09/27/09 100 W, 1 I - + 10 - 7 Camp Butner Fire Department, 1942

Here's a lower-resolution photo of the Camp Butner Fire Department in 1942, the year the base opened. Seven vehicles are pictured with some 51 men. Looks likes seven pieces of fire apparatus, with a pair of American LaFrance 600 Series engines, perhaps? That would make it a pretty big department for its day. By way of comparison, Raleigh had five engines in 1942, plus two ladder trucks. Again, wonder how many of the members were full-time firefighters? We've blogged about CBFD before, which became Butner Public Safety. Perhaps readers can add more details. Click once or twice to enlarge:

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