Firefighting exhibit opens: The Originial 13 Departments

It was opening day last Saturday for Chesterfield Historical Society of VA’s newest exhibit “Firefighting in Chesterfield County: the Original Thirteen Departments.”  Inspired by author David Creasy’s book “Chesterfield Fire Department, The Original Thirteen Departments” and his collection of fire apparatus and gear. The exhibit located in the 1892 Old Jail will run through next October.

Creasy began his long career with the Chesterfield County Fire Department as a volunteer with the Ettrick Volunteer Fire Department in the ‘70s. His interest in collecting old fire apparatus and equipment started when he discovered a 1928 hose cart buried in the Ettrick Fire Station.

“Pat (Robel, docent for Chesterfield’s museum) was overwhelmed because I had so many things I wanted to exhibit,” he said during opening remarks at the event. “I want to let people see what fire-fighting was all about back in its day. The hose cart was the original pumper of firefighting equipment in Ettrick. That’s what started me collecting things so you all can see these things today.”

Along with the 1928 hose cart, the exhibit also features old apparatus, hose appliances, tools, fire protection gear, wall displays from each of the original 13 companies and oral history remarks from retired firefighters that are televised continuously.

The 1892 Old Jail and County Museum are located at 6813 Mimms Loop and are open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Suggested admission is $2 for the Museum plus $1 for the Old Jail exhibit. For more information call 768-7311.

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