08/14/11 231 W, 2 I - + 4 - 1 Roanoke Island and Hatteras Fire Departments on "My Heart Will Always Be in Carolina"

UNC TV tonight aired a splendid episode of the regionally produced "My Heart Will Always Be in Carolina." The half-hour episode focused on the origins of volunteer firefighters in Dare County, and specifically the early years of the Roanoke Island and Hatteras volunteer fire departments. The show is broadcast on several public and commercial channels around the state. See this web site for a listing. Check your local listings to see if it's still airing after tonight. Maybe it'll even be posted online.

Roanoke Island Fire Department was created in 1974 as a merger of the Manteo and Wanchese fire departments. Both departments are mentioned, but the merger isn't. Manteo's is the earlier department, dating to 1928. The Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department dates to 1960, says Secretary of State records. They're business name is the Hatteras Fire Protective Organization.

The episode included interviews with charter and early members of both departments. They talk about subjects ranging from door-to-door fundraising to the training they received from the Department of Insurance. Also shown a number of old photos. These two appear on the show's Facebook page. Left is an early downtown fire in Manteo. Right is the original Hatteras engine, a four-wheel drive Howe pumper delivered new. Perhaps readers can share others. Send and we'll post. Click to enlarge:

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