How to Easily Monitor Raleigh City Council Minutes & Agendas… And News Releases

Here’s an easy means of monitoring Raleigh City Council minutes and agendas, and/or news releases for mention of your favorite topics. Say, the fire department: Sign up for the MyRaleigh Subscriptions service. Select such options as City Council, News Releases, and NewsCor. City Council minutes will arrive as email messages with links to Word documents. …

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Raleigh Receives Federal Grant for Fire Sprinkler Systems for Fire Stations 2 and 15

The city has received a $151,155 grant from the federal government, to install fire sprinkler systems at Station 2 and Station 15. Both of the facilities are part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar project to update fourteen older (legacy) fire stations. See page 14 of last year’s five-year strategic planning document (PDF) for more details. …

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Garner’s New Engine 1

The Garner Fire Department yesterday received their new Engine 1, a 2016 Pierce Impel pumper-tanker 1250/1000. It will replace a 2012 Pierce Saber pumper-tanker. By my count, this is their sixteenth Pierce fire engine, since the delivery of a 1984 Pierce Dash pumper 1000/700. The new engine is the fourth of four Pierce Impel pumper …

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Eight Line of Duty Deaths So Far This Year

We learned on Sunday of the passing of Severn Fire Chief Kevin Britt, who died on Saturday after suffering a medical emergency at his home, after responding to a motor-vehicle collision. See this FireNews.net story as well as his obituary. He’s the eighth line of duty death in North Carolina thus far this year, and …

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Hose & Nozzle Stories, 1967 – Wake Fireman Breaks Leg, Winston-Salem Fire-Police Vehicles Damaged, etc.

Random page of stories from the May-June 1969 issue of Hose & Nozzle magazine. Wake [County] Fireman Breaks Leg; Thomasville [Fire] Truck Involved in Wreck; Two Cleveland Firemen Injured; Winston-Salem Fire-Police Vehicles Damaged. Winston-Salem fire police, you say? Here’s a blog posting about that entity, which was created in in late 1957. Looks like they …

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Raleigh Fire and Police Want Higher Salaries

Last week, on Tuesday, June 7, Raleigh firefighters, police officers, and friends, family, and supporters met at the Municipal Building on Hargett Street, in advance of a public hearing on the proposed budget for FY17. (See the budget documents.) They came with signs and matching shirts (for fire)–“would you do this job 56 hours a …

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Comparing Numbers of Minority Firefighters in North Carolina’s Largest Cities

The Fayetteville Observer today includes this story by Andrew Barksdale about the Fayetteville Fire Department’s efforts to improve the number of minority firefighters. Solid story, though invoking a quite a few negative reaction among readers, at least on the paper’s Facebook posting of the story. (Yeah, yeah, never read the comments after a story. It’ll …

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Articulated All-Terrain Aerial Platform Fire Truck From South Africa

Lee Wilson found this one, and shared on social media. Would you believe a converted Caterpillar 740B articulated all-terrain construction vehicle converted into a heavy-duty fire truck complete with aerial platform? Cobra Petro Projects built the thing which is believed to be a world’s first. (At least with the aerial platform added. We’ve seen similar …

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Cary Fire Chief Changes in 1966 & 1967

Found a pair of Hose & Nozzle magazine issues from early 1967, that tell about the fire chief changes in Cary during the time. Editorial notes are interspersed: March-April 1967: Matthews Named Chief at Cary Retired RALEIGH Fire Captain [wrong, was Asst. Chief, see below] Lee Matthews has been named acting chief of the Cary …

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