there's smoke, there's fire"
July 11, 2007 will mark the 100 year anniversary of the formation of the Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department. The following are some excerpts from meeting minutes and records of the department throughout the years.
Fire Department Members
March 8, 1929 – “Meeting of reorganization of fire department held in community building at 8 o’clock p.m. Minutes of last meeting in 1922 were read.”
February 27, 1939 – “It seems that since the Department has so far not acquired a tooter for the power wagon, some members feel that the approach of the fire eaters should be heralded by the blast of something blood-chilling. The question of the purchase of a siren was revived. After due discussion, the question was brought to the point of a motion, made by a member of the Department, but lost for want of a second. No tooter.”
August 15, 1960 – “Most of the night was spent removing the pump from the smaller truck to allow placement of a new fan belt. The belt had come off the truck the previous day when answering a fire call at Greencreek when the Catholic Church there burned to a complete loss.”
In 1955, there were 18 fire calls, including 9 structure fires. In 2006, there were 30 alarms. These included 9 structure fires, 5 vehicle extrications, and 16 other events such as field fires, dumpster fires, vehicle fires, etc.