The History of Parker
of all I would like to thank you for visiting the Parker Fire Department web
page. Also, my wish is that you find it as an enjoyable experience that will
also educate you on the history of the District.
Around the turn of the 19th century there were
many changes brought to the Greenville
area. The textile industry was alive and doing quite well bringing jobs to the
people of the area and to the ones who where beginning to settle here in hopes
of finding work. A need to educate the people was evident, so in 1922, the plant executives petitioned the
State Legislature to enable them to form the "Parker School District" named after Thomas F.
Parker. This is how we received the name Parker District. A series of events that
would take place next could best be described as fortuitous. As the need of
water and sewer services were becoming problematic, the state Legislators voted
on March 3rd, 1931 to create the Parker Water and
As you may know with every problem solved
another will arise to take its place. Again the people of Parker District found
themselves in need, but this time it was for protection. The days of the Parker
District Fire Department were about to begin. On November
3rd 1942 a Mack pumper was delivered.
Without a station, the truck would be housed in a red warehouse across
from Parker High School. This would have to do until
the station on Cedar Lane Road could be built. On January
7th, 1943 the plans for a new station were submitted as well as naming the first
Chief, Clinton M. Hunter. As you can only imagine, Chief Hunter had his work
cut out for him. After two weeks at the helm, Chief Hunter hired the first
driver for the fire truck, R.L.Wilbanks. I find it important to name these two
men, because they were the first that would become part of a great brotherhood.
Without question their goals were the same as ours today, and that is to
protect the people of the District.
Parker has gone through many changes since
the days of the Mack truck and the red building across from Parker High School. Many Chiefs have come and
left their mark as well as the men who have proudly served this community. The Fire
Department now has four stations, a communication center, a training center and
18 vehicles which include seven Pumpers, two aerials, two rescue units and
other various trucks and equipment. We are empowered by a force of seventy eight
personnel. The one thing that still remains the same decade after decade is the pride the District still has for a job well
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