08/18/09 206 W, 1 I - + 9 - 9 Histories of Firefighter Conventions

We've got a mess of history on our web site about firefighter conventions in the state. Alas, it's a bit scattered across three areas. Need to fix that. Start with the History of North Carolina Firefighter Associations. Go there first. Among the links therein is a page about North Carolina Firefighter Tournaments. Back in the day, contests were held during the annual conventions. The last NCSFA tournament was in 1941.

And for hardcore history buffs, there's yet another site about North Carolina Firefighter Excursions, Conventions, and Contents. This one includes newspaper clippings from 1868 to 1912, as well as a 37-page summary document. Guess we'll work on better integrating the above pages and sites. Note to self, do that.


How many times has the convention been held in Raleigh? The NCSFA (later bundled with the NCAFC) has met in the Capitol City in 1889 for two days, 1902 for three days, 1916 for four days, 1936 for four days (shown above), 1968 for four days, and 1973 for four days.

The NCCVFA has met in Raleigh in 1892 for two days, 1902 for three days, and perhaps other years after 1912. Haven't had much success finding convention dates for the North Carolina Colored Volunteer Fireman's Association. See more dates for both groups.

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