12/25/09 809 W - + 10 - 7 History Bits

Random fire department facts, found in recent research and notably those handy Hose & Nozzle back issues.

American LaFrance-Foamite Corporation advertised having a representative in Asheville in the Hose & Nozzle issues in 1952. Ads for Howe and Oren ("The south's only fire truck manufacturer") were also placed.

Burgaw Volunteer Fire Department changed its name to Pender Central Fire Department by June 1971. They either reverted back, or formed a second department, as BFD appears to exist today.

East Spencer moved into a new station by April 1968, relocating from their Henderson Street station to the town garage on Spencer Street. They answered 27 (!) alarms in 1967. Read some early history of ESFD and their black firefighters.

Eureka Fire Hose advertised in September 1952. Located in Charlotte, their manager was Sherwood Brockwell Jr. Son of the state's longtime fire marshal.

Motorola Communications & Electronics Inc. announced its moving in May 1953 from the Capital Club Building in Raleigh to East Trinity Avenue Extension in Durham.

Mt. Airy was building a new fire station in September 1952. Cement block building, 40 by 50 feet, built with community labor and donations. And to be used for recreation and community activities.

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Roseboro was building a new fire station in September 1952. Built by firefighters, not the town.

Scott Air-Paks were sold by Southern Oxygen Company in Greensboro in 1952. They also sold Onan "electric plans." Portable! Stationary! Standby! The company had been selling for 24 years.

Shift Changes

Siler City in September 1952 had 26 members with four vacancies. Men were paid 50 cents each meeting, and 50 cents per call where water was used. They answered approximately 15 (!) calls per year. Apparatus: 1926 International/Foamite-Childs hose wagon, 1942 Seagrave pumper. Fire alarm by street boxes, electric siren, and a radio station (!) that interrupted local programming.

Washington was authorized by Beaufort County commissioners to purchase a rural fire truck by April 1968. The county was funding the truck which would allow WFD to continue to protect residences and industries outside the city limit. The board also agreed to pay the city approximately 20 percent of the fire department's operating expenses on a month-to-month basis, until other arrangements could be made for rural fire protection.

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