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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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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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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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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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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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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Updated – The Zoo, Their First Fire Truck, And Some Questions

August 5, 2017After a visit to the Asheboro public library, and the local history room, I’ve updated this posting with more information. See the Courier-Tribune citations below. March 24, 2016Did you know that the North Carolina Zoo had a fire truck? And that the truck originally served in Wake County? As the story goes, the Six Forks …

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Voice of America Fire Department

In 1962, construction of the world’s largest radio broadcasting station was completed in eastern North Carolina. Built by the United States government for its Voice of America shortwave service, the facility was spread across three sites in two counties. Site A (Beaufort) and Site B (Pitt) housed the transmitting facilities. They were nearly identical, each about 2750 …

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