The Southern Pines Volunteer Fire Department was organized on February 13, 1899, after a fire destroyed the Central Hotel and a public outcry for an organized fire department
There were 38 volunteers when the department originally formed. In the early 1900s, the town installed fire hydrants in the business district to enhance the fire department’s firefighting capabilities. Other equipment used by the department during the early 1900s included one hand-drawn engine, one hook and ladder, and two hose reels. In 1916, a Chemical Truck was purchased. It was stored in Prillaman's Garage on NE Broad St. Prillaman's men were in charge of taking care of the Truck.
In 1925, "Old Betsy", an American LaFrance was purchased from Utica, NY. By now, firemen were being paid $6.00 annually to serve as members of the department. A new fire station was built in 1927 at 135 E New Hampshire Ave. Many dances and community events were held as fundraisers for the department. In 1935, a new fire truck was purchased by the town.
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