07/11/12 138 W, 3 I - + 5 - 5 West Sanford Fire Department

Photographer Lee Wilson took this photo yesterday of Orange Grove Fire Department's 1985 Ford/Grumman pumper-tanker. The truck originally served West Sanford Fire Department in Lee County. The department merged with Northview Fire Department on July 1, 2010. As this Sanford Herald story reported, their district had shrunk to only 267 homes and 12 businesses. (The district included a small portion of southcentral Chatham County.) Memo to self, add WSFD to my database of former fire departments.

Lee Wilson photo

After the merger, the station on Cumnock Road in northwestern Lee County became a substation for NFD. The West Sanford Fire Department was incorporated in 1956, say state records. Below are two more photos from Lee, showing the former NSFD station and the earlier (original?) NSFD station. They are across the street from each other.


Lee Wilson photos

McAdenville VFD and Cramerton FD in Gaston County have merged and is now Cramerton VFD with two stations.
rocket33 - 07/11/12 - 16:25

Sharp Grumman in the pic. Reminds me of Yrac #3 (later #292). Call me crazy, I always liked the lime paint jobs.
DJ - 07/12/12 - 10:59

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