Westville Fire Department history and culture. Apprautus Numbers!
To start it off, Station 7-3 was selected by the merger committee, they decided it was in the best interest to retire Station 7-1 (UFC) and Station 7-2 (IFC) and begin with a new identity for the new department.
Under a new identity with old trucks from the former companies, the truck numbers were selected by the first Fire Chief John E. Flem Jr. The apparatus were reassigned as follows: …
Engine 721 as Engine 731
Engine 722 as Engine 732
Engine 711 as Engine 733
Engine 712 as Engine 734
Ladder 716 as Ladder 736
Rescue 728 as Rescue 738
Squad 729 as Squad 739
With the line up set, the next step was modernization and reduction of the fleet. In 1989 the decision was made to remove Engine 734 from service. This engine was 20 years old and Gas driven, the other three Engines were all 1976’s with Diesel engines.
In 1991 it was time for the new Ladder truck, again to modernize and reduce the fleet. Engine 732 along with the Ladder truck were removed and the New 1991 E-One Ladder with a 1500 GPM pump was placed in service.
1996 was the last step to modernize the fleet with the last two fire apparatus from the old fire companies were being replaced, both 1976 1000 GPM Pumpers. Two E-One 1500 GPM were on order, which brought the topic of what will the truck numbers be?
734 remove in 1989, 732 in 1991, do we keep them 731 and 733 or change and reinstate 732 with 731? The Board of Fire Commissioners left it to the membership of the fire department to decide. A special meeting was held in June of 1996 and voted to number the new apparatus Engines 731 and 733, adding that through the history of the new department and the goals of the fire district, the apparatus that survived the reductions of the fleet numbers shall always remain.
In June of 2005 Engine 731 was removed from service due to a new E-One Rescue that was ordered with a 1500 GPM pump, again modernization with reduction of fleet. Today we operate one Engine Company, our Apparatus number for the Engine will always be 733.
Our Apparatus today: Engine 733, Ladder 736, Rescue 738 and Utitly 737.
We remember and honor our past by keeping part of it in the present