01/03/10 220 W - + 18 - 12 Private Fire Protection in Fayetteville, 1953

From the National Board of Fire Underwriters Committee on Fire Prevention and Engineer Standards report on Fayetteville in May 1953. Says a notice on the cover: "Please consider this report, including the map, as confidential information and exercise due care that it becomes available only to those person who are entitled to this information." Under Private Fire Protection, two interesting things are found:

Fire protection at the Fayetteville Municipal Airport consists of a Willys jeep equipped with a tank containing 300 pounds of nitrogen-expelled dry chemical and two 20-pound dry chemical hand extinguishers. The apparatus, manned by maintenance personnel at the field, is kept ouf of doors exposed to the elements.

A 1940 Howe 500-gallon pumper, loaded with 500 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose, is provided at the Veteran's Administration Hospital and would be be manned by guards at the hospital when necessary.

The hospital was located just outside the city limits. Another veteran's hospital in North Carolina, Oteen Hospital in Asheville, also had their own fire department. The aforementioned report also contains information about the Fort Bragg Fire Department:

[They have] a full paid department under the direction of Chief Park L. Vickery. One Ford-LaFrance utility truck and four 1942 American LaFrance 750-gallon pumpers are in service in three stations. All apparatus and chiefs cars are radio equipped.

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