of Littlestown Alpha Fire Company
A large group of interested citizens
met on Saturday, August 8, 1885, in the school building.
Their purpose was to organize a fire company for the
protection of property. Dr. E.K. Foreman was emporary
chairman and Charles B.Barker was temporary secretary.
A committee of three, Mr. Barker, Joseph E. Kearnes and
D.B. Allenman was appointed to frame a series of resolutions
to be presented to the Burgess and the Town Council....this
" RESOLVED; That the Burgess and the Town Council are hereby requested to
procure at once a good and sufficient quantity of hose, hose reel, laddeers and
trucks, also fire buckets, all of which are deemed necessary for the proper equipment
of said company;
BE IT ALSO RESOLVED: That the Burgess and the
Town Council at their earliest convenience procure a
lot and erect thereon a suitable building for the accommodation
of said apparatus at aas central a point as possible."
A committee of five - C. B. Barker, James W. Ocker,
L.M. Alleman, John Whaler and John A. Shorb, was appointed "to
procure not less than 50, good able men to become active
members of the Fire Company."
Friday, August 13, a second meeting was held -
90 signatures had been secured for membership and 65
answered the roll. These officers were elected to serve
for one year:
President..............Dr. E. K. Foreman
Vice President......Joseph W. Ocker
Secretary.......................C. B. Barker
Treasurer...................John A. Shorb
When a name was selected -- "Alpha" polled 38 votes; the second
closest was "Junior" with 10 votes. The engine house was built
on a lot 33 ft. x 264 ft. on East King Street, purchased from Lewis Rickstine
and wife, Louisa, for $700. Drawings and specifications cost $20.00.
The Building itself, erected by John Eliine, cost $3000.A charter was
granted on March 3, 1886. Official dedication was Nov. 18, 1886. The
fire bell, atop the engine house was purchased January 3, 1887 for $98.62.
The total cost upon completion was $5398.42.
The first equipment purchased was
buckets, hose, a ladder and one hose reel truck for $206.50.
This equipment was used until 1896, when a second hand
hose carriage and second hand hose truck were purchased.
This equipment remained in service until 1910.
The first motorized fire apparatus
in Adams County was delivered to the Alpha Fire Company
on July 17, 1913 for the cost of $2000.00. In 1919 an
up-to-date pumper, an American LaFrance combination pumper
and chemical engine, was purchased following a major
fire in the business section of South Queen Street
In October, 1951, an addition to the building was begun.
A uniform drill team was formed on
January 4, 1886. A second drill team was formed in the
spring of 1938 but was disbanded during World War II.
This unit was reorganized in January 1954.
In 1964 another addition was begun and completed
early at a cost of $39,500.
In 1974 the fire company assumed the responsibility
of providing emergency medical services to the community
due to the increasing amount of calls and the decreasing
amount of personnel to operate the service. Prior to
this time, the service was provided by American Legion
Post 321. The Legion turned the ambulance service over
to the Borough of Littlestown who in turn transferred
it over to the fire company. The ambulance in service
at this time was a 1972 Cadillac.
In the 1991 another a large addition to the back
of the building was added. In 1985 a building was erected
on the site of the former tennis courts on Locust Street
for use during the annual carnival.
Alpha Fire Company No. 1 Inc. continues
to be an all volunteer organization. The Alpha Fire Company
thanks the residents of the community for their continued
support of our various fund-raising activities.