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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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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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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Raleigh Selects Site for New Fire Station 3

Include in the Consent Agenda for the November 8 meeting of City Council is authorization to purchase a portion of a parcel addressed as 1034 Bragg Street as a site for replacing Fire station 3.  The fire station site faces Rock Quarry Road just north of Raleigh Boulevard. View agenda item as well as PDF attachment. The …

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Friday Night’s Working Fire at WRAL

November 9 update. Added a couple more details to the narrative, including corrected street address and notes about the programming that was interrupted only for an Internet live stream. Friday night saw an unusual incident in Raleigh, a working fire at a broadcast studio building. At 7:43 p.m., Engine 8 and Ladder 7 were dispatched …

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Beaufort Gets a Tiller!

The Beaufort Fire Department in Carteret County, my high school stomping grounds, has received a tiller!  From Montgomery County, MD Future Hook and Ladder 54, a 1997 Seagrave Marauder (?), 100-foot. Delivered on October 13. Operated by Hillandale VFD in Montgomery County, MD. Former Truck 7-12, then a reserve for HVFD.  Donated by local resident, …

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About Words: Service, Service Trucks, Service Companies

Let’s look some uses of the word “service” in the fire service, starting with “Service Company.”  That’s a descriptor from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), used in their Fire Suppression Rating Schedule. Service companies operate service trucks (see below) and ISO awards points for specific equipment carried therein. See this page of information. Service Trucks …

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Remembering Bay Leaf Fire Tower Operator Jenny Tilley

Cornelia “Jenny” Crabtree Tilley, 90, passed away in Raleigh last week. She was the longtime operator of the Bay Leaf forestry fire tower, first located at Six Forks Road, a half-mile north of “Six Forks” (1937-1968) and then moved to Howard Road, just west of Creedmoor Road (1968-present). Click to enlarge: She was one of …

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