The Allen Fire Department was founded on February 18, 1953. The department was formed entirely of volunteers and required an initiation fee of two dollars to join. It operated under the motto "When Duty Calls 'Tis Ours to Obey."
Allen City Council members approved the department's constitution and by-laws on July 11, 1963.
Fire Department Milestones
1975: Ron Gentry becomes the first paid employee of the Allen Fire Department as the part-time fire chief.
1982: Station 2 is built; Allen hires six paid, full-time firefighters to supplement its volunteers.
1998: Fire Station 4 is built on Alma Drive.
2000: The Allen Volunteer Fire Department disbands; AFD becomes an all-paid department.
2002: Bill Hawley becomes Allen Fire Department's second fire chief. Central Fire Station opens.
2011: Station 5 opens; it is among the first stations in the U.S. to be LEED Platinum certified.