Fire Department
Fire Chief Mark Jones
812-723-0329
paolifire@paoli.in.gov
1124 W Main St
Paoli, IN 47454

 

Paoli Fire & Rescue proudly serves the community and surrounding area with fire suppression, vehicle extrication, EMS assistance and other rescue services.  The fire department has a long tradition of community evolvement. Paoli Fire & Rescue provides fire prevention to the community schools, takes part in the Crusade For Children and provides the towns 4th of July fireworks display.

 

Department History: In 1894 a devastating fire on the southeast section of the Paoli square prompted several town leaders to formally organize the first fire department in the town of Paoli.  Many fires had destroyed portions of the town square in previous years however this fire was particularly devastating. Prior to the great fire of 1894 bucket brigades were organized to fight fires which broke out in town.  Among the devastation town leaders gathered to formulate a plan. They gathered donations totaling $5000 dollars to fund the first organized fire department.  Paoli’s town board granted a charter for the Paoli water works company on November 2, 1894 to provide water to the town for fire suppression. In January of 1895 Samuel Braxton was named fire chief of Paoli’s first fire department.  The town board provided $75 to purchase a hose cart which was the department’s first fire apparatus.  An ordinance was passed for the installation of seven fire plugs to provide fire protection for the downtown area.  Two plugs where located on North Gospel Street and one each at the four intersections on the square.  The department has experienced many changes over the years but has continued it’s a tradition of dedication to the community.

 

Personnel:

 

Fire Chief                           Mark Jones.           Member since 2000

Deputy Chief                      Steve Hankins.      Member since 2006

1st Captain                           Taylor Baker         Member since 2011

2nd Captain                          Jeff Longest           Member since 2010

1st Lieutenant                      Ray Hankins          Member since 2013    

2nd Lieutenant                     Matt McCabe         Member since 2017

Firefighter                          Austin Drury           Member since 2015

Firefighter                          James Clements      Member since 2017  

Firefighter/Chaplain           Rob Lee                  Member since 2017

Firefighter                          Ben Bosley              Member since 2018

Firefighter                          Keegan Higgs          Member since 2017

Firefighter                          Gavin Baker            Member since 2018

Firefighter                          Parker Farris            Probationary

Firefighter                          Austin Farris            Probationary

 

 

 

Honorary Members:

 

50 Year Member Joe Summers.

Phil Smith, Bob Spears, Phillip Long

 

 

 

Apparatus:

 

Engine 14                      2006 International – 1800 Gallon Tank – 1250 GPM Pump

                                      1st out engine on structure fires.

 

Rescue/Engine 14         1999 International – 1000 Gallon Tank – 1250 GPM Pump.

                                      2nd out engine on structure fires and rescue engine.    

 

Tower 14                       1994 Simon/Duplex 102’ ariel platform

                                       300 Gallon tank – 1250 GPM Pump.

 

Squad 14                        2007 Chevy Tahoe – Command Vehicle.