Lucas Volunteer Fire Department PDF Print E-mail

Established in 1885, the Monroe Township - Lucas Fire Department is a fully volunteer fire department providing Fire, EMS and Rescue services to the residents of Monroe Township and the Village of Lucas. Our primary response area is Monroe Township however, we do also provide mutual aid to the surrounding communities of Madison, Mifflin, Washington and Worthington Townships in Richland County as well as Mifflin and Green Townships in Ashland County.

Contact Information:

Emergencies: 9-1-1
Non-Emergency: (419) 892-2020
Fax: (419) 892-2567

Chief Chris Niswander
Cell: (419) 571-8176
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Mailing Address: 43 S. Union Street
Lucas, OH 44943

Mission Statement:

We, the members of the Monroe Township Fire Department, working together as a team, will strive to offer the most professional service achievable to the residents and visitors of our Township. We strive to reach this goal by training and equipping ourselves to be proficient in all aspects of our duties.


We operate out of one station located at 43 South Union Street in the Village of Lucas. While the station itself has taken many different forms since 1885, the latest is the current addition of a new building to house all of our apparatus. This building is connected to the old station which will serve as offices, storage and training areas. After several years of frugal spending we were able to finally give ourselves enough room to properly house and maintain our equipment, which will enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the Department. No additional tax revenue was sought or used for this project. We simply put off spending to replace certain items of equipment that we felt we could make last, in order to make this project a reality. By mid-2016 the former station will house, in addition to Fire/EMS operations, the offices and meeting area of the Trustees and Fiscal Officer.

Operational Changes:

In December of 2015 the Board of Township Trustees, in an effort to streamline services, voted to have Emergency Medical Services (EMS) be handled by the Fire Department, as opposed to having two separate stand-alone entities.  The Fire Department created an EMS Operations Division within its organizational structure and the vehicles and equipment from the former EMS Department were transferred into the inventory of the Fire Department. Several Fire Department personnel were members of both departments and some who were members of just the EMS department applied to become members of the Fire Department, and were accepted.  The Fire Department is working hard to make sure this new area of responsibility grows in effectiveness and efficiency for the citizens that we serve.


Year & Model
Pump Size/ Tank Size
1988 Ford F350
350gpm/150 Gallon
Brush Fire Response
Engine91 2009 KME International
1,500gpm/750 Gallon
Pumper / Rescue
2004 KME International 750gpm/2,000 Gallon
Pumper / Tanker
2009 KME International 1,500gpm/2,500 Gallon
1993 Sutphen Custom
1,250gpm/1,000 Gallon
Reserve Pumper
Squad91 2002 Ford/Wheeled Coach
1992 Ford/McCoy Miller
Chief 91
Chris Niswander
Fire Chief
Firefighter 2 / Fire Instructor
Haz-Mat Tech / Medic
Chief 92
Wes Martin
Asst Chief
Firefighter 2 / Asst. Fire Instructor
Haz-Mat Tech / Medic
Officer 91
Nick Blubaugh
EMS Division Supervisor
Firefighter 2 / EMT-B
Officer 92
Nick Hammett
Fire Division Supervisor
Firefighter 2 / Fire Instructor
Officer 93
Jason Littleton
Fire Division/Asst. Supervisor
Firefighter 1 / EMT-B
Officer 94
Rob Dent
EMS Division/Asst. Supervisor
Firefighter 1 / EMT-B
9101 Brad lawhord
Firefighter 1A
9106 John Moritz
Firefighter 1A
9107 Christopher Byod
Firefighter 1A
9110 Austin Young
Firefighter 2 EMT-B
9112 Dean Beal
Firefighter 2 EMT-B
9113 Dalton Dennison
Firefighter 1A
9114 Jake Mott
Firefighter 1A
9115 Toby Viers
Firefighter 2 / Haz-Mat Tech / EMT-B
9116 Ken Allen
Firefighter 1A / EMT-B
9117 Alexis Williams
Firefighter 1A / EMT-B
9119 Matt Volz
Firefighter 1A
9120 Brad Fisher
Firefighter 1A

Members Needed

The fire department is in need of volunteer members to add to our ranks. If you are 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED, with a clean driving record, no criminal history, and have a desire to serve your community, we are accepting applications.

Volunteer firefighters are provided State of Ohio Certification training, as well as ongoing training. This is a perfect opportunity to gain entry-level experience toward a career in the fire service or to simply help your neighbors and community.

Volunteer firefighters get a per-call reimbursement annually to help offset the costs of fuel, etc., of responding to calls. We also supply all personal protective equipment and certain uniform items.

We strive to update our procedures and training to meet the current fire service standards and to provide good working, learning and family environment. If you have the desire and think you have what it takes, we look forward to your application.

To apply: Call the Firehouse @ (419) 892-2020 or Chief Niswander @ (419) 571-8176 or Feel Free to stop by the firehouse during any of our regularly schedule training sessions which are held every Thursday evening at 7:00 PM (except holidays.)