Trenton Fire Department originally began as an all-volunteer department in 1901. In 1914 a Ford Model-T was purchased to replace the original horse-drawn pumper. In 1938 the Fire Department bought a 1937 Ford fire truck to better suit the needs of the public. The city still owns this apparatus and in 1996 it was restored to its current condition thanks to a donation from the Trenton Lions Club; it can still be seen in parades to this day. On March 30, 1964, the Trenton Rescue Squad was organized to provide the citizens with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) care for the first time.
In 1994 TRS advanced to providing Paramedic level of care. This continued until November 1, 2006, when the city council voted to give primary EMS responded to the Trenton Fire Department. In 2013 the Fire Department became a combination department and began staffing firefighter/ Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to provide EMS and Fire Suppression.
Trenton Fire Department responds to over 1,700 calls for service annually. Approximately 1500 calls for service are requests for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), approximately 200 of these calls are fire related. Trenton Fire Department operates on a first emergency first basis, in which responders cross staff units depending on the type of call that is received. Example: EMS call for service receives an Ambulance and ALS chase vehicle. A fire related call for service will receive a fire apparatus.
Currently, the Fire Department staffs 1 Part-time Fire Chief, 4 Part-time Firefighters/EMT's 24 hours a day, around the clock.