Round Hill Volunteer Fire Company began in October of 1948 by a group of individuals that resided in the Back Country of Greenwich, to help reduce the extended response times of downtown units to their area. Those individuals comprised of both estate workers and estate owners and they worked together to create RHVFC. In the early creation of RHVFC, its members purchased a used 1924 pumper that was dubbed “Old Smokey”, and was housed in an old barn located on the corner of Round Hill and Old Mill Rds. “Old Smokey” was put into service and over the years saw quite a bit of action while working side by side with the units from downtown.
In 1953, the department made its first new purchase of fire engine to upgrade the 29 year old pumper. In 1957 the old barn was torn down and the department built what are the original 3 bays of the building that the department sits in today. From there Round Hill expanded its fleet with a 1969 pumper with a diesel engine, a first in Greenwich. Also within its fleet, was an old 1971 oil truck, which was converted into the town’s first tanker to carry water. It has also been a first within Greenwich, as there were only a few hydrants outside of the downtown service area.
With the expansion in services, and the ever changing nature of the fire service, the department found itself putting on an additional fourth bay to house in 1972. Out of the six volunteer departments, RHVFC is proud to say that they were the first on the town of Greenwich to have a female member, who later went on to be a pump operator, and even an officer. At present, the RHVFC, is very unique, in that it unlike the other volunteer fire companies in town, Round Hill remains all volunteers, whereas the other companies work as combination departments with GFD career staff. We are also unique in the fact that we offer a residency dorm program for some volunteers. It allows us to ensure that our department response times remain within standards, and also allows for camaraderie within the ranks.
Feel free to browse our website that, as this is also a first for us, but also be patient as we bring the website to its full capacity. In the upcoming weeks, there will be more photos added, membership applications downloads for any interested potential volunteers, and even the opportunity to purchase RHVFC logoed items, so check back frequently and most importantly thank you for visiting us.
We are a completely volunteer based company. We rely on donations from our wonderful community to help us fund the expense for much of our equipment. Our volunteers love to do what they do and it takes a lot of time and effort to reach the accomplishments that some of our members have reached. We are a close knit family that helps each other and also reaches out in the community to help when some of the worst fears become a reality.
A Firefighter's Prayer
When I'm called to duty, God
wherever flames may rage
give me strength to save a life,
whatever be its age
Help me to embrace a little child
before it is too late,
or save an older person from
the horror of that fate
Enable me to be alert
to hear the weakest shout,
and quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out
I want to fill my calling and
to give the best in me,
to guard my neighbor and
protect his property
And if according to your will
I have to lose my life
bless with your protecting hand
my children and my husband or wife.