Saturday, 12 June 2004 11:54
In the summer of 1992, Bill Lewis organized a group of 23 concerned citizens for adding additional fire protection in the southwestern area of Louisa County, Virginia. Monthly meetings and training were held at the Three Chopt Community Center.
Our first truck was donated by Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department, which is still in operation today as Brush 7.
first, Brush 7 was kept at Bill's house; but eventually, the department
found private homeowners, Mason Jones and Jimmy Straley who were
willing to allow us to use their private garages to store additional
trucks out of the weather. From 1992 until January 1995, members
responded to calls from these private garages.
In 1994, Lois Webb donated the land on Route 613 (Poindexter Road).
Through a long term loan granted by a local bank in Louisa, the
department borrowed enough money to build a three bay building and
moved in during January 1995, where the department has been located
With the ever
increasing number of calls the department was running and the age and
condition of the older equipment, in 1997 purchased a new
Freightliner/Pierce which is now Engine 7 and two years later added a
1999 International/Pierce which operates as Wagon 7.
In 2003, the department had outgrown the three bay building and added
two more bays and converted one of the existing bays for the day
room/kitchen, bunk room and offices. In 2004, the department purchased
a new ambulance and officially became a transport agency.
Through the years, our calls have grown from only 95 in 1993 to over 500 calls per year. The Zion Crossroads Fire Department is supported each year by Louisa County
with an operating budget, and for the last several years a capital
improvement budget. The department receives great support each year in
donations from the community and the local businesses. Our volunteers
are always seeking new members for all operations of the department.
Contact us for volunteer opportunities.