VFD to have open house
The public is invited to an open house at the new Versailles fire
station on Saturday, June 19 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The new facility
is located at 1869 S. Industrial Park Road, Versailles (south on
According to Chief Ben Sieverding, the facility was made possible
by many donations, fundraising and continuing fundraising activities
by the Versailles Volunteer Fire Department.
The department is thankful to the many donors including (but not
limited to): a Community Focus Fund Grant, Rising Sun Regional Foundation,
Ripley County Community Foundation, Ripley County Commissioners,
Town of Versailles, Johnson Township, Mike Holman Excavating, Lowes
of Madison, Gilpin Signs and Monuments, Tom Moore, Joe Halcomb Family,
Friendship State Bank, Demaree Trucking, Southeastern Career Building
Trades program, and the many who donate at the department boot drives.
The new facility leaves room for expansion with its eight truck
bays, maintenance room, meeting/training room, two offices, kitchen/day
area, fitness room, bathrooms/showers, and additional space for
bunk areas if needed in the future. This station will serve
the Versailles community for many years to come and will provide
the capability to grow as our community continues to grow,
He invites the public to stop by and see the new facility and meet
their volunteer firefighters. He also invites those who might be
interested in joining their team to come join us and help
serve your community as a volunteer firefighter.
Sieverding says the Versailles department has been the busiest in
the county for the past five years, including 409 emergency calls
in 2009 and 170 emergency calls to date in 2010. This takes
a tremendous amount of commitment from these volunteers and does
not include the countless hours spent on training and maintaining
the equipment, noted Sieverding.
Besides Chief Sieverding, the other members are: Jamie Vest, assistant
chief; Chuck Gunter, Adam Hunger, Alex Hafft, captains; Randy Hornsby,
Dwight Bauman, and Matt Wright, lieutenants; Rob Cole, Brian Jackson,
Gary Back, Sean Furlow, Pete Holcomb, Josh Cumberworth, Derick Holcomb,
Sean Guenther, Bryan Buchanan, Jeremy Moore, Jim Hartman, Chris
Richmond, Zach Halcomb, and Abe Hildebrand, firefighters.
All are volunteers who provide fire protection, technical rope rescue,
EMS first response, auto extrication, and many other services to
the Versailles and surrounding communities.