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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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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Cary Fire Department Adds Rescue Truck – June 1996

On June 30, 1996, at 20:10 hours, the Cary Fire Department placed its first rescue company in service. Though they operated a volunteer-staffed Civil Defense rescue truck in the mid- to late-1950s, this was their first “modern-era” rescue company. The new company and the added role of rescue provider resulted from an agreement with the Cary …

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Vintage Photo of Cleveland Community Engine

This was recently posted to the SPAAMFAA group on Facebook, 1956 (?) Chevrolet 6400 home-built pumper that served the Cleveland Community Fire Department in Rowan County, from 1975 to 1980. Dave Schlosser provided and/or took the picture. Bruce Anderson in the group notes the truck’s fascinating history, which we’ve bullet-ized here: Originally served Colmar, PA. …

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Ex-Army ARFF Truck Turned Tanker for Tennessee Community

Would you believe an Oshkosh M-23 (rare civilian version of the legendary P-15) as a tanker for a Tennessee resort community? This story from the Times Free Press has been making the rounds. There’s a development called Jasper Highlights in Marion County, TN. The area was previously covered by the Foster Falls FD, but last …

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