Malta & McConnelsville Fire Department
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In today's ever busy world it takes a "special breed" of individual to enter the demanding volunteer
fire service. to attend meetings each week and fund raising events to assist the community in
preventing the ravages of fire. Yes, it does take a
"special breed" to repeatedly put his life on the
line for our community.
The Badge of a Fire Fighter is the Maltese Cross.

The Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection and a badge of honor. Its story is hundreds of years

When a courageous band of crusaders known as The Knights of St. John fought the Saracens for
possession of the holy land, they encountered a new weapon unknown to European warriors. It was
a simple, but horrible device of war. It brought excruciating pain and agonizing death upon the brave
fighters for the cross.

As the crusaders advanced on the walls of the city, they were struck by glass bombs containing
naphtha. When they became saturated with the highly flammable liquid, the Saracens would hurl a
flaming torch into their midst. Hundreds of the knights were burned alive; others risked their lives to
save their brothers-in-arms from dying painful, fiery deaths.

Thus, these men became our first Fire Fighters and the first of a long list of courageous men. Their
heroic efforts were recognized by fellow crusaders who awarded each hero a badge of honor - a
cross similar to the one fire fighters wear today. Since the Knights of St. John lived for close to four
centuries on a little island in the Mediterranean Sea named Malta, the cross came to be known as
the Maltese Cross.

The Maltese Cross is our symbol of protection. It means that the Fire Fighter who wears this cross is
willing to lay down his life for you just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so
many years ago. The Maltese Cross is a Fire Fighter's badge of honor, signifying that he works in
courage - a ladder's rung away from death.
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"We shall never forget"
Fire Chief:
Gary Woodward
Fire Station Address:
77 South Fourth Street
McConnelsville, Ohio 43756
OR 740.962.2222
Station Phone:
Station Fax:
E-Mail Address:
In addition under a contract from the county, the department operates a full-time emergency
medical services division with 8 full-time paramedics, 2 intermediates, and 1 basic, seven part-time
paramedics, and eight basics, one paid dispatcher,
It takes hours, days, months, and years of dedication and giving of one's self and family to be
known and ranked as "one of the best". It takes a
"special breed" to walk and work beside some of
the best, knowing you may not come home to your family. Your long hours, hard work and
dedication are seldom noticed but are expected to carry on the tradition of the Malta &
McConnelsville Fire Department. The tradition of excellence.
"We Care"
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Today the department has over forty volunteer members operating out of a state-of-the-art fire
station utilizing eight modern firefighting apparatus and four lifesaving boats, serving the residents
of two villages and seven townships in Morgan County and one township in Muskingum County.
two EMS persons only volunteers, and several volunteers from the fire division as basics and
dispatchers using four advanced life support vehicles and one advanced life support response
Morgan County
43RD Annual Fire School
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