History of the White Cross Fire Department

The White Cross Fire Department board of trustees was appointed in 1985. The 5-person board consisted of W. Braxton Bowden, Tommy J. Regan, E. Carson Lloyd, Albert Williams, and John O. Cecil. The board went through out the community to recruit members to start the White Cross Fire Department. From 1985 to 1987 while equipment was ordered and the station was being built the men and women of the White Cross Fire Department trained to be ready when the first alarm came. Prior to this, the area known as the White Cross Fire District was covered by surrounding fire departments. Primarily Eli Whitney in Alamance County, with help from Orange Grove, North Chatham, and Carrboro Fire Departments.1985

Finally in 1987 the White Cross Fire Department was ready for operation. The First Board of Directors where elected. They were Wayne Wiles, JE Tripp, Braxton Bowden, Charles Harris, Carson Lloyd, Joe Smith, Tommy J. Ragan, and Albert S. Williams.

On Friday November 13th 1987 the White Cross Fire Department officially went in to service providing fire protection to citizens of southern Orange County. In 1991 the White Cross Fire Department began providing first responder services to the district. The first responder program is design to quickly provide basic life-supporting measures when a person is in a medical or trauma related incident.

In July of 2013 construction began on a major remodel of the entire station with the addition of 5 new bays, A decontamination room,  training classroom, new office space and sleeping quarters. With completion in March of 2014 the white Cross Fire Department is continuing to serve their district, and the community.

In the Fall of 2014 construction  began on station 2  located on Neville road.  On Friday November 15th 2014 construction Was completed and the first trucks were parked in the new station signifying its official opening.  With station 2 in operation White Cross Fire Department will be able to greatly reduce their response time to the Eastern end of their district.

Today White Cross Fire Department is made up of approximately 40 volunteers and one career firefighter. The members of the department dedicate upward of 3,000 man-hours a year.