Grand Prairie Fire Department
It took a disastrous residential fire in 1904 to cause the citizens of the small town to become fire protection conscious. This fire cost the lives of two young boys. A bucket brigade was organized among the employees of the local cotton gin soon after this disaster. A major fire followed in April, 1909. This fire consumed many buildings and then another fire followed in 1914 where a furniture company was destroyed. Fire Fighters from Arlington and Dallas helped Grand Prairie back in 1909 and today.
The bucket brigade served the community until the organization of the Volunteer Fire Department in 1917 by Jess Small, J. C. Swadley Sr, , John L. Stubbs and Jess Small as the Fire Chief. Its original members were assisted by many dedicated men to follow. The first members built equipment from materials they were able to collect. The equipment included a model T Ford chassis with solid tires, one thousand feet of single jacket 2 ½ inch hose, one ax and one crowbar.