Greetings from the Fire Chief PDF Print E-mail

As Fire Chief, I would like to thank the residents of the Village of Bluffton for their continued support and gratitude of the Bluffton Fire Department. The job that the volunteer does for our community goes above and beyond most calls of duty.  Whether it is being awaken in the middle of the night, being called away from dinner with family, holidays, sporting events, etc., the members of the Bluffton Fire Department sacrifice personal time to save other residents lives, property or both. Without your continued support we would not be able to provide the services that we provide. 

I am a third generation firefighter and at an early age had an interest in one day becoming a fireman. I have learned many things from firefighters of the past and present and hope to pass that knowledge onto the current members and future members alike. 

Once again, thank you for the opportunity to serve you, your family, and your friends.


Chief Jon Kinn

Bluffton Fire Department

History of the Bluffton Fire Department PDF Print E-mail

The council of the Village of Bluffton passed an ordinance on January 30th, 1893 to provide for the establishment of a fire department and creating an office of fire engineer for the Village of Bluffton, Allen County, Ohio. The council appointed the first fire chief, D.S. Bushy on May 28, 1894. The name of the original fire department was the Bluffton Cataract Fire Company No. 1. In 1896, the department was renamed the Bluffton Fire Department. The department consisted of 10 men and a fire chief.

The first fire department had a hose cart, engine, and a hook and ladder wagon. Today, the department is consists of 27 members and the fire chief. The fire department maintains 2 engines, 1 aerial platform, 1 tanker/pumper, 1 grass truck, and 1 equipment truck.

Volunteering for the Fire Department PDF Print E-mail

In the State of Ohio, a person must 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma or equivalent to take the Ohio Fire test. You must also attend a 36 hour Basic Fire Course and pass the State of Ohio test. Any person wishing to join the Bluffton Fire Department should contact any Bluffton Firefighter to obtain an application.

Fire Department Members PDF Print E-mail
Jon Kinn Chief
Mike Cox Assistant Chief
Nathan Jordan  Captain
Phil Myers Captain
Tim Essinger Lieutenant
Tony Pinks Lieutenant
Steve Hardesty  
Rick Skilliter  
Blane Miller  
Catherine Nye  
Scott Calvelage  
Chad Cupples  
Ross Emans  
John Bowers  
Rudi Kauffman  
Greg Probst  
Amy Gearing  
Mark DeLisle  
Eric Rayle  
Jim Painter  


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