10/05/10 166 W, 1 I - + 13 - 4 Rural Hall's First Fire Truck

As referenced in this prior thread, here's a picture of a 1941 Plymouth pick-up truck that served as first piece of fire apparatus for the Rural Hall Fire Department in Forsyth County. They organized in 1939, and bought the truck for $500. Plus another $25 to paint the thing red.

It was equipped with ladders, lanterns, extinguishers, and hose. Presumably for connecting to hydrants, and using hydrant pressure to fight fires. Their first pumping engine was added to the fleet in 1948.

The same thing was done around here in 1954, when the newly formed Knightdale Fire Department placed a 1 1/2-ton town truck in service as a fire engine. They responded with a vehicle carrying hose, and hooked to the newly installed fire hydrants. Same method as the days of hand reels and hose wagons in the 19th Century!

Read some Knightdale FD history. Or read more Rural Hall FD history, and see more photos of that very sweet ride!

Rural Hall Fire Department photo

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