Santa Claus Volunteer Fire Department

The magical town of Santa Claus can be found in Spencer County, just seven miles south of Interstate 64. A visit to this town will make you believe it is Christmas, no matter the time of year. Organized in 1974, the 21 all-volunteer members respond to 120 runs each year. SCVFD provides Fire and Medical First-Responder protection to 18 square miles including portions of Carter, Clay and Harrison Twp's. Their area also includes the Holiday World Amusement Park, Lake Rudolph Campground and the town's 2 private residential developments; Christmas Lake Village and Holiday Village.

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Santa Claus Town Hall and Fire Station - N. Holiday Blvd and North Louis J Koch Blvd
Built in 1972, the fire department originally occupied the left 2 bays (w/ 3 apparatus) while the water dept had the right 2 bays. This continued until the early 1990's. A new 6-bay station is being built up the road with completion scheduled near the end of 2012. The new firehouse will be roughly 5x larger than their current cramped quarters. Additional aerial and extrication apparatus are under consideration for the future to expand the department's capabilities.

Engine 1 "Rudolph" - 2005 Kenworth T300/2009 Ferrara (H-4252) - 1500gpm/750gal
Rudolph responds first-due for all fire calls and includes a 10kw generator.

Engine 1 "Rudolph" - 2005 Kenworth T300/2009 Ferrara (H-4252) - 1500gpm/750gal


Rudoph's Red Nose
Continuing the tradition from their previous apparatus, this generation of Rudoph also includes a custom LED "red nose" on the hood.

Tanker 2 "Blitzen" - 1998 Freightliner FL120/2008 Osco - 500gpm/3000gal
Blitzen is second-due for all fire calls to non-hydrant areas.

Tanker 2 "Blitzen" - 1998 Freightliner FL120/2008 Osco - 500gpm/3000gal


Rescue 3 "Comet" - 2009 Ford F-550/2010 Gerrys Automotive (#110) - 350gpm/210gal
Comet is first-due for all medical calls and brush/grass fires.

Rescue 3 "Comet" - 2009 Ford F-550/2010 Gerrys Automotive (#110) - 350gpm/210gal


Engine 4 "Dasher" - 1993 Pierce Dash Pumper (E-7694) - 1250gpm/1000gal
When the department chose Pierce to build their second pumper, all of those involved again brought up the idea of naming the apparatus. The solid red 1993 Dash was fittingly delivered as "Dasher." Dasher responds as the second-due engine.

Engine 4 "Dasher" - 1993 Pierce Dash Pumper (E-7694) - 1250gpm/1000gal


In December 2006, Code 3 Collectibles released a highly-detailed, limited edition Holiday Release of a 1/64 model of Dasher.


Brush 5 - 1986 Ford F250/1990 Stahl/Evansville Truck Equip - 250gpm/300gal
When this apparatus was purchased new, it was just a pickup bed. After enhancements were made, it served for more than 20 years as SCVFD's primary brush truck. It now responds second-due.

Brush 5 - 1986 Ford F250/1990 Stahl/Evansville Truck Equip - 250gpm/300gal


Former Engine 1 "Rudolph" - 1974 Ford F-750/Pierce - 750gpm/750gallon
The department's first piece of fire apparatus still responded first-out for more than 30 years. During the construction process, Pierce employees suggested naming the apparatus to reflect the town's unique identity. Department officials loved the idea and the yellow rig was delivered as "Rudolph" complete with a red flashing nose on the hood. While retired, this apparatus is still kept by the department.

Appreciation is extended to Chief Edward Hagedorn and Asst Chief Max Martin for providing information and assisting with photographs.