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City Incorporated 1888

Unincorporated 1891

Reactivated as City of Compton 1906

First hand drawn hose 1908

(Housed at John Young’s Livery Stable)
First hand drawn Chemical Cart 1910

First organized Fire Department 1920

First Volunteer Fire Chief 1920
(Chief P.J.Peltier – for 4 months)

Second Volunteer Fire Chief 1921-1929
(Chief D.H. Burden)

First Fire Truck – Model “T” Ford
(Housed at Owl Truck Co. 120 No. Tamarind) 1921

First Fulltime Fireman 1924
(Ed Dowd Sr.)

First Triple combination pumper
(Americal LeFrance – 750 G.P.M.) 1924

Occupied new quarters at City Hall – December 1 1925

First full-time Fire Chief 1929
Chief Ed Dowd Sr. – 20 volunteers. 5 paid men)

Second pumper – Model “A” Ford – rec’d 9-15-30 1930
(built by department personnel)

Full paid department – 10 men 1940

Third Triple combination pumper 1942
Seagrave – 1000 G.P.M.)

Chief Ed Dowd Sr. - resigned - April 1 1944

Chief D.S .Wetherbee - appointed April 1 1944

Station No. 2 – 1320 E. Palmer (in service Feb. 15) 1945

Fourth triple combination pumper 1946
(used 1943 American LeFrance – 1000 G.P.M)

Fire Prevention Bureau started July 1 1947

Chief D.S. Wetherbee – retired July 1 1948

Chief L.W. Parsons – appointed July 1 1948

Station No. 3 1133 W. Rosecrans Ave. (in service Aug 16) 1949

Fifth triple combination pumper – Aug 1 1949
(Seagrave – 1000 G.P.M.)

Sixth triple combination pumper – June 24 1956
(Crown – 1250 G.P.M.)

Occupied new Fire Department – Headquarters building – August 29 1958

Seventh triple combination pumper – Nov. 13 1959
(Crown – 1000 G.P.M.)

Squad – Chev. 1½ ton – May 12 1960

Station No. 2 – 1320 E. Palmer – torn down and rebuilt 1961
(Occupied on December 13)

Eighth triple combination pumper – March 1964
(Crown – 1000 G.P.M.)

Truck 1 – 85’ Aerial Platform – in service - Nov. 1964

Ninth triple combination pumper – August 1970
(Crown – 1250 G.P.M.)

Chief L.W. Parsons retired – Sept. 30 1971

Chief Monroe Smith appointed 1971

Patches (New) designed by R.J. Moore 1974

New Dress Uniform 1974

Tenth triple combination pumper – Nov. 26 1974
(Crown 1500 G.P.M.)

 
NOTE: Entire fleet - replaced in January 2006

 
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