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Mount Dora Celebrates 90 Years of Fire Service with a Fire Equipment Exhibition

The Mount Dora Historical Society is displaying and demonstrating a variety of 1920s era fire equipment honoring the 90th anniversary of the construction of the town's first fire and police station built following the great Mount Dora fire.
    MOUNT DORA, FL, July 15, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 1-4 pm the Mount Dora Historical Society is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the first fire station in Mount Dora. The town of Mount Dora built its first fire station at 450 Royellou Lane in 1923 after a fire devastated most of the downtown area. An electric iron left plugged in reportedly started the fire.

The building that housed the first fire station and jail is now the Mount Dora History Museum run by the Mount Dora Historical Society (501(c)3), host of the anniversary celebration. The historical society will display antique fire engines from the 1920s representative of Mount Dora's first piece of motorized apparatus, a Type 75 American LaFrance triple-combination 750 gallon per minute (gpm) rotary pumper purchased in 1926 on Royellou Lane between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.

The museum recently received the loan of a Wirt & Knox Manufacturing Co hose cart similar to Mount Dora's first piece of fire equipment. In an advertisement that appeared in the October 6, 1915 issue of Fire Water Engineering Magazine, a Wirt Style 'L' hose cart was designed for "progressive towns and boroughs" that "require a lightweight, speedy hand-drawn hose cart."

The Florida Antique Bucket Brigade, a chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA), will demonstrate an antique hand pump unit. The Mount Dora Fire Department will exhibit several trucks and a fire safety display in support of Fire Safety Awareness Month.

In addition to an original leather Cairns & Brother fire helmet from Mount Dora and other fire equipment, the museum has an extensive collection of items reflecting life in Mount Dora from the 1880s to the 1930s. In addition to being the first firehouse, the museum building was also the jail from 1923 until 1969. The rear of the building even features the restored jail cells.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1-4 pm at 450 E. Royellou Lane, between Fourth and Fifth Avenues in downtown Mount Dora. More information is available at

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Janet Westlake
Mount Dora Historical Society

Mount Dora, FL
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