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Walnut Street Fire Company No. 4

Residents in the community of Madison, Indiana have been volunteering as firefighters for Fire Company No. 4 since the 1800’s. Over the years members pulled hand-drawn hose reels, guided horses pulling fire hoses, jumped on the back of fire trucks and today, pull on their firefighting gear and buckle into a 2007 American LaFrance 100-ft aerial platform fire truck.

Walnut Street Fire Company No. 4 is one of six fire companies serving the City of Madison, Indiana. Members are not paid to fight fires, respond to fire alarms or to learn how to drive the green fire truck; however, they serve downtown Madison and the hilltop areas regardless of weather, time of day, personal events or sometimes, work schedules.

Volunteering and Training

All firefighters at Fire Company No. 4 are put through a series of firefighting training classes and training exercises before they’re allowed to actively participate in a fire run. Some of the volunteers choose to further their firefighter education and become certified drivers of the aerial platform fire truck, while others learn more about fire sciences and the latest firefighting techniques.

The Fire Company No. 4 website should help inform the Madison community and surrounding Indiana counties about our fire company, and provide training resources and information to our volunteer firefighter members through photographs, videos and other firefighting-related links. You’ll also find helpful information on the following topics:

Fires or fire alarms in Madison this year.

Photos taken on the firegrounds over the years

Firefighter training videos and training documents

The history of Madison’s Walnut Street Fire Company No. Four

Fire company news

How to become a volunteer firefighter for Fire Company Four

Members of Fire Company No. 4

Volunteer firefighter members of Fire Company No. 4 have completed hundreds of hours of training over the years and are committed to serving the City of Madison and surrounding communities. Some of our firefighters have been members for over 20 years and find many ways to assist on the fireground, even if they’re no longer able to wear full firefighting equipment and go inside a burning building.  We are proud of our firefighters who are all recognized below.

Administrative Officers

President, Karl Eaglin
Vice-President, Kevin McKay
Secretary, Cameron Rampy
Treasurer, Charles McKay
Messenger, Duane Hadley

Line Officers

Captain, James Thomas
First Lieutenant, Cody Arbuckle
Second Lieutenant, Doug Wehner
Engineer, John Schoenstein
Assistant Engineer, Anthony Thorne


Frank Taff
Bob Schoenstein
Kevin McKay


WSFC 4 Members:

Current Roster

Cody Arbuckle
Jack Bird
Travis Conover
Logan Gray
Duane Hadley
Chad McAllister
Charles McKay
Don McKay
Kevin McKay

Bill Poindexter
Cameron Rampy
Bob Schoenstein
John Schoenstein
Frank Taff
Dennis Tharpe
James Thomas
Doug Wehner

Capt. Thomas full of insulation


Charter Members (March 17, 1873):

Andrew Adams
Peter Biesen
John Diversy
Frank Dew
Jon Schnabel
Michael Grosmick
Joseph Heck
Nicholas Hill
Jacob Klein
John Lohrig
Johannes Nanmann
Peter Nanmann
Peter Robinis
Nicholas Roeder
Michael Scham
John Schilling
Download the MVFD Brochure.
City Battalion ChiefTravis Conover
City Fire InvestigatorDon McKay, Sr.
Standing CommitteeKevin McKay
Standing CommitteeBob Schoenstein
Standing CommitteeFrank Taff

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