08/29/14 345 W - + 3 - 1 Former Fire Departments of Buncombe County

One of the reasons I'm excited about Brian Lawrence's book Firefighting in Buncombe County (see prior posting) is the information he's provided about former fire departments. That's a passion of mine, researching and documenting fire departments that are no longer around. Even have a database on my findings.

Needless to say, I will be parsing Brian's book in detail for details about Buncombe departments of yore. Looks like this is the line-up, when comparing his findings to mine. Will be reviewing and then updating my database.

This is awesome! Growing up in Western NC I didn’t even know about a few of these departments, especially West Asheville FD, Ridgecrest FD and Mount Pisgah Academy FD. I will definitely be purchasing the arcadia book.
BFD1151 - 08/29/14 - 14:13

Some of the apparatus operated by these departments:

Amcel FD
1942 International/American LaFrance 500/150, #B-1403, shipped 8/14/42 to Scottdale, PA, painted green (!), purchased by Amcel circa 1960.

Beacon FD – Beacon Manufacturing plant
Dodge/National foam pumper. Donated to Swannanoa FD around 1976.

Biltmore Estate
Rumsey & Company “light village hook & ladder truck,” proposed for purchase in document dated June 20, 1900. Presume hand-drawn.

Biltmore Forest
Packard/American LaFrance Type 91, #L-324, shipped 2/27/29, sold to Nebo, NC
1959 Ford/American LaFrance F-750, 750/500.
1980 Ford C/Grumman Firecat F-10, #16048, 1000/1000, sold to Crestline VFD as E722 in 1995
1987 Ford C/Pierce, 1250TM/750, #E3647, sold to Crestline VFD as E721 in 1995

Biltmore Village
Hand hose wagon by 1907
1916 American LaFrance Type 20 combination #1075, shipped 2/24/16 to Manning SC, traded in by Seagrave and sold to Biltmore on 2/27/25.
1926 Ahrens-Fox triple combination 750/80, #1708. Contract signed on 9/29/25. Later transferred to Asheville FD, then sold to private owners, and currently owned by Ken Menke in Webster Groves, MO.

Enka FD – American Enka plant
1916 American LaFrance Type 12 triple combination, shipped 4/6/16 to Yonkers, NY, later listed in John Peckham registry as located in Enka.
1920s ? Ford with 90 gallon chemical tank, shown page 89 of Arcadia book. Same as 1916 above?
1940s ? pumper, shown page 91
1947 American LaFrance 700 Series pumper, 750/?, shipped 11/11/47, #L-3257
1951 ? Dodge ? tanker ?, 1000 gallons, Engine/Unit 2, shown page 93, built by employees in 1951
1959 Ford F600/Darley pumper, front-mounted pump
1972 Ward LaFrance Ambassador, 1250/500, #80-774, Engine 1, sold to Buladean, NC, then private owner there.

Kenilworth FD
1918 American LaFrance
Knox fire engine by 1925. Perhaps same as above, 1918 Knox/ALF?

Mount Pisgah Academy
1920s or 1930s pumper, shown page 97
1941 International pumper, 250/?, built in 1957 by Enka FD for MPAFD, shown page 97
1930s or 1940s pumper, donated by Tacoma Park, MD, shown page 99.

Oteen FD
1918 American LaFrance Type 75 triple combination, #2234, shipped 6/18/18, sold to Meriden, MS, on 4/8/35.
1947 Jeep/Boyer with front-mounted pump, Boyer #J-130.
1957 International Harvester/Howe, Howe #10169.

Ridgecrest Community Center FD
1957 Chevy pick-up with tank and pump in bed
1978 Ford/FMC, 300/150, shown page 99.

West Asheville FD
Two hand hose reels

Thanks to Micah Bodford for some of this data!
Legeros - 08/29/14 - 21:09

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