History of American Fork Fire & Rescue
American Fork Fire & Rescue is a proud organization that started with humble and modest beginnings. The organizing meeting was held in the American Fork City Hall May 1, 1910. The most experienced fire firefighter among them, William Firmage, was elected Fire Chief. The group met 2 days later to name several committees. John Robinson, F.G. Wheeler and Stephen L. Anderson were named to the By-Laws Committee and directed to draft a suitable document for the new department.
American Fork Fire & Rescue was historically a volunteer organization. It began with 23 concerned citizens and has grown into a modern, effective fire protection unit. After his appointment in 2009, Chief Garcia implemented many new innovative training and safety practices. Dorm rooms were completed to accommodate staffing, new Captains and Lieutenants were promoted, Wildland crews were sent out to help other cities and states; City business inspections, site plan reviews, hydrant inspections and replacements were also conducted to insure community safety.
In January 2017, Aaron Brems filled the Fire Chief position. In his short, yet impactful time as Chief, Chief Brems has diligently spent countless hours building the future of American Fork Fire & Rescue. Implementing a strategic growth plan to improve the safety and well being of the citizens of American Fork. 2018 brought on the hire of Battalion Chief Eddie Hales. With Chief Brems and BC Hales the work to become the “Best” has only just started. In 2019 American Fork Fire & Rescue be expanding with new growth and the construction of Station 52, scheduled to open late 2019.