|History of Wren Volunteer Fire Department|
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|In The Beginning...
The Wren Fire Department was established in 1978 as the first rural fire department in Monroe County. At that time the department received a pumper truck from the county. The county made no provisions to the department and provided no money to house or operate the vehicle. The department began fund-raising projects immediately to operate the vehicle and found a community resident to donate the use of a barn to house the truck. After many fund-raisers, and with some members of the board of directors signing personal loans for the department, a 40’ x 40’ building to house the truck was built in 1982. Later the fire department purchased a 1962 Chevrolet truck chassis and a 1000-gallon Army surplus water tank for the first tanker.
In 1991 the county began dividing part of its insurance rebates among the county fire departments, giving WVFD per year. This allowed the fire department to then start using some of the fund-raising money it received to upgrade and purchase more equipment with the long-range plan of being able to reduce the insurance rates for the community by achieving a lower fire protection class. That was accomplished in 2001 when the Wren Fire Dept became the first rural department in Monroe County to receive a Class-Nine fire rating and furthered in 2003 with a Class-Eight rating.