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Raleigh Ladder Truck with Shriners, Circa 1946
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+ 0 - 0 | § North Carolina Rescue Squad and Lifesaving Crew Names

How many rescue squads and lifesaving crews have served in our state? Here's a search of North Carolina corporation records, where name contains either "rescue squad" or "lifesaving" or "life saving." There are certainly others not listed here, including both organizations that never incorporated and squads operated as part of other entities. Such as fire department rescue squads. Plus corporations with "EMS" or "Emergency Medical Service" in their title only.

See also this related prior posting about the history of ambulance service in N.C.

50 & 210 Rescue Squad, Inc.

Current-Active 4/22/1991
Aberdeen Rescue Squad, Inc. Current-Active 9/22/1967
Ahoskie Rescue Squad, Inc. Dissolved 9/27/1962
Air King Rescue Squad, Inc. Current-Active 1/20/1971
Alexander Rescue Squad and Emergency Medical Service, Inc. Current-Active 3/27/1959
Alexander Rescue Squad, Incorporated Current-Active 3/27/1959
Alleghany County Rescue Squad, Inc. Current-Active 10/20/1969
Andrews Rescue Squad Current-Active 2/2/1966
Anson Rescue Squad, Inc. Current-Active 8/3/1959
Apex Rescue Squad, Inc. Dissolved 9/8/1971
Ashe County Rescue Squad, Inc. Current-Active 11/3/1967
Asheville Area Rescue Squad, Inc. Current-Active 12/19/1962
Ash-rand Rescue Squad and Emergency Medical Services, Inc. Current-Active 9/19/1962
Aulander Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. Current-Active 6/6/1988
Aurora Rescue Squad, Inc. Current-Active 4/26/1982
Avery Central Rescue Squad, Incorporated Current-Active 2/27/1979
Avery County Rescue Squad, Inc. Current-Active 6/13/1968
Avery County Rescue Squad-ladies Auxiliary Inc. Current-Active 5/9/1975
Ayden Rescue Squad Inc. Current-Active 4/13/1965

+ 0 - 0 | § Wayne County's Volunteer Rescue Squads Today

Lee Wilson last week photographed a pair of vintage rescue squad vehicles in Mount Olive. They're shown below and are quite cool. But did you know that fully five volunteer rescue squads are still serving in Wayne County? Here’s an overview and historical perspective:

Goldsboro Rescue & EMS

One of the oldest squads in the state (let's say top fifteen), they were organized in 1952 with the help of the Goldsboro Fire Department and the Goldsboro Lions Club. A campaign was started to raise funds for a new rescue truck as well as equipment. The Lions Club purchased a new 1952 Chevrolet truck, which was housed at the Central Fire Station. Goldsboro Rescue answered its first call on March 21, 1953. Here’s a prior blog post on the subject.

In 1961, a new building was erected at 615 North Madison Avenue in the center of town, and served as the squad’s new headquarters. (That's right behind the fire station.) On January 24, 1972, the squad changed their legal name to Goldsboro Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Inc. The organization remained staffed with volunteers until the 1990s, when part- and full-time personnel were hired to help with calls during the day.

On November 8, 1976, squad member Kenneth Lee Davis was killed when his "rescue van" was struck by a passenger car at New Hope Road and State Road 1709. The unit was returning from a call. Read prior blog post. Earlier that year, James M. Hickman drowned while attempting to rescue a motorist trapped in flood waters on Highway 117. Read prior blog post.

In 2002, Wayne County EMS began serving the county with paid personnel. That year, the Goldsboro squad building was largely taken over by Wayne EMS. The building continues to house the squad’s memorabilia, as well as EMS 61 and the WayneNet transportation service. The vehicles owned by the squad, however, were transferred to the county.

In 2013, celebrating their sixtieth anniversary, Goldsboro Rescue & EMS returned the antique 1952 Chevrolet truck to the Lions Club. The squad remains active, and its members, though few in number, assist the county as needed, mainly during football season.

Mount Olive Emergency Services (MOES)

Originally named Mount Olive Rescue Squad, they were organized July 1958 with only seven members. The first state-certified volunteers joined in 1975. There are currently twenty-seven members on the roster, with fifteen active. Squad members hold basic, intermediate and paramedic certifications. Two of the antique rescue vehicles are still housed at the squad building and were photographed by Lee Wilson last week:

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Mount Olive Rescue Squad was restructured in 1999. The name was changed to Mount Olive Emergency Services and incorporated on October 10, 2002. Also that year, Wayne County became the primary provider of 24/7 paramedic care in the county. Mount Olive was the last rescue squad incorporated into the new formed county system. The phase-in process was completed in October 2003. Also in 2002, the county fire departments became responsible for extrication and other rescue services.


+ 0 - 0 | § North Carolina Tops in Number of Firemen, 1978

Found via Google news, Sylva Herald & Ruralite on February 2, 1978. North Carolina had "more fire departments, more firemen and more state-supported fire service training" than any other state. There were 1,100 fire departments in North Carolina and 38,000 firefighters, not including "persons trained for fire brigades." The numbers were cited by Keith Phillippe, who supervised fire service training for the North Carolina Department of Community Colleges.

"Through fifty-seven technical institutes and community colleges, 39,695 firemen were trained," according to report filed by his office. That includes "students in fire brigade training and also includes students who have taken more than one course in a one-year period." The story noted that "in addition to regular extension fire service training" there were a pair of two-year curriculums taught.

Fire Science was offered by Central Piedmont, Gaston, and Western Piedmont community colleges, and Alamance, Forsyth, Guilford, Rowan, and Wilson technical institutes. Fire Science Operation and Management was offered only by Durham Technical Institute and was intended "primarily for people actively employed in fire service management or supervisor positions."

The extension courses were "short courses" due to their length, and they covered specialty topics. The exception was a course called "Introduction to Firefighter." It was developed for fire departments, where "firemen must be trained for service as quickly as possible." Or for departments that were new, that hadn't been active for "not more than two years and have had no formal training."

Specialized courses included "Forcible Entry, Portable Fire Extinguishers, Hose Practices, Rescue Practices, Protective Breathing Equipment, Arson Detection, Civil Disorder [!], and Fire Brigade Training For Industry."

About the latter, Phillippe noted "'One means of avoiding major industrial plant fire losses in North Carolina is for each plant to maintain a well-trained fire brigade." He added "it's not the intention that a [plant brigade] take the place of the local fire department. However, it's [their] responsibility to take action during the first crucial minutes of a fire." Those initial steps can help prevent costly fires.

The fire brigade courses are also taught in prisons. "Instructors can go into a prison, like it was done in a minimum security prison in Greene County through Lenoir Community College, and train the inmates in the art of firefighting." Those inmates were "actually" firemen with the town of Maury Fire Department. They responded to fire calls "as would a regular fireman."

Prisons across the state were receiving "regular fire brigade training." Those courses were for "fire protection solely in prisons." 

Also notes the article, "fire service training was among the first instruction to be offered in the late 1950s by industrial educator centers, which later became technical institutes or community colleges." Many students are sons and daughters of firemen, who received training in these schools.

Some fire service training was also offered by five other state agencies: the Insurance Department, the State Bureau of Investigation, the Institute of Government, North Carolina State University, and the Insurance Rating Bureau.

+ 7 - 6 | § Updated - Mass-Casualty Incident, 1977

August 31, 2014
Learned today that the old Royal Villa Hotel (and conference center) is the site of the current Providence Baptist Church at 6339 Glenwood Avenue. You know, the high-rise hotel complex that looks like a government bunker, but with a giant cross on the side? (Always pictured that MCI story taking place farther out toward the airport. But recall, the 6300 block of Glenwood Avenue was once the city's western edge.)

Built in 1972, say tax record. The front section is one-story with 46,640 feet. Reinforced concrete construction. The rear is a six-story high-rise with 160,762 square-feet. Sold to the church in 1991, it appears. Cost $2.6 million. Current value is $16 million. Overflow parking next door on the site of the old Waffle House. Click to enlarge:

February 13, 2010
While we await the final details on this morning's mass-casualty incident in downtown Raleigh, let's look back at the summer of 1977. On the afternoon of Thursday, June 30, as many as 200 people became sick from apparent food poisoning at the Royal Villa Hotel on Highway 70, west of Raleigh. They were attending a national garden club convention, and had had lunch a couple hours earlier at Meredith College. A private lounge lounge at the hotel was turned into a makeshift medical facility, as area ambulances and rescue squads were rushed to the scene.

Units from Six Forks, Raleigh FD, Wendell, Cary, Clayton, Butner, Wake EMS, and Medical Transport responded. More than 100 responders and nine ambulances helped shuttle patients back and forth to Rex, Wake, and Durham County General hospitals. The county EM director, J. Russel Capps, said it was "largest requirement for ambulances" in the county that he could remember. As the first units arrived and reported multiple patients, the county's emergency plan called "Plan Eagle" was placed in effect.

Several Raleigh city buses were also used to transport patients, who complained of stomach pain and diarrhea. Rex Hospital treated about 75, Wake medical Center treated 46, and Durham County General Hospital treated 40. Many who were transported were suffering from dehydration due to vomiting and diarrhea. Three were admitted at Rex, and one at Wake. By that evening, health officials had taken cultures from the food served at the college.

The lobby of the hotel was filled with patients and responders into the early evening. Wrote the News & Observer on July 1, "many of the ill who were able to walk carried plastic garbage cans or ice buckets from their room to use in case they had to vomit."  At the hotel's front door, chairs were lined up, for patients waiting for transport. Motel employees and responders also conducted a room-to-room search, to be sure all patients were found. About 500 people were attending the convention, and most were staying at that hotel.

+ 0 - 0 | § Another Aerialscope in N.C. - Cleveland Fire Department

In our prior posting about Holly Springs new Aerialscope, readers offered comments on others around our state. Here's another to add to the list, Ladder 45 from Cleveland Community Volunteer Fire Department in Rowan County. It's a 1993/1978 Mack/Baker Aerialscope that originally served FDNY as Ladder 54 in the Bronx. It was purchased by Westbury FD on Long Island in 1992, and had a full refurbishing in 1993. The truck served at Ground Zero with WFD days after September 11, 2001. Thanks to reader Greg Summit for sharing the photo. Click to enlarge:

Greg Summit photo

Photo credits unknown

+ 1 - 0 | § North Carolina Ambulance Service Study Results, 1965

On April 1, 1963, a two-year study was started of ambulance service in North Carolina. Questionnaires were mailed to 718 ambulance providers, the majority of which were funeral homes. They were asked questions in categories of (a.) organization, (b.) area served, (c.) availability of service, (d.) equipment, (e.) services rendered, (f.) personnel, (g.) communications, (h.) records, (i.) financial, (j.) auto accidents, and (k.) opinion. Plus other data, including call details for one specific week of service.

Also contacted were 183 hospitals and 52 nursing homes, 100 county governments and 355 incorporated towns and cities, and 119 users of ambulance service (during a single week in October 1983). They were also asked both categorical questions as well as for general opinions. The medical care facilities also provided data.

The results were published in January 1965 as Organizing Ambulance Service in the Public Interest. It included seven pages of recommendations, notably of standards and principles and the recommendation to implement via legislation. Read the report (6.5M, PDF).

The 126-page bound book was described as a "research project conducted by the North Carolina Hospital Education and Research Foundation Inc., in cooperation with the Institute of Government and the Department of Hospital Administration of the School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina." The study was financed by the Division of Community Health Services of the United States Public Health Service.

Robert R. Cadmus, M.D., was the study's principal investigator. John H. Ketner was the project director. The study also included a long list of advisory committee members, ex officio (from the Latin phrase, meaning a member who participates by virtue of holding another office), special advisors, and staff.


+ 0 - 0 | § Former Fire Departments of Buncombe County

One of the reasons I'm excited about Brian Lawrence's book Firefighting in Buncombe County (see prior posting) is the information he's provided about former fire departments. That's a passion of mine, researching and documenting fire departments that are no longer around. Even have a database on my findings.

Needless to say, I will be parsing Brian's book in detail for details about Buncombe departments of yore. Looks like this is the line-up, when comparing his findings to mine. Will be reviewing and then updating my database.

+ 0 - 0 | § New History Book: Firefighting in Buncombe County

Happy days are here as another book about North Carolina firefighting history has been published. Asheville Fire Department Engineer and department historian Brian Lawrence has written a photo history of Buncombe County fire departments for Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series.

The 128-page softcover was released this week. The book is divided into four chapters:

  • The First Fire Departments (Asheville and Black Mountain)
  • Buncombe County Volunteer Fire Departments (plus the airport)
  • Former Fire Departments (quite a few, more on that later)
  • Supporting Agencies (forestry, rescue squads, etc.).

Plus Acknowledgements and Introduction.

You can view a preview of the book (and/or order) on the publisher's site, as well as via from Amazon.

I'd recommend ordering a copy.


Raleigh & Wake County, Charlotte

Does the format of that book look familiar? Maybe you're reminding of Arcadia's two volumes of Raleigh and Wake County firefighter, written by Yours Truly and published in 2003 and 2004. Learn about those. Arcadia's also published an Images of America volume about the Charlotte Fire Department by Shawn Royall.

Maryland, Virginia, DC

The company's published nearly sixty such books. Other southeastern states include Maryland (five books), Virginia (two books, including Firefighting in Roanoke by FireCritic Rhett Fleitz) and Washington, D.C. Learn more on the publisher's web site, in the fire history book section.|

Next questions, what other Arcadia books about North Carolina or southeastern firefighting are brewing? Maybe someone will throw some hints. How about fire history books from other publishers, including commemorative yearbooks? Anyone have one coming soon?

Help me expand my library!

+ 0 - 0 | § On The Subject of Police Press Conferences

You're reading my tweets, right? Those little 140-character or less messages in the upper-right corner of this page? That's how I've been transmitting "recommended reading" lo the last year or two. I've just retweeted one from fire blogger and retired television reporter Dave Statter, which he posted five hours ago:


He's promoting a posting of his from last night, and which I must also recommend. He's talking about a police department conference in Omaha on Tuesday night, and his praise therein. "Chief Schmaderer gave one of the most effective and timely presentations following a police involved shooting I’ve witnessed." 

He provides links to news stories about same, including a transcript of the conference. What happened in Omaha? That night, police officers shot and killed a robbery suspect. He was armed with an Airsoft pistol. And the officer's gunfire also killed an embedded journalist, a crew member from the TV shot "Cops."

Dave offers opinions on the press conference, and praises a number of components including transparency and immediacy. He also talks about the value of such information in general, be it a crisis or routine event. Key phrase: "[Officials] need to recognize the importance of answering the obvious questions the community will ask."

Definitely worth reading his take, as well as the recorded/transcribed event. Read the Statter911 posting.

+ 0 - 0 | § Raleigh Ladder Truck with Shriners, Circa 1946

Here's a historical treat, a rare photo of Raleigh's old tiller at Memorial Auditorium. That was the location of Station 2 from 1932 to 1969. The ladder truck was housed there from 1941 to 1953. That's a 1939 American LaFrance 500 Series cab that pulled a 1916 American LaFrance Type 17 two-section, 75-foot, wooden aerial ladder. 

See, the truck was housed at Station 1 on Morgan Street until same was demolished in 1941. While Engine 1 moved to old Station 2 on South Salisbury Street, Truck 1 couldn't fit there. So it and the 1922 American LaFrance service truck were moved to the auditorium. Engine 2 was in turn relocated with Engine 1. Got that?

Things improved in 1949, with the opening of Station 6 on Oberlin Road. The service truck was moved there, and Engine 2 was moved back to Station 2. But the ladder truck remained at the auditorium until the completion of the new Station 1 on Dawson Street in 1953. And precious photos have been found showing Truck 1 at Station 2.

As for this photo, it was taken by Haynes Studio in Raleigh. The men on the truck are Shriners, and the occasion is a convention in Raleigh. Believe it was the state convention, but might've been a larger one. Date of said convention? The license plate of the car says 1946. Did car owners get new plates every year? Don't know. Maybe readers can help. At a minimum, we can date the photo as between 1946 and 1953. Click to enlarge:

+ 0 - 0 | § Greenville Places Pumper/Ambulance in Service

Here's a seeming first for the Carolinas, a combination pumper/ambulance that's been placed in service in Greenville. The unusual rig is a 2014 Spartan MetroStar/Bruan Patriot pumper/paramedic ambulance. has posted this story, which includes factory photos and details from this Daily Reflector story.

The truck is both an engine with a 500 GPM pump, 200 gallons of water, fifteen gallons of foam, and a compressed air foam system (CAFS), and a Type I medium-duty ambulance. It's assigned to Station 4 and was dedicated on Wednesday. Head over to the Facebook page for a lively discussion of the rig.

City Council minutes from February 11, 2013 (PDF), provide a bit of background about the truck, the purchase of which was approved on that date:

"On April 9, 2012, City Council approved the purchase of an ambulance to be stationed at Fire/Rescue Station 4. Ambulance service was initiated at Fire/Rescue Station 4 on October 6, 2012. Fire/Rescue Station 4 currently has three personnel assigned to it who staff a quint fire truck and an ambulance. Personnel select the most appropriate vehicle, fire truck, or ambulance, for emergencies occurring in their response area based on the nature of the call. The quint responds for fires and fire alarm activations. The ambulance responds to rescue incidents. This staffing method requires that employees move their personal protective clothing between vehicles when responding to calls for service. The purchase of the combination engine/ambulance will reduce this movement between vehicles as it will be able to handle 99% of the incidents to which Station 4 personnel respond."

Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector photo

Braun photo

+ 0 - 1 | § Charlotte Fleeting Listing - Airport Apparatus

Articles in this series: 1910s-1970s | 1980s-1990s | 1999-2002 ALF/GS | 2000s-2010s | Airport

Here's the fifth and final part our Charlotte project, compiling a historical fleet list of the department's apparatus. This one includes pictures! Here's a montage of some of these rigs, including three stock photos (Class 110, Class 155, Type O-11A) from Ted Heinbuch's excellent Fire Trucks at War site. The remaining photos (modern plus historical shot of the 1942 Dodge/American) are from the Charlotte FD Trucks site, except for the P-2 by Jeff Harkey and the military dry chemical rig from Shawn Royall's book Firefighting in Charlotte. Click to enlarge:

Charlotte Fire Department fleet information – Airport Apparatus

Compiled by Micah Bodford. Augmented by USAF apparatus information from Pete Brock, and other military apparatus data from Ted Heinbuch and his site

Last updated: August 20, 2014



+ 0 - 0 | § What is a "Fallen" Firefighter?

And what isn't one? That's a question that I’ve been pondering lately. And again today, after a conversation started by Dave Statter on his Statter911 Facebook page. (It's about a news headline about word choice therein.) I’ve been hesitant to voice this question, as we’re talking about death, after all. We’re talking about the brothers and sisters who are no longer with us.  And each is its own tragedy.

Each one's passing has impacted so many lives at the personal and professional level, and regardless of circumstance or situation. And yet it’s the situation that compels the question. Is "fallen" as a synonym for "died" or for something more specific?

There are three choices. Depending on your perspective, a fallen firefighter is one who:

Three distinctly different definitions. Which is the "right" one? That’s something I won't attempt to answer. But I recognize the definition can vary, depending upon the person or people or groups people. At a minimum, the lay person probably has a far looser definition than a member of the fire service.

Equally challenging is defining the proper response to those three categories above. Should each be memorialized with a degree of ceremony? Should they instead escalate, with a "duty death" as the most ceremonious? Good questions.

Now, did you catch my asterisk? Even the words "died on duty" are tricky, because they don’t necessarily equate to "died in the line of duty." Bill Carey wrote an excellent blog post about the difference between "on duty" and "in the line of duty" last year. See his posting.

Differences between the above categories are also crucial in the awarding of survivor benefits. Every firefighter should understand their death benefits, and the circumstances that impact the awarding or reject of them. The same concept applies to memorial inclusions. Fallen firefighter organizations have their own criteria determine inclusion or exclusion on local, state, and national memorials.

How do you define "fallen?" How should you define "fallen?" And for our meta-thinkers, how appropriate (or inappropriate) is this discussion? I look forward to your comments.

+ 0 - 0 | § Photos of North River Fire Department

While at the beach this past weekend, we paid a visit to the North River-Laurel Road Fire Department in CartereT County. Recall that their station burned on June 22. The fire started in the apparatus bay and destroyed all their equipment, including three trucks. Within days, they received a donated 1985 Kenworth/FMC pumper/tanker from Central Fire Department in Davidson County. The truck is currently parked under a shelter at a dredging firm on Merrimon Road and is located about a half-mile from the station. Here's a News-Times story about the donated pumper from July 27. A community benefit was held on August 9 to raise money for the department. Over $1,800 was raised. See photos on this Facebook page. As for the building and the truck, see more photos of those.

Next question is the obvious historical one. How many fire station fires have destroyed equipment or buildings in our state, in prior years and decades? Hasn't happened in Wake County.

+ 1 - 0 | § Raleigh Fire Department Newsletter - Special Facilities Edition

What's happening with Raleigh fire station construction and other fire department facilities? Read this special edition of the Raleigh Fire Department newsletter, which features features on Station 29, the new Station 12, the expansion of Station 11, the plans for Station 14, Station 6, and Station 6, and a couple other projects. Plus general information on how the city of Raleigh plans for and executes construction of engine houses. The digital issue has been posted to The newsletter is a quarterly publication for personnel, retirees, and citizens. And us buffs, man! Read the issue (PDF).

+ 1 - 0 | § Charlotte FD Trucks Web Site - New Design, New Old Photos

Haven't visited the Charlotte FD Trucks web site lately? It's been redesigned and has a new address, The site's also added numerous archive photos, such as those shown below.

Top to bottom, left to right is Engine 7 as a 1943 American LaFrance, a 1942 Dodge/American former Morris Field crash truck, a 1940 White searchlight truck (alt. year 1938), Engine 5 as a 1966 Seagrave and the only one that was yellow, Squad 1 with a Ford Econline van, and Truck 7 (also the original Rescue 1?), a 1970s Ford F700 with a utility body. Notes the site, it was staffed by Squad 1, and responded on second alarm fires and pin jobs. Here's a prior post about Squad 1.

Visit the Charlotte FD Trucks site.

See also our recent postings on Charlotte FD fleet history: 1910s-1970s | 1980s-1990s | 1999/2000/2001 ALF/GS | 2000s-2010s


+ 2 - 0 | § Charlotte Fleet Listing - 2000s and 2010s

Articles in this series: 1910s-1970s | 1980s-1990s | 1999-2002 ALF/GS | 2000s-2010s | Airport

Here's the fourth 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. Reader input is appreciated!

The Project

Charlotte Fire Department fleet information – 2000s and 2010s


Compiled by Micah Bodford  

Last updated August 17, 2014

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+ 1 - 0 | § Holly Spring's New Aerialscope

The Holly Springs Fire Department has purchased a new aerial platform, a 2001 Spartan Gladiator/Baker Aerialscope with a 2000 GPM pump and a 95-foot boom. No water tank. Purchased from Fire Line Equipment, see the specs. Originally served the William Cameron Engine Company (see also their FB page) in Lewisburg, PA. Has about 10,000 miles on it. Received last week. Will soon be painted.

The town's prior platform was placed out of service on Tuesday, a 1999 American LaFrance Eagle mid-mount that was purchased in 2007 from Pattonville Fire District in Pattonville, MO. The new truck is the first Aerialscope in Wake County since Raleigh's 1977 Mack/Baker was sold some years ago. Where else are 'scopes operating in our state? Eastside FD near Asheboro has a Mack/Baker. Boone FD (Avery) and Newell FD (Mecklenburg) no longer have theirs. Any other's still in service?

Holly Springs is also getting a new rescue/pumper. Maybe readers can help with details there. (What other new apparatus is being delivered around Wake County. Three International/Rosenbauer tankers are almost here for Fairview, Swift Creek, and Wake New Hope. Those will be the first Rosenbauer rigs in the county. New rescue trucks as well--built by Rescue One?--for a couple county departments.) See more photos from Lee.

Lee Wilson photo

+ 0 - 1 | § Tiller Accidents

There was a tiller accident in California on Saturday. Vallejo Fire Department Truck 21 overturned while responding to a call. The apparatus struck a sport-utility vehicle, trapping the driver. He airlifted after a thirty-minute extrication. Seven people were injured including the four firefighters aboard. All suffered non-life threatening injuries.  Firegeezer reported this morning that three of the four firefighters have been released from the hospital. The "tillerman" remains in serious condition.

Chris Riley/Vallejo Times-Herald photo

Here are some links to the story: 

The incident recalls the tiller accident in Raleigh. On July 10, 2009, Ladder 4 overturned while responding to a call. It was a single-vehicle accident that injured four firefighters, with three transported, and two with serious injuries. Here's a look back: 

Here’s the safety video that subsequently produced by the Raleigh Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Department. Read blog posting about same from April 2011:

+ 0 - 0 | § MCAS Edenton Fire Department During World War II

For your weekend historical enjoyment, here's a summary of Marine Corps Air Station Edenton fire department during World War II. The source is a six-page historical document on the subject, recently declassified and shared by military firefighting historian Ted Heinbuch. See his work at Fire Trucks at War, as well as the Facebook group of the same name. He provided a pair of images and information about the cited Chrysler and Seagrave apparatus.

Air Station

Currently called Northeast Regional Airport, the site was originally constructed during World War II. The site included a seaplane base on the Albemarle Sound. See this Wikipedia page for a brief history. Here are some photos of the airport today, shot by myself last year. There are a couple of original buildings still standing, notably the main building. Note the three-bay garage, which could've housed the crash trucks. The tower was removed decades earlier, however.

As noted on David W. Brooks' excellent Airfields Database web site (source for the below maps), MCAS Edenton was one of forty-one (!) military airfields operating in North Carolina during World War II. Click to enlarge:


Fire Department

During construction of the base, a temporary firehouse was provided to house fire equipment. The base was allocated a Chrysler "fire engine" with a 500 GPM pump for that purpose. The Chrysler was a trailer pump equipped with 500 GPM pump, two 15-foot sections of hard suction hose, and 200 feet of 2 1/2-inch supply line.

Ted Heinbuch collection 

By the time of its delivery, two more fire trucks had arrived. They were purchased through the Bureau of Aeronautics. One of the trucks was assigned to the "fire prevention program of the contractor." The contractor was also authorized to employ a Fire Marshal, to execute a fire prevention program.

The Fire Marshal saw the installation of "barrels, fire extinguishers, and other fire prevention appliances." There were no "regular firemen," however. The temporary fire department instead relied on the guards. The contractor was instructed to train all guards in "fire fighting procedures" and how to operate the extinguishers and "fire fighting apparatus on the truck." In the event of an emergency, they would be "mustered to the fire house" or to the scene of a fire.


+ 0 - 1 | § Apex's New Brush Truck

Lee Wilson this week photographed Apex's new brush truck, a military surplus conversion that's been placed in service at Station 2. The truck was obtained last year from the North Carolina Forest Service. Probably or certainly through their Federal Excess Personnel Property Loan Program. Working on getting specs and details. The truck's also awaiting a light bar, which will be added on the cab. More and more these 6x6 conversions have been appearing in the area. Wake New Hope Fire Department has one. Heard that Chapel Hill's obtained one. Where else in the Triangle are they appearing? See more photos from Lee.

Lee Wilson photo


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