The North Cedar Fire Department has been proudly serving the community for over 70 years.
The unofficial North Cedar Fire Department was formed as an Air Raid Patrol (ARP) as part of the war effort back in January of 1942 and operated out of an old school house that was placed on a lot purchased by fund raising in the community.
The first fire truck was a converted 1934 gravel truck and in August of 1948 the department officially became the North Cedar Volunteer Fire Department. A new fire hall was built in 1964 and along with it came a brand new Engine built by Hub Fire Engines. There were several additions made to the hall over the years to accommodate truck storage, training and office space but eventually the department out grew the building and in January of 2006, the department moved into its present location on Yellow Point Road.
As the community has grown, so has the fire department and today the department has two engines, a rescue truck, a brush/support truck, a water tender, a rescue boat and a command vehicle. The services provided have also changed over the years and in addition to fire suppression, now include medical first responder, response to motor vehicle incidents, swift water rescue, technical rope rescue and limited hazardous materials response. Other services provided by the department are fire prevention and public education sessions, fire inspections and fire investigation.
As with most volunteer organizations, the backbone is made up of those that give freely of their time and our members are no different. Starting out as pure volunteers back in 1942, the members of today are part of a paid on call system that does provide some financial compensation for the time spent at calls and training. There are over thirty dedicated members with the fire department today including a full time Fire Chief and annually the department responds to over 300 calls and the members combined, attend over 3000 hours of training.
The members of the North Cedar Fire Department also are a registered society and through member dues and fund raising support social activities, Scouts Canada, sporting groups, post secondary educational awards and individuals and families in need within the community.