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.
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.
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.
Carolina Beach, NC
Friends & Neighbors Remembered – Volume 2
By Daniel Ray Norris
See more local pictures and Daniel Norris’ narrative