Staunton Fire Department 100 years old
June 21, 2023
On Feb. 2, 1923, the Staunton Volunteer Fire Department officially came into existence with a vote of the Staunton City Council. A 1923 REO fire engine with an open cab and 250-gallon-per-minute pump had already been purchased, so now they just needed the manpower to respond to fires.
At that same meeting, Mayor Paul D. Weiss appointed Tony Safko as fire chief. Chief Safko then appointed Charles Franz and Walter Stiegemeier as assistant chiefs. A total of 20 members signed on as the initial members of the department, each paying $1 as a membership fee. The department was supported by the ci...