12/19/09 319 W - + 3 - 6 Black Mountain Fire Aid, 1930

From the North Carolina Fire Prevention Bulletin, April 1930:

Fire Aid to Black Mountain Township

The Black Mountain Fire Department will be able to respond to alarms from almost any point in Black Mountain township if residents of the township cooperate with the department in putting into effect a plan worked out by the firemen during the past few weeks. The plan involves the purchase of a fast, light truck designed to operate over all roads in any weather, and equipped with a chemical outfit and emergency water pump particularly suited to conditions in the outlying country where water mains and hard surface roads are not available.

Study of the fire department records for the past few years has shown that two out of every three calls come from territory outside the town limits. Despite the fact that the costs of the fire truck and the maintenance of the department are borne by the town of Black Mountain and not by the township, excepting in one or two individual instances, calls outside of the city are cheerfully answered, in many cases however, it is impossible to use the big LaFrance pumper because of the lack of water mains, and at times the heavy truck is unable to reach the fire because of the poor condition of the country roads.

The plan is believed to provide cheap insurance for country residents at the cost estimated, and the firemen are showing their good will in the matter by their offer of better service, and their willingness to assume the additional work and responsibility the additional truck will entail. The firemen plan to start work on their project within the next few weeks.

Did the plan come to fruition? Unknown. The Black Mountain Fire Department history page makes no mention of the truck, but the above implementation may have also escaped historical record. Perhaps some western readers can advise.

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