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

In October 1944, the Greensboro Fire Department placed their first rescue truck in service. By my estimate, this was one of the state’s first fire department rescue squads or ambulance services. Readers, please help verify. They operated a Ford panel van (?), a former Army ambulance purchased from Fort Bragg six months earlier. It was …

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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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Raleigh Adds Squads, Fifth Battalion, and More – February 5, 2012

This is a re-posting of a Legeros Blog Archives posting from February 5, 2012, that’s no longer available on the old site, due to technical problems. Big changes today in the Capital City, effective 0800 hours. Here’s take one of a summary of the rescue reconfiguration, the new battalion, the unit renumbering, and more. We’ll …

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Northern Wake Fire Department Ceremony Videos – July 23, 2017

Here’s raw video footage from the ceremonies at Northern Wake Fire Department Station 1 on Sunday, July 23, 2017. The event celebrated the joining of Bay Leaf and Stony Hill fire departments, as well as a dedication of their new Rescue 35. We previously posted two short excerpts: the coupling ceremony and the housing ceremony. Here’s the full footage from the …

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B-17 Bomber Crashes in Garner, May 9, 1944

The News & Observer this week published an excellent retrospective of the B-17 bomber crash in Garner on May 9, 1944. The Flying Fortress crashed into a wooded area around 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of Garner and Vandora Springs Roads.  Two crew members were killed, and either others parachuted to safety. The Raleigh Fire Department was …

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