A new 750GPM (gallon per minute) front mount
1962 a new building was built at its present location
on Fourth Street and new radios installed in all
apparatus. Membership increased from 25 to 30
members and in 1969 a committee was formed to
look at purchasing a new 1000GPM pumper. A call
for help came from Gallipolis for the Silver Bridge
disaster and to a large fire in Logan, Ohio. The
M&M Fire Department has never turned down a call
for help.
Malta & McConnelsville
Fire Department
Malta & McConnelsville Fire Department
McConnelsville, Ohio 43756
Phone: 740.962.3444
Fax: 740.962.4798

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The Malta & McConnelsville Fire Department (M&M)
was founded in 1930 with a hose cart and ladder  
McConnelsville purchased a Model A motorized fire
truck, it was equipped with two (2) 35-gallon pressure
water tanks including a hose reel for each tank. On
March 31, 1930 a meeting was organized by Mayor
Ed Shafer, and a group of eleven (11) men formed
the beginning of the Malta & McConnelsville Fire
Department. The men met in a small building behind
the court house. More men were added over the next
several weeks. A siren was purchased a year later
that replaced the "tolling of the bell" of the Court
House clock. Funds were received from dances,
saving tax stamps, festivals, bake sales, cistern
cleaning, steak fries, donations, and contracts.
With the Depression Years behind them things
looked up for the department. In 1941 a new truck
was purchased with the old Model A being traded in.
the world including for the department. Regular fire
either were drafted or volunteered for the war, so in
September 1942 an auxiliary was formed. 1946 a
new 500 gallon front mount pumper was purchased.
The Village turned over all its equipment to the
McConnelsville Fire Department (as it was know
then) and subsequently became the Malta &
McConnelsville Volunteer Fire Department.
In 1953 the department took delivery of its first
rescue pumper which had a front mount pump and
carried a resuscitator and other first aid equipment.
February 1957 saw the department first aerial quint
(pumper-ladder combination) at a cost of $30,000.00.
A new 1000GPM pumper was delivered which saw a
first of for the area in the form of a 21/2" "blitz line".
1972 the department bid on and received a contract
from the county Commissioners to provide the
county ambulance service. A building was added on
to the department to house the men and equipment.
With paid personnel, and backup from the
volunteers, the service has proven to be superior to
the public. 1977 saw delivery of a new 1500GPM
custom pumper, 1978 saw delivery of the Hurst tool
(Jaws of Life), and 1979 saw another extension
added on to the department in the form of meeting
room and offices.
A larger boat was added in 1991. 1992 saw a new
Rescue 3 being purchased. 1994 saw a second
story added to the building at a cost of
$300,000.00, and in 1998 the department went to a
Class 3 ISO rating after many years of planning.
The 21st century has seen so far the department
receiving three FEMA Grants (Assistance to
training burn building, three story training tower,
and turnout gear for the firefighters. A new 2500
gallon Engine/Pumper with Cass Air Foam System,
a new Rescue 3, and a new portable rescue boat.
A new phone system was installed in the
department, 1982 air bags were purchased and  
the first EMS levy was passed by the citizens. 1983
a 4-wheel drive Chevrolet pumper was purchased.
Thanks to Derry Fox for submitting
this picture
Circa: 1950's
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Truck 4 at Morgan County Fair
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Members in 1946
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Truck 1 in 1941
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Members in 1962
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No longer in business