Department History

On June 19, 1950, the following members of the Berlin-Ivor Community met in the Ivor Town Hall to organize a fire Department.

Charter Active Members                                              Charter Honorary Members

Warren Cobb               Robert Pulley                          W. B. Smith

Waverly Owney           John E Bailey                          L. H. Babb 

Lester Pittman              James Clark                           F. T. Joyner

J. H. Jackson               Jack Kitchen                            L. A. Brantley

Henderson Pittman      Gus Downing                          Paul Branch

Fred Ashby                  Julian Felts                              Thomas Pulley

John Hall                     John Faircloth, Jr.                    J. T. Faircloth, Sr.

Walter Saunders         Russell West                            E. M. Babb

Jim Clark                     E. Peyton Kea                         Charlie Ramsey

Roy Cornwell              Gernie Britt                              H. S. Boone

Marvin Pulley              Narvie Britt                              R. J. Kitchen

Shelly Doles               Thomas Beale                         H. S. Saunders

John Jones                 Shelton Babb                          Winston Camp

E. W. Pittman              Robert Rawls                         Henley Johnson

E. V. Stephenson, Jr.   J. B. Holcomb                       Bill Johnson

Leroy Bracey               G. C. Powell Jr.                     Tommie Hancock

Robert Kitchen            Paige Pulley

Aurbery Raiford          Watkin Johnson

This group of charter members elected the following officers to serve the fire department.

President – E. W. Pittman,       Secretary--E. V. Stephenson, Jr

1st VP --Russell West               Treasurer—H. S. Boone

2nd VP-- Julian Felts

John Faircloth, Jr., Leroy Bracey, Marvin Pulley, Charlie Ramsey, and L. H. Babb were appointed to serve as the Finance Committee. Motion was moved and seconded that officers of the fire department bring a slate of names to the next meeting naming  a Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief for the groups consideration. Motion made and seconded that President call the next meeting. At this point our first meeting of an organized Fire Department was adjourned. (These were the actual minutes of the first meeting)

On August 17, 1950, Fred Ashby was chosen Fire Chief and J. E. Clarke, Sr. was chosen Assistant Fire Chief. The task of raising funds, finding a building, obtaining needed equipment and developing By-laws was underway. It was moved and seconded that the official name of the newly formed fire department would be the IVOR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT.

     

In 1951, the department purchased their first engine from Oren Roanoke Corp. in Roanoke, VA. This engine was a 1951 Ford with a 500 gallon tank and a 250 gpm pump and was housed in a garage behind the old Kitchen Service Station on Main Street until a building could be built.

 

The department moved in their first building on Railroad Ave in 1952. The two bays on the right were the original building. In 1958, members added two more bays, a kitchen and a large meeting room.

Our present station was built in 1987.  The department officially moved in on our meeting night, December 9, 1987


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