12/21/14 221 W, 1 I - + 7 - 3 Volunteer Firemen at Morrisville Ready For Action With New Truck - 1956

Raleigh Times story from March 14?, 1956. Plus inset photo from the North Carolina State Archives, courtesy of the News & Observer. Story by Trow Ford about Morrisville's first fire engine, a converted "war surplus tank truck" that had been placed in service the prior week. Was housed in a "small garage behind Jones and Sears store." They also installed an "air raid siren" the week before. It was donated to the fire department by "Civil Defense."

The truck was purchased for $175 last spring. They moved the 750-gallon tank "farther back on the chassis" and "rearranged the pumping system." They purchased $1,500 of equipment for the rig, including hoses, ladders, and lights. The truck was equipped with 500 feet of 1 1/2-inch hose, and 400 feet of 3/4 inch hose. That was the minimal county requirement. "Skirting" was done by Parrish Body Works for $500. Painting was done by Neville Paint Shop for $23. Everything else was done by firefighters or townspeople. Total expenditure, $2,500.

The fire department was organized one year earlier. They had 17 active members by the time of the story, plus one honor member, Willie Hester, a local blacksmith who did the welding on the truck. Click once or twice to enlarge:

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