12/19/08 101 W, 1 I - + 10 - 9 Derita Fire Station


Seen during a day trip to Charlotte, here's the former Derita fire station at 2715 W. Sugar Creek Road. Same is a graphics company, appropriately named Firehouse Graphics. The Derita Fire Department was formed in 1951 and ceased operation as a fire department in 1994-95. They continued operation as a rescue squad. What other former Meck County fire stations are still standing? Also, did DFD have an earlier station? There was interesting looking brick building with a single bay, on the opposite side of West Sugar Creek Road, about a quarter-block north of this building. Click to enlarge:
  




Last comment didn’t post, so this will be the short version….

Moores Chapel VFD is in the 1200 blk of Rhyne Rd (formerly Moores Chapel Rd).

Woodlawn VFD is in the 8100/8200 blk of Nations Ford Rd and now appears to be empty. I think MEDIC used to run out of there also.

Oakhurst VFD originally opened in the 4500 blk of Monroe Rd (now Oakhurst Elementary) and then moved down to the 5400 blk of Monroe Rd (now the Plaza Appliance Mart). Once they merged with Idlewild, they moved out to their (Idlewild VFD) current location at 10241 Idlewild Rd.

Hickory Grove VFD had a station at 6115 Hickory Grove Rd (near Susan Dr). Their station #2 (which is now Robinson VFD) is out on Mecklenburg Shrine Club Rd. When they merged all equipment went to that station. Not sure about the station on Hickory Grove Rd, but Robinson still runs out of the station on Mecklenburg Shrine Club Rd and added two bays to the original 4 bay station.

Newell VFD originally operated out of the service station in the 8500 blk of Old Concord Rd. The service station added an extra bay to house the fire truck. As of the last time I drove by there the service station was still there. Newell now operates out of a station almost directly behind the service station on Newell Baptist Church Rd.

That’s all I’ve got for now.
Luke - 12/20/08 - 03:58

Here’s Woodlawn, via Google Street View; http://tinyurl.com/73pcnq

Here’s Newell, the service station with the extra bay: http://tinyurl.com/86oztb
Legeros - 12/22/08 - 08:41

And here’s the old Statesville Road VFD station at 3315 Lake Road, http://tinyurl.com/6we7jz
Legeros - 12/22/08 - 08:52

When they renamed the segment of Moores Chapel Rd to Rhyne Rd there was some confusion about the blk numbers. I know the residents directly across from Moores Chapel VFD and their house number is in the 9800 blk. of Rhyne Rd. Google maps show the block number going down to 9700, then jumping to 1100 and going down from there. I know, totally confusing… but I believe it was done to prevent any U.S. Mail confusion for the residents along the stretch of road that was re-named. They kept their same block number, just changed the name of the street.

So when all is said and done, the Moores Chapel VFD station is actually in the 9800 blk of Rhyne Rd. Type in 9856 on Google Maps.
Luke - 12/22/08 - 14:33

My grandfather was a member of Derita VFD when it was organized and remained a member into the 1970’s. My father was a member and assistant chief in the department for a number of years. Derita remained in service until 1997 when they, as well as the Pinocha fire department went out of business. Derita remained in service as a rescue squad and continued to cover one half of the Mallard Creek fire district( which was split with Newell rescue) and a portion of the Long Creek fire district. Derita merged with the Charlotte Life Saving Crew a few years before they went out of business, which allowed them to run pin-in and rescue responses throughout Mecklenburg county. The two engine co’s ( ford c-8000’s) were sold to the Flowe Store FD in Cabarrus county. The brush truck was sold to Cooks Community FD and the Rescue truck was eventually sold to Mallard Creek FD which then beacme a first responder. Many of Derita’s members joined Mallard Creek. A few members went with Long Creek and Huntersville FD’s and some retired all together. The department did run out of the Puckett’s farm equipment building until the building across the street was built shortly after. The building started as a two bay and eventually had a third was added. The wooden training tower on the side of the building was added just prior to going out of business. The original fire truck purchased by the department in 1950 was a 1950 Ford F-5 with 500 gallons of water and a Darley 500 GPM front mount pump. This truck remained in service for about 15 years and was eventually sold to Farmer ( now Woodleaf ) FD in Cabarrus county. The truck now belongs to me and I’m in the process of being put back in it’s opriginal condition.
Brett Cochran (Email) - 03/01/09 - 20:21

Wilkinson Blvd VFD (the building) still stands on Little Rock Rd. just north of Wilkinson Blvd. The original building was on Wilkinson Blvd near Ashley Rd. This was the oldest in Mecklenburg, 1943
Tim - 01/02/12 - 19:48



  
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