From a report received around June 1, 1957, and probably covering the prior fiscal year.
Rural fire departments established in ten communities in Wake County:
- Wake Forest
- Six Forks
Others are in the process of organizing, and some are about ready to begin purchasing equipment. These departments have 242 volunteer members and “are rendering the people of the county a service that cannot be estimated in dollars and cents.”
Summary of calls of the nine departments that have been operating the longest (all of the above, except Wendell):
- 241 fires fought
- 20 industrial and business buildings
- 62 dwellings and outhouses
- 44 grass and woods fires
- 44 autos and trucks
- 15 tobacco barns
- 65 other types of fires.
Value of property:
- $223,010 worth of property destroyed
- $350,500 worth of property that was on fire, and saved
- $549,200 worth of property that was adjacent, and would have burned
One life saved. Plus a “large variety of community services” also performed by “these men.”
Source: Resolution adopted by Wake County Commissioners on June 3, 1957, and as presented to Col. David L. Hardee, director of Organizations For Civil Defense in Raleigh.