‘Proudly serving since 1888’ | Chroniclers
“Proudly in service since 1888.”
It just says it on the side of all of our new fire apparatus, and we really mean it. We are proud of our heritage and proud to serve the needs of the community.
The Sheridan Town Fire Department began its existence as the Phil Sheridan Hose Company and Phil Sheridan Hook and Ladder Company. One of Sheridan’s first fire stations was located in what we know today as the Beaver Creek Saloon.
The location of the station was moved to the current town hall building in the early 1900s, probably just after the building was completed in 1910. In 1982 it was moved to its current location at the corner of des Works and Scott streets.
This year, we had the chance to see the return of the American LaFrance of 1919 which was the city’s first “modern” fire truck. He had his own engine – no horsepower – and that engine was capable of powering his fire pump once he got to the fire. We were proud to display it in the annual KARZ show and then again in the Sheridan WYO Rodeo Parade. This is only a small part of our history that we are proud of.
We are proud to serve this city. Over the past 25 years, the community has grown in footprint and population. By the mid-1980s, the city was considerably smaller, as was the department’s call volume. They made 250 to 350 service calls per year. Today, the town of Sheridan covers 12.7 miles; is nearly 8 miles from north to south; and is covered by an engine company with a minimum staffing of four firefighters / paramedics.
The centrally located team will respond to over 1,000 service calls this year (801 calls as of September 29). We intervene in the event of structural, vehicle, vegetation and other fires. We also respond to high acuity emergency medical calls, whitewater rescues, high and low angle ropes, ice rescues, hazardous materials and confined space emergencies. To maintain these skills and certifications, we spend a lot of time on the training ground – 4,300 hours so far this year.
We are proud to serve with our public education programs. We offer monthly fire drills to all schools in town and follow these drills with age-appropriate fire safety lessons from Kindergarten to Grade 5. We provide CPR and First Aid certifications several days a month. We partner with the police and the school district to provide ALICE (active shooter) training and drills in schools. These are just a few of the off the beaten path, non-response activities we offer for community safety.
Did you know that we can help you save money on insuring your home and / or commercial property? We are proud to be an ISO Class 3 – Bureau of Insurance Services classified community. We achieved this rating in 2018 under the direction of Chef Terry Lenhart; we were previously in class 5. A score of 3 places us in the top 20% of communities in the United States
The rating is assigned after a periodic review of the fire protection capacity of the community. They’re evaluating our water system, dispatch center, and fire department. The scale goes from 1 to 10 with one being the best and 10 being almost no protective ability.
As we look into the future, we will continue to take pride in serving the ever-changing needs of a growing and flourishing community, and you will continue to see “Proudly Serving Since 1888” on our device.
Gary Harnish is Sheridan’s fire chief.