Stem Fire And E.M.S. Station 8
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Stem Fire and EMS Department
     The Stem Community Volunteer Fire Department was originally formed in 1930.  The equipment was stored in a building owned by O. T. Mangum in what was then, Depot Street.  The equipment consisted of 2-buckets, 2-shovels, 1-pick, and 1-mallet.  Their first fire was on April 1, 1930.  The fire destroyed a barber shop, drug store, and a grist mill along with other buildings. 
     In March 1961, the department became incorporated.  The first truck was a 1944 International Army Tanker.  It was donated by the Civil Defense.  The first truck to be purchased was a 1963 Chevrolet cab and chassis which was made to carry 850 gallons of water.  The newest addition to the department is a 1999 Freightliner.  It was purchased in April 2000.
     In 1963, Lewis Gooch and L. D. Franklin donated the land to build a new fire station.  Donations from the Town of Stem, Granville County and the citizens of the community funded the building.  This building is now currently being used by the Town of Stem as Town Hall and the Police Department.  In return for this building, the town donated land on which the current fire station now stands.  It was built in 1985.
     The  department later changed it's  name to Stem Community Fire Department and E.M.S., Incorporated, Station 8.
     The Stem Fire & EMS Department leads Granville County in several "first" events. They were the first to combine EMS services with Fire services.  Also, Sheila Bullock Cole was the first female in the Granville County fire service to become a certified firefighter by the State of North Carolina.   That is why we have the logo of  "Granville County's First".
     The department covers an area of approximately 30 square miles with 2,500 people.  It is the second busiest department in the county.
     The business meetings are held on the first Monday after the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Fire trainings are on all other Monday nights. E.M.S. trainings are on the third Thursday of each month.


Stem Emergency Medical First Responder History
     In March 1986, a group of Stem Volunteer Firefighters and Ladies Auxiliary members were concerned with the emergency medical needs of the Stem community.  Due to the growth in the county, response time was increasing.  Seventeen volunteers began taking  emergency medical courses on April 1, 1986 through Vance-Granville Community College. Each participant had to complete 51 hours of training. Negotiatons began with South Granville Rescue Squad  which all members became a part of .  In return, the Rescue Squad donated an emergency vehicle with all the supplies needed to respond to calls in  the Stem area, until an ambulance could arrive.    
     Stem began taking calls on August 1, 1986.They originally operated under South Granville Resuce Squad, but later changed to Stem Community Fire Department And E.M.S., Inc.                      
     In 1998 an extrication tool was donated in memory of Scott Jackson.  In May 2000 a defibrillator was donated.