Antique fire helmets donated to Beaufort Fire Dept.; asking public for information


History of the Beaufort Fire Department sits on a display case in their lobby. 

The case is filled with artifacts dating back as early as the 1930s. 

But Wednesday, pieces of the past walked through their doors. 

“It was a gentleman that stopped in yesterday and he had some antique fire helmets that he had found
in the attic of his home,” said Larry Fulp, Chief of the Beaufort Fire Department. 

A red metal helmet and a black plastic helmet with the letters BFD engraved on to the hats were donated to the fire department and have been added to their collection. 

There is little known about the items. 

Fulp says they date back from the mid-1940s to the early 1950s. 

“One would’ve been what a firefighter would’ve used, the other one may have been something that
a command officer or a pump operator may have been using at the time,” said Fulp.

He added those who wore them may not be alive. However, they are asking for anyone with information about the helmets to visit the fire department. 

“But maybe some of their family members know some things,” said Fulp.

The Beaufort Fire Department is located at 506 Live Oak Street.  

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