11/01/08 158 W, 1 I - + 9 - 18 Oteen Fire Department


This scan of a photocopy is from Souvenir Book of U.S. Veterans' Hospital, circa 1922. Part of the North Carolina Collection at Pack Memorial Library in Asheville, it was compiled and edited by Joseph and Mildred Bernstein. The pictured apparatus, perhaps an American LaFrance, is shown on a page titled "Our Fire Department." The page notes "Oteen is well provided for in case of fire. Although the buildings are of temporary structure, every precaution has been taken to minimize fire hazards. The Fire Department is very efficient and well equipped with the latest improved apparatus. Fire drills are frequent and the department has always done such commendable work at these drills that the patients feel that if a fire should break out their firemen would curb it before much damage was done." OFD was active until at least 1955. Read about the Oteen Veterans Hospital historic district today. Click to enlarge:
 




It does look like an ALF. I’ll have to check some old photos to be sure. I do like the bell at the tail board, though.
DJ - 11/01/08 - 13:18



  
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