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