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Milton Fire Department
Station 85
116 Front Street
Milton, DE 19968

Phone: 302.684.8500
Fax: 302.684.0202

By the mid 1940’s the fire department needed a large facility and purchased the property of it’s current location on Front Street. In 1949 the construction of the lower bay of this building was begun and dedicated in 1950. That was a two story designed including housing for eight pieces of equipment, meeting, and recreation rooms along with a kitchen.

In 1954 Milton was honored by being selected to host the 34th DVFA Convention. The town was decorated from one end to the other with bunting and flags. With no hotel/motel base the town’s people opened their homes for the firemen & ladies to stay. Jack Ryan from New Castle County noted the uniqueness of the convention was the trade mark green beer that was severed in the souvenir steins. Graham Dill was President and Dr. James C. White was Vice President at the time.

1957 brought another milestone to our town with Life Member Owen Davis being appointed to the State Fire Commission. Owen was very active in the county, state and Delmarva’s Firemen’s Associations. 1970 brought another first in Milton with Earl Argo becoming Sussex County Firemen’s Association President followed by Lynn Rogers in the 1980’s and Dale Callaway in the 1990’s.

The 1950 building served us well and growth continued. In the 1960’s the Wilkerson property was purchased that is now our back bay for $40,000.00

In 1979 a committee was formed to look towards the future and a major construction project. The construction lasted 1½ years giving a face lift to the existing building and a major addition in the rear. On December 10, 1979, the Milton Ladies Auxiliary had 10 women successfully complete the Ambulance Attendant Course boosting the Ambulance Crews second to none at that time.

Milton Fire Department, Inc. and Ladies Auxiliary have always kept state of the art equipment with the financial support of the communities we serve and we thank them. The membership today stands proud of our fore fathers that laid the foundation that makes us what we are today. With their vision, today Milton protects and provides emergency services to the Town of Milton, Broadkill Beach, Prime Hook Beach, and the community of Harbeson, along with the rural areas around them that are experiencing explosive growth. Today you see the apparatus of Milton and other departments from throughout Delaware. The fire service of Delaware is family, we no longer grow as one department, the fire service grows together, we depend on each other more everyday with the specialized emergencies that we all face. From the department, county, to the state levels of our organizations, Ladies Auxiliary, Fire Police, Ambulance Association, Fire Chiefs and Administrative Bodies we move forward to an uncertain future with God as our Chief to guide us in that darkness.

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