Nicholas County Station 1 

Richwood Fire Department

Community Service Above And Beyond Since 1906

Over 100 Years Of Service To Our Community  

A Brief History Of The Department :



Fire ! Fire !  That dreaded alarm in the winter of 1901 started the beginning of a great era as men roused from their sleep and rushed to the house, drawing water from a well, short on water, as they contained the fire to just that one house. Richwood's first bucket brigade had been formed.



After that fire, and many more like it, men like W.K. Mauck, Dr. R.E. Petty, S.L. Harman, W.W.Twigg, A.A. Williams, and James DeVaughn felt it necessary to form the city's first hose company. Sadly nothing else is known about those men or their actions at this time because of no note keeping. 

The forming of a Company

The company name would be called Dyer Hose Company, named after the honorary R.M. "Dick" Dyer. The chief ( called Captain at that age in time ) would be A.A. Williams. There were very infrequent meetings at that time,  but the heading of one of the meeting's notes says " Dyer Hose Company # 1". Evidently, they were expecting Richwood to grow to a size which would utilize the use of sub-stations being placed around the city. 



In 1906 the Fire Company known as Dyer Hose Company # 1 formed into the Richwood Volunteer Fire Company. At this time any able person was welcomed at the fire scene. This practice was stopped later because of fear of law suits. The Department was incorporated and named Richwood Volunteer Fire Department, INC. and any members who joined had be trained in firefighting. 

Later Years


The Department has grown into a great brotherhood and has helped it's community in some of Richwood's most devastating fires and floods ever to be seen in the area, past and present. They are continuing to help families in need who lose everything in house fires,floods,and other incidents. Doing all of this for free as volunteers in the Richwood area for years and years to come.

Richwood Fire Department Mission Statement 

  • The Richwood Fire Department is committed to serving the Richwood area and surrounding communities with the highest level of life and property protection. We will achieve this by providing excellent and compassionate service in an atmosphere that encourages innovation, professional development and diversity.

  • The mission of the Richwood Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the people of Richwood and surrounding communities from fires, natural disasters, and hazardous materials incidents; to save lives by providing emergency medical services; to prevent fires through prevention and education programs; and to provide a work environment that values cultural diversity and is free of harassment and discrimination.

  • We provide quality service, professional fire protection and life safety to meet the needs of our community. Our values are: Diversity, Strength through diversity; Respect, Trust, support and honor both internal and external; Teamwork, Our team members are our most valuable assets; Service, We strive for excellence.

  • The Richwood Fire Department is made up of a group of dedicated personnel that represent the diversity of the community. These persons work every day of the year to improve the quality of service provided to the community. I am proud to serve this community with the quality of persons that personally give so much back to the community.

  • Our Mission: To protect the quality of life for present and future generations through interaction with our community, compassionate service and an atmosphere that encourages innovation, professionalism, and diversity.