Here's the second part of our Charlotte project, compiling a historical fleet list of all fire apparatus. This is based on research by reader Micah Bodford, plus other inputs that we're able to locate. Such as active or retired CFD members who have been super-helpful. Reader input is appreciated!
- Part I - 1910s to 1970s
- Part II - 1980s and 1990s (see below)
- Part III - 2000s and 2010s (coming soon)
- Part IV - ARFF and NC ANG apparatus (coming soon)
The DataREAD MORE Aerial Video of Brotherhood Bash
Here's another notable video from the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo. This one's nearly six minutes of aerial footage that was filmed by Matt Cross at the Brotherhood Bash on Friday night. The location was Napper Tandy's on Glenwood Avenue. The performers were the Brotherhood Pipes & Drums, which made their entrance escorted by Raleigh Engine 13. The event was sponsored by the Capital Area FOOLS. The organization raised $4,500 for the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation. See photos from the event by Mike Legeros and Lee Wilson.
The Wake Forest News has posted this nice compilation of aerial and ground video of Saturday's fire apparatus parade at the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo. They were one of two entities operating "drones" during the event. We'll be watching for more videos. Meanwhile, enjoy this footage. And see accompanying WFN story.
Found via this Statter911 story, here's some helmet cam footage from the Hubert Fire Department in Onslow County. The nealrly ten-minute clip captures the response and arrival of Hubert Engine 804 a structure fire on Pine Picket Court. They were the first arriving unit to a reported vehicle fire threatening a structure. Other departments on scene were Piney Green FD, Pumpkin Center FD, White Oak FD, Onslow County EMS, and Onslow County Fire Marshal.
From the Facebook page of The One House, here's a vintage photo of Squad 1. Photo circa mid-1980s. Squad 1 was a manpower unit. It was stationed at Station 1 and operated multiple models of Ford Econoline passenger vans. Any reader memories of the unit, and ideas on makes/model years? And the years the squad operated? Next question, how many other departments around our state have operated manpower units? Click to enlarge:
The building is old Station 1, which was located at the intersection of South Davidson Street and East 4th Street. It was addressed 125 S. Davidson Street, and located on the west end of the City Hall Annex building. (The police department was on the east end, and the Health Department was in the middle.) Here's a picture of the engine house in action,
Terry Lacy photo
Built in 1925, the fire station also housed the first maintenance shop, on the apparatus floor. Communications was located on the second floor. Units housed at old Station 1 have included:
- Engine 1 - Models included 1935 Mack (closed cab, first in United States), 1948 Mack, 1960s Seagrave.
- Second engine, named Engine 20 in the 1950s and 1960s. What about other decades?
- Truck 1/Platform 1/Ladder 1 - Models included 1917 ALF tiller, 1969 ALF AeroChief, 1984 Duplex/Grumman snorkel.
- Rescue 1 - First version was a utility body truck.
- Squad 1 - Manpower unit noted, various Ford Econoline passenger vans. Operated circa 1970s and 1980s.
- Seachlight truck - Models included a 1940 White.
- Hose tender - Utility body truck with large hose bed in rear. Carried 3000 feet of five-inch supply line and a manifold. Unmanned. Operated circa 1970s and 1980s.
- Civil Defense rescue truck - 1950s IHC "Calamity Jane" heavy rescue. Out of service by 1979. Still researching this one.
- Chief cars - Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, etc.
Reader input welcome!
- Charlotte Fire Department history book, published 1999.
- Fleet research by Micah Bodford. See prior blog posting. Reader help wanted!
- Oral histories, notably Terry Lacy.
Coming to the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo this week? Sure hope see. Swing by the Raleigh Fire Museum booth on Friday and Saturday and you'll see a slideshow of old photos and vintage rigs and houses from around North Carolina. We'll be located on the mezzanine level, beside the escalators. Yours Truly will be staffing for some of Saturday, and around at other times. See you there. Click to enlarge:
In 1918, US Army General Hospital No. 19, located approximately four miles east of downtown Asheville, NC, began serving soldiers who were training for World War I duty. The hospital was located in the community of Azalea, which was previously known as Gudger’s Ford before being renamed for the flowering bush.
Dr. Z. P. Gruner opened the facility in 1875 as the country’s first private tuberculosis sanitarium. Also known as Azalea Hospital, it later became the only Veteran’s Administration (VA) hospital in the southeast devoted to the treatment of respiratory ailments.
Also in 1918, Sales Order 8790 was issued by the American LaFrance Fire Engine Company of Elmira, NY, specifying details from the United States government for sixteen fire engines subsequently assigned to facilities throughout the country.
Fourteen were Type 75 triple combination pumpers, with specifications of a 156.5” wheelbase, 105-horsepower, six-cylinder engine, and a 750 gallon-per-minute rotary gear pump. This was a very popular apparatus sold between 1915 and 1927, and many served throughout North Carolina.1
On June 18, 1918, American LaFrance Registered Number 2234
was shipped to Azalea, NC, for use at Hospital No. 19. The engine is shown in
the below undated photo. Although thought to be on the hospital grounds, the
exact location of the pictured fire station is unknown. The truck was reportedly
sold to Meriden, MS on April 8, 1935.
Click to enlarge:
This picture appeared in a publication titled Souvenir Book of U. S. Veterans’ Hospital, circa 1922, along with this narrative: "Oteen is well provided for in case of fire. Although the buildings are of temporary structure, every precaution has been taken to minimize fire hazards. The Fire Department is very efficient and well equipped with the latest improved apparatus. Fire drills are frequent and the department has always done such commendable work at these drills that the patients feel that if a fire should break out their firemen would curb it before much damage was done."
By 1924, the facility was known as the Oteen Veteran’s Administration Hospital. The word “Oteen” was derived from an American Indian word meaning "chief aim.” It was adopted at the suggestion of Colonel Henry Hoagland, the chief aim being that every patient get well.
1The remaining two pumpers on the 1918 sales order, American LaFrance Registered Numbers 2244 and 2245, were Type 12 triple combination pumpers. They had specifications of a 161.7” wheelbase, 120-horsepower, six-cylinder engine, and a 1,000 gallon-per-minute rotary gear pump. (Like the Type 75 triple combination, sales of these also began in 1915.) On September 26, 1918, #2245 was shipped to Fort Bragg. This was the only other piece of apparatus in the order to be shipped to North Carolina.
Fire Station Locations
The fire department was housed in at least three buildings. The final location, erected by 1959, was a single-story, single-bay block building located on the southeast corner of the campus. The fire station was large enough for only one vehicle.
The prior location was a one- and two-story wooden structure on the north end
(or rear) of the campus. Built in 1934, it’s identified on a map dated November
1946, with revisions dating from December 1948 to September 1964. The building
is labeled “fire department garage and quarters” and is situated near others
named as warehouse and utilities shops. Click to enlarge:
The 1934 fire station was described in a National Register of Historic Places document dated November 20, 1985. Named “former fire station and garage” it was described as: “One of the last permanent-type buildings constructed in the complex, the fire station and garage is a two-story flat-roofed structure with flanking one-story wings. The principle elevation, which faces east, is formally organized around four segmentally arched vehicle bays. The careful design of this utilitarian structure highlights the planning concept behind the entire complex. Although sited with other utilitarian structures well to the rear of the main hospital campus, the building displays both the symmetrical and classical details of the Georgian Revival theme.”
Personnel and Apparatus
Career firefighters were employed by the fire department until the City of Asheville assumed fire protection responsibility in 1976. It is unknown when the career force started or how many members served.
Apparatus at the hospital included:
- 1918 American LaFrance Type 75 triple combination, #2234, shipped 6/18/18, sold to Meriden, MS, on 4/8/35.
- 1947 Jeep/Boyer with front-mounted pump, Boyer #J-130.
- 1957 International Harvester/Howe, Howe #10169.
See also prior posting on this subject.
- 100 Years of American LaFrance, Walter M.P. McCall, Enthusiast Books, 2005.
- American LaFrance delivery records as compiled by the late American LaFrance historian John Peckham of Cropseyville, NY, and East Arlington, VT. Also available online via the Society for the Preservation & Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in American at http://www.spaamfaa.com/alfresources2.html.
- Asheville City Directories, various years, via Digital, NC, http://www.digitalnc.org/collections/city-directories.
- Asheville Gazeteer, various issues, via Pack Memorial Library, Asheville, NC.
- National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form, Oteen Veterans Administration Historic Hospital District, November 20, 1985, http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/nr/BN0041.pdf
- National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary,
Asheville, Oteen Veterans Administration Historic Hospital District,
- Oral histories.
- Souvenir Book of U. S. Veterans’ Hospital, compiled and edited by Joseph and Mildred Bernstein, circa 1922. Part of the North Carolina Collection at Pack Memorial Library in Asheville.
- Western North Carolina Heritage, Asheville Fire Department Exhibit page, comments in the “Relation” section, http://cdm15733.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15733coll2/id/6.
Here's where I will be this week at the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo. Plus some first-thing/last-thing drive-bys earlier in the week, as the trucks are loaded into the convention center. That's always fun to watch. Need to find me during the show? Look for a large guy in a Hawaiian shirt. Typically with a couple large cameras. Or visit the Raleigh Fire Museum booth on the mezzanine level. We're right beside the escaltors.
Thursday - July 24
- Late afternoon - Check-in as exhibitor (Raleigh Fire Museum), help with booth set-up.
- Early afternoon - Behold BBQ teams as they start their cooking. Take some pictures.
Friday - July 25
- Before 10:00 a.m. - Check-in as a presenter (social media). Help get our booth ready.
- 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Attend Expo, see folks, snap shots, loiter at our booth, lunch somewhere on the Mall.
- 3:15 p.m - 4:45 p.m. - Conduct social media workshop with Jeff Hammerstein, The World Is Watching Your Department. Who Will Tell Your Story, You or Them?
- Late afternoon - Run home, eat dinner, take nap?
- Early evening - Attend Brotherbood Bash at Napper Tandy's. Starts at 7:00 p.m. Old Man Legeros will probably arrive early and leave early.
Saturday - July 26
- 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Prepare booth for the day.
- 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Staff our booth.
- 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Head outside for photos of the parade, the trucks, the games, et al. Plus lunch on the Mall.
- 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Staff our booth.
- Later afternoon - Shut down the booth. Take things to car. Say goodbyes. See you next year.
Wake Forest News has posted this three-minute-and-change YouTube video of a heavily-involved house fire in Youngsville yesterday. The address is 1425 Moores Pond Road. The departments on scene were Youngsville, Bunn, Wake Forest, and Franklinton. Plus Franklin County EMS and Youngsville Rescue & EMS. Read the accompanying story.
The Wilmington Fire Department will soon be taking delivery of a new Truck 1, a 2014 Pierce Velocity PUC, 1500/300/100-foot. Here's a factory photo from the Pierce Flickr page. This is the city's third tiller, after a 1917 American LaFrance Type 17-4 (#1493, 75-foot) and a 1963 Seagrave seen in this prior posting. (Model? Number? Full historical fleet listing?)
This also makes the fourth (correct?) tiller in service in our state, after High Point (2004 Pierce), Raleigh (2010 Pierce), and Cornelius-Lemley in Mecklenburg County (1989 Seagrave, ex-Richmond, ex-Bedford, VA). There are also two tillers operating in SoutH Carolina, in Charleston (2013 Pierce) and Hilton Head (Crimson).
The rig arrived at Atlantic Emergency Solutions in Fayetteville on Wednesday, and Lee Wilson took a trip to take some photos. The 63 foot-long (!) truck will be appearing on the show floor at the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo in Raleigh next week. See more photos from Lee, including shots of that cool pump panel behind a compartment door.
Lee Wilson photo
Haven't posted one of these in a while. Found this this week. Somewhere inside the Beltline. Hint, it's near railroad tracks.
PowerPoint is Your Friend
Why is Mr. Blogger in Raleigh this week, you ask? Instead of making rounds round Baltimore for the Firehouse Expo? (Have traveled to those parts for fifteen consecutive years. Yikes.) That's 'cause I'm cooking slides for my workshop next week at SAFRE. The subject is social media and reputation management. Mike Legeros joins Jeff Hammerstein, the Wake County EMS PIO. The ninety-minute workshop is titled The World is Watching Your Department. Who Will Tell Your Story, You or Them? (Though we tried to win the prize for longest title, we only scored second place.) Workshop's on Friday, July 25, at 3:15 p.m. Here's one of the slides you'll see, partially revealed. Hint: It's about social media.
Show Program for South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo
Here's the show program for next week's South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo at the convention center in downtown Raleigh. It contains the full conference and expo schedule, along with a list of exhibitors and maps to the rooms and halls. View the document (4.6MB PDF). And what a handsome crew on the cover! Love them Squad companies.
The Summer 2014 edition of the Raleigh Fire Department Newsletter has been posted to www.raleighfirenews.org.
This issue's contents include a feature on the fire department's new SCBA, as well as new helmets and gear. Other stories include Haz-Mat to Clayton, Butner; Divisional News; Retirements and Promotions; and a couple photo galleries. The newsletter is
produced quarterly by Editor Mike Legeros. It's a quarterly publication for personnel, retirees, and citizens. And in its eighth year of publication, no less! Read the new issue (PDF), which is posted to the web site www.raleighfirenews.org.
Here's something you don't see every day. That's West Edgecombe and Rocky Mount firefighters at a rock quarry, where a large drilling machine caught fire. The photos are fromBob Bartosz, who submitted same to the Rocky Mount Telegram. (His first rock quarry fire in sixty plus years of fire photography, he confides.) As for the incident, the machine was fully involved on arrival of WEFD. Crews requested mutual aid from RMFD, and Engine 5 was dispatched. The fire took almost an hour to control. Read the story and see a couple more photos. Next question, what's the most unusual vehicle fires that you have fought?
Bob Bartosz/Rocky Mount Telegram photos
The next meeting of the Wake County Fire Commission
is Thursday, July 17, at 7:00 p.m. The location is the Wake County
EMS Training Facility, in the lower level of the Wake County Commons
Building, 4011 Carya Drive. The documents for the meeting are linked below.
- Meeting Called to Order: Chairman Lucius Jones
- Roll of Members Present
- Items of Business
- Approval of Agenda
- Adoption of Minutes for March 20, 2014 Regular Meeting
- Adoption of Minutes for May 1, 2014 Regular Meeting
- Regular Agenda
- Consider Approval of Recommended Fire Commission Standing Committee Realignment
- Consider Approval of Recommended Firefighter first response and EMS Cooperative Patient Care Policy
- Consider Approval of Facilities Committee FY 2015 Recommendation for Planned Facility
- Maintenance, Repairs, and Renovation Projects
- Consider Revision to the Wake County Apparatus Committee Policies and Procedures
- Consider Request for Replacement of DHFD Station 2 Apparatus
- Information Agenda
- Apparatus Committee Update
- Compensation and Staffing Committee Update (Stony Hill Fire Department Reorganization Proposal)
- Equipment Committee Update
- Post Incident Review Update
- Fire Tax Budget and Financial Report
- Cost Share Study Update
- Chair Report
- Fire Services Director Report
- Other Business
- Public Comments:
- Comments from the public will be received at the time appointed by the Chairman of the Fire Commission for 30 minutes maximum time allotted, with a maximum of 3 minutes per person. A signup sheet for those who wish to speak during the public comments section of the meeting is located at the entrance of the meeting room.
- Adjournment - Next Meeting September 18, 2014
Agenda packet (PDF)Charlotte Fleet Listing - 1910s to 1970s
Apparatus fans, here's our historical fleet project. Reader Micah Bodford has been compiling a roster of past 'n' present Charlotte rigs. Here's his data for the first seven decades of motor rigs, with a few inputs merged from myself. Note that the list excludes North Carolina Air National Guard rigs, for now. Ditto for chief cars and most utility vehicles. There are a couple special units listed: searchlight, high-pressure unit. Lots of room for input! Readers, can you help with the bullet-nosed Seagraves and their histories? Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated!
- Part I - 1910s to 1970s (see below)
- Part II - 1980s and 1990s
- Part III - 2000s and 2010s (coming soon)
- Part IV - ARFF and NC ANG apparatus (coming soon)
The DataREAD MORE Durham County Ambulances
Lee Wilson yesterday photographed some Durham County ambulances parked at the Fleet Services facility. They include one of the recently acquired Parkwood Fire Department ambulances. The county took over EMS services in Parkwood on July 1. (We've blogged about Parkwood developments in such postings as this one.) There's also a Bahama Fire Department ambulance in the mix, another former EMS provider.
See the photos, which also include other explorations of Lee's in Durham yesterday. He has pictures of the recently returned 1949 American LaFrance ladder that's parked at the fire department training center, and photos of Station 9 under construction on Midland Terrace.
Lee Wilson photos
Won't see you in Baltimore next year. Taking my first break in a decade or more. The South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo is the following week, and Yours Truly has two things cooking in addition to his regular rounds and photo taking (see pics from last year and prior years):
- Social media workshop on Friday
- Raleigh Fire Museum booth on Friday and Saturday.
This is the first year that the museum has its own booth. The theme is "learn about other fire museums and fire attractions." We will have materials (both physical and virtual) showcasing both the Raleigh Fire Museum and others in North Carolina and nearby states. And space permitting, maybe a second slideshow with something historical. Please pay a visit and introduce yourself. Mr. Blogger will be around on both days, and staffing the booth for much of Saturday.
As for the workshop, here's a prior posting on that. It's a workshop on social media and reputation management, as presented by myself and Wake County EMS PIO Jeff Hammstein. He's a veteran responder with nearly thirty years of experience, and he'll share his perspectives through both personal experience and local and national examples. As for Legeros, he's going to talk about digital imagery (photos) and information sharing (blog, Twitter, Facebook). He'll have a lot of talk, and a handful (or more) of visuals.
More later. Maybe a sneak peek of a slide or two. Contain your enthusiasm. See you there.UPDATED: Notes on Wilmington's Fire Station Restructuring Plan
The Star News reported yesterday that Wilmington Fire Chief Buddy Martinette briefed City Council on the fire station restructuring plan on Tuesday. His presentation can be viewed here in an audio and video recording of yesterday's meeting. His segment starts at 00:14:26. His slides include these high-level points about the plan:
- Deployment plan is a new system with nine stations instead of eleven.
- Ten engines, four trucks, one rescue.
- No reduction in staffing.
He also notes other objectives have already been completed: automatic aid agreement with New Hanover County FD, participation in a regional incident management system and regional tactical guidelines, and a programmed fleet replacement schedule for every piece of apparatus.
His presentation also includes an update on the new Station 3, and the bids they've received on the project. There are some options for council to consider, such as building the station minus one of the four bays. Or, minus two of the sleeping areas. Or, minus both. Plus a bid option of adding a security fence to the employee parking.
The Star-News story includes this partial image of the Station 3 design rendering:
Firefighters for a Safer Wilmington is a Facebook group, and a social media movement in response to the fire department's fire station plan. They oppose the closures and their position is noted in this handout, which is posted on the site (in the photos gallery).
Reminds me of a letter to the editor of the News & Observer written by myself a double decade ago (in collaboration with firefighters), when the Raleigh Fire Chief at the time was proposing closing Station 5 and 6, and Station 1 and 3, and building a pair of replacement, consolidated stations. The plan was later rejected by City Council.
FireNews.net yesterday posted a story originating with WECT, that the Wilmington Fire Department is planning the restructuring of its fire stations. The plans, which have been cooking for some years, include the closure of four stations and the construction of two new stations. (Guessing that the "closure" aspect will be the prominent or first-appearing detail in subsequent headlines and stories.) Here's a hastily constructed overview of the story and the details gleaned thus far. Still have some to add. Still need some validation, such as... does WFD have just two ladder companies? But other aerial apparatus, with some engines operating quints, correct? And what are the ages of the stations planned for closure?
More later. Watch this space.
- Serves population of 109,922 (2012).
- Serves areaof 1,849.8 square miles.
- Eleven fire stations.
- Twelve engine companies.
- Two ladder companies.
- One rescue company.
- 207 uniformed personnel, 189 who respond to calls.
Four stations planned for closure:
- Station 4 at 310 Wallace Drive - Engine 4
- Station 3 at 3933 Princess Place Drive - Engine 3
- Station 5 at 1502 Wellington Avenue - Engine 5
- Station 6 at 3939 Carolina Beach Road - Engine 6
Two stations planned for construction, and one company relocated:
- Station 3 moved to Cinema Drive.
- Engine 4 personnel combined with crew at Station 8.
- Station 5 and Station 6 combined to new station on Shipyard Drive.
- Station changes presented to City Council on June 6, 2011.
- Based on/influenced by facility study conducted in 2008 by Stewart-Cooper-Newell, that examined Stations 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and three divisions (Logistics, Training, Fire Prevention)
- Savings of over $6 million, plus ongoing operational costs of running four stations. Cost compared to $15 million to replace all of the stations, which included recently rebuilt Station 2.
- Budget for each new station between $2.5 and $3 million.
- Station 3 on Cinema Drive, planned 10,000 square-feet, city soliciting bids.
- Station 5 at 680 Shipyard Boulevard, smaller than Station 3.
In just under three weeks, Wake County Community Outreach Chief Jeff
Hammerstein and local fire blogger/photographer Mike Legeros will
present a workshop on Friday, July 25, at the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo in Raleigh. The topic is social media and reputation management:
The World Is Watching Your Department. Who Will Tell Your Story, You or Them?
Friday, July 25
3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
What happens when someone observes or records your department’s actions, and then takes to the social media airwaves to discuss, dissect, debate, or denigrate? (And for that matter, how should you or your department respond or react to such activities? Both on scene and later.) Not everyone with a camera is a Legeros, who tries his best to put responders in their best light. And then, my images and/or information hasn't always worked to maximum positive effect. (With great media comes great responsibility... and on both sides of the computer.)
Come to the workshop and hear some of what I've learned over the years, through scene photography, and social media sharing via blog, Facebook, Twitter, and more. Plus a detailed look at people looking at emergency services, through the eyes (and analysis of) veteran responder and current EMS PIO Chief Hammerstein.