Where It All Began
On on November 23, 1993 a community meeting to discuss the formation of Wilderness Volunteer Fire Department was hosted by Marvin "Mac" McClung (Founding Chief), Charles Hayslette, and Toots Deitz. Also in attendance were County Commissioner Don Hartley, and Roger Criste from Nuttall Fire Department.
After confirmation by the Nicholas County Commission, founding members received donations of used equipment and gear from fire departments all over state. The first fire engine was parked in firefighter Don Williams' garage, where the department had to buy coal to feed the stove to keep everything from freezing.
In September, 1994 builders broke ground to start construction on our current station!
On Novemember 27, 1994 Wilderness Volunteer Fire Department ran our first call to a vehicle fire in Mount Nebo.
In July of 2016, WVFD's membership came together to implement our very own EMS operations to enhance coverage to the WVFD fire district. This decision came with a definite need for our district.
By June of 2017, that idea was brought into fruition as a volunteer-based service and with much hard work and dedication by members has since prospered into a set-shift, combination volunteer and paid service.