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Trinity Volunteer Fire Department celebrates 100 years
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TRINITY -- Fires, floods, accidents and disasters the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) has been responding to all for the past 100 years. Organized Feb. 14, 1914, the department began with 12 volunteers, 500 feet of hose, a shotgun and "some mighty strong lungs." When a fire broke out, one member would fire the shotgun and the rest would start yelling. With the help of a well and a few water buckets, the firemen all went into action, forming a line from the well to the fire. The bucket brigade system ended after a group of thieves attempted to rob a bank on night. When they couldn't get the safe open, they set the bank building to fire. The next morning, there were only two buildings left standing in the downtown business district. The need for a fire truck was apparent after that devastating blaze and TVFD purchased its first fire truck: a 1914 Model T Ford hose wagon with chemical fire extinguishers on it. Because of the poor road conditions of the time, it took three days to go to Houston, pick up the truck and return. The final leg from Huntsville took 12 hours. Among the stories told by firemen of the past is of a time in the late 1940s or early 1950s when TVFD was called to assist the Crockett fire department. The weather was so cold that when the open cabin fire truck arrived in Crockett, TVFD driver Alto Driskell's hands were frozen to the steering wheel. Today 10 of the 30 TVFD members have advanced firefighting certification from the State Firemen's and Fire Marshal's Association. One is a Master Firefighter, three are certified instructors and eight have basic certificates and another 10 are about to complete their basic requirements. Fire officials voiced their thanks to the people of the Trinity area for their support over the years through donations and fundraisers, which have enabled them to obtain modern fire fighting equipment.