50th Anniversary Golden Nugget: Skidaway Island Volunteer Fire Department

By Richard Burke
50th Anniversary History Subcommittee

The Skidaway Island Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1976. A modern fire engine (pumper) was purchased, and the volunteers trained one night a week. The Branigar Organization provided a temporary building on Landings property, which also served as a local church. Each Sunday the fire truck was pulled out and chairs and a makeshift pulpit were set up for services. 

In 1978, Union Camp Corporation donated 1.15 acres to the Skidaway Island Fire Department as the location for a permanent fire facility. The new station was completed in 1980, 400 feet north of The Landings' entrance on McWhorter Drive.

In 1983, in conjunction with the Fire Department volunteers, a group called  First Responders was formed. This group of highly-trained volunteers still respond today whenever an emergency is reported on Skidaway Island.

This article was originally published by The Landings Association on their website.

Visit landings.org to read the original article.