H. Bruce Davison
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H. "Bruce" Davison Building
Longevity of service is common with the volunteers of the Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Protection District. Bruce Davison is a leader in that regard.
September 15, 1968, Bruce Davison joined the Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Department. He has been a dedicated volunteer ever since. As of today’s ground breaking celebration, Bruce has 42 years, 2 months of continuous service to the Rough and Ready Fire Department. This makes Bruce the longest serving member of our department since its official formation in 1963.
During the winter of 1969, there was a freeze that froze the water pump on the engine. After that was repaired, Bruce kept the 1948 Dodge (the only fire engine Rough and Ready had) in his barn so it would not freeze again. Once the Fire Station was built on Rough and Ready Road the engine was moved into the new station. This engine also spent additional time in Bruce’s barn in 1974 and later when there were too many engines to fit into the fire station.
In 1987 Bruce donated the site and right of ways for the water tank to supply the water to the only fire hydrant in the town’s business district. The hydrant was put to test during the 49er fire in September 1988 by keeping many engines supplied with water.
Bruce started off as a firefighter for several years, later he became a Captain for our department. In 1979, Bruce became Assistant Chief and remained in that position until August 1986 when he stepped down to Captain again. He remained in that position until he left the active fire service on April 1, 1994. Bruce at that time became a member of the Board of Directors where he serves today. He also occasionally steps in and covers the office duties when the Secretary is unavailable.
Bruce also donated 20 feet of his property that borders this new fire station site so that we would have the desired depth for this station. Bruce continues to “give” to the department, and continues to be actively involved in many aspects.
Bruce’s mechanical skills have been very helpful over the years keeping the engines running. In addition, with his knowledge of appliances, Bruce has repaired many of the departments’ appliances both in the fire station as well as at the fair booth.
Several years ago, as this new station was starting to take life, Chief Gannon recommended to the Board of Directors that the building be named the “H. Bruce Davison” building as thanks for all Bruce has done for the community as well as for the fire service in Rough and Ready.
Thank you Bruce for all you have done for this community.