08/28/10 627 W - + 7 - 11 Engine 7 at Station 3, 1957

Time to revise a little bit of history. Engine 7 was placed in service at Station 7 on December 30, 1959. That much we have known for some time. But Engine 7 was also placed in service two years prior at Station 3. This is a newer piece of information that was found first in the Engine 7 log book, and then this morning in the Station 1 radio dispatcher log book. From the handwritten entries:

Engine 7 was placed in service at Station 3 on September 24, 1957, at 2:25 p.m.

A Shift
Capt. C. T. May
A. E. O'Neal
J. R. Jackson
R. D. Truelove
J. D. Partin

B Shift
Capt. S. J. Talton
V. H. Marshburn
J. Warren
Z. V. Burchette
H. J. Gosnell

Call volume was low, as these recorded activities for the first five days:

And two months later, Engine 7 was removed from service. The log book entry: "Engine 7 was removed from service on November 14, 1957, at Station 1."

What were the circumstances of the company's activation and brief period of service? Don't know. Could be anything from annexation, to insurance grading, to coverage issues. Don't know. More research is needed, and maybe skimming that period's newspapers might help. Ditto for reviewing the other station's log. And maybe asking some of the retirees who were around at that time. For now, it's time to update my history pages, including my RFD timelines and station histories.

Engine 7 Again

Two years later, the log book recorded "Eng Co. 7 moved into our new fire station today at 12:00 p.m. with the [Ford] squad truck."

A Shift
Capt. C. T. May
V. H. Marshburn
C. B. Dixon
J. S. Warren
W. K. Beasley

M. D. Williams
C. C. Narron

B. Shift
Capt. O. Summers
A. S. O’Neal
G. S. Harrison
W. L. Mitchell
L. A. Wood

N. D. Conyers
K. B. Smith

The first call was December 31, at 1310 East Jones Street, presumably engine. The first call for the squad truck at Station 7 was on January 1, 1960, to Devereaux Meadow, to “burn Xmas tree.”

Next calls for Station 7 were:

As well as other interesting activity including:

The firefighters that first year also changed hose, painted hydrants, inspected homes, received fuel oil, went to stations to get gas, changed the oil on the trucks, had schools on various subjects, and took the truck to radio shop for repairs. Plus sundry log book entries for personnel detailed to other stations, or on vacation.

Truck 7

In October 1960, the squad truck was replaced by a service ladder company.  Records the log book:

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