Skip to main content

Dozens of Fire Trucks From Around the State Attended Kannapolis Fire's 100th Birthday Parade

Oct 06, 2016 06:06PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

Fire trucks in the parade

Gallery: Kannapolis Fire Department celebrated its 100th Birthday [3 Images] Click any image to expand.

Historic Fire Reel from 1930s

The Kannapolis Fire Department celebrated its 100th Birthday with a fire truck parade, bagpipes, drums, birthday cake and other festivities Saturday. Dozens of fire trucks, vintage and new, from departments around the state participated in the parade.

After the parade a ceremony honoring former and current fire chiefs and firefighters (both volunteer and paid) was held. 

The community of Kannapolis was first provided with fire protection services by volunteers who were typically employees of Cannon Mills beginning in 1916. Sam Nash was the first fire chief for the City. He served as an unpaid volunteer.

On Saturday, the family of Fire Chief J.C. Taylor, presented the City with Chief Taylor’s helmet. Taylor served as the second fire chief for Kannapolis from 1928 to 1962 which was an unpaid volunteer position. Motorized fire apparatus was still not readily available when Taylor became chief. Instead the department was equipped with two large hose reels. Five men used the tow bar to pull the reel to the scene of a fire.

The City had four fire hydrants, which were pressurized in the event of a fire and powered by Cannon Mill’s waterworks. After arriving at the fire, Kannapolis firefighters would quickly unroll the hose from the reel, connect to one of the hydrants, and begin fighting the fire.  If a hydrant was not available, bucket brigades and hand pumps were used. Because there were so many hose reel teams across the state, reel team competitions became a popular event at the annual North Carolina Firemen’s Convention.

Phil Fisher with his grandfather Chief Taylor’s helmet and one of the fire trucks his grandfather drove.

In 1933 the department set a world record for hose reel competition that still stands today. 

Another special moment during the ceremony was the dedication of a new fire safety house. The new fire safety house was dedicated to Christopher Kerly. Christopher died in a fire in 1994. Since then his family has been dedicated to helping provide fire education equipment to the department and community. 




All content courtesy of the City of Kannapolis Press Release

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Cabarrus Magazine's free newsletter to catch every headline

Life+Leisure, Community
  • Small Business Saturday

    09/23/2017
    08:00AM — 09:00PM

    Make a purchase in any of the participating businesses in Downtown Concord and enter a drawing to...


  • Car lovers rejoice! The world’s largest automotive extravaganza, the Pennzoil AutoFair presented ...


  • Piedmont Farmers Market 2017

    09/23/2017
    08:00AM

    • Open year-round. Fresh local produce, honey, free-range eggs, antibiotic- and hormone-free beef...


  • Beth Moore Simulcast

    09/23/2017
    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    <Fayetteville, NC>– <September 23, 2017>– LifeWay Christian Resources and Living Proof ministries...


  • Duke Dash 5K & Healthfest

    09/23/2017
    09:00AM

    This event at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis will be hosted by the Duke Clinica...


  • Cold-blooded fun Repticon

    09/23/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    This premiere reptile show shares these incredible creatures with the world. Enjoy exhibitions, e...


  • CON2

    09/23/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    All ages - The worlds of Sci-Fi and Fantasy collide at the library! Come meet special guest of ho...


  • 11th Annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour

    09/23/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Weaver Street Market, the 2017 Eastern...


  • Town Theatre's The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    09/23/2017
    08:00PM — 10:15PM

    Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre...


  • A VET TOGETHER

    09/26/2017
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    • Join Cabarrus Veterans Coalition the first Tuesday of each month at Carm’s for free coffee and ...


  • A Vet Together

    09/26/2017
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join Cabarrus Veterans Coalition at Carm's Cafe every Tuesday morning for A Vet Together! Fre...


  • Thriller Dance Lessons

    09/26/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Ever wanted to learn the King of Pop’s famous Thriller dance? Now’s your chance! Head over to the...


  • CBC Trivia Night

    09/27/2017
    07:00PM

    Cabarrus Brewing Co’s weekly Trivia Night hosted by KanePunch Comedy’s Patrick & Joel is held eve...


  • Namaste and have a Beer

    09/27/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us at Twenty-Six Acres every Wednesday for Yoga with Jill Falconer Yoga! Classes are $10 and...


  • Oakridge Estates Groundbreaking Ceremony

    09/28/2017
    09:00AM — 10:00AM

    Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity (FAHFH) will kick off the first phase of the construction ...


  • TODDLER STORY TIME

    09/28/2017
    10:30AM

    • Children from walking age to three years old with caregiver. Songs, stories, finger plays follo...


  • Kannapolis Farmers Market

    09/28/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    The Kannapolis Farmers Market will be held every Thursday, 4-7pm May through September, at the co...


  • Town Theatre's The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    09/28/2017
    08:00PM — 10:15PM

    Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre...


Get Cabarrus Magazine Delivered to Your Door!

Subscribe today!

Proudly Brought To You By These Community Sponsors