Mathews Volunteer Fire Department Inc. is the outgrowth of the former Mathews Fire Protection Association. As far back as 1921, interest was shown by some concerned citizens to establish some type of fire protection for the court house area.
After several disastrous fires in the business district at Mathews Court House, the Mathews Fire Protection Association was formed. The organization’s first piece of equipment was a hand-drawn, two-wheeled cart with two small soda and acid tanks and a small hose.
In 1937, the association purchased a 1929 model Chevrolet truck. It was equipped with two large soda and acid tanks and hose and was to be used primarily to protect the Court House area. Charges were made for calls outside of the court house area. That same year, the first firehouse was built on the same site as the current Mathews station.
In 1946, a few civic-minded individuals banded together to form the Mathews Volunteer Fire Department. They continued to use the soda and acid...
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