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+ 3 - 1 | § New Beaufort Fire Station, New Morehead City Tanker

Couple updates from my high school home town and its nearby neighbor. The town of Beaufort is planning a new fire station. The proposed one-story, three-bay facility was designed by Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects.

The planned location is the corner of Live Oak and Pine streets, one block from the current fire station on Cedar Street. As this WCTI story from yesterday notes, the current fire station is "old, outdated, and cramped." And the town is growing. (Call volume comparison. Five years ago: 400. Last year: 1,100.)

There was a public hearing on the project last week, due to the lowest bid of $3.4 million exceeding the project budget of $3 million. Another hearing and vote is scheduled for later this week.

See this project page from the town's web site. Below are renderings featured in the new story, via WCTI on Twitter. (There's no tiller in Beaufort. That's presumably just a placeholder added by the architects. Unless...)
 

Onto Morehead City. As this Firehouse.com story reports, the town has taken delivery of a new "tanker-pumper." (Was delivered last month, after appearing at the fire show in Atlanta in August.) Same is a 2015 Freightliner M2/Midwest with a 2,000 gallon tank and a 1,000 GPM Darley pump. Two side and one rear dump valves. "Tip down" portable tank carrier. Etcetera. It's been assigned to Station 3 as Tanker 3. See more factory photos and complete specs.

 

Other MHFD apparatus updates from our friends down east:

Readers, any other notable news out of Carteret County or points nearby?

+ 3 - 5 | § Vintage Photo #2 - Garner's 1957 Chevy/American LaFrance

Here's another vintage photo of an early Garner engine, this time a 1957 Chevrolet 10-500/American LaFrance, 750/600. "Designed for municipal and rural protection." Cost $11,343. From the SPAAMFAA Facebook group, from a posting by Scott Mattson. Plus an early photo of the truck, when it was newer. Originally named Engine 1, and originally outfitted with a single roof beacon. See related posting with a picture of Garner's 1958 Ford/ALF.
 


Scott Mattson Collection


Garner Fire Department photo

+ 3 - 1 | § UPDATED - Vehicle Fire Spreads to Attic, Destroys Two Homes in North Raleigh

October 22
Here's a very short video by Kyle Berner via WCNC, showing early heavy fire conditions:
 

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October 21
Or is the better headline "Smoke Detectors Save Lives in Two Homes?" More on that in a moment...

Two homes were destroyed overnight in very north Raleigh, just over the county line in Harrington Meadow. Dispatched as vehicle fire for Durham County E84 at 5309 Golden Moss Trial, off Carpenter Pond Road. Upgraded to car fire in garage, with fire in attic.

Raleigh notified and structure fire assignment dispatched with E29, E23, E18, E24, L9, L6, R1, B4, B5. Working fire added Squad 14, A2, C20, C401. (Move ups were E13 to 24 and L3 to 23.) Durham EMS units were EMS 52, M7, M2. Wake EMS units were D4 and T1. Any additional Durham County FD units? 

Dispatched by Durham County at 11:26 p.m. as vehicle fire, upgraded to structure fire at 11:27 p.m. Raleigh units dispatched at 11:29 p.m. Durham Engine 84 (from Bethesda station on Leesville Road) arrived in three (?)  minutes andfoundfound heavy fire at 5309 with extension to the residence on the left, 5305. The structures were two-story, single-family dwellings with about 1,350 square-feet each. Built 2001.

Ruptured gas line(s) impacted suppression, with a wait for gas company. Both ladders were deployed as aerial streams, along with portable monitors on the gas meter(s). Crews were on scene for nearly four hours.

Controlled at 1:13 a.m. Command terminated about 3:25 a.m. Three displaced from both homes. No injuries. Cause determined as accidental. Thanks to Lee Wilson for the real-time updates via Facebook. Media coverage includes WRAL, WNCN, and WTVD. The latter includes these quotes:

The division chief of the Raleigh Fire Department told ABC11 a woman's smoke detector went off and woke her up. She was able to get out and call for help.

"It could've been catastrophic," the chief said. "She could've slept right through it."

Maybe this story deserves a better and more educational headline. What do readers think?
 


 

WRAL photos

Bing Maps (left), Google Maps (right)

+ 5 - 3 | § Raleigh Fireman's Ball - Saturday, November 21

Bought your tickets yet for the ball? The deadline is approaching for the Raleigh Fireman's Ball on Saturday, November 21. This holiday-themed event will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center. The evening will include an opening reception, a program and formal dinner, and a dessert reception after dinner. Plus a cash bar, disc jockey, and dance floor. 

Tickets are $100 per couple, or $50 for individuals. Entire tables can also be reserved with a purchase of ten tickets. All tickets must be purchased in advance. The deadline in November 1. (Want to stay overnight? Special rates are also available at the Downtown Marriott, across the street from the Convention Center.)

If this event sounds familiar, it's being done in the same style as the Raleigh Fireman's Ball in November 2012. (The event was so popular that future balls are planned for every three years.) One notable change from last time is that guests are requested to bring a wrapped children's gift, for ages infant to twelve. They'll be donated to the Wounded Warriors project through Firefighters Assisting Armed Forces - Heroes Helping Heroes.

More information is available, and tickets can be purchased at www.raleighfiremuseum.org/ball. See you at the ball!
 

+ 5 - 3 | § Raleigh Fireman's Ball - Saturday, November 21

Bought your tickets yet for the ball? The deadline is approaching for the Raleigh Fireman's Ball on Saturday, November 21. This holiday-themed event will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center. The evening will include an opening reception, a program and formal dinner, and a dessert reception after dinner. Plus a cash bar, disc jockey, and dance floor. 

Tickets are $100 per couple, or $50 for individuals. Entire tables can also be reserved with a purchase of ten tickets. All tickets must be purchased in advance. The deadline in November 1. (Want to stay overnight? Special rates are also available at the Downtown Marriott, across the street from the Convention Center.)

If this event sounds familiar, it's being done in the same style as the Raleigh Fireman's Ball in November 2012. (The event was so popular that future balls are planned for every three years.) One notable change from last time is that guests are requested to bring a wrapped children's gift, for ages infant to twelve. They'll be donated to the Wounded Warriors project through Firefighters Assisting Armed Forces - Heroes Helping Heroes.

More information is available, and tickets can be purchased at www.raleighfiremuseum.org/ball. See you at the ball!
 

+ 6 - 5 | § Construction Photo of Wake Forest Station 4

From the Ministry of Local Fire Photography, here's a construction photo of Wake Forest Fire Station 4 on Jenkins Road. Coming along nicely. Credit Lee Wilson. See more photos, including larger versions of this one. (Click the download icon on the lower-right side of the Flickr page.)
  


Lee Wilson photo

+ 4 - 3 | § Vintage Photo of Garner's 1958 Ford/American LaFrance Pumper

Found via the SPAAMFAA on Facebook, via this posting from Scott Mattson, here's a rare color photo of Garner's 1958 Ford F-600/American LaFrance pumper, 500/500. (Original capacity was 300 gallons.) Was the second new pumper delivered to Garner, following a 1957 Chevy 10-500/American LaFrance. (See subsequent posting with a picture of the 1957 Chevy/ALF.)

The department was organized in 1952 and operated a 1941 Ford mini-pumper (ex-Durham), a 1942 International pumper (added in 1954), a 1948 Chevy tanker (built by firefighters), and a 1952 GMC panel truck provided by the local office of Civil Defense. See old photos of same, via the Raleigh Fire Museum.

This was Engine 2 and was labeled "municipally owned." Was purchased by the town ($10,627.32) but housed and operated by the fire department. (The fire department was and remains a private organization that received outside funding and equipment in addition to the monies and donations they received.)

The department also operated as two departments for a number of years. Reported the Raleigh Times on September 16, 1959, the town board that week approved an ordinance for forming a municipal fire department. Same would have a Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief as elected by the Board of Alderman, plus any other personnel as deemed needed. (The story notes that the town board and fire department agreed that the Volunteer Fire Chief would also serve as the Municipal Fire Chief.)

Though separate on paper, the two departments shared the same infrastructure. Same building and most of the same equipment. (Some assets were town-only, of course. They also maintained separate rosters.) Unsure how long this continued. Through the late 1960s, at least.1

Engine 2 was later housed at Station 2 on Sauls Road. Lee Wilson photographed the truck in November 2012 at Ken's Corn Maze on Highway 50, south of town. The owner (Battalion Chief Ken Walker) found the truck in a junkyard and bought it and brought it to the maze. Maybe readers can help with more history.
 


Scott Mattson Collection


Lee Wilson photo

1Why have separate town and "rural" departments? In the case of Garner, the news story noted that the "chief advantage of the ordinance is that it gives the fire chief authority as a fire inspector." This empowered him with legal authority not afforded to the (position of) volunteer fire chief. Also, there were differences in (fire) insurance districts. One corresponded to the property inside the municipal limits of a town. The other was the "rural" district, consisting of area(s) outside a town's limits. We've talked about this in prior blog postings, such as these from October 2011 and March 2009.

+ 6 - 5 | § Construction Photo of Wake Forest Station 4

From the Ministry of Local Fire Photography, here's a construction photo of Wake Forest Fire Station 4 on Jenkins Road. Coming along nicely. Credit Lee Wilson. See more photos, including larger versions of this one. (Click the download icon on the lower-right side of the Flickr page.)
  


Lee Wilson photo

+ 4 - 3 | § Raleigh Fire Museum Open House - Saturday, October 10

Celebrate Fire Prevention Week at the Raleigh Fire Museum's open house on Saturday, October 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We'll have a fire safety display and educational materials, along with antique fire engines to explore. Tours of the museum will also be available.

The Raleigh Fire Museum is located at 105 Keeter Center Drive, at the fire department training center. Admission is free. Parking and restrooms are available. The museum is open on the second Saturday of each month. Learn more at www.raleighfiremuseum.org.
 

+ 4 - 3 | § Raleigh's New Tiller (and Engine)

Raleigh's new tiller is almost here. The 2015 Pierce Arrow XT tractor-drawn aerial ladder, 1500/200/100', arrived at Atlantic Emergency Solutions in Fayetteville on Wednesday. Due in Raleigh next week. Future Ladder 9 and will replace a 2001 Quality/Spartan Gladiator/Aerial Innovations, 1500/300/75'. The tiller accompanies a new engine that arrived on Friday, a 2015 Pierce Arrow XT pumper, 1500/500/20. Future Engine 29, which will replace a 2000 Quality/Spartan MetroStar, 1250/500. Both are new companies at a new station that opened on June 9, 2015.

With this delivery, the Raleigh Fire Department will operate two tillers, and the first in the Carolinas with a pair of front-line units. (Though we're told Charleston has a second tiller on order.) The city's other tiller is Ladder 4 at Station 1, a 2010 Pierce Arrow XT. See this recently updated posting for a history of tillers in Raleigh. Lee Wilson photographed the two trucks in Fayetteville.

See more pictures from Lee of the new Ladder 29 and the new Engine 29.  And check back in a couple weeks, as Lee will surely take proper posed pictures after the trucks have been delivered. Even if his name isn't Shirley.
 




Lee Wilson photos

Checking around the Carolinas, how many tillers are now in service?

North Carolina:

South Carolina:

Cities that formerly operated tillers (at least in NC and going back to the 1910s) included Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Rocky Mount, Shalotte, Wendell, and Winston-Salem. See this prior posting.

+ 3 - 4 | § New Hanover County Rigs + Battleship - Now That's a Posed Photo!

Found via Facebook, via this posting from a couple years ago from New Hanover County Fire Rescue. Rescue, engine, and maybe mobile air unit? (The department has eight stations. How many units?) That's the USS North Carolina pictured, for those not in the know.
 


New Hanover Fire Rescue photo

+ 3 - 1 | § Durham's New Engine 7

Lee Wilson photographed Durham's new Engine 7 this week. The 2015 Sutphen Monarch quint, 1500/500/75', was delivered on September 22. Due in service in about three weeks. Will replace a 2000 Sutphen quint, 1500/500/75', which will be placed in reserve. See more photos from Lee.
 


Lee Wilson photo

 
How many ladders does Durham operate as engines? Looking at the unofficial DFD site, only two:

What other larger departments in our area, or around the state operate ladders as engines? 

Come to mind. Others?

+ 2 - 3 | § Sharks Are in the Collards

The Sea Level Fire Department in Carteret County posted this photo to Facebook, to their Facebook page. The picture has been shared 2,438 times and counting. For those unfamiliar with the C word, collards are "a cabbage of a variety that does not develop a heart." They also smelli something awful when cooked. At least to newly relocated Midwesterns, as Yours Truly recalls.
 


Sea Level Fire Department photo

+ 5 - 2 | § Cannon Mills Fire Engine at Transportation Museum

From a reader, here's a photo posted by the Troy Fire Department on Facebook, from the fire truck show at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in June. 1960s (?) Ford C/American LaFrance pumper formerly operated by the Fieldcrest-Cannon Fire Brigade. They protected the facility formerly known as Cannon Mills, and that founded the town of Kannapolis. (The plant was named Fieldcrest-Cannon from 1987 to 1997.)

The truck appears to original, as shown in the below historical photo. (See the larger picture in this blog post from 2009.) Presumably presently privately owned. Read this other blog post from 2009, to learn the full history of the mill, village, and town fire department(s). (See also this third posting, showing then and now KFD apparatus.) Or see more photos from the event, from Troy FD. Thanks Greg!


Troy Fire Department photo

+ 3 - 4 | § NC Ambulance Strike Team Deploys to Bladen County

Wake County EMS posted photos on Facebook on Sunday of an ambulance strike team deployment this week, drawn from the JocoFire group on Facebook, which also provided incident details. North Carolina Ambulance Strike Team (AST) 800 was deployed on Saturday night at the request of Bladen County Emergency Management, in response to expected heavy flooding in the area. Eighteen personnel staffed seven ambulances, an ambulance bus, a fleet service truck, and a equipment trailer. They were drawn from Durham, Franklin, Harnett, Johnson, Orange, and Wake counties. Most of the units met at the Smithfield Fire Department in Johnston County. They left as a convoy at about 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. They were instructed to prepare for a deployment of four to seven days, and will be initially housed at the North Carolina National Guard Armory in Elizabethtown. Their initial dues are expected to be assisting with evacuations as needed in affected areas. Readers, what other North or South Carolina mutual aid for flooding can you report?
 






JocoFire photos

+ 2 - 3 | § SC National Guard Rescues Flooded Fire Trucks

Charleston, Columbia, and other parts of South Carolina have been hit with historic flooding, as local, regional, and national news reports have reported. The operational impact on fire departments is being reported via incident social media reports. Carolinas Fire Page on Twitter is a particularly good source. They've noted some facility (New Holland FD) and apparatus (Charleston FD) impact in their tweets this weekend. Other reports are being posted to Facebook. The South Carolina National Guard added four photos yesterday of the 108th Chemical Company and 1-118th Forward Support Company performing fire truck recoveries. See the posting for additional pictures or to download the larger versions. Readers, what other incidents can you report? (We'll cover citizen rescues and out-of-state mutual aid in another posting.)
 




South Carolina National Guard photos

+ 1 - 3 | § Controlling Your Department Public Message - Monday, October 5

Coming to Emergency Medicine Today in Greensboro this week? On Monday, October 5, Wake County EMS Chief of Community Outreach Jeff Hammerstein and Emergency Services Blogger Mike Legeros are presenting an afternoon session on Controlling Your Department Public Message. Cameras, photography, social media, reputation management, and more. The ninety-minute session starts at 3:15 p.m. See you there.