01/17/10 130 W, 1 I - + 11 - 10 Sanford Central Fire Station, 1956

This image of Central Fire Station in Sanford appeared in the November 1956 issue of Hose & Nozzle. The station was part of the Town Hall building at 143 Charlotte Avenue, built in 1909. The building still stands and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The fire department relocated to 2220 Woodland Avenue in 1968. Click to enlarge.

And here's a nice page of Sanford Fire Department history, include an extensive page of historical photos. Early and later personnel, apparatus, include, etc. Included are images of Mitchell's Department Store, that burned on March 14, 1980. Sanford firefighter Billy Ray Faircloth died that day, after his air supply ran out, after being trapped inside. That incident was recently recounted in a Fire & Rescue Journal article, in the OSFM's newsletter.

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