The Vernon Township Fire Protection Territory was formed July 1, 2020. The Territory is located in the northwest corner of Hancock County, Indiana. Vernon Township Fire Department (VTFD) protects the citizens of the Town of Fortville, the Town of McCordsville and the unincorporated rural area of Vernon Township.
VTFD is staffed by career, paid part-time and reserve firefighters to serve all of Vernon Township in Hancock County, Indiana. Personnel staff two stations. Station 431 is located in Fortville and provides 24/7 coverage with enough staffing for an engine and a paramedic ambulance. Station 432 is temporarily housed in "Station 8" leased from the McCordsville Volunteer Fire Department. The McCordsville station houses three firefighters 24/7 in a modular building on the property as temporary housing. The engine is certified for advanced life support. The crew cross-staffs a rescue, tanker and grass rig. Land has been purchased to build Station 432 and design work is underway. Construction is anticipated to start in the spring of 2022.
The line personnel are supported by the Fire Corps comprised of volunteers that provide rehabilitation by means of hydration and active cooling at long duration incidents.
VTFD has taken delivery of two new engines. The first full-time firefighters and paramedics were hired in October of 2021. The Department strives to grow with this ever-changing community.