October 9th to 15th is Fire Prevention Week. We salute Ocracoke's Volunteer Fire Department. Many thanks to all of our dedicated fire fighters!
I remember a fire on Ocracoke in the mid-1950s. An outbuilding was in flames. There was no fire department back then. Neighbors formed a bucket brigade. If I remember correctly, they weren't able to save the building, but they did prevent the fire from spreading to nearby buildings and trees.
Ocracoke got its first fire truck and fire department building in the 1960s. It took a while to form a well trained and disciplined team, but today we have an outstanding group prepared to protect our community whenever a fire threatens.
The Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department is holding an open house this Sunday, October 9, at the firehouse from 2:00 to 4:00. Everyone will be able to look over the trucks and equipment - maybe even sound a siren or blow an air horn. There will be a display of safety ideas, videos, drinks, fire helmets for the little Fire Fighters, and more. The little Fire Fighters can even have some nozzle time with a real fire hose and spray some water!
Everyone is invited to come out and take part in the open house. All ages are welcome.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of slavery on Ocracoke. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092111.htm.