HILLSBORO FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
By: Bill Haggard
A concerned group of citizens of the
The first Fire Chief of the Hillsboro Community Volunteer Fire Association was Richard “Dick” King, Sr., who would go on to serve some 37 years in various positions with the association and later the Hillsboro Fire Protection District.
Throughout 1949, the association planned
for a building and the purchase of a fire truck. The association decided to
sell fire tags and receive donations to support the fire department. In August
of 1949, a proposal was brought to the table by the Joachim Masonic Lodge to
donate land west of the county courthouse on what is now
In 1974, the volunteer association
decided it was time to enhance the fire protection in the area and form a fire
protection district. By a vote of the citizens, the Hillsboro Fire Protection
District was established. During the
same time frame, a new firehouse was constructed on
In the mid to late 1970s, Richard J.
King, Jr., the son of the first fire chief, took the helm at the Hillsboro Fire
Protection District. Chief King remained as Fire Chief until his retirement on
January 31, 2011. Chief King had 50 years of service with the original
association and the fire district. Chief King led many projects to enhance fire
protection for the
The following individuals have also served as the Hillsboro Fire Chief - Jack Koch, Martin Spiller, Lonnie Sellers, Walter Bonnarens and David Besand.
Today, the Hillsboro Fire Protection
District is led by Fire Chief Dave Scott. Chief Scott began his career with the
Hillsboro Fire Protection District as a volunteer firefighter in the mid-1980s.
Chief Scott was hired as the district’s Fire Marshal in 1989 and quickly rose
through the ranks serving as Captain, Deputy Chief and Assistant Chief. Chief
Scott was instrumental in the establishment of the Fire Prevention Bureau for
In 2011, the Hillsboro Fire Protection District consists of two engine houses, a fleet of 8 emergency vehicles and cutting edge firefighting equipment. The district currently employs 10 full-time personnel and has a dedicated staff of 20 volunteer firefighters. The projected budget for the fire district is $800,000.00, a far cry from the early days of selling fire tags and receiving donations. The fire district is deeply involved in fire prevention and community service. The Hillsboro Fire Protection District enjoys continued support and looks forward to what the future holds.