The Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company was organized in
1930 and it was the first volunteer fire department in the eastern part
of Baltimore County. According to historians, the community had
refused a paid fire company because Rosedale was too close to the
Baltimore City line. At this time, the only fire protection
provided to the community of Rosedale was by the Fullerton and Essex
stations. The ironic thing was that, on many occasions, the other
fire stations equipment was busy in their own area and by the time other
equipment reached Rosedale, it was usually too late to save the burning
In May of the same
year, the pro-volunteers met at the White House Inn on Philadelphia Road to form
the department. They soon purchased a used fire engine from the Abingdon
Volunteer Fire Company in Harford County for $1500.00. It was a Mack Model
BG, 500-gpm rotary pumper with a 300 gallon tank. The engine was first
housed at Heinbuch's florist shop on Philadelphia Road, then in a wagon shed
behind Seward's store. The old Rosedale School was remodeled in 1935 as
the new, now old, Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company station. In 1989, the
new and current Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company location was completed.
Its location is one-half mile east of the old station.
The current station
houses 2 fire engines (281/282), 1 ambulance (285), 1 special unit (283), 1
brush truck (284), and 2 utility trucks (286/287). During the winters, the
Central Alarmer's also store one of the fireground rehabilitation units in our
Fire Company has also boasted a number of training "firsts" among
volunteer companies statewide:
First pumping school for volunteer fireman.
First volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and CPR
First nuclear decontamination and hazardous material
First volunteer company trained in Hazardous Materials
First volunteer ambulance company to have it's EMT's receive
formal, in-hospital training.
professional volunteers are as diverse as society itself. They currently
include business owners and managers, professional engineers, state, county and
city policemen, medical technologists, construction workers, career firefighters
and paramedics, as well as many others.
The company's call
area extends from the Baltimore City line eastward along the Pulaski
Highway corridor as well as Interstate 95 north to the Beltway. It runs as
far north as Rossville and Overlea, and south to where Eastern Avenue meets the
city line. Rosedale is the primary fire company for commerce and industry
along Pulaski Highway and in the Rosedale Industrial Park, the Canton Industrial
Park, and the Pulaski Industrial Park. The closest paid fire company is
the Golden Ring Fire Station 16 located on Golden Ring Road at the north-eastern
end of the Rosedale community.
Volunteer Fire Company is one of the busiest volunteer fire companies in all of
NOTE: Information gathered from "Hands, Horses and
Engines: A Centennial History of the Baltimore County Fire Service"
First Minutes and Reports from 1930
On the above date, the
following men visited the County Commissioners at Towson, to talk over
the situation of organizing a Volunteer Fire Co. in Rosedale.
Mr. W.O. Culberson,
Mr. R.W. Goodrich, Mr. Vernon R. Groff.
Our plans were laid
before the commissioners, and they in turn pledged their support in this
On Tuesday May 27th,
1930. A meeting was called at Kahlers Hall for the purpose of
organizing. At this meeting much sentiment was expressed, opposing this
movement, by members of the Community Improvement Association, headed by
Mr. L.W. Dill.
The following men,
however, signed their names in favor of the organization. Mr. Vernon
Scheeler, Mr. Richard Winslow, Mr. George LaFarge, Mr. Robert Goodrich,
Mr. W.O. Culberson, Mr. Ralph C. Powell, Mr. J.W. VonHagel, Mr. J.J.
VonHagel, Mr. R. Tull, and Mr. Vernon R. Groff.
At this meeting officers
were elected as follows, Mr. Robert Goodrich, President. Mr. Vernon R.
Groff, Secretary, and Mr. Ralph C. Powell, Treasurer.
On June 2, 1930, the following men
W.O. Culberson was elected
Vernon Scheeler we elected
John Kahler was elected
J.W. VonHagel was elected
Engine Driver #1
Fred. Peper was elected
Engine Driver #2
Albert Robl was elected
Engine Driver #3
Chas. Koerber was elected
Engine Driver #4