The Winona Fire Department (WFD), in Columbiana County, Ohio, responds to a 33 square mile rural community of about 4,700 with some seasonal increases in population. The area is residential and agricultural with many small businesses. The response area covers portions of two local school districts (United and West Branch Local School Districts) and includes Kent State University – Salem Campus, and Allegheny Wesleyan College.
WFD consists of about 30 active and associate members; these men and women are 100% volunteer. Members provide the coverage area in Butler and Salem Townships with fire protection, fire prevention and assists with emergency medical calls. Members must meet minimum annual training hours to maintain certifications. The Department conducts a few fundraisers during the year and administers the Jonathan Gamble Memorial Scholarship which awarded annually.
The Winona-Butler Fire Department (original name) was officially incorporated on June 28, 1956 in the State of Ohio. It was and is considered a Private Fire Company. The name was officially changed in 1996 to the Winona Fire Department and today it is a 501(c)(4) tax exempt entity under IRS regulations.
Construction on the current site of the Department started in 1959 and was completed in 1960; it was a concrete building 60 by 40 feet, containing four bays. The building had a flat roof. A pitched roof was added to the original building in April of 1984. Then in 1999, an additional two bays were added to the north after the Paul Gorman property was acquired. Vinyl siding for the entire building was added that year also. In 2003, a meeting room was constructed behind the original building. A new restroom and a laundry were added in 2008 following the installation of the sewer lines in the Village of Winona. An office area and radio room were added in 2010 within the building; other improvements are on-going.
Today, the Winona Fire Department contracts with the Butler and Salem Township Trustees to provide fire protection (primarily from Georgetown Road to State Route 45-about 32 square miles). Both areas have approved two-mill tax levies to financially support this protection.
Join Our Legacy of Courage
Answer the Call! Become a Volunteer Today!
The Winona Fire Department (WFD), located in the picturesque Columbiana County, Ohio, is calling upon dedicated individuals to be a part of our noble cause. Our 33 square mile rural community, encompassing around 4,700 residents, experiences seasonal population fluctuations. Here’s why the WFD is the perfect place for you to make a difference:
Our Community: Our response area is a blend of residential neighborhoods, sprawling agricultural landscapes, and vibrant small businesses. We’re proud to safeguard the heart of this thriving community.
Volunteers at Heart: WFD is a team of approximately 30 dedicated volunteers, both active and associate members. We are fueled by a passion for service and a commitment to protect our community.
Our Services: As a WFD member, you’ll provide vital fire protection, promote fire prevention, and lend a helping hand during emergency medical calls. It’s a chance to be a real hero in the lives of your neighbors.
Now, it’s your turn to answer the call!