History

 

The town of Weaverville was established in 1850.  In the succeeding years, there were some devastating fires that destroyed most of the town. The Trinity Journal documents that a meeting was held in May of 1860 that formed a Hook and Ladder company.

 

In April 1898 the County Supervisors appointed a three-member board to act as Fire Commissioners, and on April 12, 1898 the Fire District was established. The District enacted Ordinance #1 which put into effect controls regarding stoves, stove pipes, furnaces, and many other issues that pertained to fire safety. There was still no active talk of organized firefighting or of an official department. Equipment still consisted of the old firefighting bucket brigade.

 

In September of 1905 another devastating fire served as a reminder that more needed to be done and in March of 1906, the Commission purchased a hand pumper engine, three hose carts, five hydrants, and some other equipment. Later that year a 40 member Volunteer Department was established and a Fire Chief, Foreman, Secretary, and Treasurer were elected.

Thus, Weaverville Fire Protection District and Weaverville Volunteer Fire Department became two entities working together, as one, to provide the community of Weaverville with a fire service.

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RICHARD C. BERRIEN

FIRE MUSEUM

Free Admission

Open Monday through Friday

8:30am to noon and 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Groups and special tours by arrangement. Call during business hours

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Fire Apparatus and Vehicles

Our apparatus bay in 1998.

Click here to see vehicles from our past.

Our apparatus bay in 2018.

Click here to see our current vehicles.