Fire Department

Emergency: Dial 911

100 Courthouse Road
Princeton, WV 24740
Phone: 304-487-5017

100 Years Strong

Since 1911 the Princeton City Fire Department has provided fire fighting services to the Citizens and Visitors to the City of Princeton, Gateway to Four Seasons Country. Since those humble beginnings this department has grown to become a leader in fire fighting and specialized services to the citizens which it protects. Princeton City Fire Department is a combination department. Career Fire Fighters staff two stations 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Volunteer and off duty Career personnel respond to assist those on duty in a large variety of situations.

Personnel have strove to bring more services to the community such as: EMS- First Responder, Fire Inspections, Community CPR and Safety Courses, Extrication, Confined Space Rescue, and all with minimum cost to taxpayers. This is a progressive department dedicated to providing its citizens a full range of services with no additional cost.


Fire Season

Fire season is each year from March 1st through May 31st and October 1st through December 31st. This means no outdoor burning permitted between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM. City residents will need to get a burning permit by calling the Main Station at 304-487-5017

We have a supply of smoke detectors, bicycle helmets, and car seats and are always giving them out.

Princeton Fire Department Complete Roster Since 1911

Chief Carter   circa 1911
Chief G. Crumpecker July 8, 1921-November 13, 1924
Chief George Oxley November 28, 1924-February 5, 1940
J. B. Reese December 1, 1924
Mark Oxley December 1, 1924
Carl McClaugherty December 1, 1924
B. Peck December 1, 1924
Herbert Holt December 1, 1924
Joe Stovall July 27, 1929
Mate Barger circa July 1929
W. E. Powell July 27, 1929
P. William McNamara July 27, 1929
O. R. Griffith   July 1, 1933
Cecil French  July 1, 1933-Feburary 17, 1936
J. L. Ray July 1, 1933
William Umbarger (hired 2 times) May 15, 1934-May 26, 1950 * Unknown rehire- September 2,
Charlie H. Woods January 18, 1938
William Moxley May 1, 1939
John Conley May 1, 1939
Kenneth G. Paitsel (hired 2 times) May 1, 1939- October 20 1947 * September 26, 1949-
J. E. Grim (hired 2 times) November 1943- January 3, 1944 * October 24, 1947-
Ralph Wade   (Temporary) March 20, 1944
William Roney  July 6, 1951
Patrick Carrick March 15, 1954
G. K. White March 15, 1954
Albert Smith March 17, 1954
George Harry June 16, 1958
John Marvin Hyatt June 1, 1961-December 1989
Calvin Smith December 1, 1962
John W. Howell February 11, 1962-February 1997
Virgil Caldwell September 1, 1969
Mack Howell  February 4, 1971-
Robert Dale Lucas July 1, 1971-
Russell Cole  July 1, 1971-
George Harman

January 28, 1972-

Harry C. Fields Jr.  January 31, 1972 (?)-
Crowley “Topper” Fralick Jr. July 1, 1973-
Allen T. Radford July 1, 1973-June 1997
Jerry Woolwine August 4, 1973- 1995
Mitchell L. Barker August 1, 1974-September 2003
Jack Miller Start unknown-left 1985-86
James Owens  March 15, 1975- March 1997
Richard Powell  June 3, 1978-  ? 2004
Jeffery Simpkins June 7, 1978- left 1994
Arter Lee Jackson November 5, 1981- 2002
Timothy Howard April 6, 1983- 1985-86
Steven W. Broyles December 22, 1989
Jim Smith start unknown Left 1994
Morley “Bo” Barker July 2, 1992
Shawn Lee Vest November 4, 1992
Dewayne I. Harvey March 26, 1993
Daniel Scott Bowling November 16, 1994
Keith Allen Gunnoe November 17, 1994
Jeromy Chad Bailey September 13, 1995
Anthony Ray Dishner June 14, 1997
Sean Sebastion Wyatt  November 15, 1997
Max B. Doty November 22, 1997
Lannie Hoosier April 30, 2003-March 2004
Richard L. Shagoury  January 21, 2004
Thomas Matt Mould

July 7, 2004

E. C. burgess 2006
G. M. Thomason 2006
C. J. Croy 2008
B. Blankenship 2008

History of IAFF Local 466

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Princeton Firefighters Local 466 was chartered on April 20th 1936 with the International Association of Firefighters. By joining this union it has insured that safety and fairness would be top priority in our job, both to our founding fathers and our future members. Also the IAFF has been there in time of need for the members of this local when job security was at it’s lowest. The IAFF has made our local and our job the best it has ever been.

City Council Meeting Minutes That Mentions Fire Department Dated 1911

City Council Minutes Dated 1922 When Princeton Fire Department First Obtained Career Status For Personnel

A Picture Of The Original Union Charter Dated April 1936

Certificate Of Affiliation For The West Virginia AFL CIO Dated November 22, 1957

50 Years Of Continuous Service From IAFF Dated For August 1986

Home Escape Plan

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If you smell smoke, never open a door until you have checked it for heat with the back of your hand.

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If you wake up and smell smoke, get on the floor and crawl to the nearest fire exit or window.
Once you are out of the house, never go back in. Stay outside at your meeting place!

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Call 911 in case of emergency, and make sure you know the correct address of the emergency when you do.
Parents, remember that children will often try to hide from fire, be sure to check all closets and under the bed for children during fire emergencies.

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If your clothes catch on fire, Stop, Drop and Roll, Covering Your Face!
Remember, never store flammable items such as, wood, chemicals or oily and dirty rags near heat sources.

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Ask your parents to help you make a fire escape plan for your home using the model above. Make sure that everyone knows where to meet and most importantly, practice your escape plan on a regular basis.

Fireman’s Prayer

When I’m called to duty god
wherever flames may rage
give me strength to save a life
whatever be its age

Help me to embrace a little child
before it is too late
or save an older person from
the horror of that fate

Enable me to be alert
to hear the weakest shout
and quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out

I want to fill my calling and
to give the best in me
to guard my neighbor and
protect his property

And if according to your will
I have to lose my life
bless with your protecting hand
my children and my wife