05/18/13 168 W - + 6 - 1 Reader Question: First Fire Departments in Wake County?


Which fire department was the first one organized in Wake County? Both municipal and county?


Those milestones include...

1819 - First fire company, volunteer, Raleigh. It's municipal-affiliated, but is it "municipal" ? Let's instead cite...

1852 - Raleigh reorganizes fire companies, and forms what I would call the first real FD organization. So, that's a good year for first municipal fire department in Wake County. They were volunteers.

But what about non-Raleigh municipalities?

1908-1912 (?) - Wendell

1910s - Zebulon

Those dates are based on my research of some years ago. Maybe someone knows more accurate start years? Those were also volunteer.

What was the first career fire department in Wake County?

1912 - Full-paid fire department formed in Raleigh.

What was the first rural-era volunteer department? When Civil Defense funding was available, starting in the 1950s?

1952 - Garner Fire Department organized.

But what about the first rural, non-municipal affiliated department?

1956 - Six Forks Road Fire Department organized.

Clear as mud?

Fuquay Springs? I think was the name formed in 1925, merged with Varina community to become Fuquay-Varina Volunteer Fire Department in 1938. Then the Fuquay-Varina Rural Fire Department was formed in 1954. Then the rural department took over the town department in 1972 & finally the department finally merged back with the town in 1999.
southsideengine (Email) - 05/19/13 - 15:42

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