Fire History

Derby Fire and Rescue has been operating as a full-time city department since 2005, after more than 50 years of service from the volunteer department. Fire Chief Brad Smith came on board in 2004 to help establish the groundwork for full-time staff. Chief Smith retired in 2019 when our current Fire Chief John Turner replaced him. In addition to the Fire Chief, there are 24 full-time firefighters, 11 part-time firefighters, approximately 10 volunteers, and a Deputy Fire Chief.

The department continues the tradition of outstanding service to the citizens of Derby by delivering fire protection, medical first response service, fire prevention education, and fire safety inspections in the community. The department ensures the highest level of training needed to keep fire personnel prepared for any event. In addition, volunteer firefighters are utilized to provide service in a backup capacity to the city’s full-time staff.

Derby Star Article (Sept. 1956)
Fire History Photo Gallery

12 Original Members of the Derby Volunteer Fire Department