03/14/09 164 W - + 13 - 11 Hillsborough Fire Department?

While we're fishing for information, what happened to the Hillsborough Fire Department? Rosters from the NCSFA list an entity named HFD from at least 1930 until at least 1995. Did they merge with Orange Rural Fire Department? The two departments shared the same station-- formerly a car dealership-- beginning in 1976.

Sanborn Maps document some of the towns history of fire protection. In 1888, town of Hillsboro had no fire apparatus, nor good water facilities. Population 800. Ditto for the years 1894, 1900, 1905, and 1911. Not much change in the population during those years, either. In 1924, the town used private wells and cisterns for water facilities, and had no fire department. Population 2,450.

In 1943, the town had a water system and a fire department. HFD was a volunteer department, with a Chief, Asst. Chief, and 18 men. They had a 1937 Chevy/Barton pumper, 500 GPM, 100 gallons, with 1,400-feet of 2 1/2-inch hose, and 200-feet of 3/4-inch hose. Fire alarm was by electric siren and telephone. Population 1,232. When was Hillsboro changed to Hillsborough? Unknown.

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