04/29/12 521 W, 1 I - + 17 - 14 Maxton's 1957 GMC Pumper For Sale (and Some History)

Here's a gem as found for auction on GovDeals, a 1957 GMC pumper from the Maxton Fire Department. Twelve bids at present. Truck doesn't run, alas. Operating condition isn't known, either. Looks like a heck of a restoration project for someone! See many more pics and details. Looks like the truck was serving as late as 1982, based on subsequent Google News Archives research (!).


Next question, what happened to Maxton FD? Looks like they were a town-based department until 1984, when MFD was approved to start serving a rural district named Queheel. By 1997, they were named Maxton-Queheel Fire Department. That same year, Queheel Fire Department took over protection for the town. (What the heck is a Queheel? No idea...) See sources and Sunday night research below the jump. Need to stop and poke around on my next trip to Myrtle Beach!

Google News Archives finds...

Secretary of State corporation records find Queheel FD incorporated in August 1993. Seems a logical conclusion that a town-funded and/or town-operated Maxton FD evolved into a private Queheel FD.

How did that happen, historically? Maxton was probably a thriving (if small) railroad town for decades. They had a fire department, which drew on volunteers that lived and worked in the town. Then people started working and living outside the town center. By the end of the 20th Century, the resources to run a fire department were not sufficiently town-based. We've seen that story before in our state.

Looks like it has already sold. I would love to have it since I like old GMC trucks. I hope it gets restored.
fire1983 - 05/02/12 - 17:47

All I can tell you is that the town wasnt giving us enough money so they became queheel and started getting money from the county
BJ - 07/06/12 - 01:01

So here’s the history I can remember of that truck. I started volunteering with the Maxton Junior Volunteer Fire Dept in 1989. That truck, was our oldest engine, housed at Station 2 located under the town’s only water town (at the time) on Water St. We kept it there because it was on the other side of the railroad tracks that divided the town, and it was the only other place we had space.

That truck actually had a Pontiac V-8 in it, a small block with a 2 barrel carburetor, but it was the fasted truck we owned. It would do 70 mph easy. It also had hydraulic brakes, which was a pain. And if I recall correctly, it also had a 2-stage pump. It was built by American LaFrance on a GMC chassis.

When I started volunteering, it was “Maxton Fire Dept” and 100% volunteer. We were provided a small budget from the Town of Maxton. We had 3 engines, one tanker (tender), a brush truck, and an equipment van. Maxton Fire Dept also provided fire protection to the surrounding community, but received no tax revenues for doing so. All funding came from Town of Maxton tax revenues only.

QUEHEEL FIRE DEPARTMENT was officially incorporated on 08/05/1993. That was official dept of the established rural fire district. But no taxation was approved for the geographical area, so the organization really existed only on paper. Sometime in the 1990’s we got a voter referendum passed allowing $0.10 per every $100 of property evaluation. Once a revenue stream began, the Dept switched to functioning as Queheel. It was the same people in the same fire station riding the same trucks fighting the same fires. But just the name changed. In turn, the Town of Maxton signed a contract that paid the Queheel Fire Dept to provided all fire protection in the Town of Maxton in exchange for $20,000 and use of the existing apparatus.

Sometime in the early 2000’s the Dept moved from the old Station at the intersection of Central and Middle Streets, to 108 E Rockingham Rd.

On 1/12/2016 the name was officially changed to Queheel Fire and Rescue Department.
John Dixon - 10/06/18 - 22:34

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