Remembering the Fire Station at Memorial Auditorium

Did you know that Memorial Auditorium once contained a fire station? The performance hall that’s today called the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts was dedicated in August 1932 as “War Memorial Auditorium.” It was named as it was a memorial to the solders that died in World War I, and replaced the earlier …

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Two Alarms on Pumpkin Ridge Way on Saturday

Two alarms were struck in northeast Raleigh late Saturday afternoon, with two duplexes damaged after an accidental outdoor fire started. Engine 21 was dispatched 2420 Pumpkin Ridge Way at 5:21 p.m. for an outside fire. Within a minute it was upgraded with a structure fire response dispatched at 5:22 p.m. and adding E27, E11, E19, …

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Old Fire Protection Systems at Old Hillsborough Mill

See prior posting about the fire. On Friday, May 20, a historic mill building burned in Hillsborough. Eight fire departments battled the late afternoon blaze. The “weaving room” was destroyed on the former site of Bellevue Manufacturing Company, an industrial property built beginning in the 1900s-1920s. It was last occupied in 2000. The site was …

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Durham City, County – Proposed Budgets for FY17

Here are the notable fire and EMS items in the recently announced budgets for the City of Durham and Durham County. Durham City – Add two fire inspector positions– Completion of construction of replacement Fire Station 9– Planning for 30 firefighters in FY18, to staff new Station 17 (Leesville Road)– Planning for 15 firefighters in …

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Cary’s Proposed Budget and a Bunch of Planned Fire Stations

The Town of Cary the other week announced their proposed budget for FY17. Notable items for the fire department are: Fire Station 9 on Walnut Street New ladder company with thirteen positions for northwest side of town (probably Station 7) New ladder truck, for above new company Replacement pumper. Recall this recent Cary News story …

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Historic Mill Building Burns in Hillsborough – Recap, Run Card, etc.

Updates: See later posting about site – See site photos from February – Video clip added: View on YouTube Apologies for belated posting! Fire destroyed a portion of a historic mill building in Hillsborough on Friday evening. Orange Rural Fire Department, which protects the town, was dispatched along with mutual aid at 4:54 p.m. Location …

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Vehicles vs. Buildings, Vehicles vs. Trains

From the news files this week: Thursday – Versus apartment building – Fox Ridge Manor Road, Raleigh – WRAL story Thursday – Versus house – Lake Grove Boulevard, Cary – No injuries – WTVD story Thursday – Versus freight train – S. Salem Street, Apex – Minor injuries – WTVD story Sunday – Versus passenger …

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Vintage Photo of Foscoe Fire Department

From their Facebook page, here’s a vintage photo of the Foscoe Fire Department in Watagua County. They were organized in 1971 and their first fire station was this one-story block ‘n’ brick building at 8599 Highway 105 South. Twenty years later, they moved to a new fire station at 9230 Highway 105 South. In recent …

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City, County Proposed Budgets Announced – Details on Fire Spending

Budgets have been proposed for both the city and county, for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. Here are details on the fire department and fire services expenditures: City of Raleigh Proposed budget presented to City Council on Tuesday. Highlights: Replace two engines and one ladder. [ Ed. note #1: Need more! Ed. note #2: Hearing it’s actually …

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UPDATED – Chapel Hill Plans New Station 2 as Private/Public Partnership

May 18Chapelboro.com posted this story yesterday with a project update and a drawing. Town council will vote in June whether to approve the joint project, which will erect a fire station and four-story office building on South Hamilton Road. February 11News out of Chapel Hill. Town Council on Monday approved the sale of Fire Station …

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