03/01/09 49 W - + 19 - 8 McLemore Fire Department?

Has anyone heard of a Mclemore Fire Department in Johnston County, circa 1985? Perhaps named McLemore FD? This entity is listed in the North Carolina State Fireman's Association membership roster for the year ending June 30, 1985. The chief is listed as D. R. Wells. More about former FDs.

McLemore is the Cleveland Fire Department district (their tax district name). Such as Clayton has Town district and Claytex district. The current chief is Chris Ellington.
JD - 03/01/09 - 18:07

Great, thanks! Clayton question. Did the rural district ever exist as a separate department?
Legeros - 03/01/09 - 18:11

Not as a separate department, but on the department there were “town firefighters” and “rural firefighters”. The town firefighters were not suppose to answer rural calls and rural firefighters were not supposed to answer town calls. Interesting ways of the past!!
JD - 03/01/09 - 19:24

Clarification on first comment, Chris Ellington is the current chief of Cleveland Fire.
Ooops.. - 03/01/09 - 19:26

Interesting. The NC DOI directory of fire departments from June 1982 lists both a Claytex VFD and a Clayton FD, which was the source of my original question. Hmmmmm.
Legeros - 03/01/09 - 19:28

Mike… the State has taken issue with the dual entity that can exist when a town has a municipal fire department and protects a rural district. We have all heard of town trucks and county trucks. This has been a significant issue in departments in eastern NC as I know of this issue in Wilson and Pitt county. Departments now are supposed to be a single entity that contracts with the other district, either a municipal department with a rural contracted district(ie Clayton) OR a rural department that contracts to cover an area that may included corporate limits like a town or city (ie Garner). The issue still exists in some places like Winterville but for the most part it has been changed over the past 20 years.
D. Cates - 03/03/09 - 14:02

cleveland volunteer fire dept has never had “town ff” or “rural ff” we have always been in a rural district,, the closest town was clayton, who had their own ff’s
intheknow (Email) - 03/03/09 - 22:03

we were established in 19 hundred and 60 one
CAR4 (Email) - 03/03/09 - 22:05

Postscript to my Claytex question. The NC Secretary of State site informs that an entity named Claytex Fire District Inc. was incorporated on Dec. 30, 1994, and dissolved on Jul. 11, 1996.
Legeros - 03/11/09 - 19:50

Mike- For a time Claytex was incorporated for several reasons. Stop by the station or call me and I will explain the history of the Clayton/Claytex district, the Town and Rural Departments. When I became Fire Chief in 1991 I learned a lot from a DOI Inspection regarding “Hybrid” Departments. We had a lot of administrative and operational procedures to clean up just as D. Cates stated. All of the Corporations, Bank Accounts, Charters, Procedures, etc. were good intentions by the Volunteer Department but you could not be both or have it all. We, as a Department with the Town’s blessing and support had to choose what we were going to be, a Department of the Town of Clayton or an Incorporated Department. We, the Department voted to maintain our relationship as we are today which is a Department of the Town of Clayton. Everyone has benefitted from this decision that was made in the early 90’s.
[Lee Barbee] (Email) - 03/11/09 - 21:19

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