|Town’s first fire department was established in 1922|
Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston:
The Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department will hold an open house on Saturday, October 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. with station tours and fire safety demonstrations at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The community is invited.
Friday, October 12, 2012
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate its 90th anniversary with an open house on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the station on North Main Street.
There will be station tours and fire safety demonstrations at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and the public is encouraged to bring the children for an afternoon of fun for the entire family.
RMVFD was the first fire company to serve the Town of Rocky Mount and Franklin County. Before that, the town only had fire brigades.
The department was established in 1922 and its first fire chief was B.L. Boser.
Through the town council's efforts, a building was constructed at the intersection of Floyd Avenue and West Court Street in 1929, and the town bought its first fire truck, a 1929 Seagrave for $8,750.
For many years, Rocky Mount volunteer firemen answered calls all over the county, as well as in the town. But in recent years, the department responds to fires in the town and within a 5-mile radius of the town limits. The department also renders assistance to county fire departments upon request.
The fire department is now housed in a facility on North Main Street, along with the Rocky Mount Police Department. The current fire chief is Charlie Robertson.