11/04/12 254 W, 1 I - + 3 - 2 UPDATED: Salisbury Fire Department Parade - Then and Now

November 4
Photographer Paul A. Brown graciously provided a couple dozen photos from the October 13 parade of fire apparatus in Salisbury. Here's a video slideshow, showing many of the trucks as staged before the event. Plus a couple through-the-town shots. Nice looking trucks, both those antiques and the modern Rowan County rigs.  

October 17
On Saturday, October 13, the Salisbury Fire Department hosted a Fire Prevention Week parade in downtown Salisbury. The parade featured (or at least was planned to feature) three-dozen rigs, from Salisbury and neighbor departments including East Spencer, Gold Hill, Granite Quarry, South Salisbury, and Spencer. Four privately owned antiques were also scheduled to appear. See this Salisbury Post article, which listed the line-up.

The parade was an annual event in Salisbury from the mid-1950s through the early 1980s. The parade was held this year in conjunction with the "Where's the Fire" exhibit currently on display at the Rowan Museum. (Watch this space for a museum report, as we're planning a visit on our return trip from the mountains today.) Still searching for photos from last week's parade. Readers, can you assist?

Meanwhile, here's a vintage parade photo that Salisbury Fire Chief Bob Parnell passed along. Probably from the 1920s. The parade appears organized in chronological order of apparatus, with the reel company preceding the steamer company preceding the motor companies. Learn more Salisbury FD history on their web site. Thanks, Bob! Click once or twice to enlarge:

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