11/06/07 125 W, 1 I - + 15 - 12 South of the Border

Reporting from the road. Here's part of "Pedro's Fire Department" at South of the Border. Two single-bay building sections on opposite sides of a back street. One truck in each building, a dusty red Ford/Howe of 1960s vintage, and a cleaner orange FMC of 1980s vintage. The red truck is unlettered, the orange truck says "South of the Border Fire Department." Signs in front of each building say "this fire truck to be used only on South of the Border property" and "stay out of drivers seat unless fully approved by the Fire Chief." There is a siren atop a nearby building that summons the presumably volunteer fire brigade. You never sausage a place.

Say it aint so….....

There’s 3 essential things needed here…

1)Make sure the lights are installed under the chassis
2)Turn down the Q and turn up the accordion driven music
3)Don’t forget your sombrero
jetexas (Email) - 11/06/07 - 18:59

If memory serves, there are some pictures of private theme park apparatus in Leo Duliba’s excellent book “Industrial & Private Fire Apparatus: 1925-2001 Photo Archive,” http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1... Around the Triangle, IBM had a Ford cab-over pumper protecting their RTP plant in the early 1990s. CP&L’s Harris Plant also had a pumper. A century earlier, there was private fire equipment— most likely hose reels— at State College, Saint Augustine College, and Dorothea Dix State Hospital.
Legeros - 11/06/07 - 21:28

I am confused, is it a functional fire “department”
Concerned Taxpayer - 11/07/07 - 00:31

Years and years ago, I stopped at SOTB and asked about the fire station. I never saw the truck. I was told they started that becasue at the time there was not a ‘reliable’ fire department that would respond there, given the number of people there at any given time. Of course, that was back in the 70s.
DJ (Email) - 11/07/07 - 13:22

Oakland Volunteer Fire Dept in located Hamer SC would be who covers that area. (approx 6 miles away) along with Rowland Rural FD in Rowland NC (about 3.5 miles away)

Concerned Taxpayer, it’s just for fun, it is NOT a functional dept.

That would be the day that the fireworks place goes up!!!!
Beach - 11/07/07 - 17:23

Based on these pictures, it appears that the S.O.B. infrastructure is providing at least a minimal degree of fire protection, http://www.legeros.com/ralwake/photos/20..
Legeros - 11/07/07 - 18:12

The siren atop the building looks like swift creeks.
4447 - 11/07/07 - 21:43

Same model. It was a Federal that was sold by Darley with a rounded dome rather than the sharper one. Swift Creek, Apex, and New Hope had these in Wake County. Elevation, Bethany, and Micro had them in Johnston County.
DJ (Email) - 11/07/07 - 23:03

I used to work there as a security guard a couple of years ago.The security officers and a few workers from the shops were assigned to the fire dept.Dillion County Fire Dept. and Rowland Rural Fire responded to any reported fire on the S.O.B. property.At the time myself and one other guard were the only two that really new anything about fire fighting.When we started there the red truck wouldn’t even run,before I left there we had it running and pumping.I was told the fire trucks were bought to lower their insurance premiums.As far as the firefighting abilities:anything except a grass or brush fire had to be handled by DCFD or RRFD.Thats the way it was then,I understand management has changed.
[jeremy meares] (Email) (Web Site) - 11/09/07 - 15:24

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