Great Big Downtown Fire
Municipal Water Supply
West Point finally started building a municipal water supply
West Point Volunteer Fire Department gets Chartered
The charter started with 30 volunteers.
Fire Bell is Added to the Town
Beach Park Hotel Fire
One of the biggest fires in West Point history. This was one of the two hotels on the point. They were a big attraction for West Point.
First Motorized Vehicle
The department got its first motorized vehicle, a White chemical truck.
Dedicated Phone Line
A dedicated phone line for the chief was installed in his home.
The fire bell was replaced by a siren because people had moved out of town and the bell was hard to hear.
A dedicated female was hired to answer all fire calls. She received an extra 50 cents per month and was the first dispatcher for the West Point VFD.
Terminal Hotel Fire
The second of the two hotels on the point, Terminal Hotel, burned down. This was the end of an era. The hotel wasn’t as grand since the town went dry in 1914.
Seagrave Pumper Purchased
The purchase of the Seagrave Pumper wass important since the town did so during the Great Depression.
Beginning of the EMS Department
The fire department got to attend life saving-classes from the Red Cross which allowed them to begin an EMS department.
The motion to pursue Red Cross training for firefighters was made in September 1936; it was not until the fall of 1940 that firefighters who had received the training were designated as “the first aid squad.” The first recorded EMS call occurred on April 17, 1941.
April 7, 1939
Start of Fire School
Start of Fire School with board and bed, 30 residents.
Shed Burns Down
The shed behind the town hall got flames from another fire and burned down. The shed was the current Fire House. Three pieces of apparatus burned too.
April 17, 1941
The First Aid Squad
Back in September 1936, the Red Cross came to train members in life-saving classes. The ones who took the class had their first recorded EMS call this day.
Elected Chief Charles Carlton
Charles Carlton was elected Chief and served for 40 years. He had the most impact on the department and is the reason the department is how it is today.
Content provided by William Palmer
William A. Palmer, Jr. was the eleventh sworn chaplain of the West Point Volunteer Fire Department., having served in that role from 2012 to 2022. An ordained clergyman in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he was endorsed for chaplaincy by that denomination and is a member of the Federation of Fire Chaplains.