Chicago Crash Truck Dash Cam Videos of 767 Engine Fire

Found these in this /r/firefighting thread. Super-cool (and newly posted) dash cam videos of Chicago Fire Department crash trucks in action at O’Hare International Airport on October 28, 2016. The lengthy clips were filmed as crews responded to, attacked, extinguished, and returned from an uncontrolled engine failure and fire on a Boeing 767. Talk about a …

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Knightdale’s New Rescue Pumper

Knightdale’s new 2017  Spartan/Custom Fire rescue pumper, 1250/750/25, is almost ready.  These production photos were posted today on the East Coast Fire Apparatus Facebook page. Looking good! New Engine 131 It’s lettered for Engine 131 and should be delivered at the end of month. And includes a Roto-Ray! Here’s the PDF drawings, from the ECFA web …

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Fire Chief Clarence Puryear – Tar Heel of the Week, 1973

Found in the files of the Raleigh Fire Museum, a News & Observer profile of incoming Raleigh Fire Chief Clarence Puryear. He was named their Tar Heel of the Week in the Sunday, January 14, 1973, issue.  Clarence Rudy Puryear Sr., born in 1919 in Virginia, entered the department in February 1941. After military leave …

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New History Plaque for Renovated Fire Station 2

On Monday, October 23, Engine 2 relocated to their newly renovated Raleigh fire station. The 1969 engine house underwent a $1.5 million overhaul that stripped the station down to its exterior walls. It’s the second in a series of planned major renovations that started with Station 5 in 2016.  The Pecan Road fire station also …

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Design Services For New Fire Station 22

For today’s city fire station update, an architect has been chosen for the Station 22 relocation project. The Consent Agenda for the upcoming City Council meeting on December 5 contains this item: Subject: Professional Services – Fire Station 22 Relocation – Davis Kane Architects, PA Recommended action: Authorize the City Manager to execute the contract in …

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History of Raleigh Fire Department Labor Related Actions, Activities

Posted this over on Raleigh Firefighters United on Facebook a few months ago, after a retiree asked “hey, do you have history on labor-related things?” Compiled this, and posting here for now. Will later revise and/or expand, and add to my history pages: Labor Related Actions, Activities – 1912 to present Last updated: 12/15/17, 7:00 a.m. Change …

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The Old City Seal and The New City Logo

Last week, the City of Raleigh revealed a new logo design, and to a wide range of reactions. Google for those. Back in the day, a pair of Raleigh rigs sported the city’s earlier logo, the city seal. Those were the 1950 Mack and the 1950 FWD, pictured below.  How might a modern truck look …

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Wake County Fire Commission Meeting – November 16, 2017

The Wake County Fire Commission meets again on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Wake County Emergency Service Education Center, 221 South Rogers Lane. Starts at 7:00 p.m. in suite 160, the big honkin’ conference room.  Agenda is below. View meeting documents. Meeting Called to Order: Chairman Billy Myrick Invocation Pledge of allegiance Roll of Members Present Items …

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Fire at the Catholic Orphanage – October 29, 1905

The News & Observer this week has a neat story by Josh Shaffer about Raleigh’s old Catholic Orphanage, the cemetery that was once on the grounds, and reconstructing the history of what happened to the graves. The article also references the Sunday, October 29, 1905 fire at a dormitory that forced three seminary students to jump …

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New Firefighting Academy at Chapel Hill High School

A new firefighting academy for high school students was announced by the town of Chapel Hill on Monday. The town is contributing a fire truck, one of their two 2000 or 2001 International/KME pumpers, which will be dedicated in a ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Below is their press release. See also this Chapel Hill …

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