12/04/10 104 W, 1 I - + 6 - 4 Inside Greenville's Old Station 1

Speaking of Greenville, here's a great old picture found on their fire/rescue history Facebook page. View inside old Station 1, which was built in 1940 at the corner of 5th and Green streets. Since demolished, the station had bay doors on two side. Here's a page with a picture. The below image is probably dated to the 1960s. Looks like a pair of custom-cab American LaFrance pumpers, plus an aerial ladder of some sort in the background. In the foreground is a commercial cab pumper, perhaps used for rural service? And/or, perhaps was a rescue pumper? Click to enlarge:

Greenville fire history is one that I don’t have good documentation about. If any Pirates are reading, I would love to be sent a long-form narrative history, should one exist. And someday— some future year or decade— I will be tooling there to collect copies of old photos. Plan to publish a book of North Carolina historic fire photos at some point. Maybe in 2020.
Legeros - 12/04/10 - 10:21

Actually the International Pumper was just used on smaller calls to prevent wear and tear on the custom cab apparatus. At that time Greenville was served by a seperate Fire Department and seperate Rescue Squad. The Rescue Squad was “International Champions” a number of times in the 1970s. There never was a rural fire service by Greenville Fire Department. The new Station 1 was built across Greene Street from this station. If you ever have time you should stop by the new Station 1, there is a number of historical artificats located in the lobby of this station.
Steven (Email) - 12/04/10 - 16:11

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