On February 14, 2017, The Calvert Board of County Commissioners BOCC) honored the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad (NBVFD&RS) with an award.
The North Beach Volunteer Fire Department was incorporated on August 4, 1926. In the early days, they responded as far south as Solomons Island. All the original charter members lived in North beach. The charter members and trustees were President Jacob Delp, Vice President Merrill Ward, Secretary Robert G Wickes, Treasurer Oscar Marshell, Fire Chief Willard S Ward Sr, Arthur Clark, Clarence King, Marion Tucker, Wade Tucker, Bernard Loveless, Wilbert Ware and Robert S Meade.
In its early days of operation the fire department operated out of a garage in North Beach. This continued for several months before the first fire station was built at Third and Dayton Avenue. The land used for this station was deeded to the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., by Mrs Dora West on October 27, 1926.
In the beginning, hand held chemical extinguishers were placed at various street corners to assist with extinguishing fires. In the Late 1920’s their first fire engine was purchased. This was a used 1925 Studebaker. Ambulance service did not begin until the mid-1960’s, when they purchased a 1965 international Travel All. As the community grew, so did the fire department.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners recognized the commitment the volunteers gave to the citizens of Calvert County at their meeting on February 14. .
Thank you to all the volunteers of the North Beach Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad. Your service is appreciated.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon