12/22/09 276 W - + 9 - 6 Spray Fire Department, 1955

Speaking of what were once called the Tri-Cities in Rockingham County, Hose & Nozzle magazine featured the Spray Fire Department their October 1955 issue. They were formed in 1950 as a community effort to promote fire protection. In 1951 the town was incorporated, and the private corporation fire department turned over its apparatus and equipment.

By 1955, they had two stations sitting next to each other. Both were built by firemen, one funded by public subscription, and the other using town-furnished materials. Though the article doesn't say so, these were probably serving separate town and rural districts.

Apparatus consisted of a 1954 American LaFrance pumper, 750/150, with 1,250 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose, 300 feet of 1 1/2-inch hose, 150 feet of booster hose; and a 1947 Ford pumper with a second Chrysler engine powering a 500 GPM pump and equipped with a 1,000 gallon water tank. Other equipment included two air packs, and two-way radios on each truck.

Alarms were received by telephone, over a party-line that was monitored day and night. An electric siren notified the 31 volunteers of fire calls. Water was supplied by 127 hydrants, which were part of a water system that was interconnected with Leaksville and Draper.

The three departments answered calls with each other, and cooperated so closely that "they actually function almost as a single unit." When the merged city of Eden was created in 1967, the three fire departments merged. SFD became EFD Station 2.

That is, the municipal fire districts merged.

Leaksville Rural FD and Draper Rural FD operate today. Were they formed post-merger? Don't know. Spray Rural FD was organized in 1984 and operated until an unknown time. When disbanded, its rural district was split between LRFD and DRFD.

Eden FD’s fire district extends 2 miles out from the actual city limits. Draper Rural is housed in the same station as Eden station 2, while Leaksville rural has a new station a couple of miles outside of Eden. I don’t think Spray rural existed any after Eden incorporated (they would have had no fire district). I don’t know fore sure, but I don’t believe the “rural” designations came until after the formation of Eden from the 3 seperate towns.
Jason (Web Site) - 11/21/10 - 14:08

Also, Spray FD’s building (district is now served by Eden station 3), doesn’t exist (as least as a fire station) anymore. Eden station 3 is a newer station. However, Eden station 1 uses Leaksville FD’s old building and the same for station 2 and Draper.
Jason - 11/21/10 - 14:12

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