Chesterfield Fire Department:The Original Thirteen Departments
Chesterfield Fire Department - The Original Thirteen Departments by David C. Creasy, Sr. features many never-before-published photos in an 8.5" x 11" soft cover, coffee table book.
Chesterfield County was formed in 1749 but it was not until 1928 that the first volunteer fire department was organized. Twelve more independent volunteer fire departments followed in the years to come. These departments formed the foundation for what would later become the Chesterfield County Fire Department. This book chronicles their organization and growth in those early years. It also describes how they would come together in forming the Association of Chesterfield Fire Departments. Read how this group’s efforts truly improved fire protection in the county and started the process of becoming one department. Pictures, many never before published, capture much of this history and illustrate some of Chesterfield Fire Department’s “firsts”:
• The first fire stations for each volunteer fire department
• The first motorized fire unit (1931)
• The first fire department ambulance (1952)
• The first aerial ladder (1961)
• The ground breaking for the fire training center (1962)
• The first Fire Alarm Headquarters (1967)
• The first diesel powered apparatus (1969)
• The first yellow fire apparatus (1970)
About the Author
A lifelong resident of Chesterfield County, David joined the fire service in 1968 as a volunteer with the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department. In 1971, he went to work with the Richmond Bureau of Fire and was assigned to Truck Company #3. David began teaching part-time for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs in 1973. He left Richmond in 1974 for a career position with Chesterfield Fire Department. During his tenure, he advanced through the ranks and retired in 2001 as a Senior Battalion Chief. It was at this time that he returned to the volunteer ranks at Chesterfield Fire Station 11. After teaching in the Virginia Fire Marshal’s Academy and the Virginia Community College System, David returned to work with the Richmond Fire Department in 2008 as the city’s Fire Marshal, a position he still holds.
8.5" x 11" soft cover