Ongoing Exhibits: Heroes of Yesterday, Heroes of Today: The History of the Chapel Hill Fire Department
Pumper Number 1, purchased by the town
of Chapel Hill in 1921.
Opening Date: August 23, 2007
See a Macromedia Flash presentation about the Chapel Hill Fire Department by Andrew Perry.
The Chapel Hill Fire Department (CHFD) originated as a proposal to the
town's leaders in 1896. While the idea was well received, the
department was not officially formed until 1901 when a hook and ladder
outfit and two reels of hose were purchased.
loosely-assembled band of Chapel Hill firefighters were a handful of
volunteers who were determined to protect the community's life
and property, and fearless in the face of danger. Today, the
Chapel Hill Fire Department has nearly 100 professional
firefighters, spread across five stations strategically placed to best
respond to our growing community's needs.
Throughout its history, the CHFD has heroically fought countless fires,
pierced the town's consciousness with tragedy, and cheerfully
accepted their role as community helpers that the area's residents
depend upon today. This permanent multi-media exhibit, curated by
Chris Bradley, a member of the CHFD since 1992, will detail the
events, expansion, and advancements made by the department throughout
A mirror of the town's own growth, CHFD has evolved
into a nationally recognized emergency response team while still
maintaining the culture and close-knit familial status for which fire
departments are known.