Fire on the Mall! Thirty-Fives Years After the Mangel’s Building – July 7, 1981

Share1Share0Share0Thirty-five years ago this month, on July 7, 1981, the Mangel’s Building on the Fayetteville Street Mall burned. The four-alarm fire was one of the largest in the city’s history. Hundreds watched as thick smoke blanketed the pedestrian mall, and as firefighters fought a difficult fire in an 80+ year-old building that was “built to …

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Vintage Photo of Vance Apartments and Fire Trucks, 1972

Share1Share0Share0The Raleigh Public Record posted a story today about a parking lot at the northeast corner of Edenton and Wilmington streetst that’s slated for development. The site was once occupied by Vance Apartments, a three-story, 36-unit complex that was the largest of Raleigh’s then-four apartment buildings. But no one has photo for the building, save a …

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Vintage Photo of Wake New Hope Fire Car, 1975

Share0Share1Share0For your Friday flashback, here’s a News & Observer photo from October 23, 1975, showing a Wake New Hope Fire Department “fire car” at the Plantation Inn on Capital Boulevard. And a station wagon no less! (Make and model, readers?) There was a fire in an attic that was discovered about 11:00 a.m. and quickly …

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Raleigh Receives Class 1 Fire Protection Rating

Share0Share0Share0Big news announced yesterday in this city press release, which I’ve adapted here: The City of Raleigh has received a Public Protection Classification (PPC) Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). This achievement is the highest rating possible for Raleigh s state of readiness and defense against potential fire risk and property loss. …

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Wake County Fire Commission Meeting – Thursday, July 21

Share0Share0Share0The next meeting of the Wake County Fire Commission is Thursday, July 21, at the Wake County EMS Training Facility, located in the basement of the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive in Raleigh. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. Agenda is below. View the meeting documents. Meeting Called to Order: Chairman Lucius Jones …

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Updated – North Myrtle Beach’s New Blue & Red Pierce Platform

Share0Share0Share0July 17 Our friends at North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue have provided extensive additional details about their new truck, as well as photos and a historical perspective. The new Truck 714 is a 2016 Pierce Arrow XT mid-mount platform, 95-foot. It features a 2000 GPM Hale pump, a 300 gallon poly tank, a 500HP Detroit …

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Saturday’s Water Rescues in Raleigh/Wake County

Share0Share0Share0Here's take one of a list of the water rescues in Raleigh and Wake County, from Saturday morning through early Sunday morning. Awaiting data from Cary. Another post coming about the two rescues of rescuers, on Old Stage Road and Rose Lane. Address Units Time Notes Southgate & Proctor E3, L4, R1, M2, B5, B2 ...

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Yesterday’s Apparatus Collision in Wayne County

Share0Share0Share0The New Hope Fire Department in Wayne County has posted these pictures of their Engine 1, which was rear-ended yesterday while responding to a call. It was struck by a tractor-drawn gasoline tanker on Highway 70 Bypass near mile marker 336, at the emergency turnaround. There were no injuries, no was was there any leak …

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More Raleigh Recruit Academy Videos

Share0Share0Share0Who wants to watch some videos? The Raleigh Fire Museum has digitized a few more videos of Raleigh Fire Department recruit academies, from selected years between 1996 and 2002. The converted videotape recordings have been added to our YouTube channel, and are also listed on our web site, along with other academy videos, and historic …

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