New EMS Station in Wendell

Update 8:14 a.m. – Corrected to note that Eastern Wake EMS will exclusively occupy the facility.  Wake County is building a new EMS station at 3001 Wendell Boulevard, which is across the street-and-to-the-right from the fire station. It will replace the current Wendell Main EMS Station, located downtown. Construction is nearing completion. Lee Wilson took this …

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Durham City/County Fire Merger – The Plans, The People, The Background

Durham County Fire Marshal Jim Groves is concerned about the future, and the sustainability of the fire service as it currently exists in Durham County. Specifically the southern part, now protected by the county’s fledgling fire department: Durham County Fire-Rescue (DCFR). DCFR was organized in 2013, after the Bethesda Fire Department requested that Durham County …

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Fatal Fires in Raleigh – 1948 to 2018

Presenting the results of a recent research project: Fatal Fires in Raleigh, 1948-2018. Starting in 1948, and the deadliest fire in the city’s history. Five family members died after their apartment burned above the Carolina Country Club clubhouse in February 1948. Over 150 deaths, from incidents as limited by (a.) inside the city limits, or (b.) …

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Western Wake’s Year End Video… And How They Did It

Western Wake Fire-Rescue has posted their annual “year end” video, a compilation of video clips and still photos. And this isn’t your father’s YouTube video, either. The days of slideshows with “just a couple videos” are long gone. Now it’s helmet cams and GoPro cameras. < But, but, where’s the drone footage? This year’s video …

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History of Durham City/County Rescue Services

Presenting a history of rescue and EMS services in Durham County and Durham city. This originated as a blog posting in 2014, and has been expanded here. With reader input, it may get further expanded! Click to enlarge: Early History Ambulance services in Durham and Durham County included private providers (including Beacon Ambulance Service, based …

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