The Guil-Rand Fire Department was organized in 1950 to provide fire protection and rescue services to what is now the greater Archdale and Trinity areas. Our founding was due in part to the local VFW 9899 recognizing a need, and assisting the local citizens in forming a fire department to serve the northwest side of Randolph County and the southwest side of Guilford County. Our first fire apparatus was stationed at the VFW post 9899, which at the time was based just off of Main Street in Archdale. As our organization grew we acquired our first fire station, station 20, located in Archdale on North Main Street.
The district experienced steady growth for the next twenty years. However, beginning in about 1970, circumstances changed that set the stage for rapid growth that is still continuing. In 1969 the City of Archdale incorporated, and by 1973 the city had a water system in place. In addition, Davidson Water Inc., provided water system services in the Hillsville and Trinity communities beginning about the same time. The result was a tremendous spurt of growth in residential construction and light industry. Two areas that were outside the district, Hillsville and Cedar Square petitioned to join the Guil-Rand Fire District. In 1976, the addition of these two areas tripled our size. Two stations (stations 21 & 41) were built and a combination of new and used equipment was purchased to begin operations. In 1983, the Trinity area petitioned and joined our fire district and a fourth station (station 40) was built to serve this area. Our second station in the City of Trinity (station 39) was added in 2006.
Guil-Rand Fire Department, in this relatively short time, has become the largest county fire department in terms of population served and district land area covered in both Guilford and Randolph counties. We continue to experience tremendous growth in our area in residential and light commercial. We look forward to growing along with the communities we serve.