History of Rural Fire Service

History of Rural Fire Service in Rowan County 

By Jeff Whitley, Chief Ellis Cross Country VFD

  1. Development of the County

    To fully understand the development of the rural fire service in Rowan County one must first look at the development of the county from the early part of the 20th century.

  2. Formation Of Fire Departments

    The story of rural fire protection in Rowan County begins on November 23, 1950 in the St. Paul’s Church community.

  3. Landmark Improvements Since 1951

    Since the rural fire service started in 1951 several things have taken place that greatly improved service.

  4. Fire Tax

    Another big thing that happened in the way of funding was the fire tax.

  5. Growth & Prosperity

    The 1980’s were a time of growth and prosperity for many fire departments in the county.

  6. Salisbury Millworks fire

    The last major change that I have seen also came out of tragedy. And that was the Salisbury Millworks fire on March 7, 2008.

  7. Rural Fire Service Today

    Today Rowan County continues to have the same 21 rural fire departments operating that it has always had.