Princeton Fire and Rescue

Princeton Fire and Rescue proudly protects 2500 people living in an area of 49 square miles. We operate out of one stations that protect a primarily rural area. Our department is a public department whose members are on a volunteer status.

Historical Highlights of the Princeton Fire Department The Princeton Volunteer Fire Department was begun on February 14, 1933 by seven citizens interested in fire protection for the town. In June of the same year Herb Peitscher became a member. In 1940 the Princeton Town Council appointed Mr. Peitscher fire chief, a position he held until 1981. Through those years Herb was well liked and respected for his expertise and dedication. On May 21, 1946 Chief Peitscher received high honors at the Ames, Iowa Firemens Convention. He was winner in the one man evolution contest which was a demonstration of laying 250 ft. of 2 1/2 inch hose to an upstairs window in three minutes. The first Princeton fire truck was a converted Cadillac hearse with a pump installed. But in October 1940 the fire department acquired its first new fire truck through member Hilding Lunds Garage. It was a Chevrolet 6-cylinder truck with a 500 gallon per minute pump. This was the first line pumper until 1965 when the department received its new 1965 Chevrolet pumper, again through the H.E. Lund Garage. It remained the back-up pumper until 1985 when the Mack pumper/tanker was brought into service. The 1940 truck is still with the fire department but is now driven only for parades. Over the years 161 different people from town and the near-by area have volunteered their time to be members of the fire department. At this writing, Harold (Skinny) Woomert had the distinguished record of having the longest serving time of any Princeton fireman. He became a member in 1934. Harold retired in 1990. Submitted by Alan Shaw Department Mission Statement The mission of the Princeton Fire Department is to preserve life and property and provide the highest level of emergency service to all residents of Princeton and the surrounding rural area and communities through the concept of mutual aid in Fire, Rescue, EMS, Emergency and community involvement. We strive to promote Fire, and Life Safety Education and public awareness to help prevent and prepare for emergencies. Above all we shall assist the members of our community and their families in time of need and enhance community pride through the dedication of our trained and cohesive team of members