Granville Volunteer Fire Department

Proudly serving Granville and the surrounding communities since 1951.

Who are we?

The Granville Volunteer Fire Department is made up of regular people who want to help in any way they can in times of emergency. We exist to protect our neighbors, visitors, and their property. The organization responds to all forms of emergencies including HAZ-MAT, medical calls, fires, rescues, natural disasters, welfare and good intent calls, power lines down, and entrapment.


The Granville Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1951 with the aid of the Moss Glen Grange #554 which purchased the first portable pump, hose lines, and gloves all to be stationed at the Granville Bowl Mill. A second portable pump was soon purchased, and stationed in East Granville. In 1952 the department purchased it's first fire apparatus. A 1928 Childs Fire Apparatus from Jefferson Township, New Jersey for $400. In the 70's, the department purchased a state body pick-up, which carried the portable pump and some basic equipment for small fires. This vehicle was housed in a small garage next to the Moss Glen Grange Hall for a short time.


Early on, the GVFD functioned with little financial support from the Town of Granville. Most funding was gathered from fundraising activities of the firefighters and their families. Today, the GVFD receives a regular appropriation from the Town of Granville to pay for operating expenses. Additional funding is obtained through fundraising efforts and grant writing for new and replacement equipment.


Our Firefighters and First Responders

Organized by their primary duties, some personnel are firefighters, emergency medical responders, and have some administrative duties. Also listed is their town of residence.
Auxiliary Members

Auxiliary members aid in fundraising activities, and during extreme emergencies. All front line emergency responders are also part of the fire department auxiliary

Bill Parrish, Granville
James Parrish, Granville
Tami Beattie, Granville

Officers:
Chief: Dan Sargeant, EMR & FF I, Granville
Asst Chief: Brian Sargeant, Rochester
2nd Asst. Cheif: Dave Winborn, EMT, Granville
Captain: Greg Millard, EMR, Granville
Lieutenant: Kira Leonard, Granville


Firefighters:

Wesley Sargeant, Rochester

Lyndsay Sargeant, Granville

Luke McSweeney, Granville

Ben Smith, Granville


Emergency Medical Responders

Nancy Shaw, EMT, Hancock

Nancy Needham, Granville

Nathan Reinhold, Granville


Cadet Firefighters (Under 18 Years Old):

Nick Beattie, Granville

Brandon Stone, Hancock

Brianna Roussell, Granville


Explorer's Post Vocational Program (14 and 15 years old attending training only)


None


Timeline

*The following information was gathered from the Town of Granville Land Records, and Moss Glen Grange Meeting Minutes. You may also review Town Meeting Minutes at the Granville Town Clerk's Office.*

March 2, 1937 - Town Meeting: Article 15 was to see if the town would pay Rochester for use of their fire truck or if the town would buy a fire pump. The property owner of which the fire occurred would pay the bill from Rochester. Article Tabled.

March 4, 1941 - Town Meeting: Article 12 was to see what the town would do for fire protection. Town voted to pay any fire company responding to fires in Granville. The property owner would foot the bill.

March 3, 1942 - Town Meeting: Article 16 asks what the town will do for fire protection. Town votes same as previous year.

March 2, 1943 - Town Meeting: Article 15 asks what the town will do for fire protection. Town votes same as previous year.

March 7, 1944 - Town Meeting: Article 13 asks what the town will do for fire protection. Town votes same as previous year.

March 6, 1945 - Town Meeting: Article 12 asks what the town will do for fire protection. Town votes to contact Hancock in the event of a fire. Same as previous years.

March 5, 1946 - Town Meeting: Article 15 asks what the town will do for fire protection. Town votes to write contract with Hancock.

March 2, 1948 - Town Meeting: Article 13 asks what the town will do for fire protection. Town votes that responding fire companies send bill to Selectboard and they will collect the amount due from the person who had the fire.

March 1, 1949 - Town Meeting: Article 12 asks what the town will do for fire protection. Motion to add $.10 to the Grand List for Fire Protection Fund was rejected. Town will continue to contact Hancock.

March 7, 1950 - Town Meeting: Article 13 asks what the town will do for fire protection. Town votes to add $.10 to the Grand List for Fire Protection Fund to pay for expenses involving fires. Property owner is no longer responsible.

March 6, 1951 - Town Meeting: Article 12 asks what the town will do for fire protection. Town votes same as last year.

Moss Glen Grange minutes May 23, 1951: $200 spent by the Moss Glen Grange to hold fire pump for purchase.

Moss Glen Grange minutes July 25, 1951: $5 for fire hose and $263.92 for Pump and Equipment paid by the Moss Glen Grange.

Moss Glen Grange minutes August 29, 1951: $163 paid for fire pump equipment by the Moss Glenn Grange.

October 1951: The unincorporated Association "Granville Volunteer Fire Department" is organized and its officers are elected.

October 21, 1951: Fire Department has a chicken shoot. Grange lends money for the chickens.

Moss Glen Grange minutes October 24, 1951: Fire Pump deeded to the Granville Volunteer Fire Department under the care of the Chief Engineer and the Grange.

March 4, 1952 - Town Meeting: Article 12 asks what the town will do for fire protection. Town votes to hand over responsibility to the Granville Volunteer Fire Department. All money raised from taxes in 1951 for fire damages turned over to the Fire Department and a $.10 tax on the Grand List remains.

August 9, 1952 - GVFD purchases it's first fire apparatus. a 1928 Child's Fire Apparatus from Jefferson Township, New Jersey for $400.

August 28, 1952 Special Town Meeting: Article 3 asks if the Town will give the Upper Village School House to the Fire Department for use as a Fire Station. Rejected.

March 3, 1953 - Town Meeting: Article 13 asks what the town will do for fire protection. Town voted Fire Tax of $.20, $171.02 to be given to the Fire Department and to rescind the vote of 1948 to collect money for fire damages.

March 2, 1954 - Town Meeting: Article 11 asks what the town will do for fire protection. Town voted for $.20 Fire Tax, to give $348.02 to the Fire Department.

March 2, 1955 - Town Meeting: Article 11 asks what the town will do for fire protection. Town voted for $.10 Fire Tax, to give all money collected in 1954 to the Fire Department and asked to have an Annual Report in next years Town Report. Also voted to have Hancock and Randolph respond to all fire calls in Granville.

March 6, 1956 Town Meeting: Article 12 asks what the town will do for fire protection. Article 18 asks if the town will purchase and insure employees and firemen for liability and accidents. Town votes for $.20 fire tax, to have Rochester, Hancock and Randolph respond to all incidents in Granville; and to purchase insurance if less than $300.

March 5, 1968 - Town Meeting:  Voted no budget, but wanted a special town meeting to discus purchasing equipment, fire truck and repairing old pump.

April 2, 1968 Special Town Meeting: Article 1 to see if the town will create a fire district or a volunteer fire department. (Note: municipally controlled fire departments that were not fire districts did not exist in Vermont state statute until 1970) Article 2 to see if the town will pay for repairs of the old pump. Article 3 to see if the town will purchase a truck with booster tank. Voted 14 to 12 not to create a fire district. Voted to repair the pump. Voted not to purchase a fire engine and equipment. Voted a $250 budget to pay for repairs to pump.

March 2, 1971 - Town Meeting: Voted for no budget. Article 13 to see if the town would provide land for a fire house and money to build. Tabled until special town meeting.

May 25, 1971 - Special town meeting: Article 1 to see if the town will provide site for fire house and funding for construction. Article 2 to see what the town will do for a garage for the bus, truck, and fire truck. Voted to have a committee look into land and construction of a town Garage.

August 31, 1971 - Special Town Meeting: Voted to purchase land adjacent to school house from Ide Sargeant for $500. Voted to build a 4 bay garage for not more than $12,000.

September 6, 1973 - Special Town Meeting: Voted to rescind vote on construction of town garage.  Voted to buy new school bus with this money.

March 4, 1975 - Town Meeting: Voted to buy 1 acre of land to be purchased from E. H. Shirley for $800 for a town garage.

June 24, 1975 - Special Town Meeting: Voted to borrow $6,000 to build town garage. Voted to spend $5,000 of Revenue Sharing money to build and equip town garage.

2003 - Granville purchases its' first new fire truck.

November 19, 2009 - Granville Fire Department and Granville Selectboard meet to discuss future options of the department. Firefighters vote to take the unincorporated association known as the Granville Volunteer Fire Department and incorporate it to follow IRS rules.

December 1, 2009 - Granville Volunteer Fire Department becomes a non-profit corporation.

2012 - GVFD receives license to provide emergency medical first response in Granville.

2015 - GVFD begins providing Emergency Medical First Response to Granville, Hancock, and Rochester

Past Firefighters

For their efforts to better the department as a whole, and their service to the greater community of Granville, VT we would like to recognize the following:
(Listed from most recent, in the highest rank in which they served)

Past Officers

Kenny Bagley, 2nd Assistant Chief

Kevin Bagley, Fire Chief

Mark Belisle, Assistant Fire Chief

Theodore Smith, Captain

Preston Bagley, 2nd Assistant Fire Chief

Douglas Fuller, Fire Chief
David Bagley, Fire Chief
Steve Mishkit, Fire Chief

Past Firefighters

John Crowne

Lynne Smith

Louis Englehardt

Billy-jo Leonard

Jen Edmonds

Brian Beattie

Leslie MacIntyre

Richard Eaton
Richard Lanphere
Dennis Beattie
Scott Sargeant
Ide Sargeant
Elwin Shirley