Goodson/Kinderhook Fire Department History

In early 1967 some active volunteer Firefighters with the Washingotn County Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 along with several community members realized that there was a need in our community for an organized Fire Department. Most of these early discussions took place at Ray Ball's Trading Post located at Burson's Corner, (now the Country Corner Market), on Benhams  Road.

 

Property for the Main Station was deeded to the then named Washington County Volunteer Fire Departmen No. 2 on March 27th, 1967, and then the Calvary Bible Church donated a Right-of-Way.

 

When prepairing to apply for the Certificate of Incorporation with the Virginia State Corporation Commission it was decided then to change the name of the new Fire Department in order to better describe the area of Washington County Virginia it would serve. Since the new Fire Department would be serving the Goodson Magisterial District and the Kinderhook Magisterial District of Washingtoon County Virginia, it was decided to name the Fire Department the Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Department.

 

The Certificate of Incorporation was approved and granted, recognizing the Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Department as an Incorporated Organization on May 29, 1967. The initial Board of Directors of the Goodson-Kinderhook Fire Department was, Attorney David D. Brown, Herbert Hensley, Elgin Tester, Ray Ball, and Fredric P. Wagner.

 

 The main Station was built with funding form the Washington County Board of Supervisors and community donations and consisted basically of a two-bay block building costing $7,000.00. The Department was also able with support form the Washington County Board of Supervisors and communiy donations (mainly recieved from a jar placed at Ray Ball's Trading Post), to purchase a used 1948 Ford Fire Engine for $2,950.00. Until the Main Station Building was completed in the Fall of 1967, the FIre Department was headquarterd at Ray Ball's Trading Post and the 1948 Ford Fire Engine was housed at Herb Hensley's Garage.

 

Originally the Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Department and the Washington County Volunteer Fire Department No. 1, mutually responded to any type of call in southern and western Washington County Virginia, and that close working relationship between these two Fire Departments continues to this day. Several established Fire Departments in Washington County Virginia donated some needed equipment and tools to assist the new Fire Department.

 

Required duty shifts was implemented in Janurary 1970 requiring the volunteers to spend one night a month at the Fire Station.

 

Approval to purchase the Fire Department's first new Fire Engine was received in June 1970, and a 1970 GMC Oren FIre Engine was purchased.

 

With redistricting in Washington County and the decision to rename the seven Magisterial Districts after the seven Virginia born United States Presidents, the Goodson-Kinderhook name became a very unique name for the Fire Department. With the colsure of the Goodson-Kinderhook Water Works when it was incorporated into the Washington County Service Authority, the Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Department became the last remaining County Entity or organization retaining the name of the two former Magisterial Districts.

 

Automatic Mutual Response on any type of call with the Washington County Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 was restricted to only Structure Fires in March 1971.

 

The first major addition to the Main Station consisting of an upstairs containing a meeting room was began in May 1971.

 

Discussions on organizing volunteers in the Mendota community for a second Goodson-Kinderhook Fire Station began on October 1971, and the second Fire Station was in operation in the Spring of 1972 with the original 1948 Ford Pumper housed at that Fire Station.

 

The third major addition to the Main Station began in 1972. This consisted of a third bay and two rooms upstairs.

 

Purchase of second new Fire Engine occured in 1977 with the purchase of a 1977 Ford Oren Fire Engine.

 

The junior Fire Department was disbanded in March 1981.

 

In 1983 the first Revision of the Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Department's Constitution and By-Laws was completed.

 

Purchase of new Tanker Truck occured in December 1989, with the purchase of a 1989 Ford Tanker.

 

The Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Department became certified as an EMS First Response Agency in 1994, responding mutually with the Bristol Life Saving Crew to Emergency Medical Calls to provide Emergency Medical Care.

 

In August 1994 the Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Department purchased additional adjacent property for the purpose of future expansion.

 

In 1995 the Goodson-Kinderhook Fire Department began creating and implementing its Standard Operating Procedures.

 

Purchase of fourth new Fire Engine occured in May 1995, with the purchase of a 1995 Spartan Quality Fire Engine.

 

The Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Department began EMS Transport Sevices in 1997 as a joint venture with the Bristol Life Saving Crew by housing a Bristol Life Saving Crew Ambulance at its Main Station.

 

The Goodson-Kinderhool Volunteer Fire Department began EMS Transport Services independently in 1998 with the arrival of their first new ambulance.

 

In 2001 the second Revision of the Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Department's Constitution and By-Laws was completed.

 

In August of 2001 the Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Department purchased addition adjacent property for the purpose of future expansion.

 

The fourth major addition/expansion to the Main Station began in September 2001. This expasion project effectively doubled the size of the Main Station and included, enlargement of the bays and Meeting Room, sleeping quarters, bathrooms and office facilities.

 

The hiring of the Fire Department's first paid Firefighter/EMT occured in September 2001.

 

In 2003 the Fire Department added a second ambulance to its fleet. A 2002 Chevy Silverado from Wheeled Coach was purchased.

 

Monthly Requierd Duty Shifts of the volunteers was increased to two per month in March 2003.

 

The Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Department became the first emergency services agency in Washington County Virginia to be awarded the Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency in September 2003.

 

Purchase of fifth new Fire Engine was in January 2004, with the purchase of a 2004 Spartan Crimson Fire Engine.

 

The hiring of the Fire Department's second paid Firefighter/EMT occured September 2004.

 

The Goodson-Kinderhook Volunteer Fire Department began billing for Emergency Medical Transport Services in October 2004.

 

The hiring of the Fire Department's third and fourth paid Firefighter/EMT's occured August 2005. This allowed the Department to have a paid Firefighter/EMT on duty at the Station seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.

 

In 2009 Fire Department had its first ambulance remounted with a 2008 Ford F-450.

 

In 2012 the Fire Department purchased its second Tanker replacing the 1989 Ford Tanker. The Fire Department purchased a 2011 International Tanker Truck.

 

In 2013 The Fire Department remounted its second ambulance with a 2012 Dodge Ram 4500.

 

In 2015 the Washington County Board of Supervisors approved funds for the hiring of two Advanced Life Support (ALS) positions. On November 12th. The Fire Department hired for the two ALS positions and began running a 24 hr ALS shift consisting of three shifts with two personnel on each shift. This allowed the Fire Department to be able to provide advanced care to its community without delay.

In 2016 the Fire Department put in for a emergency grant to the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services to replace the 2008 Ford F-450 Lemon ambulance. The Fire Department was awarded a 80/20 grant to purchase a new ambulance to replace the F-450 ambulance. The Washington County Board of Supervisors matched the 20% for the grant and the Fire Department began the purchase of the new ambulance. The Fire Department purchased a 2016 Dodge Ram 4500 Osage ambulance and it was placed in service in November 2016. This was the Fire Departments third complete new ambulance and it replaced the Fire Departments first ambulance box that was purchased in 1998. This was the remounted box that was placed on the 2008 Ford F-450.

 

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