Special Called Wake County Fire Commission Meeting – March 3, 2016

Share1Share0Share0A special-called meeting and work session of the Wake County Fire Commission has been scheduled for Thursday, March 3, at the Wake County Public Safety Center, Conference Room C-170, 330 S. Salisbury Street. Entry via the Wake County Sheriff’s Office. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. Agenda is below. View the meeting documents. Meeting Called …

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Kinston’s Former Firehouses

Share1Share0Share0Recently updated my web page about Kinston former firehouses. Added information about old Station 1 on King Street, old Station 3 on Hull Road, old Station 4 on Plaza Boulevard, and the original Station 3 at Knott’s Warehouse. Here’s the list of buildings still standing: Old Sta 1 118 S. Queen St. 1895 to 1937 …

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Wake County EMS Unveils Commemorative Ambulance

Share0Share0Share1This is the second in a series of blog postings about Wake County EMS, and their celebration this year of their 40th anniversary. Read the first posting. Update: See third posting. Wake County EMS last week unveiled a special “retro ambulance,” with green over white colors and vintage graphics to commemorate their 40th anniversary. The …

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Vintage Photo of Charlotte Snorkels

Share0Share0Share0Here’s something neat. Picture of a picture of Charlotte’s three Snorkels in profile, with a wee bit of digital perspective correction. Posted to the Snorkel Aerial Fire Trucks group on Facebook, and cited as found on the Interstate Emergency Vehicles Inc. web site.  Shown left to right are: Ladder 18 – 1986 Pierce Arrow, 1000/200/85′ …

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A Brief History of Wake County EMS

Share0Share0Share0This is the first in a series of blog postings about Wake County EMS, and their celebration this year of their 40th anniversary. More coming soon, including a new ambulance revealed this week with retro green-over-white markings! Update: See second posting. See third posting. Meet Russell Capps Let’s begin with a three-minute video featuring original …

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Vintage Photo – Passenger Train Derails in Downtown Raleigh, 1961

Share0Share0Share0Bought this one on eBay. Color slide of a train derailment in downtown Raleigh. Slide says April 1961. Don’t have additional details just yet. Hadn’t heard of such incident, in fact. (I’ve found notable ones in 1907, 1943, and 1979.) Will consult microfilm copies of the News & Observer and Raleigh Times at my next …

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Raleigh’s New Headquarters Almost Completed – February 1896

Share0Share0Share0Imagine my surprise at receiving this newspaper excerpt last week, from the Asheville Citizen of all places. Issue date February 17, 1896. From a fellow fire historian. Previously on the History Show, we cited either “spring 1896” or “January-February 1896” as the timeframe for the opening of Raleigh’s original Headquarters Fire Station. Located at 112 …

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Retro Ambulance Unveiling, Wake County EMS – Thursday, Feb. 18

Share3Share0Share1 Wake County EMS is unveiling a “retro ambulance” this week, in a press conference at Station 1 downtown: Thursday, February 18 10:00 a.m. EMS Station 1 120 W. Davie St., Raleigh The new ambulance has “old school” colors and graphics, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Wake County EMS. The event will include remarks …

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Atomic Fallout Affects Nation’s Photography Film, 1946

Share0Share0Share0Have lately been learning more about America’s atomic history. Visited the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas last year (see those photos). Tooled around Los Alamos, White Sands, and other New Mexico historical sites in September (and those photos). Listened to the audio version of an engrossing Area 51 history over the holidays. (Good …

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