12/21/11 272 W, 1 I - + 5 - 0 Veterans Affairs Fire Departments / Oteen Fire Department


We've blogged before about institutional fire departments, of which several have served in North Carolina. What about fire departments operated by the US Department of Veterans Affairs? There are twenty VA medical center/hospital fire department in the United States, says a reader who shares the below list. Thanks Greg! Some have web sites (check Google) and that include fire apparatus photos:
None in North Carolina, presently. Going back a few decades, however, and the Oteen Veterans Hospital in Asheville had a fire department. We've also blogged about them before. Below is a picture from 1922, and the department was active until at least 1955. The pictured apparatus is a 1918 American LaFrance Type 75 Triple Combination. Registration number 2234. It was shipped on June 18, 1918. The destination was a tuberculosis hospital in Azalea, NC. The location of the rig as noted in John Peckham's ALF database was later changed to Hospital #19 Oteen. That refers to US Army General Hospital No. 19, which opened in 1918. At some point, perhaps the two hospitals joined forces for fire protection. Or maybe the Army took over the role and the rig. Read more of that history and the current historical district. Click to enlarge:
 






  
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