LADDER TRUCK TRAINING INCLUDED
ODD JOBS AROUND TOWN
Tuesday, August 22, 1967, would include
practice in driving the long truck and in raising the ladder
as well as working from its top. Firemen went to Trojan Hill football
field at the High School to install bulbs in
the lighting system. On the top of the picture at the field is Capt. Mel
Taylor. Operating the truck is engineer Delbert McDivitt. Also in the picture
was Harold Dennis and Gary Wright, school employees. After finishing their task
at Trojan Hill, the firemen placed a new
pulley on the flag pole at Lincoln School.
CHARLESTON FIRE DEPARTMENT
HISTORY CHANGES IN 1967
the City of Charleston would make a break through in getting a
piece of equipment to handle the large high-rise buildings on
campus. The 100 foot aerial ladder would certainly have helped in the earlier
Rardin building fire of 1963.
Training with a practical purpose: Replacing bulbs in
lights at Trojan Hill
Maintenance Man, Gary Wright was present to help also. Capt. Taylor is on top.
Chief Milliner, Captain Taylor and Firemen Bud Hildebrand and Delbert McDivitt
at delivery of new 100' American LaFrance gasoline driven ladder truck. The
truck came into Charleston via freight train.
WALKER'S AND BEN FRANKLIN FIRE LOSS SET AT $500,000
Tuesday, November 7,
1967, was a test for the new ladder truck and CFD. Wilb Walker's Supermarket and
Ben Franklin 5 & 10 at 505 W. Lincoln burnt in a roaring fire. The fire started
at 8:00 P.M. A total of 21 firemen fought the blaze which destroyed the building
containing the two businesses. At its height the fire could be scene from the
Coles County Airport. Owner Wilb Walker said the "supposedly fireproof building
was gutted in less than an hour after the fire was discovered." There were no
injuries to the 13 regular Charleston firemen and eight volunteers who battled
the blaze for more than six hours. Three department vehicles were on the scene,
including an aerial ladder truck pressed into service for the first time since
its acquisition in June. A Mattoon Fire Department truck and two firemen stood
by at the Charleston station until early Wednesday. Both stores were still open
to customers when the fire was discovered at 8:05 P.M. in the Walker store. Mike
Mosbarger, an EIU student from Grayville employed at Walker's said that he and
two other employees, Dean LaFrentz of Mattoon and John Bell, went back to the
stock room on the south side of the building at 8:05 P.M.