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The Early Years
The DuPont Fire Department was established in 1910. Membership was made up of plant employees and citizens in town, mostly younger boys who would man the hose carts located in and around town. Some of these boys would get the hose carts to the fire, and by that time, the older men from the plant would arrive and take over.
In the early 1920's DuPont Company #11 was added to the firefighting forces of the Village and is said to have been the youngest firefighting department in the United States. The oldest member was only 12 years old and the youngest member was only 7. Fire Chief Robert Hull was only 11 years of age. This organization started as a result of the boy's efforts in bringing a dangerous grass fire under control.
In 1963 the town purchased its first pumper at a cost of $49,000 cash. The station at that time had to be extended both length and width wise to accomodate the pumper. It had been a one man garage prior to the time.
Photo of the pumper that was purchased in 1963.
Current Fire Department
Today the DuPont Fire Department is run by Fire Chief Larry Creekmore. Station 25 has a fire engine and a ladder truck. The technology on fire engines has improved quite a bit since DuPont received its first pumper truck in the 1960s. DuPont Fire Department currently is staffed by 10 full-time firefighters, up to 12 reserve members, a part-time Fire Marshall, and a Fire Chief. The firefighters now don’t just put out fires but they also are EMTs and work to educate the community on emergency preparedness and safety issues.
The DuPont Fire Department is located at 1780 Civic Drive, DuPont, WA 98327.
1700 Civic Dr. • DuPont, WA 98327
Ph: (253) 964-8121 •
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