Meet Raleigh’s New Firefighters – Recruit Academy 42 Graduates on Wednesday

On Wednesday night, September 27, thirty-six new firefighters will join the ranks of the Raleigh Fire Department. Recruit Academy 42 will graduate in a ceremony at 7:00 p.m. at the Fletcher Opera Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South Street. The new firefighters have completed over 1,000 hours of …

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As a Friend of First Responders… Thank You

Thank you to the Greater Raleigh Chamber, for this morning’s honor of being named the 2017 Friend of First Responders, at their annual First Responders Appreciation Breakfast.  It remains my privilege and great pleasure to be the “keeper of history” for our local emergency services. For fifteen years now, I’ve been playing photographer and blogger …

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Wake County Fire Commission Meeting – Thursday, September 21

The next meeting of the Wake County Fire Commission is Thursday, September 21, 2017, at the Wake County Emergency Service Education Center, 221 South Rogers Lane. The meeting’s in Suite 160, the large conference room. Starts at 7:00 p.m. Agenda is below. View the meeting documents. Meeting Called to Order: Chairman Billy Myrick Invocation Pledge of allegiance Roll …

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More Vintage Wallops Flight Facility Fire Apparatus

By way of a this thread in the Facebook group Fire & Rescue Apparatus 25 Years And Older, from Aaron Moore and originally photographed by someone at WFFFD, here are vintage rigs NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility fire department. They’ve been added to my department profile and Antares rocket explosion recap, which originated as a blog …

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Raleigh Adds Third Tiller

The Raleigh Fire Department placed their third tiller in service today. Ladder 8 at Station 26 has received a 2010 Pierce Arrow XT tractor-drawn aerial ladder, 1500/300/100-foot.  Formerly Ladder 4 at Station 1, it has replaced a 2006 Pierce Arrow XT rear-mounted aerial ladder, 1500/300/105-foot.  This is the city’s third tiller, joining Ladder 4 (2017 Pierce) …

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Vintage USAF Crash Rescue Instructions For Local Responders

For your holiday weekend reading pleasure, a “crash rescue guide” for local responders, prepared by Field Training Detachment 205A at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Undated and found in the archives of a local fire department. Contains information on (a.) telephone numbers for reporting crashes, (b.) types of information to provide when calling, (c.) instructions …

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Swift Water Rescue Teams Leave Raleigh For Texas

Two swift-water rescue teams left Raleigh yesterday, headed to Texas to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. They were part of a five-team deployment requested by Texas emergency officials.  Personnel and equipment from NC USAR Task Force 8 and Task Force 9 departed from the Raleigh Fire Department training center, following a 10:00 a.m. …

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