Mecklenburg Volunteers Believe in Training

Issue 4 and Volume 107.

Mecklenburg Volunteers Believe in Training The Mecklenburg County Volunteer Firemen’s Association of North Carolina is a thriving organization that believes in training. According to the “cold figures about hot fires,” in 1953 the County’s 464 volunteer firemen battled flames which threatened $4,902,105 worth of property. But the fire loss was a relatively small $857,390. Their work was in rural areas, where water mains are few and far between. Mostly they take water from lakes, ponds, streams, and from their booster tanks or hugh coverted oil tankers which Oakhurst Chief Bob McManus calls “traveling fire plugs.” One outfit, the Pinoca Volunteer Fire Department, totes its water in a 1,500 gallon converted beer truck. Mecklenburg vamps use fog, both high, low velocity. Some of the volunteer’s equipment may be of the “home made” variety, but it gets there, and puts the fire out. And it is just a step_____ing stone to those…

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