11/19/10 199 W, 1 I - + 4 - 5 Garner Fire Department Roster, 1967

For your Friday history fix, let's go back in time to the Garner Fire Department of the late 1960s. The fire station is located at 110 Pearl Street. Apparatus includes three engines, a tanker, a brush engine, and a Civil Defense-lettered utility truck. They answer around 150 calls a year. The department has two sections, one group of firefighters that answers calls inside the town. The second responds to the rural area. And we're still about a decade away from the opening of their second station.

Here's the roster for that year. Quite a few familiar names, including a number of former and even current Wake County fire chiefs! Not to mention veterans of all ranks. Notable is Capt. B. R. Poole Jr. He was also Fire Chief both in prior and later years, and is the grandfather of the newly appointed Fire Chief Matt Poole. The name in the upper right corner, Col. Throne, was Civil Defense director of the time. Believe that agency oversaw all rural departments at that time. Nope, no shortage of fire history in these parts! Document source is likely from old fireman's association records. Click once or twice to enlarge:

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