City of Martins Ferry

Fire Department Celebrates 125 Years

Posted on: September 9, 2012

A host of state and local?officials joined members of the Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department?at a dinner marking the 125th anniversary of the organization.??Members were praised for their continuing commitment to volunteerism and service?for the protection of the community.

Past and Current Fire Chiefs with Chief Leaming (center)

Chief Jack Regis Jr.?and Assistant Chief Mike Reese accepted proclamations on behalf of the department from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, State Representative Jack Cera, and State?Senator Lou Gentile as well as from the Belmont County Commissioners.? Each official who spoke noted the importance of volunteering and serving the community.

State Senator Gentile Presents Proclamation

Regis Jr. and Reese also?recognized?all?active Martins Ferry firefighters including those with over 30 years of service.??Additionally, many past Martins Ferry Fire Chiefs were on hand to be recognized and honored.

Noting the difficulties facing the dwindling number of volunteer departments, Chief Jeff Leaming from the State Fire Marshal’s office stated, “The fires are just as hot, they burn just as fast, and the dangers are just as high?regardless of?whether or not the firefighter is paid or volunteers.? We are all brothers and sisters in service to our community.”

Betty Zane Days Are Here

Posted on: August 4, 2012

The Martins Ferry Betty Zane Days Festival sponsored by the Volunteer Fire Department is an annual event celebrating the heroine of Fort Henry (now Wheeling, West Virginia).

The Festival kicks off on Tuesday August 7th and features five days of entertainment, food, and carnival rides along with a Mushball Tournament (including a special game between the Police Department and Fire Department), and a parade on Saturday with an area fire department “water battle” to follow.

Pre-sale tickets for the carnival rides may be purchased at the City Building or Chamber of Commerce no later than Tuesday at 3pm.?

For more information contact Tom Regis at (740) 296-0123.

See you there!