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1 November 29, 1909 Serving the Community 100 Years






7 Town Square Town Limits Town Limits and County Town Limits and Rural District, Insurance District, Tax District Mutual Aid to surrounding communities and counties

8 Town Board County Contracts Fire Protection from Town Fire Commissioners

9 Town College Fund Raisers Fire Tax Donations

10 These are similar to what Mars Hill had.

11 1- North Main in Garage above what is now the Town Hall 1- South Main in a Garage on side of Hawkins Store where the Mars Hill Retirement Center is now located

12 Similar to what Mars Hill used.

13 Unknown as to when this truck was bought or when it was taken out of service

14 Similar to what Mars Hill used.







21 At some point, the Fire Department moved into space beside the Town Hall which they shared with the Library.



24 In April 1961, the Fire Department Town and College purchased a new 1961 Chevrolet American LaFrance Fire Truck. The Chassis was purchased through French Broad Chevrolet and delivered to American LaFrance in Elmira, NY. Mars Hill College agreed to help with the purchase if they could have a Co-Chief of the Fire Department. So, Carl Eller for Town and Jim Fish for the college were co-chiefs for a period of time.





29 Participation in the fire department had fallen off, with Carl Eller basically being the only one doing anything. Buddy Cox had taken a great interest in the fire department re-organizing. So together Buddy and Carl put the wheels in motion and the department was reorganized and Buddy became the Chief. The department has been very active ever since.




33 1972 Ford American LaFrance Truck purchased and is still in service today. Chief Briggs and members saw the need for a second truck. Boyce Ford in Asheville had the 1972 Truck which was a demo. They brought it to Mars Hill a couple times for the Fire Dept. and Town Board to look at, and the decision was made to buy the truck.The red light had to be removed to get the truck in the building.




37 Mid ’70s, a 1965 Model Panel Van was purchased to haul equipment and personnel to calls.

38 Similar to what Mars Hill used.

39 New Station is built. Is currently the Main Station. Built in 1975, moved in Once again Mars Hill College helped make this possible. Mr. Bryson Tilson negotiated and made it possible for the college to donate property for the building to the town.




43 Bought 1976 Chevrolet One Ton from French Broad Chevrolet. Put Utility Body and water tank with pump slide in unit.



46 Fire Department Operated an Ambulance given to them by Madison County to run backup to the county ambulances. We operated the ambulance until 1988 and since then have done First Responder service.

47 Similar to what Mars Hill used.

48 Build first Tanker. Bought a 2 Ton GMC Farm Truck from Larry Cody and Bruce Buckner gave an old tank body off a 1950 Chevrolet truck he had bought from Old Fort. The members combined the chassis and tank making our first tanker.


50 Purchased a 1984 Brigadier and contracted with a company in Raleigh to build our first Pumper Tanker. They went bankrupt and we had to re-negotiate with other companies and entered contract with Slagle’s Fire Equipment to build the truck. Delivery was made in 1985.



53 Built a trailer to haul portable pump to be used in rural areas to fill the trucks while fighting fires. The trailer also had a generator.


55 Paying for the operation of the fire department became more than the town, fundraisers and donations were able to provide. The Town was forced to tell the surrounding communities that they would have to help pay for the costs or the town would be forced to stop serving areas outside the town limits

56 On May 3, 1990, a Fire Tax Referendum was held and approved for those areas served by Mars Hill outside the town limits.

57 Mars Hill Township – For Against – 44 Beech Glen Township - For – 367 Against – 61 Petersburg Township -For- 147 Against – 68 TotalFor – 860 Against – 173 A tax rate of $.05 per $100 valuation was established and remains same now.

58 Bought a 1989 Chevrolet Caprice which was a used Highway Patrol Vehicle to be shared between the Town and Fire Department for going to meetings, trainings, etc.


60 Bought 1991 Dodge 4x4 Ton Chassis and put utility bed on truck. Bought Slide-in pump and tank. Truck used for brush fires, wreck, etc.


62 Acquired a 1984 International Bus through the North Carolina Forest Service Cooperative Program at no cost, to be used as a mobile command post.



65 Purchased 1992 KME Pumper Tanker from Slagle’s Fire Equipment. This was a demo truck and was purchased on an emergency basis to replace the 1961 American LaFrance when the pump failed. Cost $180,000


67 Purchased old box type ambulance from Mission Hospital which was used for a rescue truck which remained in service until late 90s when it was replaced by a truck bought from Weaverville Fire Department.

68 Purchased a used 2 ton GMC Rescue Truck from Weaverville Fire Department which was sold to Marshall Fire Department in 2003.

69 Bought used Pepsi Truck. It is used as a service truck which has extra equipment, traffic control devices, heavy cribbing, spill control materials, etc.


71 Designed and bought a new pumper tanker from Slagle’s Fire Equipment. This truck is also used on extrication calls. Truck has foam system which cuts water requirements by using 3x less water Cost $240,000


73 Bought a new 4 wheeler and trailer to be used on rescue and wildfire calls. Cost $


75 Bought a used 2001 Chevrolet Pickup to be used on first responder calls etc. Cost $8500


77 Built new annex building on Ivy Street to house equipment sq. ft. of space Why did we do this instead of building a new department? Cost $238,700

78 Bought a used 1997 GMC Jimmy to replace ’89 Caprice Cost $1200

79 Replaced International Bus with Camper Trailer through the North Carolina Forest Service Cooperative Program at no cost.


81 Received a portable slide in unit with foam and 400 gallon water free through the NC Air-guard and Asheville FD. Bought a used 1994 Ford 1-Ton 4x4 and put unit on it for our second brush truck Cost $15,000


83 Received a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe from the Madison County Sheriffs Department at no cost. This vehicle was originally a drug confiscation vehicle which was used to transport drug dogs for several years until it was passed on to the department.


85 Bought a 1994 KME 75’ Firestick Ladder Truck from Brumley Mountain Fire Equipment through Asheville Fire Department for $17,000 After the truck was equipped and repairs made the department will have $45-50,000 in the truck.


87 Bell on pole behind Town Hall Siren on Town Hall then on Pole at New Building Phone System 1987 – Dispatch from Sheriff’s Department

88 1973: 11 calls We now answer each year on average calls service per year

89 N.S. Whitaker – First Chief, Nov Roy Tillery L.C. Lambert Carl Eller Jim Fish Jimmy Holcombe David Pate Buddy Cox Phil Briggs Gordon Randolph Eddie Fox Gordon Randolph Eddie Fox 1992 –

90 NS Whitaker, First Fire Chief Roy Tillery Carl Eller Jim Fish W.B. Zink, Sr. B.W. Grigg Sam Randolph Albert Ponder Harvey Ponder Bryson Tilson David Pate Jimmy Holcombe Paul Tugman Leonard Briggs Ralph Briggs Johnny Anderson Jake Grigg Fanklin Anderson Donald Cox, Sr. Jack Ramsey Larry Moore Grady Worley David Metcalf Joe Mack Burnette Owen Tilson Bruce Murray Hal Carter Rev. Charles Davis Bill Bennett Bill Silvers Richard Anderson Forest Ponder, Sr. Luther Wells Ralph Chandler James Holcombe Donald Higgins Jack Carter Garner Hutchins Dell Woody Tilson Fleetwood Hershel Holcombe Floyd Holcombe Edward Smith L.C. Lambertt

91 Dennis McCurry Ken Hembree Wayne Proffitt Finley Johnson 1971 Bob Hernandez Greg Briggs Johnny Griffin Buddy Cox Harold Taylor 1972 Randy Proffitt Byron Chandler Allen Arrington Dan Vines 1972 Jim Arrington Robert Briggs Lane Merrill Skip Easterling Paul Yocum Larry Edmonds Dean Norton 1973 Steve Garvin 1973 Dale Hylemon Ken Chancey Danny Slagle Randy Houston Raymond Huffman 1975 Mike Burchette Jeff Ling 1975 Jay Edwards Terry Arrington Rick Small George Kevill John Swagger Tim Elkins David Buckner Mike Evans Alex Johnson Greg Brown Scott Wilkinson Allen Powell Dana Snyder 1980 Bill Leatherwood Jimmy Huffman Richard Tilson 1982 Mark Griffin Phillip Silvers 1983 Wayne Hendrick Phillip Garrison Anthony Beasley Sandy Carson 1984 Jeff Cook 1984 Billy Rice 1985 Randy Allen 93-94

92 Ricky Allen Patrick Allen Bruce Anderson Vonna Anglin III 1989 Ricy Arrington Rodney Arrowood Mark Ball Will Ball Janet Baxter Regina Bishop 2001 Bobby Scott Blackwell Bobby Blackwell J.C. Brazil, Jr Phill Briggs Jimmy Briggs Grayson Briggs 1989 Scott Briggs 90-=96 Herbert Buckner Larry Burda 2001 Levi Carter Nick Chandler 2005 Brian Chandler 1989 Jeff Clark Roger Clark 1988 Steven Clark Boyd Coates 1988 Floyd Coates Allen Coates Shane Coates 1991 Steward Coates Michael Cody Robert Collins 2003 Ron Crouter 1987 John Coffey 1998 R.J. Cutshall Andrew Davis Mark Debruhl Doug Deitz 1991 Tim Dillingham Chris Dodd Jim Dodd Edgar Edwards Mark Edwards Graham Edwards Randall Edwards Stephen Edwards 1989 Tim English 1990 Dana Fox Edwin Fox Phillip Fox Darrell Gardner 1988 John Gardner III Michael Garrison Bil Gresek 99-00

93 Anthony Griffin David Grindstaff Rev. Dean Grindstaff Brian Hanrahan 2006 Buddy Harwood Rick Haynes Waynd Hendrick 1985 Jeremy HJensley Wayne Hensley Donald Higgins Dewayne Hilemon Deanna Holcombe David Holcombe Ron Hollifield David Honey cutt Michael Honey cutt Nicky Honeycutt 1989 Desmond Jamerson 1989 Jany Johnson 2006 Mike Kroksh Ivan Kush Eric Larson Johnothan Lupher Rick Luther Warren Maney 2006 Bill McMahan 1984 Nathan Messer Kenneth Metcalf 1997 Robert Metcalf Ray Moore Jeff Morgan 1992 JC Moss Jeff Noe Bryan Norris Howard Norton Charles Payne Kevin Peek Larry D. Peek Raleigh Peek Tim Peek Edwin Phillips Lane Ponder Daniel Porche 1999 Jonathan Poulin Billy Poewll Jeff Randolph Ivan Randolph Tim Ray Josh Reese Randy Reese Wesley Rice Kelsy Rice Jeff Richardson Stephen Ricker 1987

94 Mattew Roberts 2004 Billy Roberts Randy Robinson Josh Shelton Donald Shepherd Jason Shepherd Richard Shepherd 2008 Jason Sigmon 2001 Richard Smith 1998 Kenneth Sprinkle Michael Summerfield 2003 Jeremy Swann Dewayne Tweed 1989 Mark Wallin 1993 Chris Ward Patrick Ward 05-=06 Jonathan Ward Chris Webb Morris Wheeler Bob Wilson 1988 Keith Wilde Eugene Young 88-94

95 Asheley Davis 2009 Steven Davis 2000 Eddie Fox 1977 Jeremy Fox 1994 Bobby Gosnell 2008 Claude Griffin 1991 Matthew Griffin 1990 Dino Grindstaff 1991 Dana Holcombe 2009 Beverly Hopps 2009 Bryan Hopps 1995 Rev. Cecil Hopps 2003 Ray Kievet 1993 Jimmie Kirkland 1989 Tim Metcalf 1981 James Metscher 2008 Chris Parks 1999 Jason Pearman 1999 Gordon Randolph 1970 Charlie Stanton 1988 David Stanton 2008 Casey Tweed 2005 Nathan Waldrup 1994 Randy Williams 2001 Clayton Willis 1974 Bill Zink 1970

96 Mars Hill Fire Department looks forward to serving our community in the future!

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