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Competition between New Bern's Union and Confederate fire stations

During the Civil War, Union troops controlled New Bern, forcing the town's firefighting crew — who fought for the Confederacy — out.

Seeing a need for a volunteer fire department, Union general brought retire fire fighters from New York to New Bern. After the war, the Union firefighters didn't want to leave, but the Confederate crew didn't want them there. So, they set up rival fire departments and competed for who would put out fires.

Ray Smith, a volunteer at the New Bern Fireman's Museum, talks us through the century-long rivalry.

Ryan is an Arkansas native and podcast junkie. He was first introduced to public radio during an internship with his hometown NPR station, KUAF. Ryan is a graduate of Tufts University in Somerville, Mass., where he studied political science and led the Tufts Daily, the nation’s smallest independent daily college newspaper. In his spare time, Ryan likes to embroider, attend musicals, and spend time with his fiancée.