04/16/12 146 W, 1 I - + 7 - 3 Manchester Fire Department - True Blue

Speaking of blue trucks (see prior post about Pumpkin Center FD, or think of Chapel Hill FD or Soul City FD or...), FireNews.net Editor Jeff Harkey posted this post of a light blue E-One pumper that served the Manchester Fire Department in Cumberland County. See a second photo and read some details on the truck's history.

Manchester FD operated from 1968 to 1998. It began as Lakeview FD, which organized in 1963 and was incorporated in 1964. It was renamed in 1968. The department disbanded after the board voted in October 1998, to let the county assume fire protection of the district.

Readers perhaps can provide the back story, which probably involves annexation and shrinking territory. (A fate that has befallen a number of Fayetteville-area fire departments.) Manchester FD's assets were absorbed by Spring Lake FD. Source: Legeros database.

Jeff Harkey/FireNews.net photo

Interesting another, or the first, dept which had light blue. I didn’t know that before now. Thnx Mike! Interesting for me, as I’m not necessarily “committed” to red fire trucks, although I find myself kind of partial to ALF Red. I find the various different colors kind of neat, and have seen lots of other color combinations which I really liked. And I do like the Chapel Hill rendition, as well as the Greenville ECU paint scheme. From time to time, I’ve actually thought about doing a book on “alternate” fire trucks colors, thinking it might make interesting reading.
Tim B - 04/16/12 - 09:09

Must be more Wolfpack fans out there I suppose…
Bob P. - 04/16/12 - 16:43

Some of Manchester FD area was annexed into Spring Lake. If memory serves me correct, due to falling numbers of members and budget issues was also issues. Those members of MFD, went to other departments such as Spring Lake, Westarea and parts of Harnett County. Spring Lake FD used MFD station as a storage site with apparatus for some time. Not sure what happend after that when I left Cumberland County
Swiman - 04/17/12 - 10:33

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