Beginning as a volunteer department in 1891, Moundsville City Fire Department has been proudly serving the community as a career department since 1912. The Department has been affiliate of the International Association of Fire Fighters for over 80 years as local 543. The five person crew keeps the city safe be responding to medical emergencies (2 Paramedics and 3 EMTs), fires, motor vehicle accidents, service calls, rope rescues, search and rescues, water rescues and hazardous material incidents.
After the untimely passing of Chief Noel Clarke, Gary Brandon was named Acting Fire Chief of the Department on November 22nd, 2017 and then was sworn in by the City of Moundsville as Chief of the Department on June 27th, 2018. Additional members include Assistant Chief Kevin Kimple, Firefighter First Class Wendi Wentzell-Cuc, Firefighter Mathew Earnest and Firefighter First Class Brady Clarke (son of the late Chief Noel Clarke).
The crew is very active in the community providing Fire Prevention to local schools as well as the elderly housing complexes within the city. Child car seat installation and inspection for parents at no cost (MFD is a certified Child Safety Check Station through the National Child Passenger Safety Program, West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program as well as the Child Safety Program of West Virginia) and Building and Business Inspection.
The Moundsville City Fire Department Local 543 takes pride in giving back to the community. The Local has given free smoke detectors to citizens in need and installed detectors of those who could not. The Locals “Keep Kids Safe Program” has given out bicycle helmets and swimming life jackets out to children for safety, Christmas and Halloween events for children and proudly makes donations to the Shriners as well as the Shriners Children Burn Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Department vehicles include Engine 4(2014), Engine 2(1994), Squad 1 (2006 F350), Squad 2 (pick-up truck), Car 1 (Chiefs car), Rescue Boat 1 (1980) and Hazmat 1 (Hazmat Trailer).