Wake County Rural Fire Protection Progress Report – 1956 to 1957

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:

  • Zebulon
  • Apex
  • Cary
  • Garner
  • Fuquay-Varina
  • Morrisville
  • Knightdale
  • Wake Forest
  • Six Forks
  • Wendell.

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.

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