Here's a great old photo passed along from a reader, that was shared on the Rocky Mount... Way Back When Facebook group, and originated from the department's Facebook group. Stoney Creek Rescue Squad of Nash County. Let's place the photo as late 1960s, what do you think? Notice the spelling of Stony as Stoney. The department is currently named Stony Creek Fire and Rescue. (Same thing happened in Wake County. Stony Hill was originally named "Stoney Hill.")
As their web site notes, the fire department was organized in 1956 and the rescue squad was created in 1959. (They were incorporated in 1979, say state records.) They ceased their fire department operations in 1994, and ceased most of their ambulance and rescue squad services in 2006. Today, they maintain a pair of ambulances staffed on a volunteer basis. Now readers, what are the makes and models of those beautiful vehicles? Click to enlarge:
What's happening with new apparatus deliveries and purchases in the Capitol County? Here's the skinny on what's coming (or already been delivered). Readers are welcome to edit or expand our list:
- Three new 2014 Freightliner/Rosenbauer tankers (750/2000) for Fairview, New Hope, and Swift Creek. Two have been delivered, and SCFD is awaiting theirs.
- Two new rescues built by Spartan ERV for Fairview and New Hope, due in January.
- Apex has a pumper being built by Spartan ERV.
haswill be ordering a pumper from Pierce. It will be a replacement for Engine 8.
- Holly Springs has two new rigs: 2014 Spartan ERV MetroStar rescue pumper (1500/75/25), now or soon in service as Squad 1. And a 2001 Spartan Gladiator/Baker Aerialscope (2000/__/95-foot) from Lewisburg, PA. Formerly William Cameron Engine Company. Being painted red over its original dark yellow.
- Raleigh has a commercial chassis air truck in production from Pierce. Due in the spring.
- Raleigh has also just ordered a pumper and a tiller from Pierce. The latter will be Ladder 9, and staffing for which has been including in Academy 40, which starts this month.
- Wake Forest is adding a second ladder, an E-One quint (1500/500/75-foot) that they'll receive in December. It'll be housed at Station 3.
- Wake Forest has also ordered a Rosenbauer Commander pumper/tanker (1500/1000), the future Engine 4. Delivery is due in July. Thanks Parker, for passing along the WFFD annual report (PDF) that contains this info.
Book announcement. Veteran fire photographer Bob Bartosz and retiring Rocky Mount firefighter Todd Joyner are publishing a book about Nash County firefighters are more. Titled Nash County: 24/7 Heroes, the book will be a hardcover with 256 pages and hundreds of photos by Bartosz. The book will be published in May or the first week in June. The authors are taking advance orders. The price is $32.95, delivered to Nash County fire stations. Add $6.95 for mail orders. Here's the flyer (PDF). Order your copy today!
Raleigh Fire Department Station 8 was honored tonight as a recipient of the 2014 Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council Neighborhood Recognition Awards. Engine 8 and Car 20 on “A” platoon attended the event, which was held in a ballroom at the Five Points Center for Active Adults on Noble Road. The awards ceremony was preceded by a dinner at 6:00 p.m.
The event’s emcee was Raleigh CAC Chairman Benson Kirkman. The award was presented by West CAC Co-Chairman Jim Paumier. The four firefighters accepted the award and Captain James Roof make some remarks, talking the station’s involvement with the community.
Fifteen awards were presented tonight to individuals and organizations as nominated by each of the city’s fifteen CACs. Since 1977, the Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council (RCAC) has been recognizing significant efforts by property owners, community groups and individuals to enhance the health, safety, and appearance of their neighborhoods.
Pictured are Engine 8 members Capt. James Roof, Lt. Edward Tindal, and
Senior Firefighters Tim Godwin and James Jones, along with Division
Chief Barry Spain and his Aide First Class Firefighter Ian Griffin.
Click to enlarge:
Eastern Wake Fire & Rescue celebrated their 60th anniversary on Saturday with an all-day open house. Visitors to Station 1 on Clifton Road enjoyed a number of planned activities, including rescue and extrication demos, fire extinguisher training, and a Carolina Air Care visit. There was a dunking booth and a bounce house for the kids and all sorts of goodies. They also saw this new sign at the station, a picture of which was posted to their Facebook page. Gets me thinking about EMS co-location. Quite a few at fire stations in Wake County, come to think of it.
Eastern Wake Fire & Rescue was started six decades ago as the Knightdale Volunteer Fire Department. The town was incorporated in 1927, with growth started in the early 20th century after a railroad and depot were built. The town suffered a major fire on February 7, 1940. They had neither a fire department nor a water system. Several businesses and homes were destroyed.
A municipal water system was installed a decade later, and a community fire department was soon organized. The first meeting was held on October 27, 1953. The fire department was chartered on October 27, 1954. The first Fire Chief was Randolph Griffith, and there were twenty-six charter members.
The first fire truck was town-owned pick-up truck that carried hose and other equipment. The next year, a 1942 pumper was purchased from Navy surplus. The fire station was built in 1956. That two-bay block building still stands at 401 Hester Street. It has been expanded a number of times. The department's second station was opened on Clifton Road in 1995. The department reorganized in 2003 and changed their name to Eastern Wake Fire & Rescue.
Learn more about their history in these timelines, which were researched by Mr. Blogger a decade ago. Congratulations to my friends at Eastern Wake, and the many who have served their community in the years and decades before.Scenes From Emmitsburg
Reporting from the road and the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, MD. That's where the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial weekend is underway. Mr. Blogger is a member of the media team, and specifically a photographer for the media. Coverage of the event is continuous on the NFFF Facebook and Twitter channels. You'll also see some sundry updates from me, via Twitter.
Here are a couple quick shots from Friday. Upper left is a Howard County Fire-Rescue command unit that's been graciously provided to the media team. That's my "office" for the weekend. Upper-right is a 2013 Oshkosh Striker from BWI airport. one of three rigs on display on the memorial grounds. It's parked beside the dining hall. Bottom is a mobile-phone panorama from the stage at the memorial.
You can watch tonight's candlelight service and tomorrow morning's memorial
service live at http://www.firehero.org/. Here's this year's
roll of honor, which includes five firefighters from North Carolina who died in
the line of duty last year. (See
prior posting on that subject.) Watch the Twitter widget in the upper-right
hand corner of the blog home page for more pictures through the weekend. Click to enlarge:
We tweeted this one yesterday, but let's post the thing as a blog post. (For those of you that don't follow me on Twitter, or watch those tweets on the upper-right of the blog home page.) The Durham Fire Department recently received a 2014 Sutphen Shield 1500/500 pumper. Was placed in service on September 25. Lee Wilson took a trip to the Bull City and photographed the rig this week. See more photos.
Greenville Consultant Report, New Rescue Pumper
Couple updates from Pitt County. The city of Greenville recently received the results of a consultants evaluation of the fire and EMS department. They presented to City Council on Monday, and the hour-long presentation can be viewed on the web.
On Tuesday, WNCT published this story about the report. On Wednesday, The Daily Reflector published this story (requires a subscription to view), which summaries the report's recommendations as "consider reducing EMS staff per ambulance from 3 to 2, analyze use of overtime, add more staff in peak hours, add administrative positions, create a comprehensive plan and gain accreditations."
Does anyone have a digital copy of the report that they can provide? We'll post and host here, for others to read.
New Rescue Pumper
Next is Greenville's new engine, which is a 2014 Pierce PUC rescue pumper that's pictured outside historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. The apparatus is due soon and will serve as Engine 3. The picture was posted to the fire department's Facebook page. According to their web page, Engine 3 currently operates a 2001 E-One quint.
Vintage Rigs From Faison, Vander, Charlotte
Found for sale on eBay, color slides of the following rigs and with diminishing levels of exposure, top to bottom: Faison's 1973 Ford C/Howe pumper, Vander's 1981 Spartan/E-One pumper, and Charlotte Engine 3 as a 1988 Pierce Lance pumper.
Fire Prevention Display at Station 9 - October 1979
For your Tuesday enjoyment, here's a scan of a photocopy (sorry for the lame quality) of a Raleigh Town Today photo of a fire prevention display at Station 9. Click to enlarge:
The caption reads: "Fire Station No. 9, located in North Hills at the corner of Six Forks and Rowan, was named first place winner in a department-wide contest for the best display in observance of Fire Prevention Week. Chief Rufus E. Keith presented a plaque to the station's three captains--Ed Thornton, W. K. Beasley, and R. S. Debnam--on Tuesday, October 9, the date in 1871 on which the famed Chicago Fire occurred. Other winners in the fire department's contest were fire stations No. 3 second, No. 1 third, and No. 8, No. 12, and No. 2 as honorable mention. Left to right above with the prize-winning display are Firefighters Jasper Mial, Charles Mann, Geroge A. Hodge, and Dale Casey."
Visited the Hall of Flame fire museum in Phoenix last week. Was my first
visit to town, and my first visit to Arizona. Took about 1,340 photos at the
fire museum. Tried to get a couple shots of each rig. Those'll take a couple
weeks to get posted. (Maybe I can get a list of what I shot, so makes and models can be added.) Meanwhile, enjoy this quartet of mobile phone panoramas.
That, or get your butt online and buy some plane tickets. 'Tis an easy
four-hour-and-half flight. Perfect for a good nap and some long reading. Click
That's the recommendation from a consultant, as reported by the FireNews.net story, from this Star-News story by Julian March. The 119-page study was released today. The project was started last year, when the County Manager asked the City Manager to consider a consolidation study. In November, City Council approved funding of same, and cost was shared with the county.
Mind you, we're just talking about WFD and NHCFR. There are four other fire departments in New Hanover County: Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and the airport. Also, as the Star-News story notes, mergers of the city and county have been rejected by voters in 1973, 1987, and 1995. Talks started again in 2001, but didn't go anywhere. Only at a department-specific level has success been reached, beginning with transportation departments in 2004 and public utility departments in 2008.
What's going to happen with the report? Public input will be sought at a pair of meetings on October 29. The consultant will make a presentation to the county and city on November 17 and 18, respectively. Actions are expected at the county level, to further the initiative. (The study suggests establishing committees as a first step.)
Read the Report
What does the report say? Quite a bit, and too much to summarize upon first skim.
Here's the direct link (PDF), thanks to FireNews.net. Read and digest and report back with your reactions.
- Emergency Services Consulting International wrote the report. Recall that they evaluated the Wilmington Fire Department in 2006. Here's that report (PDF), along with a couple related postings on the department's station plans and their fleet in 2006.
- Looking at the maps in the report, Durham city and county comes to mind as a somewhat comparative example. Durham city exists as the sole municipality in the county, and sits smack in the lower middle center. The rural areas are protected by five departments, one of which is a new county entity. Gets a person thinking about mergers.
- What about Wake County, and trying to envision such a scheme? Way more complicated in Capital County. Twelve municipalities here, though some of those are protected by private fire departments. Plus there's no county-operated component. There no "county fire" to be merged with a "city fire." Move along, nothing to ponder here.
- How many other city/county mergers have happened in North Carolina? Good question! Have any at all??
On Sunday, October 12, the 33rd Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor five firefighters from North Carolina who died in the line of duty last year. They are among the 98 firefighters who died in 2013, as well as nine firefighters who died in previous years, who will be remembered at the official national service held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.
- Firefighter Tony Barker, age 36
Mountain View Volunteer Fire Department
Died after being electrocuted while operating at a fire on June 13, 2013.
- Assistant Chief Jeffrey L. Fields, age 51
Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department
Died December 25, 2013, from a heart attack after responding on a motor vehicle accident on December 12, 2013.
- Captain David A. Heath, age 48
New Hanover County Fire Rescue
Collapsed then died while participating in department training on October 14, 2013.
- Fire Chief Scott A. Morrison, age 44
Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department
Died after he collapsed at the scene of a brush fire on March 3, 2013.
- Captain Jon Schondelmayer, age 44
Cary Fire Department [also Firefighter with Swift Creek Fire Department]
Died after responding to multiple calls on December 18, 2013.
Their names will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, which is located on the Academy grounds. The annual national tribute is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Fire Administration.
More than 5,000 people, including members of Congress, Administration officials and other dignitaries, members of the fire service, and families and friends of the fallen firefighters are expected to attend. Members of the fire service, honor guard units and pipe and drum units from across the U.S. will participate in this national tribute.
Visit www.firehero.org for a complete list of the fallen firefighters being honored, along with Memorial Weekend related videos, photos, media and broadcast information.
Yours Truly will be participating again as a volunteer photographer, as part of the Social Media team. See my photos from the 2013 Memorial Weekend, which was my first visit.Weekend Events, Whoa!
Fire Prevention Week starts on Sunday and thus a flood of fire department events are scheduled for this weekend. Here's a sampling of what's happening. Call or check the web for event times and more details.
Saturday, October 4
- Garner Fireman's Day at Station 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., parade at 2 p.m.
- Holly Springs FD open house at Station 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Morrisville FD Fire Prevention Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Park West Shopping Center.
- + others?
- Bear Pond FD (Vance) open house
- Dover FD (Craven) Fireman's Day
- Fayetteville Fall Safety Day at Crosscreek Mall
- Four Oaks FD (Johnston) Fireman's Day
- Hugo FD (Lenoir) Fireman's Day
- Louisburg FD (Franklin) open house
- Orange Rural FD (Orange) open house and donut sale.
- Pilot FD (Franklin) 40th anniversary
- Pinecroft Sedgefield FD (Guilford) annual BBQ.
Sunday, October 5
- Bay Leaf FD open house at Station 1, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Fairview FD open house at Station 1, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Tunnels to Towers 5K Run & Walk at PNC Arena, starts at 8:30 a.m.
Arson investigator accused of posting obscene references to Islam on personal Facebook page.
That's the title from this Houston Chronicle story by Allan Turner, but there are others including this pair from Curt Varone and Dave Statter:
- Houston Firefighter’s Post Sparks Complaints - Fire Law Blog
- Houston fire investigator put on desk duty for personal Facebook post blasting Muslims - Statter911
The Statter911 posting is longer, and contains excerpts and links from multiple sources. He's also participating in discussions of the story on the Statter911 Facebook page. (Here's one such thread there with some strong reader opinions on the issue. Plus some of Dave's trademark humor.)
But let's go back to the headlines. These headlines interest me, because they (and others) are so distinctly different:
- Arson investigator accused of posting obscene references to Islam on personal Facebook page
- Houston Firefighter’s Post Sparks Complaints
- Houston fire investigator put on desk duty for personal Facebook post blasting Muslims.
- Firefighter's Facebook Post About Islam Sparks HFD Investigation (ABC-13)
Depending upon the headline that you read, and the specific words therein, you might have a different reaction. Let me simplify that. Your personal reaction might vary to these headlines. Just as reactions to this story are going to vary.
Social media. Facebook. These are very personal things, when used for personal reasons. Duh, right? But I submit that such "individualized perspectives" are one of the reasons that public servants find themselves "in trouble."
Did you read one or more of these headlines and shrug? Or dismiss their validity to "political correctness?" Or pump a fist in the air, because of your feelings toward the subject matter?
You get the idea.
With social media technologies, it gets complicated when you try to square "free speech" with concepts such as "my personal page" or "that's when I'm off-duty." And as this story yet again exemplifies, there can be career consequences.
Readers, your thoughts?
Postscript, added after I've re-read this thing a couple times. Needs a closer or a concluding statement. Maybe a piece of advice. Yada, yada, yada, and then it ends. That's it, Legeros? Can't you give us something to work with, to help us going forward?
Okay, how about this...
And by looking at ourselves, and our personal reactions, the need for policies and procedures is firmly reinforced. We're all different people, both in person and online. We have different perceptions of what's good versus what's bad with social media. Some folks have a great inner compass. Others need a framework to help their thinking. Build a policy, if you don't have one. Educate about your policy, if you haven't lately.
That work?Updated: Mystery Apparatus
Here are the rigs revealed, as photographed at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, AZ. Top left is a Army Class 530 crash truck, originally spec'ed as 500/400/40, but modified with a larger water tank and turret. Top right is an Air Force Biederman O-11 crash truck, but with it's original double Rockwood foam turrets apparently upgraded to a single one. Bottom is an Oshkosh M-12 crash truck that originally served the Tucson airport. Thanks to Mark Redman and Ted Heinbuch via the Fire Trucks at War Facebook group for the detailed information. Click to enlarge:
September 30br> Reporting from the road, somewhere in the continental United States. Answers at a later date.
Flood-Prone Milner Inn Acquired by City of Raleigh
As yesterday's press release noted, the City of Raleigh is acquiring the Milner Inn at 1817 Capital Boulevard, which is one of the most flood-prone properties on Capital Boulevard (my words). It and three other sites were damaged by flooding on August 12. Recall the water rescues performed (see photos) as residents and patrons were evacuated from the Inn and the adjacent Foxy Lady.
The city and the owners have agreed to a purchase price of $830,00. The closing is tentatively planned for mid to late October. The acquisition is being funded through a FEMA grant program both (a.) in response to historical flooding events and (b.) to eliminate future claims submitted to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Prior to this deal, the city had used FEMA grants and budgeted Stormwater Utility fund monies to fund the purchase seven structures that had experienced multiple flood-related losses over the years. Here's a blog post about the demolition of the nearby AMF bowling alley in April 2013, and the related Capital Boulevard corridors study.
The city plans to demolish the hotel and the neighboring night club. Their goal is to build a park in the area between the north and southbound lanes of Capital Boulevard, and through the incremental acquisition of the commercial properties therein. Such a park would improve the appearance of the city's northern gateway, as well as improve flood control both there and downstream.
The News & Observer has a good article on the story by Colin Campbell. Below are pictures of the Inn's flooding both in August and in June 2007, when remnants of a tropical storm brought flooding to a number of areas around Raleigh.
Readers, what are your memories of flooding (and responses to same) at the Inn or neighboring properties, over the years and decades?
Raleigh Recruit Academy Graduates on Thursday
Raleigh Fire Department Recruit Academy 39 graduates this
week from their twenty-eight week fire academy. The ceremony starts at 6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. on Thursday
night, September 25. The location is Fletcher Opera Theater at the Duke Energy
Center in downtown Raleigh. You know, the place we once called Memorial Auditorium. They'll then begin serving six months as
probationary firefighters, assigned to engine and ladder companies around the
Their academy started on March 24. Recruitment started in the fall of last year and was conducted both locally and regionally. There were 883 applicants. During their twenty-eight week academy, the recruits have received state certifications on EMT, Firefighter I & II, NCRIT (Rapid Intervention Team), and Hazardous Materials Operation.
They also received training on technical rescue, fire-ground procedures, high-rise operations, accountability systems, safety companies, engine and ladder company operations, and firefighter safety and survival. Plus an extensive physical fitness regiment! (Raise you hand if you still remember what you sang while running in formation, even decades later.)
Training was conducted at the Keeter Training Center, as well as at the Wake County Fire Training Center, Central Carolina Community College Emergency Services Training Center in Sanford, and Gaston College Regional Emergency Services Training Center in Dallas.
Here’s their breathtaking photo as taken by
Jeff Harkey from atop Two Hannover Square on Fayetteville Street. Where have prior academy photos been taken? All over the place. Here's
a page of prior
photos. (The members of Academy 13 were particularly handsome.) See my
RFD history page
for other historical academy data.
Jeff Harkey photo
The recruits are almost exclusively from North Carolina, plus one each from Florida and Colorado. They are Jeremy Ardner (Garner), Nicholas Azan (Miami, FL), Emmet Bagwell (Raleigh), Anthony Battaglia (Raleigh), Brian Bello (Fort Collins, CO), Sylvester Brooks (Raleigh), Samuel Brown (Raleigh), Timothy Caldwell (Raleigh), Nicholas Campasano II (Morrisville ), Nicholas Christopoulos (Raleigh), Micah Cobb (Raleigh), Caleb Creech (Zebulon), Christopher Davis (Wendell), Aaron Dickson (Raleigh), and Stedman Greggs (Raleigh).
Along with William Henderson (Durham), Kristopher Hinnant (Selma, NC), Travis Holland (Selma, NC), Hipolito Lara, Jr. (Clinton, NC), Todd Lineberger (Charlotte), Phillip Mack (Raleigh), Mark Mancini (Emerald Isle, NC), Travis Parrish (Henderson, NC), Adam Pearce (Zebulon), Mark Pearce (Cullowhee, NC), Sandra Prier (Raleigh), Al'Landrew Shepperson (Cary), George Smith (Carolina Beach, NC), James Wood (Clayton, NC), and Marshall Wrenn (Charlotte).
Family relations? A number of recruits are related to current and retired members: Bagwell is the son of Battalion Chief Randy Bagwell, and also brother-in-law of Firefighter Jason Lee and cousin of Lt. Rocky Bagwell. Parrish is the son of Firefighter Scott Parrish, and also the nephew of Lt. Donald Williams. Holland is the fiancé of Firefighter Kelly Lamotta, and cousin of Firefighter Davie Hodge. Hinnant is the son-in-law of Capt. Bill Melina. Davis is the son-in-law of retired Battalion Chief Jerry Pace. Pearce is the nephew of retired Capt. Tim Pearce. Memo to self, update my Raleigh Fire Department family tree (see this PDF doc)!
Congratulations to all!Land for Fire Station 14... And Other Notes
As this press release noted, City Council last week approved the acquisition of land on Harden Road for a new Fire Station 14. The 1.63 acre site is located at 3510 Harden Road, which is nearly directly south of the station's current location on Lake Boone Trail.
The purchase price is $590,000 and the acquisition is contingent upon a satisfactory survey and Phase I environmental report. (The latter meaning that there aren't any potential or existing contamination liabilities.)
Here's where the thing's located, via Imaps:
Where does this announcement place the city's current fire station plans? Here's a chart comparing the current problems. Primary source is the special facilities edition of the Raleigh Fire Department Newsletter that was published last month. See also the FY15 adopted Capital Improvement Program document on this page.
|Station||Project||Address||New Size||Current Size||New Lot||Current Lot||Cost||Status||Notes||Current Station|
|29||New||12117 Leesville Road||10,198||--||2.86||n/a||$2.7M||Under construction, completion in December||Will house engine. Designed to also house ladder.||--|
|11||Expansion||2925 Glenridge Road||~5,400||4,923||--||1.08||$450K||Construction starts in fall.||Bay expansion for larger apparatus, plus station renovations.||Built 1971|
|12||Relocation||SE corner Poole Road and Bus Way||~17,000||4,189||3.40||0.63||$5.3M||Land cleared, construction starts in fall.||Designed to house engine, ladder, BC, DC.||Built 1974|
|14||Relocation||3510 Harden Road||+15,000||3,616||1.56||0.71||$7.2M||Land acquisition authorized.||Designed to house engine, ladder, BC, DC.||Built 1974|
|6||Rebuild||2601 Fairview Road (rebuilt at current location)||TBD||5,408||--||0.58||$6.4M||Planning and design underway.||Planned to house engine and ladder.||Built 1949|
|3||Relocation||Near Rock Quarry Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway||~11,000||3,564||TBD||0.16||TBD||Land acquisition underway.||Built 1951|
Here's an updated version of my fire station map, with the assorted new station locations added. Click to enlarge:
Our friend Bob Bartosz shares this vintage image by Kinston firefighter Tony Kelly, later Fire Chief. The picture's from around 1975 or 1976. He and Bob traded photos back in the day.
The image depicts a C-130 aircraft used by the North Carolina Forest Service. It was equipped to carry 3,000 gallons of ammonia sulfate fire retardent, and operated with a six-man crew. The plane was stationed in Kinston.
Readers, care to add context, about forest service air operations back in the day? Or information about the Kinston airport and it's history and service with the forest service? Click to enlarge:
There will be a special-called meeting of the Wake County Fire Commission on Thursday, September 25, 2014. It will be held at 10:00 a.m. in Conference Room C-170 of the Wake County Public Safety Center in downtown Raleigh.
The purpose of the meeting is to receive public and stakeholder input on the Fire Cost Share Study. That's the lone agenda item, a presentation about same and receiving of feedback.
Here's a prior blog post about the study.