About Us        
  The Community Fire Company, Inc. of Millington, Maryland was established in 1923.  The town experienced two major fires prior to the establishment of the fire company.  The first fire was in 1904, which destroyed the entire business section of the town.  Firefighting equipment was brought in from Wilmington, Delaware, and arrived by freight train.  The drive from Wilmington to Millington (40 miles) would have been too much wear and tear on the firefighting equipment.

In 1923, a group of townspeople got together to decide on what must be done to establish a community fire department.  Such names as J.B. Anderson, Edgar "Span" Stevens, Benjamin Dulin, Spencer Stevens, John Tolins Sr., John
Tolins Jr., Clarence Melvin, Robert M. Logan, and Doc Henson were instrumental in establishing the department.  All those citizens were Charter Members of the Company.

The switch that activated the siren was located on the outside of the building.  To alert the Fire Company, residents would call by telephone to Nat and Mary Bramble's restaurant, which was just across the street from the firehouse.  Members of Mr. Bramble's family would then cross the street and sound the alarm.  
Fire coverage for the small town of Millington was spread out over a very wide area, taking in other towns and farms.

The first piece of fire apparatus was a four-man hand pumper.  The first piece of power-driven equipment was a chain-drive American LaFrance (year unknown).  The equipment was housed in a garage at the residence of J.B. Anderson until a firehouse could be built.

  The firehouse was built on Sassafras Street.  It had enough room for two engines which sat side-by-side.  Next to the engine room was rented and used as the post office until the late 1950's.  Above the engine room and post office was the meeting hall.  The need for more space was painfully felt as time went by.  An addition was built, increasing the size of the engine room, and added a kitchen and meeting room on the second floor.

To raise money for new equipment, the Fire Company held several types of fundraisers. In the early years, carnivals were the big event.  The carnival would normally run for about a week, with the Firemen's Parade being the biggest night.  Later on, "Donation Week" was the primary fundraiser.  Ed VanSant, J.B. Anderson, Ed Conner, Louis Hollet, and Lee Bramble would take a piece of equipment and go from door to door seeking donations.

All fire companies have certain individuals who stand out.  Two members who fit this category were J.B. Anderson and Merritt "Flush" Robinson.  Mr. Anderson helped establish the company in 1923 and served as Chief Engineer for over 30 years and was an active member for 43 years.  Merritt Robinson served as Fire Recorder for many years, as well as a reporter for the local newspaper, recounting fires and fire company activities.

As the years passed, more space was needed to house bigger and more sophisticated equipment.  The old firehouse was sold to David Eastman. The money was used for the new building.
On September 6, 1975, the move was made to the newly constructed firehouse on Sassafras Street, north of the old firehouse.  The building was made of steel and consisted of an engine room, kitchen, and meeting room.

In 1988, an addition was constructed.  We now have an auditorium, a new kitchen, a bar, a stage, and new bathrooms.  This new addition was dedicated on October 22, 1988. The Dedication Plaque reads, "This hall is dedicated in memory and honor of the men and women of the Fire Company, past, present and future."
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