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Sept 1, 1950 May 1952

Robert O. Sever is hired as a fireman. He will become the Fire Chief in 1965

A new main Fire Station #1 opens at 8034 Allison Avenue to replace the old Nebo Drive station. Chief Ray Lyles and wife Erma occupy apartment above the station. A. W. Lyles, Ray’s dad, lives downstairs.

Oct 1955

City of La Mesa purchases a 1955 Van Pelt fire engine on a Kenworth chassis with a 1,000 gallon per minute pump.

Oct 1955 June 1962

La Mesa opens its Fire Station #2 at 8834 Dallas Street in north La Mesa.

Dale Reeser dies after being stricken with a heart attack while on a fire call at Little Flower Haven. He is buried in his hometown of Farmer City, Illinois.

Sept 1962

La Mesa purchases two new fire engines from Van Pelt. They are 1250 gallon per minute pumpers with Hall-Scott 935 cubic inch engines.

Oct 1962 Nov 1965 Nov 1965 Dec 1967

La Mesa opens Fire Station #3 at 9110 Grossmont Blvd. Chief Lyles retires after 25 years as Chief of La Mesa Fire Department. Robert O. Sever is appointed Fire Chief.

The City purchases an American La France 90 foot Aero Chief elevated platform. It has a 1,500 gallon per minute pump.

Feb 1968

1941 Seagrave pumper sold to Harbinson Canyon Fire Department and 1942 Seagrave pumper sold to Lemon Grove Fire Department.

1969

The City purchases a Navy surplus International Harvester pick up truck and places a foam generator and a light water unit for fighting fuel fires.

Sept 1971

Assistant Chief Tom Barnes resigns to take position as Chief in Crestline Fire Protection District in San Bernardino County.

Feb 1976

The City purchases a new 1976 American LaFrance fire engine with a 1250 gallon per minute pump. The fire engine is driven from the factory by two La Mesa Fire Department personnel.

July 1977

The City purchases a 1977 American LaFrance fire engine with a 1500 gallon per minute pump. The fire engine is driven from the factory by two La Mesa Fire Department personnel.

Mar 1978

The City purchases a 1978 American LaFrance fire engine with a 1500 gallon per minute pump. This pumper was a demonstrator and was delivered to the fire station by a sales representative.

Oct 1979

Morris Smith is hired to service both Police and Fire Department vehicles. He works out of the shop at the rear of Fire Station #1 on Allison Avenue.

Dec 1979

Retired Chief Ray Lyles dies in Yuma, Arizona. He is buried in Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery.

1980

Captain Mike Morris leads a team of firemen who build a new brush truck to

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