A Brief History of the Perdido Beach VFD
Perdido Beach is a rural community located on Perdido Bay, between Soldier Creek and Palmetto Creek. The Fire District covers approximately twenty square miles. Our nearest store is about seven miles away. The residents of Perdido Beach started planning for a fire department in the mid 1960’s.
They held many fish fry’s and bake sales. In the late 1960’s they started to build the fire house. People would donate material and labor for the new building. The building was completed and dedicated in April 1970. Warren Day, the first Fire Chief leased a 1930’s model fire truck from Fairhope Fire Department for $1.00. Later fire apparatus was equipment on loan from Alabama Forestry.
In 1982 we were classified a Class 10 fire department. In 1983 we were upgraded to a Class 9 Fire Department. In 1982 the fire trucks were a 1970 Ford truck with a homemade 500 gallon water tank with a 250 GPM Gorman Rupp PTO driven pump and a 1958 Chevrolet truck with a homemade 500 gallon water tank and a 400 GPM Darley front mount pump. We later took the tank off the Chevrolet and mounted it on top of the tank on the Ford to make a 1000 gallon tank. We converted a Kenworth truck into a 2300 gallon tanker.
In 1985 we were able to purchase a used Pierce Mini-Pumper. This truck is still in use as a brush truck. In 1989 we purchased a used custom 750 GPM pumper and refurbished it ourselves. At the same time we bought another 750 GPM pumper from Panama City, FL. Fire department. Both these trucks were financed by two of our firefighters. In 1991 we asked ISO for a review and received a rating of class 5/9. Later on we sold these two trucks and purchased two used Custom built HAHN pumpers.
After Katrina struck Mississippi we donated these two trucks to the Pass Christian Mississippi fire department. In 2005 we were able to purchase two new TOYNE Class A pumpers. Both trucks have a 1500 GPM pump with 1000 Gallon water tanks, and foam capabilities. Also in 2005 we requested ISO to review us. We ended up with an ISO Class four (4) rating for all within five miles of our station. We’re very proud of this! All the people over all the years worked very hard to have a good fire department.
We currently have: Two TOYNE Class A pumpers; One 2000 gallon Deep South tanker with a 750 GPM pump; One 2000 gallon Fouts Brothers tanker with a 500 GPM Pump: One Ford F-450 4×4 Brush Truck; One F-250 4×4 Brush Truck; a Service/Rehab truck; a Rescue/Medical truck; a Ford Expedition 4×4 Command vehicle; a Ford F-350 4×4 pickup truck; a Kawasaki Mule and a 19ft Carolina Skiff Rescue Boat.
We run fire calls, Medical calls (BLS), Motor Vehicle Crashes, Search and Rescue and provide public service to any one we can help