Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Early Morning Fire Destroys Barn

On October 27, 1930 at 3:30 a.m. firemen responded to a barn fire near Cherry Grove School about three miles south of town. A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a large barn and its contents. The owner was able to free the livestock before firemen arrived but a large amount of hay, straw, fodder and machinery were destroyed. Damages were estimated at $3,000. The Cumberland Valley Hose Company extinguished the blaze.

13 comments:

Sparky said...

How did they do it back than with just one company. That means just two engines?

Brad Myers said...

At this time it was only one engine. It wasn't until a few years after the Viggies purchased their second rural rig in 1936 that two engines responded on a regular basis.

Many reasons contribute to one engine working at that time. Delay in recieving the alarm and response times equaled well involved buildings leaving the companies to protect exposures only. The lack of water combined with short supplies of 2 1/2" hose meant you did not need other rigs because you did not have the water.

Like todays CAFS they used chemical lines then many times in place of water. Guess what, it sucked just like CAFS of today. You still needed and need balls to stretch in to the seat of the fire and apply water to cool the BTU's. Speaking of that if CAFS are so good why don't we go back to one engine and use that miracle shit all the time instead of running more apparatus then ever and extinguishing the fires less efficiently then we did in the past?

Back then more men road out on that one engine then you get on an entire box alarm today. And finally the companies just did not exist. Think about then, you had two Shipp. companies, then you had to travel to Newville and Cburg to find more. There was no Co's 49, 50, 51, 11, 7.

I almost forgot, no rehab back then either. Men worked like men until the job was completed instead of standing in rehab saying man that was a great two minutes I was in that building I almost seen the fire, want a drink of my lemonade?

Can you tell I am wound up this morning?

Woody said...

No..not at all Brad..you wound up??? Never...

Sparky said...

You must of just got off work this morning. I get your point.

Anonymous said...

Hey Brad,

Take a pill and go to a hockey game. Although with regards to CAVS, I know a lot of Chiefs out here are having second thoughts about the system. Not alot of good comments.
Hey, Stay Safe Guys,

CW

Sparky said...

By the way I like the new header. good JOB

Tim said...

When is the pic on the header from? 90's?

Dale Jr (Wally) said...

As Chief Charlie keeps telling. Back them all they need was a Tanker,Mop bucket or a Indian tank to put out most of the fire back then,,,

Brad Myers said...

Will do CW but it won't help I am playing this year for the FD and we are 0-6 in last place. Next game is against the best team and they are all giants compared to us.

Thanks it was time for a new header. Yes this would be early 1990's. I actually took the photograph and it was in 1990 before we dedicated the E-One and brush truck. Would this be Texas Tim?

No tanker then Dale, it would be almost another 20 years before they were in Shippensburg. I prefer to cut a hole in the roof drink a few beers and take a wiz into the hole to extinguish the fire while the wagon weenies are still trying to find there way out of the seat belts.

Wow! what did it take me being wound up in a reply to wake everyone up? Maybe I should get wound up more often.

Sparky said...

I looked at the comment line and seen 9 comments. I'm happy for you Brad. I finally got it started with the first comment. Now you can relax, drink a beer and dream of the Engine Company.

E4 Lt said...

ah... back in the day, when firemen were firemen and no medics on fire trucks

Anonymous said...

Lou, those were the days!!!!! Brad, please tell us what got your thong in an uproar? Please tell me that it was the couple of hours, which you were blessed with the presence a Major League Capitol City FF. Anyways, I am sorry that I could not attend the Halloween Parade this year. I normally don’t miss it, however, my duty to drive the oversized medic unit around your Nations Capitol called.

PS let me know the next time you are in town or I will place an I Love EMS sticker on your front bumper of your truck.

WMIT

Brad Myers said...

I thought you were in the parade, didn't I see you with EMS towards the end.

I do love EMS, maybe because I don't have to due it and because when we do as the senior man it is my job to watch and get the litter from the bus.

My panties get in a bunch just breathing sometimes, I am easy.

I will be in town on Monday for the funeral. Don't let me catch you my 9mm never misses, LOL.