From 1957 to 1963, we concentrated our efforts on recruiting and training new volunteers. A new siren was put in service to summon a new generation of volunteers.
There were numerous racial incidents from the surrounding white engine companies. Cutting off water supply, spitting on the Black volunteers and while in a burning building tried to hold down a Black firefighter until his air supply would run out. Orders from a Black firefighter were ignored by White firefighters, while on a working incident. The word "Nigger" was heard quite often, but the volunteers of Chapel Oaks persevered.
As the standards changed the volunteers had to up grade their pumpers. This change came from the Volunteer Fireman's Association's. Each station had to have two 750 GPM pumpers or better. The volunteers put their houses up for collateral and got a loan from Suburban Trust Bank.
In 1980 Prince George's County built a new station. Things were changing and Chapel Oaks Volunteer's were changing too. With the volunteer staff increasing, hall rental functions, and Safe Kids Day given in May, has bought Chapel Oaks recognition in the community.
Our plan for the years to come should be to work together with the same dedication that our "Founding Fathers" had.