On March 19, 1925 the town of Megargel suffered a horrific fire on main street from a barbershop and cleaners building. Not having a water system or a fire department established at this time the business section of the town was left in ashes.
In 1926 there were 14 brick business buildings, 3 lumber yards, 2 oilfield supply leases, 3 hotels, a flour mill, 4 churches, and one $4,800.00 fire truck and a 22 member volunteer fire department with 100 feet of hose and plenty of water. At this time there was a population of 1,200 within the city limits with double that number on surrounding farms, ranches and oilfield camps.
Since that time the Megargel Volunteer Fire Dept. was created it has expanded its inventory, equipment, and training. As of today, the fire department has 3 Engines, 2 Grass Trucks, 1 Water Tender, 1 Command Truck and we are currently constructing a utility truck for supplies on fire scenes.
We currently have 12 Active members on the department which all participate in different roles within the department, whether it be fire fighting, rescue, medical, or support. All of which have been trained or are in training at this time.
The fire department has a response area of approximately 150 square miles with the City of Megargel being the main protection area. We also provide mutual aid for surrounding fire departments to include Archer City, Lake Kickapoo, Olney, Throckmorton, and Baylor County.