fire department since 1969. He’s one of the last original volunteer firefighters recruited 50 years ago.
The Madison and Jefferson township trustees established the fire department in late 1969 with 16 volunteers recruited in early 1970 for training. The Village of Oak Hill provided use of a back room garage at the village building to store the fire truck, which was received in February 1970. This space also served as the MJFD headquarters for the next seven years.
MJFD became a joint fire district in 1977 and moved to a former gas station in the village for headquarters with a current truck garage built in 1981 with an addition in 1996.
The district covers 106 square miles, which includes Madison, Jefferson Township, and Washington Township in Lawrence County, and the Village of Oak Hill.
In 1986, MJFD began responding to crashes with “Jaws of Life” and in 2003 Medical First Responder Calls. The current volunteer firefighter roster is 35, with 140-160 emergency calls and about 40 medical calls per year.
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners congratulated the department for the great accomplishments achieved in 50 years.