It remains my privilege and great pleasure to be the “keeper of history” for our local emergency services. For fifteen years now, I’ve been playing photographer and blogger and historian and author, and it’s been a blast. And I’m a proud member of so many families.
Fire and EMS and law enforcement… they are the stories that I tell, and theirs is the support that has made my work possible. Thanks, all, for your support, and for what you do. You are the ones with the heavy lifting. Mine is an easier task, just watching, and recording, and telling the stories. See you on scene.
The next meeting of the Wake County Fire Commission is Thursday, September 21, 2017, at the Wake County Emergency Service Education Center, 221 South Rogers Lane. The meeting’s in Suite 160, the large conference room. Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Adoption of Minutes for July 20, 2017 Regular Meeting
Comments from the public will be received at the time appointed by the Chairman of the Fire Commission for 30 minutes maximum time allotted, with a maximum of 3 minutes per person. A signup sheet for those who wish to speak during the public comments section of the meeting is located at the entrance of the meeting room.
For your holiday weekend reading pleasure, a “crash rescue guide” for local responders, prepared by Field Training Detachment 205A at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Undated and found in the archives of a local fire department.
Contains information on (a.) telephone numbers for reporting crashes, (b.) types of information to provide when calling, (c.) instructions for assisting injured personnel, (d.) instructions for when injured or deceased military personnel are moved from the scene, (e.) notes on prohibition on release names of deceased personnel, (f.) instructions about security matters and allowing pictures to be taken, and (g.) instructions for safety of civilian population.
Two swift-water rescue teams left Raleigh yesterday, headed to Texas to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. They were part of a five-team deployment requested by Texas emergency officials.
Personnel and equipment from NC USAR Task Force 8 and Task Force 9 departed from the Raleigh Fire Department training center, following a 10:00 a.m. press conference that included remarks from Governor Roy Cooper and Mayor Nancy Macfarlane.
Mike Legeros photos
Personnel and equipment from Chapel Hill and Durham fire departments arrived at the training center after 8:00 a.m. Crews prepared the Task Force 8 vehicles, which included:
Two four-door utility trucks/water rescue, pulling trailers with boats and rescue equipment
Two pick-ups with camper shells, one pulling a logistics trailer that includes a UTV
Box truck/communications unit, pulling a generator, lighting, and antenna trailer.
The Fayetteville team from Task Force 9 arrived around 10:00 a.m., with a similar vehicles and equipment.
Mike Legeros photos
News media, local officials, and Mr. Blogger also gathered at the training center that morning. They interviewed and photographed the firefighters. Google for news stories. Also search Twitter for stories, pictures, and video.
The five teams consist of 92 personnel from the following agencies, each part of a larger North Carolina Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force:
Task Force 9 – Fayetteville FD, Fayetteville PD, Cumberland County EMS and Lumberton Rescue & EMS
Task Force 8 – Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill fire departments
Task Force 6 – Greensboro FD
Task Force 3 – Charlotte FD
Task Force 2 – Henderson County Emergency Services, Blue Ridge FD, Etowah Horse Shoe FD, Fletcher FD, Henderson County Rescue Squad, Saluda FD, Valley Hill FD
The Greensboro, Charlotte, and Henderson County teams departed from the Charlotte Fire and Police Training Academy, also on Friday morning.
The five teams are part of the state’s swift-water rescue program, which is organized by North Carolina Emergency Management. There are 30 teams positioned across the state. They meet national standards and can be deployed locally, regionally, or across the country.
Lee Wilson went to the beach last week, and shot this sweet Rosenbauer rescue pumper at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock.
Was just delivered on August 24. It’s a 2017 Rosenbauer Commander, 1500/500 with 20 gallons Class A foam and 30 gallons Class B foam.
See more pics from Lee, in his album of trip photos. What’s the rest of their fleet comprised of, and how many stations do they have? (Three structural, one ARFF.)
Maybe readers can advise.
Update, September 12 – From reader Trav May via Facebook comment, from the base web site:
“Operations Division – The Operations division is led by two Assistant Chiefs and six Captains. This division consists of all personnel assigned to suppression and associated services. 39 operations personnel are assigned to 7 work groups working a 48 hour on/72 hour off schedule. Each of the workgroups is assigned 6 to 7 personnel manning three fire stations. Minimally two 1250 GPM pumpers and one 1750 pPM 75-ft Quint are each staffed with four personnel daily.”
Last month, Raleigh’s old steam fire engine received some work. A new gong was installed, and the boiler passed its annual state inspection.
The 1905 American LaFrance Metropolitan steam engine was moved to Station 29, and “A” platoon personnel (shown below) assisted Steamer Committee members with its annual state-mandated boiler inspection.
On July 29, a fire was lit, the steam was raised, and the 100+ year-old pumping engine flowed water behind the fire station. Here’s a short video of the test. That’s Captain Mike Ezzell at the controls and ably assisted by Lt. Pat Murphy. They’ve led the restoration and operation of the steamer since the project started in 2011. (See history below.)
From Research Central, here’s a new retrospective. Raleigh’s renowned Yarborough Hotel on Fayetteville Street. Was the social and political center of the city for decades. Burned on July 3, 1928. Brought hundreds to the scene, as well as engines from Durham and Smithfield.
Posted on the Raleigh Fire Museum web site, the account is pulled primarily from newspaper stories. They’re transcribed in their entirety. Plus other bits and pieces and photos. Oh my.
But how about some details? What were the developments among individual counties? We’ve asked inputs on our Facebook fire page, in this posting. That’s where a discussion is unfolding.
And, we’ve got some data to share on Guilford County, and its early rural fire protection history…
Guilford was one of the first counties to address “the problem of rural fire protection.” They started discussions in 1939, pressed their General Assembly reps to introduce legislation, and by the middle of the next decade, had three “community fire departments” operating: Bessemer, Guilford College, and Oak Grove.
Here’s a detailed history by way of the Greensboro Daily News and the Greensboro Record, from 1939 to 1948. Let’s start at the end, with a great recap in a GR story from September 16, 1948. From there, we’ll go back to the beginning.
What happened after 1948, both in Guilford and statewide? To be continued!