Early North Carolina Volunteer Fire Companies Database

This page is a catalog of early volunteer fire companies in North Carolina. The criteria for inclusion is any fire company that preceded a fully-paid fire department. Contact Mike Legeros to contribute or correct information.

County City Department Started Ended Colored Notes
Alamance Burlington Fire Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Alamance Graham Hose Company #1 1906?     Raleigh Times, July 15, 1916
Alamance Graham Hose Company #2 1906, after     Raleigh Times, July 15, 1916
Beaufort Belhaven Fire company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Beaufort Washington Dibble Hose Company     x African-American
Beaufort Washington Hose Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Beaufort Washington Ocean Steam Fire Engine Company 1881     News & Observer, August 12, 1903; FD site
Beaufort Washington Phoenix Hook and Ladder Company 1902, by     News & Observer, July 23, 1902
Beaufort Washington Salamander Hose Reel Company 1881   x African-American; FD site
Beaufort Washington West End Hose Company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Buncombe Asheville Fire Company #1 1884     Formed shortly after Sulphur Springs Hotel in West Asheville burned for second time in late 1884. Source: FD yearbook
Buncombe Asheville Fire Company #3 1899, by     News & Observer, August 4, 1899
Buncombe Asheville Hook and Ladder Company #1 1902, by     News & Observer, July 23, 1902
Buncombe Asheville Hose Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Buncombe Asheville Hose Company #2 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Buncombe Asheville Ladder Company #1 1882     Formed after fatal residential fire in August 1882. Source: FD yearbook
Burke Morganton Fire Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Burke Morganton Junior Reel Team 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Cabarrus Concord Cabarrus Reel Team 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Cabarrus Concord Cannonville Reel Team #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Cabarrus Concord Chemical Hose Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Cabarrus Concord Hose and Reel Company #1 1887     News & Observer, August 12, 1903; FD site
Cabarrus Concord Hose Company #2 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Cabarrus Concord Hook and Ladder Company 1887   x African-American; FD site
Caldwell Lenoir Hose Company 1908     Source: FD site
Camden Elizabeth City Quick Step Hook and Ladder Company 1891 1977 x African-American
Carteret Beaufort R. E. Lee Reel Team 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Carteret Morehead City Bay Side Hose Company #2 1899, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1899
Carteret Morehead City Hose Company #1 1910     Raleigh Times, July 15, 1916
Carteret Morehead City Hose Company #2 1915     Raleigh Times, July 15, 1916
Catawba Concord Hose and Reel Company 1887     Source: FD site.
Catawba Concord Hook and Ladder Company 1900, by   x African-American. Source: FD site.
Chowan Edenton Hose Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Chowan Edenton Hose Company #2 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Chowan Edenton Hose Company #3 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Cleveland Shelby Fire company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Craven New Bern Atlantic Steam Fire Engine Company #1 1845 1927   Originally named Atlantic Fire and Hook and Ladder Company. Named Atlantic Steam Fire Engine Company by 1902. Merged into single company in 1927.
Craven New Bern Axe Company        
Craven New Bern Button Company 1865 1927   Originally named New Bern Steam Fire Engine Company. Formed by several Union soldiers who stay after war. Named changed to Button Company after receiving Button steam engine in 1884. Rivalry with Atlantic Company laid to rest in 1928 with construction of joint firehouse.
Craven New Bern Denny Bucket and Axe Company 1864     Formed by Union Army on January 1. Source: Unofficial NBFD site.
Craven New Bern Excelsior Bucket and Axe Company       Junior fire company.
Craven New Bern Foster Hose Company 1864     Formed by Union Army on January 1. Source: Unofficial NBFD site.
Craven New Bern Fourth Ward Hose Company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Craven New Bern Holden Company 1860s     Company operating by 1868. Source: Unofficial NBFD site.
Craven New Bern Independent Colored Company     x African-American
Craven New Bern John Decker Engine Company 1864     Formed by Union Army on January 1. Source: Unofficial NBFD site.
Craven New Bern Lady Washington Hook and Ladder Company 1864     Formed by Union Army on January 1. Source: Unofficial NBFD site.
Craven New Bern Mechanics Hook and Ladder Company 1879, by   x African-American. Source: Unofficial NBFD site.
Craven New Bern Neuse Company #2 1850, by 1857   Dissolved. Though authorized to enroll 40 members, never had more than 4. Source: Unofficial NBFD site.
Craven New Bern New Bern Company #1        
Craven New Bern New Bern Steam Fire Engine Company       See Button Company.
Craven New Bern Reliance Bucket and Axe  Company 1869   x African-American, first in New Bern. Denied admission into FD, but still receive funds from city. Source: Unofficial NBFD site.
Craven New Bern Riverdale Company        
Craven New Bern Riverside Hose Company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Craven New Bern Rough and Ready Hook and Ladder Company 1899, by   x African-American. Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1899
Cumberland Fayetteville Chicora Steam Fire Engine Company 1902, by     News & Observer, July 23, 1902
Cumberland Fayetteville Hose Company #1 1902, by     News & Observer, July 10, 1900
Davidson Lexington Hose Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Davidson Lexington Hose Company #2 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Davidson Lexington Hook & Ladder Company #3 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Duplin Mount Olive Fire company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Durham Durham Bucket Company 1880, by     Source: Unofficial FD site.
Durham Durham Chemical Fire Company 1882     Source: Unofficial FD site.
Durham Durham Dick Blackwell Hose Company #1 1880s     Source: Unofficial FD site.
Durham Durham Excelsior Hook and Ladder Company #1 1880s   x African-American. Source: Unofficial FD site.
Durham Durham Hook & Ladder Company #1 1880, by     Source: Unofficial FD site.
Durham Durham Hose Company #1 1890s?     News & Observer, August 12, 1903
Durham Durham Hose Company #2 1890s?     News & Observer, August 12, 1903
Durham Durham Independent Hose Company #2 1880s     Source: Unofficial FD site.
Edgecombe Tarboro Hook and Ladder Company 1903, by     News & Observer, August 12, 1903
Edgecombe Tarboro Fulton Hook and Ladder Company     x African-American
Edgecombe Tarboro West End Hose Company #3 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Forsyth Salem Eagle Hose Company #4       News & Observer, July 23, 1902
Forsyth Salem Rough and Ready Company 1784      
Forsyth Winston Red Hot Hose Reel Company     x African-American
Forsyth Winston Hook and Ladder Company #1 1902, by     News & Observer, July 23, 1902
Forsyth Winston Hose Company #3 1902, by     News & Observer, July 23, 1902
Forsyth Winston Hose Reel Company     x African-American
Forsyth Winston Steam Fire Engine Company #2 1902, by     News & Observer, July 23, 1902
Forsyth Winston Steam Fire Engine Company #2 1902, by     News & Observer, July 23, 1902
Forsyth Winston-Salem Engine Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Forsyth Winston-Salem Engine Company #2 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Forsyth Winston-Salem Engine Company #3 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Forsyth Winston-Salem Engine Company #4 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Forsyth Winston-Salem Hose Company #5 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Forsyth Winston-Salem Hook and Ladder Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Forsyth Winston-Salem Liberty Company        
Forsyth Winston-Salem West Side Hose Company        
Franklin Louisburg Fire Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Franklin Louisburg Cheatham Reel Team 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Gaston Gastonia Fire company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Granville Oxford Edwards Hook and Ladder Company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Granville Oxford Sixth Ward Reel Company        
Guilford Greensboro Eagle Hose Company #7 1891 after 1926   Source: 2001 yearbook
Guilford Greensboro Excelsior Hose Company #2 1892 1904 x African-American. Source: 2001 yearbook
Guilford Greensboro Hook and Ladder Company #1 1884 after 1926   Source: 2001 yearbook
Guilford Greensboro Southside Hose Company #4 1894 after 1926   Source: 2001 yearbook
Guilford Greensboro Steam Fire Engine Company #1 1884 after 1926   Also known as General Greene Company. Source: 2001 yearbook
Guilford Greensboro West End Hose Company #5 1897 after 1926   Source: 2001 yearbook
Guilford High Point Chestnut Hill       News & Observer, July 25, 1912
Guilford High Point North Side       News & Observer, July 28, 1910
Guilford High Point Motor Hose and Chemical Company #2 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Guilford High Point Eagle Hose Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Guilford High Point Myrtle Hose Company #3 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Guilford High Point West End Fire Company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Halifax Enfield Fire company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1899
Halifax Roanoke Rapids Fire company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Harnett Dunn Luckmon Company 1906     Raleigh Times, July 15, 1916
Harnett Dunn Rough and Ready Company 1906 1907   Raleigh Times, July 15, 1916
Harnett Dunn Winnie Davis Company 1906     Raleigh Times, July 15, 1916
Iredell Mooresville Fire company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Iredell Statesville Fire Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Iredell Statesville Statesville Hose Reel Company     x African-American
Johnston Benson Fire company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Lee Sanford Hose Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Lee Sanford Lyon Company       News & Observer, August 12, 1903
Lenoir Kinston LaGrange Relief #1 1899, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1899
Lenoir Kinston Caswell Fire Company #1        
Lenoir Kinston East Kinston Hose Company        
Lenoir Kinston Hook and Ladder Company 1916, by   x African-American. Raleigh Times, July 15, 1916
Lenoir Kinston Hose Company #2 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Lenoir Kinston Steam Fire Engine Company #1 1902, by     News & Observer, July 23, 1902
Lincoln Lincolnton Reel Team #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Mecklenburg Charlotte Fire Company #1 1902, by     News & Observer, July 20, 1902
Mecklenburg Charlotte Hornet Reel Company 1899, by     News & Observer, August 13, 1889
Mecklenburg Charlotte Independence Hook and Ladder        
Mecklenburg Charlotte Neptune Company 1860s? 1907 x African-American (?)
Mecklenburg Charlotte Pioneer 1903, by     News & Observer, August 12, 1903
Moore Southern Pines Hose Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Moore Southern Pines Hose Company #2 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Moore Southern Pines Hook and Ladder Company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Nash Rocky Mount Excelsior Hook and Ladder Company     x African-American
Nash Rocky Mount Reel Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Nash Rocky Mount Steam Fire Engine Company #1       News & Observer, July 23, 1902
New Hanover Wilmington Banneker Hose Reel Company 1883 1888 x African-American. Source: STS
New Hanover Wilmington Brooklyn Fire Company #4 1866, by after 1883 x African-American. Source: STS
New Hanover Wilmington Cape Fear Steam Fire Company 1871 1897 x African-American. First all-black steam fire engine company in U.S. Disbanded in November 1897 after Wilmington Fire Department became fully paid. Source: STS
New Hanover Wilmington Chemical Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
New Hanover Wilmington Compton Hose Reel Company #2 1894 1897 x African-American. Source: STS
New Hanover Wilmington Dreadnaught Bucket Company #5 1876, ca after 1893 x African-American. Source: STS
New Hanover Wilmington Engine Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
New Hanover Wilmington Engine Company #2 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
New Hanover Wilmington Fire Engine Company #1 by 1866 after 1869 x African-American. Source: STS
New Hanover Wilmington Fifth Ward Hook and Ladder Company       News & Observer, July 25, 1893
New Hanover Wilmington Fire King Engine Company #2 by 1866 after 1866 x African-American. Source: STS
New Hanover Wilmington Hook and Ladder Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
New Hanover Wilmington Hose Company #3 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
New Hanover Wilmington Howard Relief Steam Fire Engine Company #1       News & Observer, July 25, 1893
New Hanover Wilmington Independent Bucket Company By 1876 After 1876 x African-American. Source: STS
New Hanover Wilmington J.C. Abbott Fire Engine Company #5 by 1866 After 1869 x African-American. Source: STS
New Hanover Wilmington Kidder Hill Fire Company By 1882 After 1882 x African-American. Source: STS
New Hanover Wilmington Little Columbia Bucket and Hose Reel Company by 1884 After 1888 x African-American. Source: STS
New Hanover Wilmington Mechanics Hose Company 1872 After 1872 x African-American. Source: STS
New Hanover Wilmington Phoenix Hose Reel Company #1 1882 1897 x African-American. Source: STS
New Hanover Wilmington Steam Fire Engine Company #1       News & Observer, July 25, 1893
New Hanover Wilmington Vigilant Fire Company #3 1866, by After 1870 x African-American. Source: STS
New Hanover Wilmington Wilmington Fire Bucket Company #1 1874 After 1884 x African-American. Source: STS
Orange Chapel Hill Fire Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Pasquotank Elizabeth City Albemarle Fire Company 1873     Raleigh Times, July 15, 1916
Pasquotank Elizabeth City Fire Company #1 1903     Raleigh Times, July 15, 1916
Pasquotank Elizabeth City Hook and Ladder 1891   x African-American. Source: http://www.northeast-nc.com/moa/inez.cfm, NCSFA Proceedings, 1899
Pasquotank Elizabeth City Quick Step Hook and Ladder Company 1921, by   x African-American. Source: http://www.northeast-nc.com/moa/inez.cfm
Pitt Greenville Head Hawk Fire Company 1899, by   x African-American. Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1899
Pitt Greenville Hope Fire Company 1899, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1899
Pitt Greenville Rough and Ready Fire Company 1899, by   x African-American. Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1899
Richmond Rockingham Fire company        
Robeson Lumberton Riverside Fire Company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Robeson Red Springs Fire company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Rowan East Spencer Athletic Hose Reel Company     x African-American
Rowan East Spencer Fire Company #1 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Rowan East Spencer White Rose Company 1910s   x African-American
Rowan Salisbury Hand Reel #1 1899, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1899
Rowan Salisbury Hook and Ladder Company 1903, by     News & Observer, August 12, 1903
Rowan Salisbury Hose Company #1 1903, by     News & Observer, August 12, 1903
Rowan Salisbury Independent Fire Company #2 1903, by     News & Observer, August 12, 1903
Rowan Salisbury North Side Fire Company #1 1903, by     News & Observer, August 12, 1903
Rowan Salisbury Southern Hose Company #1 1900, by     News & Observer, July 10, 1900
Rowan Salisbury South Side Reel Team #1 1910, by     News & Observer, July 28, 1910
Rowan Salisbury Vigilante Fire Company 1855     Source: FD site.
Rowan Spencer Spencer Fire Company #1 1903, by     News & Observer, August 12, 1903
Transylvania Brevard Fire company 1892, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Union Monroe Independent 1908, by     News & Observer, June 19, 1908
Union Monroe Independent 1899, by   x African-American. Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1899
Vance Henderson Enterprise Reel Company 1899, by   x African-American. Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1899
Vance Henderson Hose company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Vance Henderson Nelson Hose Company 1899, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1899
Vance Henderson Red Wasp Hook and Ladder Company 1899, by   x African-American. Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1899
Wake Raleigh Bucket Company 1868     Source: MJL
Wake Raleigh Bucket and Ladder Company 1875 1892 x African-American
Wake Raleigh Capital Hose Company 1887 1912   Assets incorporated into fully-paid Raleigh Fire Department
Wake Raleigh Eureka Company 1883 1883?   Source: MJL
Wake Raleigh Excelsior Company 1851 1860s   Source: MJL
Wake Raleigh Fire Company No. 1 1869 1872 x African-American. Renamed Victor Company in 1872. Source: MJL
Wake Raleigh Independent Hose Company 1887 c1890   Source: MJL
Wake Raleigh L.A. Mahler Steamer Company 1906 1912   Assets incorporated into fully-paid Raleigh Fire Department. Originally named Rescue Steam Fire Engine Company #2. Source: MJL
Wake Raleigh Hook and Ladder Company 1851 1860s   Source: MJL
Wake Raleigh Hook and Ladder Company 1868 1912   Assets incorporated into fully-paid Raleigh Fire Department. Also named W.R. Womble Hook and Ladder Company.
Wake Raleigh Mechanics #2 1870 1871   Source: MJL
Wake Raleigh Merchants Company 1869 1870   Renamed and/or reorganized as Rescue Company. Source: MJL
Wake Raleigh Phoenix Chemical Company 1878 1890, circa   Source: MJL
Wake Raleigh Protection Company #1 1868     Source: MJL
Wake Raleigh Protection Company #2 1868     Source: MJL
Wake Raleigh Rescue Company 1851 1860s   Source: MJL
Wake Raleigh Rescue Company 1870 1912   Assets incorporated into fully-paid Raleigh Fire Department. Originally named Rescue Steam Fire Engine Company. Source: MJL
Wake Raleigh Victor Company 1872 1912   Assets incorporated into fully-paid Raleigh Fire Department. African-American
Warren Warrenton Fire company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Warren Warrenton Plummer Engine Company     x African-American
Wayne Fremont Fire company 1916, by     Source: NCSFA Proceedings, 1916
Wayne Goldsboro Eclipse Steam Engine Company 1903, by     News & Observer, August 23, 1903
Wayne Goldsboro Electric Reel Company 1902, by     News & Observer, July 23, 1902
Wayne Goldsboro Fire Company #1 1903, by     News & Observer, August 12, 1903
Wilson Wilson Hose Company #2 1900, by     News & Observer, July 10, 1900

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