LUMBERTON — An open house will be held to celebrate the opening of the new Britt’s Township Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Charles Britt, Jr., a member of the fire department, will give a history of the Britt’s Township department, which received its charter in 1969. Tom Taylor, vice chairman of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners, and Lt. Brian Duckworth, arson investigator for the Robeson County Sheriff’s Department, will speak.
“We had outgrown the old building,” Duckworth said. “It was a safety issue. We had to back in and out of the building right on the highway.”
Duckworth said a car accident spurred local residents to start a fire department that would serve rural areas.
“A group of farmers started it after a bad car wreck on the highway,” he said. “They watched [the victims] burn to death while waiting for the fire department to come all the way from Lumberton.”
Duckworth said the open house will include displays showing how fire equipment and its costs have changed over the years.
“We bought our first truck for $4,900 or something like that,” he said. “Now you can hardly put a set of tires on for that much.”