The Southern Pines Volunteer Fire Department was organized in February 1898. At that time, the Town of Southern Pines was only 10 years old. To aid the new department in firefighting efforts, the town commissioners procured 200 water buckets. Each volunteer member was required to pay $0.05 dues per month in order to retain his membership with the department.

There were 38 volunteers when the department originally formed. In the early 1900s, the town installed fire hydrants in the business district to enhance the fire department’s fire fighting capabilities. Other equipment used by the department during the early 1900s included one hand drawn engine, one hook and ladder, and two hose reels.