Vintage Photos of Tankers from Johnston County

From the files of reader/contributor David Raynor, here’s a quartet of vintage tankers from Johnston and Wake counties. Left to right, top to bottom: West Johnston FD – Tanker 166 – 1960s (?) Dodge – January 1996 Clayton FD – Tanker 6 – 1960s (?) IHC – June 1999 Wilson Mills FD – Tanker 2 …

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Raleigh Fire Department Newsletter – Summer 2016

Here’s the summer issue of the Raleigh Fire DepartmentNewsletter. Tenth year of publication and as posted to www.raleighfirenews.org. Contents include raising awareness about firefighter suicide, the flooding in July, fire station facility updates, the recruit class graduation, the Class 1 fire protection rating, promotions and appointments, and remembering the Mangel’s fire. The Raleigh Fire Department …

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Greensboro Bomb Squad Trucks – Then & Now

Let’s look at some law enforcement special units. Greensboro Police Department and their bomb squad trucks, past ‘n’ present. Reader/contributor David Raynor shares the vintage pictures. Top picture at the city garage in 1987, with containment equipment mounted on an ex-military 6×6. Bottom picture at the training center in 1991, with containment equipment mounted on …

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Vintage Photos of Wilmington Squad, Ambulance

From the files of reader/contributor David Raynor, here are vintage photos of two Wilmington Fire Department rigs. Top is a 1979 Chevy/1990 Sturdy Equipment manpower unit. Called Service 1, it operated as a “flying squad” with an Engineer, Relief Driver, and two firefighters. It was originally a 1979 E-One/Chevy midi-pumper, and converted in 1990 to …

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Vintage Photos from Shelby – Green Aerial Ladder & Red Water Tower

From the files of reader/contributor David Raynor, here are vintage photos of two unusual rigs from Shelby, NC. That’s Cleveland County, to the west. Top is Water Tower 30 (also called Ladder 30 at some point), a 1983 Ford F800 with local bodywork and a 35-foot articulating “water tower.” A former electric company bucket truck, …

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Forty Years (Almost) of Raleigh Fire Academies

For your Friday enjoyment, here’s a montage of Raleigh Fire Department recruit academy academy class photos from 1978 to 2016. Includes Academy 41, which graduated last night in downtown Raleigh. Congratulations! This one’s an incomplete collection, however. Some of the group didn’t either a formal or even informal photo. See the entire collection of class …

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Raleigh Fire Department Recruit Academy 41 Graduates on Thursday, Aug 18

Raleigh Fire Department Recruit Academy 41 graduates on Thursday, August 18, at 7:00 p.m., in a ceremony to be held at the Duke Center for the Performing Arts. The thirty-seven recruits started their twenty-nine week academy on January 25, 2016. The program included classroom and practical instruction, as well as daily physical fitness training. They’ll …

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Run Card For Reported Shooting at Crabtree Valley Mall

Here’s a run card and narrative about yesterday’s reported shooting at Crabtree Valley Mall. Gunshots were reported on the second floor, near the food court, just after 2:30 p.m. The mall was placed on lockdown, and then evacuated as law officers secured each location. The mall occupants (employees, shoppers) were evacuated to the lawn and …

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Raleigh Fire Hydrants Turning Yellow

Belated news. Raleigh fire hydrants are turning yellow. As announced in this June 10 press release, the public fire hydrants within the city limits will now be painted yellow. They’re currently painted red. Private fire hydrants will remain red. What’s the difference between a public and private fire hydrant, as defined here? They’re both connected …

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