Cherry Point’s New Rescue Pumper

Lee Wilson went to the beach last week, and shot this sweet Rosenbauer rescue pumper at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock. Was just delivered on August 24. It’s a 2017 Rosenbauer Commander, 1500/500 with 20 gallons Class A foam and 30 gallons Class B foam.  See more pics from Lee, in his album …

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Raleigh’s Old Steamer Gets Gong, Passes Boiler Inspection

Last month, Raleigh’s old steam fire engine received some work. A new gong was installed, and the boiler passed its annual state inspection. The 1905 American LaFrance Metropolitan steam engine was moved to Station 29, and “A” platoon personnel (shown below) assisted Steamer Committee members with its annual state-mandated boiler inspection. On July 29, a …

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The Yarborough Hotel Fire – July 3, 1928

From Research Central, here’s a new retrospective. Raleigh’s renowned Yarborough Hotel on Fayetteville Street. Was the social and political center of the city for decades. Burned on July 3, 1928. Brought hundreds to the scene, as well as engines from Durham and Smithfield.  Posted on the Raleigh Fire Museum web site, the account is pulled …

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Rural Fire Protection Origins – Guilford County

How did rural fire protection begin in North Carolina? That’s been a nagging question for a few years now. We posted this historical perspective from 1977, with excerpts from a state government document.  But how about some details? What were the developments among individual counties? We’ve asked inputs on our Facebook fire page, in this …

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Raleigh Fire Department Fleet Updates – Summer 2017

Lee Wilson photos Engines and Ladders and Tillers, Oh My Raleigh’s new Pierce tiller was placed in service this week, and following a pair of new Pierce pumpers last month. Here’s the scorecard of which rigs went where, and which stations are getting the bumped ones.  See more of Lee Wilson’s photos on his Flickr …

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Raleigh Fire Department Facility Project Updates

Let’s start a new, recurring feature. Raleigh Fire Department facility updates. The city is upgrading and expanding numerous fire facilities, and it’s long overdue. Fire stations are being replaced with much larger and more modern facilities, either on the same site (Station 6) or near their current stations (Station 12, 14, 22). Others are being …

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Greensboro Fire Department’s First Rescue Truck, 1944

November 18 From our friends at GFD, here’s a color(ized) photo of the rescue truck, along with other apparatus and vehicles at (old) Central Fire Station on North Greene Street. Click once or twice to enlarge: August 15 In October 1944, the Greensboro Fire Department placed their first rescue truck in service. By my estimate, …

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Raleigh Plans Relocation of Fire Station 22

As noted in this agenda item for tomorrow’s City Council meeting, the city is planning to relocate Fire Station 22 on Durant Road. The site is needed for projects related to the proposed Southeast Corridor high-speed rail initiative. The state is planning an expansion of the crossing on Durant Road, just east of the fire station. The added grade separation …

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Snorkels in North Carolina

This is a re-posting of a Legeros Blog Archives posting from December 21, 2013, that’s no longer available on the old site, due to technical problems. Articulating platforms, to be specific. Snorkel is a brand name. Let’s extend the discussion from this thread, as well as the topic itself, which replays on this blog every twelve …

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Active Shooter in Apex – May 30, 2010

This is a re-posting of a Legeros Blog Archives posting from May 30, 2010, that’s no longer available on the old site, due to technical problems. It was originally titled “This morning’s shooting in Apex.” Double shooting at 1201 Beaver Creek Commons Drive, at Target store. Dispatched about 11:09 a.m. Law enforcement response included Apex, …

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