History of the Department
The Adamstown Fire Company was organized on
April 29, 1874. The first piece of
firefighting apparatus was also purchased at this time.
This was a used “Little Giant” hand-pumper.
This was used until 1905, when it was replaced with a horse-drawn wagon
with a gas engine water pump. Meetings
were held and equipment was housed in a small frame building located near the
intersections of east and west main streets.
What took place between the initial start-up in 1874 and the charter in
1915 is very unclear. The Fire
Company’s building was destroyed in 1921, and all of the records were lost.
However, due to the quick thinking of neighbors, the equipment was saved.
In 1919 a Ford Model T chassis was purchased and the pump and motor
assemblies were transferred from the horse drawn wagon to the new truck chassis.
This piece was used until approximately 1930 as the primary piece of
firefighting equipment. After the
1921 fire, meetings were held at Jacob Fisher’s Barber Shop, which was located
at 37 East Main Street. The
equipment was stored in Galen Bishop’s garage located at 128 West Main Street.
In 1926, Homer Stork owner of Hope Hosiery Mill, donated a parcel of land
at 30 Willow Street to the fire company so a new fire station could be
constructed. Plans were drawn and
the building was constructed and furnished for a cost of $14,035.22.
In January 1930, the fire company purchased a new larger fire truck. This piece was a Mack Type 19 fire truck.
This was a very powerful truck for its day.
The 150HP engine powered a pressure/volume pump at 1,000 gallons per
minute. The trucks cost was $12,500.00.
In 1937, a Ford pick-up truck was purchased and utilizes to carry
ladders, personnel, and other equipment to the scenes of fires.
On January 4, 1958 this truck was replaced with a 1957 Ford chassis with
a Peter Pirsch body. This unit had a 750 gallon per minute pump and remained in
service until 1990. In 1968, a Ford
4X4 brush type truck was placed into service.
It had a 200 gallon water tank and could pump 250 gallons per minute.
In 1974, the fire company celebrated 100 years of service with a parade,
and activities in the grove. In
June of 1980, a committee was appointed to consider purchasing land to construct
a new fire station. On April 1,
1981, a former service station located along route 272 was purchased.
With many hours of dedication from members of the fire company and the
residents of the borough, the building was renovated, and turned into a fully
functional fire station with a meeting room and small kitchen.
It also had additional space for a newer, larger piece of fire apparatus.
This building was utilized by both the borough and the fire company until
1997, when the current fire station was built on south poplar street.
The old fire station was purchased by the borough, and is utilized by
both the library and the borough. The
Adamstown Fire Company still owns both the hand-pumper, and the Model T fire
fighting pieces, and they can be easily viewed at the current station located at
30 south poplar street.