Veteran Driver of Hampton Fire Department

Issue 12 and Volume 97.

Veteran Driver of Hampton Fire Department Norwood Jones, chief engineer of the Hampton, Va., fire department knows where he’s going when he rolls out with No. 1 pumper on alarms for he has been driving fire apparatus in the city the past forty years. Entering the city’s fire department as a paid driver on Oct. 1, 1900, Jones has since made his home in rooms above the fire station and has witnessed many changes in the department’s equipment and fire fighting methods. On hand for all the major fires in Tidewater Virginia during those years, the veteran has a wealth or interesting fire tales. The department’s equipment when Jones became engineer back in 1900 consisted of a No. 200, 600 gallon American LaFrance steamer, a one-horse hosereel carrying 1,200 feet and a hand drawn hook and ladder truck. Jones remodeled the hook and ladder for horses and at one time…

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