Staff photos by Lindsay Kriz
Susan Campbell, 5, practices putting out a “fire” during Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department’s 50th anniversary celebration Saturday.
Tri-Beach fire department celebrates 50 years

HOLDEN BEACH — Back in 1968 there was not one beach on Holden Beach, but three; Holden, Robinson and Colonial beaches all occupied the same island.

The three beaches, plus the mainland, needed a fire department to serve them, so a group of local residents formed Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department Servicing Robinson, Colonial and Holden Beach.

It wasn’t until about 1992, when the decision was made to shorten the name to Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Chief Doug Todd said.