Southfield in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Southﬁeld Township Volunteer Fire Department
This hall was built in 1942 for the Southfield Township Volunteer Fire Department. It served as hall, office and sleeping quarters for the two engineers, Charles Hooper, Sr. and Paul Ignash who worked twenty four hours on and twenty four hours off for over four years.
When an alarm was received, the engineer on duty would peg the location on a map, note the address on a pad, activate the siren and respond to the fire with the pumper. The first fireman to answer the siren would take over the desk and direct the volunteers who responded either in person or by phone.
The volunteers served until 1948 when the township initiated a full time fire department. The hall then served as the headquarters for the Water Department until it moved to the Civic Center.
In 1976, as a bi-centennial project, it was designated as a fire museum and was reconditioned by the Historical Society of Fire Fighters.
Location. 42° 28.834′ N, 83° 16.751′ W. Marker is in Southfield, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on Berg Road north of Civic Center Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The building and marker are in The Burgh Historical Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23960 Civic Center Drive, Southfield MI 48033, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Southfield Township Site (a few steps from this marker); Southfield Town Hall (a few steps from this marker); Southfield Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Historical Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Historical Marker (approx. ¼ mile away); Southfield Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Southfield Centre (approx. ¼ mile away); Congregation Shaarey Zedek (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southfield.
Also see . . . History of the Southfield Fire Department from 1930's to present. (Submitted on November 13, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 13, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.