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Classification History
Object ID 2004-01-75
Title Comptche Volunteer Fire Department
Physical Description 1 DVD; 60 min.
Published Date April 2014
Summary The community of Comptche survived a devastating forest fire in the 1930's that swept up the Big River drainage and burned through the Comptche Valley. Other subsequent smaller fires motivated the town to organize a volunteer fire department in 1963 with a surplus government vehicle kept in a barn.
Today, a well-equipped firehouse stands on donated land in Flynn Creek Road with state-of-the-art engines and rescue equipment. The volunteers train weekly in all areas of firefighting.
This Sunday Afternoon With program, hosted by Judy Chapman and the Kelley House on April 27, 2014, presents the stories of exciting moments in firefighting as well as the mishaps. Participating are old-timers, newcomers, Fire Ladies and quilters. Katy Tahja also talks about her book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Comptche Volunteer Fire Department.
Subjects Fire
Fire fighting
Fire stations
People McDonald, Larry
Stenback, Walter "Bud"
Tahja, David
Tahja, Katy
Tunzi, Larry
Search Terms Comptche, California