02/12/15 210 W, 1 I - + 10 - 7 North Carolina Fire Dept and Fire Protection Laws - 1820 to 1924

For your Thursday historical enjoyment, here's a newly compiled collection of "fire laws" as passed by the North Carolina General Assembly between 1820 and 1924. The digitized versions of the originating documents were extracted from the official archives.

Each session year's collection was searched for such keywords as "fire company," "hose company," "hose reel," "hook," "ladder," "steam engine," "fire engine," "fireman," and "fire." The curated results were saved as individual PDF documents.

The collection includes both statewide legislation and local (private) laws, as pertaining to the towns and/or fire companies of:

  • Beaufort
  • Bethania
  • Charlotte
  • Durham
  • Edenton
  • Elizabeth City
  • Fayetteville
  • Greensboro
  • Greenville
  • Jacksonville
  • Kinston
  • Lincolnton
  • Little Rockfish
  • New Bern
  • Raleigh
  • Rutherfordton
  • Salem
  • Salisbury
  • Smithfield
  • Tarboro
  • Warrenton
  • Washington
  • Wilmington
  • Wilson
  • Winston

What are these laws about? Many are charters or incorporations of individual fire companies. Others include legislation about fire company consolidations, relief funds for firemen, and exemptions for firemen for special civic duties.

The landing page tells more, including the methodology of my research and tips on finding more of these yourself.

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