History of Carrsville Volunteer Fire Department
In the years prior to 1957, the community of Carrsville had no fire protection within the area. In January 1957 the need for a fire department was addressed by the Carrsville Ruritans. The task of organizing the Fire Department was turned over to the Public Service Committee with Walter Johnson as Chairman.
The first piece of equipment purchased was an abandoned 1941 International Navy fire truck (with flat tires). Archer Spivey, Walter Johnson, J. C. Rose and Elliott Johnson took the journey to retrieve the truck from Hunter Scott for $210. It was agreed that each member joining the fire department would pay $30. The newly organized department received $200. from the Carrsville Ruritan Club to help with expenses. Lyle Smith presented the fire department with it's first two donations of $25: R. A. Rawls and Bristow Insurance Agency.
During July and August, the members of the department built a firehouse. With a truck ready for service and a new firehouse, beside the present Community Center, the members were ready to attend fire school at Franklin's Fire Station in November.
About 1963, the fire department bought an International truck from the telephone company in Smithfield. The tank and pump were taken from the previous truck and put on this truck's chassis. A second truck was soon needed and an old used gas truck served as a tanker. Another bay was added to the firehouse to accommodate the second truck.
In 1964 an "Open Cab" Seagrave Pumper was purchased from the Civil Defense. B. F. Dixon drove it back to Carrsville and nearly froze. The front end shook so badly, if it was driven over 45 m.p.h., it was virtually impossible to keep it on the road. A lot of work was done to this truck and it soon replaced the old tanker.
Interest in the fire department also spread to the younger minds of the Carrsville community. Under the supervision of Nelson Carr, a junior fire department consisting of six members under the age of eighteen was formed. The Jr's could not enter a burning building but they were taught, trained, and tested as to the location of equipment on the trucks and how to be of service to the men in the department. The department has had many outstanding members to originate in the Jr's department and progress to the senior department.
Looking for a way to give back to your community? Consider joining our agency. We provide volunteer fire coverage and ems response to the surrounding community 24-7. Established in 1957, our Charter Members had a vision for providing a necessary service to our community. At the time, Franklin was the closest agency to respond in an emergency.
We recently lost our last active Charter Member. Walter Johnson was one of many that decided more needed to be done. This was not only a time commitment, but also an expense for members back then. If a new battery had to be purchased for a truck, they passed the hat amongst themselves to obtain the funds to purchase the battery. Today, every member has a set of state of the art turnout gear provided by the department. Back then, they purchased their own or had a hand me down set from another agency that they often had to share.
We live in different times. Now folks do not think of giving back. We expect these services to be provided by somebody else. Walter was certainly not one of those people. While he could not ride the trucks and fight fire anymore, he attended meetings and fundraisers. He was always around to keep us grounded, remind us of where we came from and provide much needed advice. His is a lost generation. We will not see more like him, though Lord knows we need them.
So I would ask that you consider stepping up; honor Walter and the others of his generation and give back. Volunteer to serve your community. We provide all the training and equipment. All we ask of you is your time!
Captain Weston Jamison
Capt. Jamison began his career with Carrsville VFD as a Firefighter in 2000. Since, he has put in an unprecedented amount of time and effort into making our department into what we are today. We are extremely thankful to have Captain Jamison on our team. Capt. Jamison is currently a career Lieutenant with the Portsmouth Fire Department, or "the best career department in Hampton Roads," as he would say. Capt. Jamison has 16 years "boots on the ground" with the PFD and almost 20 years "boots on the ground" with CVFD. When you can't find Capt. Jamison at PFD, CVFD, or the mill; one can usually find him livin' the beach life or by his pool at home. We can't thank Capt. Jamison enough for his many years of service to our community. #TYFYS, sir. Here's to many more years of "boots on the ground."
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