Southampton’s first “fire engine” was an old horse-drawn wagon mounted with barrels, a hose and a primitive pump. After several serious fires hit Southampton, a group of 48 men came together to build the first “fire engine” and held the inaugural organizational meeting of Southampton Fire Company on December 10, 1909. Similar to today, these men came from all different backgrounds; there was a doctor, a lawyer, an undertaker and many farmers. However, they all had the same mission: to serve and protect Southampton. On July 14, 1913, the charter of Southampton Fire Company was officially signed with 88 charter members.
Southampton Fire Company takes great pride in the fact that it has always been a 100% volunteer organization. Our fire station is dedicated to the “The past, present, and future members of the Southampton Fire Co. No. 1 in recognition of their unselfish service to the citizens of Upper Southampton Township.”
To provide the highest level of service to the community and training for our volunteers, Southampton Fire Company regularly updates apparatus and equipment, and evolves with the latest firefighter technology. The two main ways we serve our community are fire suppression through engine, truck and rescue company operations, as well as fire prevention. Our volunteers often visit local schools and organizations to educate the public on fire safety and prevention.
I volunteer to stay connected and engaged with my local community. I see it as a chance to get to know the people of the town, better understand the needs of the community, and continuously learn new things.