The first history we have of the Asheville Fire Fighters Association goes back to 1932. It is natural to wonder how things were done then during “Fire Prevention Week.” According to retired Local 865 members and with the help of several pictures taken at that time, the answer seems to be, “not very much.”
The Asheville Fire Department filled a week with education opportunities and simply drawing the public’s attention to living safer lives. The Department went to all the schools giving fire prevention demonstrations and tips. In advance of this week, classrooms were invited into the stations across town. To set the stage for this yearly event, a banner was stretched across Pack Square in front of the Vance Monument reminding the public that it was Fire Prevention Week and a parade was held several times during the week and banners with slogans tied on the sides of the fire apparatus and, of course, the American Flag. Each slogan was to remind the public of the importance of fire safety.
The series of pictures are a story in themselves. We hope you enjoy them!
Fire Prevention Week Banner
Trying it out in front of City Hall first.
The ladder truck will not be out done
All together now, let's take this show on the road
The left side of the ladder truck in the parade
Yes, we know this is one way and we are going one way
Nothing like putting the message in dollars amounts
How do we look from the City Manager’s office in City Hall?