Durham Highway Changes Unit Numbers

On December 21, the Durham Highway Fire Department changed the unit numbers of their apparatus. They’re now using a numbering scheme that’s based on their Wake County fire station numbers:   Durham Highway joins the following other Wake County fire departments, that also use that numbering scheme: Bay Leaf – 12/120s, 25/250s, 36/360s Hopkins – …

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Glen Lennox Fire Department in Chapel Hill

January 1, 2017Here’s some more information that we’ve found. As the story goes, the fire engine was housed in a garage bay, in this building at the corner service station. When there was a fire, maintenance men at the shopping center and/or apartments would get the truck and respond. The building is still standing, and …

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Fairview Fire Starts First Responder – Carolina Rural Fireman, April 1982

Vintage article from a publication called Carolina Rural Fireman, in April 1982. Thanks to our friend Joseph Zalkin for finding in his archives. About the first county fire department First Responder program implemented by the Fairview Fire Department. Other early implementations included the City of Raleigh (1977, first field use; 1980, city-wide), Raleigh-Durham Airport (1978), …

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Vintage Film – A Will and a Way, 1975 – The Story of the NC EMS System

From his archives of retired Wake County EMS veteran Joseph Zalkin comes this 19-minute short film, A Will and a Way – The Story of Emergency Medical Services in North Carolina.  Produced by the North State Office of EMS with a grant from the North Carolina Association of Insurance Agents, it describes the evolution of the …

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Lebanon’s New Engine… And Other Notes

The Lebanon Fire Department in Durham County has taken delivery of a 2016 Pierce Enforcer pumper-tanker, 1500/1250. New Engine 511, replacing a 2002 E-One Typhoon, which has been disposed to Smith Chapel FD in Duplin County. Should be in service any day now. It’s also a rare Pierce for Durham County, maybe only the second for …

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Farewell Open Houses at Chapel Hill Fire Station 2

The town of Chapel Hill is preparing to demolish Fire Station 2 on Hamilton Road. It will be rebuilt as part of a commercial development on the site. Engine 2 will move to temporary quarters in a modular home at 204 Finley Golf Course Road. They’ll be moving around the end of the month. Construction will …

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Durham Adds Pair of Pumper-Tankers

The Durham Fire Department has taken delivery of two 2016 Sutphen Monarch pumper-tankers, 1500/1000. The new Engine 8 and Engine 15 were delivered on December 8.  The engines are the first pumper-tankers for the city, and will serve at stations on the edge of the city that respond to areas without fire hydrants. They answer calls with county …

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The Five Faces of Fire Station 2

This week, Engine 2 moved into temporary quarters at the old city radio/signals/sign shop on South Wilmington Street, in preparation for the renovation of their Pecan Street engine house. See this earlier blog post for information on the “down to the walls” rebuild. This makes the fifth location for Station 2 since the career fire department was …

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New Pierce Aerial Ladder For Cary

The Cary Fire Department has ordered a new aerial ladder, a Pierce Enforcer 1500/300/105-foot rear-mount. Believe this is planned for a new ladder company in the area of Station 7 or Station 8. Click to enlarge: From this Facebook posting by Atlantic Emergency Solutions, the features include: Enforcer chassis with a 10” raised notched roof TAK-4 …

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