History & Overview
The Templeton Community Fire Department (TCFD) was formally organized by the Templeton City Council on October 20, 1886. The department had humble beginnings, starting with very basic fire- fighting equipment including a hand-pumper, hose cart, and a limited amount of linen hose. Ladders were soon added, and the first engine house was built in 1891. In 1893 a fire bell was acquired, and the City Council gave the Fire Department full responsibility of the fire apparatus. The Department’s first fire truck was put into service in 1924, and a new fire station was also constructed at this time.
In 1934, the Department acquired a second fire truck, and this truck was in service for over 50 years until it was sold in the early 2000’s to a department member. The truck has been restored and is still used in parades, as is the Department’s 1952 International pumper which is also now owned and maintained by a local family. The TCFD grew significantly over the years, acquiring new trucks and equipment as necessary and receiving training in various firefighting and emergency response techniques. Of particular note is the Department’s role in the beginning of the Carroll County First Responder Program, which was initiated by TCFD member Tom “Bunny” Walsh in 1984 to improve emergency medical response in cities without ambulance service.
Today the TCFD is a full-service, modern emergency response organization that is staffed entirely by local volunteers. The Department has a roster of 33 dedicated men and women who are well trained and who maintain the department’s equipment and facilities. The TCFD maintains two stations, including the original 1924 station and the newer 1979 station that recently received an updated façade. The TCFD has four trucks, including a 1987 GMC tanker, 1992 International Pumper, 1993 International Pumper/Tanker, and a 1994 Brush/Quick Attack. The Department’s EMS staff includes first responders, EMT-B’s and EMT-P’s and maintains and houses one of Carroll County’s seven ambulance units, a service that was added in 2001.
- Fire Department Board of Directors
- Fire Department Roster
- EMS Roster
- Past & Present Fire Chiefs
- Past & Present Assistant Fire Chiefs
Fire Department Roster
|Member||Line Officers||Active Date /
Year Joined Dept.
|Dale Prebeck||Fire Chief||1975|
|Dave Schwaller||Assistant Fire Chief||1977|
|Don Irlbeck||First Responder|
|Bill Prebeck||First Responder|
Past & Present Fire Chiefs
|Peter Murray||Late 30's - Early 40's|
|Dale Prebeck||1990 to present|
Past & Present Assistant Fire Chiefs
|Dave Schwaller||1990 to present|