Chief John D. Ragsdale of the Nashville Fire Department organized the Nashville Fire Buff Club in 1952. Throughout the 67 plus years of service, the mission of our club has remained the same: To serve the men and women of the Nashville Fire Department.
We now provide Rehab Services to all First Responders including Fire, Police, EMS, OEM and any other First Responder in need of rehab 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are staffed with 100% Volunteers and operate on donations that we receive.
Currently, Box 55 responds to all working fires and by special request to other emergency situations such as search and rescue, SWAT, Haz-Mat, major MVA’s and other extended operations. Box 55 is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization of volunteers and operates solely on donations and contributions.
Refreshments are served out of a customized 18 foot response truck. This truck is equipped with a microwave, all aluminum cabinetry and 2 coffee makers. This vehicle also carries misting fans, lighting, a generator, folding chairs, a kerosene heater and a cooler of cold drinks and snacks.
Box 55 members are alerted by pager and respond 24 hours, 7 days a week when needed. Based on protocol, one or two members drive the rehab unit to the incident scene, while other members will arrive in their personal vehicle.
A monthly meeting is held every third Thursday at various Nashville Fire Department Stations to address the needs of the organization and to provide training. Visitors are always welcome to attend. Check the events tab for further information.
As the demands and definitions of rehab continue to change, Box 55 is dedicated to changing and growing with them. Our goal—to respond quickly when called and to provide rehabilitation and re-hydration to the fire department—remains the same.