Carolina Beach Fire Department History

In 1937, 35 local men saw the need for better local fire protection at Carolina Beach. Their equipment included one hose reel and two lengths of fire hose, the bare minimum to fight a fire.

A few months later, they were the recipientsCarolina Beach FD Helmet of a hearse car. They converted this into a fire truck. In addition, an unremembered town in upstate North Carolina, gave them an older model fire truck.

And in 1939 1940, a tragic fire ravaged almost all of the central business district. Just about every building from Harper Avenue to the Fisherman’s Pier, including the recently constructed Hotel Bame, was destroyed.

Carolina Beach Fireman PlateWith the aid of Wilmington’s Fire Department, the Carolina Beach fire fighters fought the blaze all night, and saved the remaining buildings.

It set the stage for better fire protection and ensured that today’s modern Fire Departments in both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach (including Federal Point) are well equipped and properly trained.

Excerpted from:
Carolina Beach, NC
Friends & Neighbors Remembered – Volume 2
By Daniel Ray Norris

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