Timeline

The following timeline was taken from a December 23, 1999 Daily Tribune Article and other sources.

1908


The Royal Oak Fire Department, comprised entirely of volunteers, is organized, at the home of undertaker William Sullivan.

1912


A fire on Main Street destroys the block between Third and Fourth Streets.

1917


George Kerry's barn on Crooks Road catches fire and burns to the ground. The loss is valued at $400.

1917


Two policemen are appointed to make regular rounds because of a string of robberies. They are also to watch for fires and keep men and boys from blocking sidewalks and making rude remarks to women and girls.

1922


The Gamewell fire alarm system is installed throughout the city.

1924


A permanent trained, paid fire department is established, Martin Bishop is named Chief.

1927


Northwood Fire Station No. 2 opens at the comer of Crooks and Webster.

1935


Royal Oak Fire Fighters join the International Association of Fire Fighters (I.A.F.F.) and the Michigan State Fire Fighters Association (M.S.F.F.A.).

1935


Station No. 1 being remodeled, Fire Department works out of the Farmers Market.

1952


Headquarters station moved from Sixth and Main to new station at Sixth and Troy.

1953


Royal Oak adds two new fire stations. Station No. 3 is at the corner of Rochester Road and 13 Mile Road; Station No. 4 is at the corner of Woodward and 13 Mile Road.

1962


100-foot ladder truck put into service, 12 men added.

1963


The old Stauch farm house, facing 12 Mile Road on the present site of the Red Run Golf Course is burned down as a practice exercise for the Fire Department.

1967


Royal Oak assisted Detroit Fire Department during riots, National Guardsmen help man trucks.

1980


Mason Chrysler-Plymouth burns.

1980


Royal Oak closes Fire Station No. 2 and eliminates 18 positions.

1983


Two large fires in 400 block of South Washington.

1988


Riggers fire, L9-12 damaged.

1989


Gamewell system discontinued and removed.

1994


Advanced Life Support incorporated into Fire Department services.

2001


135-foot Bronto articulating aerial truck purchased for $966,296.

Last Updated on January 30, 2003.