Sept 20, 1912
Apr 24, 1914
La Mesa Fire Department History 1908-Present
The first photographic record of La Mesa Springs Fire Volunteers was published in the La Mesa Scout newspaper in 1908. The names of the men in the photograph were not recorded. Origin of the Hose Cart shown in photo is uncertain as the 1st purchase of a hose cart by the Volunteers was recorded as 1910. Also in 1908, the citizens of La Mesa were advised "Persons who desire to have the protection of the fire company will make it more convenient for the department in case of fire if they will be sure to have a 1½ inch reducer on their faucet near the house. It will pay you to have this attended to at once, because you cannot tell when you may have to use it."
Hand drawn hose cart purchased at a cost of $147.50. 150 feet of new fire hose is purchased for $46.75, bringing the total inventory of hose in the Town of La Mesa to 300 feet.
La Mesa Springs becomes the City of La Mesa when it incorporates in February, 1912.
La Mesa City Council passed an ordinance fixing the fire limits within the City of La Mesa restricting the buildings therein.
James Ross Orsborn appointed as City Marshal by La Mesa City Council. Duties include being the Fire Marshal.
City ordered a Moreland fire truck at a cost of $2,275. Pictured is the Moreland fire truck, with the members of the La Mesa Fire Department parked in front of the drinking fountain near the Old Train Depot in 1916.