Voice of America Fire Department

In 1962, construction of the world’s largest radio broadcasting station was completed in eastern North Carolina. Built by the United States government for its Voice of America shortwave service, the facility was spread across three sites in two counties. Site A (Beaufort) and Site B (Pitt) housed the transmitting facilities. They were nearly identical, each about 2750 …

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Locust Fire Department Early History

Random history. Locust Fire Department in Stanly County. Reprinted from the booklet Locust, N.C. – Centennial Celebration – 1869-1969, via Digital, NC. Download original. Original Text The idea for a fire department originated with the Locust Lions Club, under the direction of President Pete Burleson. The club raised the first $500 of the goal of …

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Northern Wake Fire Department Ceremony – Sunday, July 23

On Sunday, July 22, at 2:00 p.m., Northern Wake Fire Department is conducting a ceremony at Station 1 at 11713 Six Forks Road. The event will celebrate the creation of the new organization, which started operation on July 1 as a consolidation of Bay Leaf and Stony Hill fire departments. And they’ll dedicate Rescue 35, a …

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Wake County Fire Commission Meeting – July 20, 2017

A regular meeting of the Wake County Fire Commission will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017. The location is the Wake County Emergency Service Education Center, 221 South Rogers Lane. They’ll be in Suite 160, the large conference room. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. Agenda is below. View the meeting documents. Meeting Called to …

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Burlington and Graham Fire Alarm Box Locations – 1920-21

Updated with some tips on using the DigitalNC site, for browsing, reading, and downloading city directories. Scroll to bottom. Random history. Fire alarm box locations in the towns of Burlington and Graham, as printed in the Burlington, Graham and Haw River, N.C. City Directory, 1920-21. It’s one of hundreds available from DigitalNC. Interested in the history …

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Rebuilding Fire Station 6 – Update July 2017 – Demolition Starting Soon

This is an ongoing blog posting about the rebuilding of Fire Station 6. Contents 07/17/17 – Demolition starting soon 05/30/17 – Now closed 05/27/17 – Moving day is nigh! 04/20/17 – Construction bid awarded, other updates 03/11/16 – Comparing current and future station 03/10/16 – 3D renderings 03/04/16 – Another public meeting scheduled 10/07/15 – …

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Seagate Fire Department – Vintage Apparatus, Corporate Dissolution

More random history. The Seagate (also spelled Sea Gate) Volunteer Fire Department in New Hanover County, outside Wilmington, was formed in 1940 to protect of the fishing community to help protect along Bradley Creek and Greenville Sound. The first apparatus was a 1931 automobile with three drums mounted on the back and a fan belt-powered pump. The …

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Legal History of 87 South Volunteer Fire Department

Random history, found in the articles of disillusion of the 87 South Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., that operated in Alamance County from 1983 to 2005, until its corporation merged with Eli Whitney Fire Department.  Background The 87 South VFD (87SVFD) was incorporated February 1, 1983. The initiative for forming the fire department corporation came from …

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Vintage Brochure – Zebulon Rescue Squad GMC/Murphy Crash Truck

For your Friday enjoyment, here’s a vintage brochure from Murphy Body Works in Wilson, NC. Advertised is a low-profile, light-duty rescue truck that they built for Zebulon Rescue Squad. The chassis was a 1975-76 GMC Sierra and it replaced a 1954 GMC panel van and ex-Raleigh Rescue Squad vehicle. It served until 1995, when replaced with a …

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