Architect Selected for New Raleigh Fire Headquarters and Central Fire Station

Share2Share0Share0On February 21, 2017, the City Council selected Davis Kane Architects to provide professional services for the fire department’s new Headquarters and Fire Station 1. Note the recently published minutes (PDF), they’ll provide “architectural; engineering and other design services; environmental and surveying services; cost estimating and construction related services in anticipation of relocating Fire Station One …

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Wake County Civil Defense Siren Snapshot – September 1972

Share0Share0Share0Found a neat snapshot of the county Civil Defense siren system, from September 1972. Source is an unidentified newspaper article dated September 9, 1982. Likely the Fuquay-Varina Independent.  The story is about the Fuquay-Varina Rural Fire Department having recently purchased and installed a new ten-horsepower emergency warning siren. It was purchased with the aid of the …

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Construction Underway on New Fire Station 12

Share2Share0Share0March 4, 2017After a couple months of site preparation, construction has started on new Fire Station 12. Watch this space for more updates, and more photos over the coming weeks and months. Or scroll down, to read the history of this long-planned project.  August 4, 2016If you’ve been paying attention to your City Council Minutes, …

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Johnston County Updates – New Rescue in Benson, New BC Truck in Clayton

Share0Share0Share0Couple updates from Johnston County. The Clayton Fire Department has placed this utility truck in service as a new Battalion Chief vehicle. It’s designated BC1. Photos from fire photographer Jason Thompson. Jason Thompson photos Meanwhile, the Benson Fire Department has placed a new Rescue 1 in service, with Raleigh’s old 1991 Simon-Duplex/E-One haz-mat truck. It …

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B-52 Bomber Crashes in Davidson County – March 30, 1961

Share0Share0Share0Found this while researching some other topics: the crash of a B-52 bomber near Denton, NC, in Davidson County on March 30, 1961. No nuclear weapons were aboard, but six of the eight crew members were killed. No one on the ground was injured. The crash followed the January 24, 1961, crash of a B-52 …

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Wake County Rescue Squad Crash Trucks

Share0Share1Share0Montage 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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Vintage Photos of Haz-Mat Equipment – Raleigh, Cary

Share0Share0Share0From your Monday enjoyment, vintage photos of haz-mat equipment from Raleigh and Cary. This News & Observer photo of Raleigh’s haz-mat gear on October 24, 1984, as part of a demonstration of the city’s new haz-mat team. Comprised of personnel from Engine 2 and other fire stations, Haz-Mat 1 was placed in service on June …

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Vintage Ad – Join the Fuquay-Varina Rural FD

Share0Share0Share0Found in my files last week, while updating my Fuquay-Varina Fire Department history timeline. This advertisement appeared in one or more local newspapers. Undated, but probably published around the time of the rural fire department’s formation in 1954.  Here’s that sequence. 1925 – First fire department organized, likely named Fuquay Springs FD. 1938 – Re-organized, …

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New and Improved Raleigh Fire Department History Chart

Share0Share0Share0This week in the History Lab, a new and improved Raleigh Fire Department history chart. Now with color, and expanded from 1912 to 1925.  View the chart (PDF). Scroll down, to see the evolution of the design. Here’s the evolution of the design. : The chart is a two-page document. The reverse side contains a decade-by-decade …

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Vintage Photo of Holly Springs Rural Fire Department

Share0Share0Share0Here’s a treat, an early photo of the Holly Springs Rural Fire Department, circa mid- or maybe late 1970s. (Trying to find a date on this one.) The picture was featured on the cover of a cookbook that they produced. It’s shown at the bottom of the posting. Left is their 1974 Ford/Bean pumper, 750/750, …

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