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Date(s) - 03/11/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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In 1918, 14 men established the Halls Hill Volunteer Fire Department to

protect this largely African American community. While all firefighters donned bulky fire-resistant clothes and wielded heavy tools, the members of Engine Company 8 also

bore the heavy burden of official policy and tradition known as Jim Crow. The result was neglect and hostility from the white establishment.

Join retired Battalion Chief of the Arlington County Fire Department, J. Dale Smith, as he discusses the history of Firehouse 8 and interviews two of its oldest firefighters, Hartman Reed and his father, Jerome Smith.

Dale Smith is a veteran fire professional. He served thirty-one and a half years with the Arlington County Fire Department. He started his career assigned to fire station 8 in North Arlington. He served as a paramedic, Fire/EMS Lieutenant, Fire/EMS Captain, Deputy Fire Marshall, Staff Assistant to the Fire Chief, North and South Fire/EMS Battalion Chief, Planning Chief, and as the Logistics Chief. He received numerous awards over his career including the Valor Award. He is currently writing a book on the history of Engine Company 8.

Attendees must register before Wednesday, March 10. Please register here to attend this event: 

On the morning of the event (March 11) attendees will receive an email with zoom access information. This procedure is for your security.

This event is part of a series of free monthly public events provided by the Arlington Historical Society. Since the pandemic curtailed live events, AHS has been providing them free to the public via Zoom.