NC Strike Force 1, NC USAR Teams, Forsyth Rescue, and More History

 North Carolina Strike Force 1. Ever heard of that entity? They were the state’s first Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team, organized in the late 1990s. They were conceived as regional technical rescue team that was based in Forsyth and Davidson counties. They were incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2000, and renamed from “Strike Force” …

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Wake County Rescue Squad Crash Trucks

Montage of Wake County rescue squad crash trucks. Missing some squads and some photos, alas. Makes, models, notes below. Pictures pulled from the History of EMS in Wake County Facebook page, and photo albums therein. Credits from here, there, and everywhere. Click to enlarge: Left to right, top to bottom: Apex #1 of 3 – …

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Fairview Fire Starts First Responder – Carolina Rural Fireman, April 1982

Vintage article from a publication called Carolina Rural Fireman, in April 1982. Thanks to our friend Joseph Zalkin for finding in his archives. About the first county fire department First Responder program implemented by the Fairview Fire Department. Other early implementations included the City of Raleigh (1977, first field use; 1980, city-wide), Raleigh-Durham Airport (1978), …

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Vintage Film – A Will and a Way, 1975 – The Story of the NC EMS System

From his archives of retired Wake County EMS veteran Joseph Zalkin comes this 19-minute short film, A Will and a Way – The Story of Emergency Medical Services in North Carolina.  Produced by the North State Office of EMS with a grant from the North Carolina Association of Insurance Agents, it describes the evolution of the …

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How Often Did Raleigh Rescue Transport Patients?

The Raleigh Emergency Rescue Squad was created in 1953. It was comprised of civilian volunteers and fire department drivers, and they operated equipment that was housed at the downtown fire station. (Their gear was initially funded by city, county, and private donations. They also subsequently received a monthly stipend from the county.) The squad responded …

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Run Card For Reported Shooting at Crabtree Valley Mall

Here’s a run card and narrative about yesterday’s reported shooting at Crabtree Valley Mall. Gunshots were reported on the second floor, near the food court, just after 2:30 p.m. The mall was placed on lockdown, and then evacuated as law officers secured each location. The mall occupants (employees, shoppers) were evacuated to the lawn and …

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Celebrate Forty Years of Wake EMS on Thursday, August 4

Wake County EMS will celebrate four decades of service to the community at a public event in downtown Raleigh on Thursday night, August 4, at 7:00 p.m. at Meymandi Concert Hall, at the Duke Energy for the Perform Arts. Or what we called Memorial Auditorium back in the day. They’ll be celebrating their history and …

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Durham City, County – Proposed Budgets for FY17

Here are the notable fire and EMS items in the recently announced budgets for the City of Durham and Durham County. Durham City – Add two fire inspector positions– Completion of construction of replacement Fire Station 9– Planning for 30 firefighters in FY18, to staff new Station 17 (Leesville Road)– Planning for 15 firefighters in …

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Wake County EMS Unveils Commemorative Ambulance

This is the second in a series of blog postings about Wake County EMS, and their celebration this year of their 40th anniversary. Read the first posting. Update: See third posting. Wake County EMS last week unveiled a special “retro ambulance,” with green over white colors and vintage graphics to commemorate their 40th anniversary. The …

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