History Map – Raleigh Fire Facilities, 1853 to 1912

Share0Share0Share0For your Saturday viewing pleasure, here’s a new version of my Raleigh Fire Department Downtown History Map. We’ve seen this before in an earlier blog post. There’s also a PDF copy on my RFD history site. This version displays fire department facilities from the volunteer era only. From the first engine house erected in 1853, …

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Fire Station Slide in North Charleston

Share0Share1Share0Saw this on Twitter this morning, from WCIV4 reporter Rob Mallia as retweeted by FDMaps.com. Feature of North Charleston’s new Station 2 at 2800 Carner Avenue. (They’re the third-largest city in SC, incidentally.) Formal opening ceremonies were held today. The 18,000 square-foot station houses two engines and a ladder company, has five “engine bays,” plus …

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Spencer Shops Fire Department Reel Team, 1924

Share0Share1Share0From the North Carolina State Archives comes this picture of the Spencer Shops Fire Department (competition) reel team in 1924. They’re posed “in town” and beside the Methodist church at the corner of Fourth Street and Yadkin Avenue. The industrial fire brigade protected the Southern Railway’s Spencer Shops, once the railroad’s largest steam locomotive repair …

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Vintage News Story on Black Firefighters – Carolina Times, 1952

Share0Share0Share0Here’s an interesting slice of social history, beginning with provocative headline “Negro Firemen Acquit Themselves Well In Few Dixie Cities; Durham Hasn’t Warmed Up To Idea.” It was found via North Carolina Newspapers, a neat site with access to hundreds of digitized newspapers from around the state. Below is the front page of Durham’s Carolina …

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Vintage Photo of Pilot’s First Fire Apparatus

Share0Share0Share0Found this in my files, a vintage photo (photographed, not scanned) from the Pilot Fire Department in Franklin County. These were their first fire engines. Right is a 1952 Ford/____ pumper, ex-Wendell. (That a Howe body?) Bought in 1974 when PFD was organized. Left is a former gasoline tanker that was donated and converted into …

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Durham County EMS Adds Major Incident Unit

Share1Share0Share0Durham County EMS has taken delivery of a new Major Incident Response Vehicle (MIRV). The 2015 Freightliner 192/Hackey is named MIRV-1. It carries multi-patient incident equipment and supplies for 25 people, including marking cones for triage, treatment, and transportation areas. MIRV is also well-equipped for the winter storm that passed through. The truck has a …

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Elizabeth City Fire Department Planning, 1962 and 1968

Share0Share0Share0Found a pair of Elizabeth City community facility documents from 1962 and 1968. The second appears to be a follow-up document. Here’s what they recorded about the fire department. Planning in 1962 FIRE PROTECTION Few other community services, if any, enjoy the wide-spread appeal and popular acceptance as the fire fighting organization. The very obvious …

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Exploring Charlotte Fire’s New Headquarters

Share1Share0Share0We recently paid a visit to the Charlotte Fire Department’s new headquarters. Opened last year, the two-story, 36,000 square-foot facility is located at 500 Dalton Avenue. That’s just north of uptown, on a prominent parcel between Statesville Avenue and North Graham Street. The triangular, ten-acre site was last occupied by a Sealtest plant and office …

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Fayetteville Veteran’s Hospital Fire Department?

Share0Share0Share0The Fayetteville Veterans Administrations Hospital once had a fire department, we’ve learned through a SPAAFAA posting on Facebook, from the Dover (NC) Fire Department. Their first engine originally served the hospital, and is pictured below. It’s a 1941 Howe Defender that they received from Civil Defense surplus in 1953. What’s the history of the hospital’s …

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