08/29/14 276 W, 3 I - + 8 - 7 New History Book: Firefighting in Buncombe County

Happy days are here as another book about North Carolina firefighting history has been published. Asheville Fire Department Engineer and department historian Brian Lawrence has written a photo history of Buncombe County fire departments for Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series.

The 128-page softcover was released this week. The book is divided into four chapters:

  • The First Fire Departments (Asheville and Black Mountain)
  • Buncombe County Volunteer Fire Departments (plus the airport)
  • Former Fire Departments (quite a few, more on that later)
  • Supporting Agencies (forestry, rescue squads, etc.).

Plus Acknowledgements and Introduction.

You can view a preview of the book (and/or order) on the publisher's site, as well as via from Amazon.

I'd recommend ordering a copy.


Raleigh & Wake County, Charlotte

Does the format of that book look familiar? Maybe you're reminding of Arcadia's two volumes of Raleigh and Wake County firefighter, written by Yours Truly and published in 2003 and 2004. Learn about those. Arcadia's also published an Images of America volume about the Charlotte Fire Department by Shawn Royall.

Maryland, Virginia, DC

The company's published nearly sixty such books. Other southeastern states include Maryland (five books), Virginia (two books, including Firefighting in Roanoke by FireCritic Rhett Fleitz) and Washington, D.C. Learn more on the publisher's web site, in the fire history book section.|

Next questions, what other Arcadia books about North Carolina or southeastern firefighting are brewing? Maybe someone will throw some hints. How about fire history books from other publishers, including commemorative yearbooks? Anyone have one coming soon?

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