PHOTOS: On Saturday, May 7, Atascadero firefighters and community members will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the city's fire department, Atascadero Fire & Emergency Services.
This year, Atascadero Fire & Emergency Services is celebrating 100 years of fire service to their community. Atascadero firefighters would like to honor those who came before them, recognize all who are currently serving and express appreciation for those who will carry on the legacy into the future.
In 1915, Atascadero fire protection was initially provided by volunteers who responded to the fire scene and were paid $1.00 per fire. Volunteers were directed by Lew Cole, who owned his own fire engine and was hired only during the summer months. Community leaders had also purchased a Ford Model T truck equipped with a soda-acid tank to respond to fires in these early years.