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Roswell Fire Celebrates 75 Years

The pubic is invited to celebrate with the city Aug. 11.

The will celebrate 75 years of service in 2012 and would like to invite the residents and businesses of Roswell to an anniversary celebration in August.

The event will also feature the grand re-opening of the Roswell Fire Museum.

Roswell Fire was established in 1937 by a group of Roswell businessmen who saw the need for some type of fire protection for the city of Roswell. Since 1937, Roswell Fire has had eight fire chief’s. Roswell Fire currently employs 145 full and part time employees.

Other interesting facts about the Roswell Fire Department history:

  • The first fire station was located on Elizabeth Way.
  • The first Fire Chief was C.W. Hughes who served as Chief from 1937-1944.
  • The City of Roswell purchased its first new fire truck in 1947. It was a 1947 Ford American La France Pumper. The 1947 Ford is still a functional Fire Apparatus today, but is used for parades and most recently to deliver Fire Chief Aubrey Reeves to his final resting place. It is located in the Roswell Fire Museum.
  • Roswell Fire was a predominately Volunteer Department up until about 1985.

The public is invited to attend this anniversary celebration, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fire Station #1, 1002 Alpharetta Street.

J.K. Fleck July 27, 2012 at 07:44 PM
We are blessed to have a top notch fire department with dedicated professionals on duty 24/7. It's a real shame our city administrators and council members do not seem to appreciate them. Fire station #4 is in poor condition and money is allocated in the budget to build a new station. 3 plus years and counting and still no definitive plans finalized as to its location and breaking ground date to build this station. Why? Because it obviously is not a priority to our city leaders. What a slap in the face to our volunteer firefighters. THANK YOU RFD. You are loved and appreciated! Fleckie
janet h russell August 05, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Our firefighters have done a great job as volunteers and now as employees. Too bad the City of Roswell doesn't pay them enough to be able to afford to live in Roswell. The majority live in other cities and then come here to protect ours. With such a long history, you would think that the City Council would get their priorities in order.

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