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 Fire Department Newsletter – Fall 2017

The fall 2017 issue of the Raleigh Fire Department Newsletter has been posted to www.raleighfirenews.org. Contents include: Residents Rescued From Fire – Story from Irelan Drive  Fire Prevention Week summary Renovations Completed at Fire Station 2 Recruit Academy Graduates Engine 1 Receives Honor – Crew on “A” platoon for actions in January Station 12 Construction – Update Third Tiller …

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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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Introducing Northern Wake Fire Department

July 1 At midnight, Stony Hill Fire Chief A.C. Rich gave the final broadcast of the Stony Hill Rural Fire Department, as they signed off effect at 00:00 hours, and began operation as part of the new Northern Wake Fire Department. Listen to that radio traffic.  June 30 Northern Wake Fire Department begins operation on …

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Durham County Receives Results of Fire Service Study, 2014

This is a blog archives posting from Feburary 5, 2014, and re-posted here as the original is unavailable due to technical issues. February 5 Reports this Herald-Sun story, Durham County Commissioners will vote next week to endorse (or not) the recommendations of the recently receive fire protection study. On Monday, the Interim County Manager provided a …

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Comparing Fire Department Recruitment Fliers and Banners

Have you noticed some of the colorful recruitment collateral lately produced by local and regional fire departments? Let’s compare some of these fliers and banners, from both around North Carolina and surrounding states. These are mostly recent, with a couple from a couple years ago. Found via searches on Facebook and Twitter. Left to right, top …

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Raleigh Fire Department Plans – Future Ladder Companies, Raises Sought Instead of Staff

The News & Observer today published a pair of pieces about the Raleigh Fire Department, their plans with regard to additional ladder companies, and staff expansion as the Fire Chief seeks raises instead. Additional Ladder Trucks  This story from Chris Cioffi discusses the department’s plans for additional ladder trucks, as well as their station construction renovation …

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Raleigh Fire Department Newsletter – Winter 2017

What’s been happening lately with your fire department? See the latest issue of the Raleigh Fire Department newsletter. Incidents, events, promotions, retirements, facility updates, and more. Plus pictures. And all inside of eight pages. The newsletter is published three times yearly. The editor is Yours Truly, and who is ably assisted by many in the department’s …

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