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Museum hours at the Northwood Fire Station

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
1 p.m - 4 p.m





The Northwood Fire Station was opened in 1928, seven years after The Village of Royal Oak became a city. Built at a cost of $65,000 it was the best city owned building for many years. The building site located at the corner of Webster and Crooks roads was donated by the Northwood Development Association, and the building was designed by their architects.

Lieutenant George cook was the first to take charge of the station with Lieutenant Frank Winter second in command. A 1923 American LaFrance pumper and a new 1928 Dodge truck were moved into the station and five firemen were assigned to each unit. A Gamewell fire alarm system was installed with alarm boxes and telephone system.

The Northwood fire district included answering alarms west of Rochester Road, from Catalpa to 14 Mile, all alarms north of Catalpa to the city line, and all alarms west of Woodward from Webster to 14 Mile Road.
                    
    






Royal Oaks First Fire Department.

    1908-1912            
Established in 1908 at the home of undertaker William Sullivan, Royal Oak's first fire department was composed of a group of unorganized volunteers. Sullivan was elected the fire chief, and other members included Harry Anderson, William J. Folland, Robert McClure, Ralph Bourgeois, William A. Wheeler, Mark and Lee Halsey, Roy Gass, Freeman Robbins, Edward Roy and Edward W. Joyce. Arthur L. Lawson would ring the bell at St. Mary's Church whenever a fire broke out to summon the men.


    
        Fire on Main Street in 1912 .                                                 Main Street before the 1912 fire .


In 1912, a fire claimed the entire midsection of the block on the east side of Main Street between Third and Fourth Streets. Although, the firemen were able to control and extinguish the massive blaze, Royal Oak merchants felt it was necessary to expand and organize the department. A new volunteer department was formalized and put into service on February 13, 1913 and it's membership expanded to include Roy Wing, James Allen, William West, Carlos Marshall, Delbert Geyer, Homer Ebling, George J. Scott, Julius Pobar, J. Frank Codling and Harry Brace. William Folland han been appointed fire chief in April of 1912.

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