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Cary Climbs to Class 1 and Other ISO Updates
Reference Sources For Houston Fire Department Millennium Book
Cary Planning For Quint Company (And Other News) (5 comments)
Kenly's Restored 1944 Ford/Oren Pumper
Wake County Names New Fire Services Director... Last Month
Two Thoughts - Twitter and Mobile
Wake County Fire Commission Meeting - May 14, 2015 (4 comments)
Raleigh Fire Department Graduating Thirty-Six New Firefighters (1 comment)
Small Fire at Old Station 8
Alexandria, Historical Engine Houses, Bedrooms and Televisions (8 comments)
Vintage Photo of High Point Pumper-Tanker
Union County Town to Terminate Contract with County Fire Department
Vintage Photo of Leaksville Pumper/Tanker
UPDATE - Local Fire Photographers Honored by County Commissioners, Governor's Office (5 comments)
Eight Fallen Firefighters To Be Honored at North Carolina Memorial Service on May 2, 2015
Fairview's New Rescue
Raleigh Fire Department Newsletter - Spring 2015
New Numbering for Durham County Fire & Rescue (8 comments)
UPDATED - New Hope's New Rescue 14 (4 comments)
Renovations Underway at Fuquay-Varina Fire Station 2 (4 comments)

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+ 0 - 0 | § Cary Climbs to Class 1 and Other ISO Updates

Speaking of the Cary Fire Department, let's trumpet their insurance rating improvement that was announced last month. And, cough, cough, which we didn't blog or tweet about at the time.1 They climbed from Class 3 to Class 1 rating, becoming the first ISO 1 fire department in the Triangle, and joining just a couple others in North Carolina.2

From Town of Cary press release on April 23, 2015:

"Following a rigorous four-month review by Insurance Services Office (ISO), the Town of Cary has jumped from a Class 3 rating to the top insurance rating of Class 1. As a result, roughly one in three Cary businesses can expect to see a lower insurance premium in the coming months; the change in rating will likely have little to no impact on residential insurance premiums. The rating will go into effect July 1. "

The last ISO review was conducted in 2010, and specific improvements to both the fire department and the supporting infrastructure included:

"Expanding capacity at the Town’s Communications Center; implementing improvements to the Town’s radio system; expanding the water system in proportion to the Town’s population; and redistributing Fire Department resources in conjunction with the opening of a new fire station and starting construction of an additional fire station."

The Cary Fire Department has eight stations and 219 employees. They operate eight engines, four ladders, and three rescues. They serve an area of 57.56 square miles and a population of over 150,000.

How many Class 1 fire departments are there in North Carolina? Two more departments were added to that list in April, as both Fayetteville and High Point received insurance rating increases. Here's a press release on the former and a High Point Enterprise story on the latter.

Locally, both Raleigh and Durham were evaluated at the same time as Cary. The results of Durham's inspection were announced earlier this month. They climbed from a Class 3 to a Class 2, as this May 8 news release notes. The results of Raleigh's inspection are pending.

Congratulations to these fire departments on their increased insurance ratings!

1Here's the deal with social media and stuff. History Boy plays on three channels: Facebook, Twitter, and his blog. Sometimes he'll use one and plan to use another. Then he gets distracted and the second step doesn't happen. And even though, if asked later, he'll swear on a stack of pancakes that he did both. (Because his brain remembers the thoughts of intention, just not the resulting action.) Works for me as an excuse. Also a good reminder that you really need a methodology to successfully social media-ize across several challenges. Say, a checklist. (Read Atul Gawande's excellent The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right for perspectives on same.)

2The Cary Fire Department is also nationally accredited, which is another rarity. They received same in 1999 as this news release notes. Today, there are nineteen accredited fire departments in North Carolina. View that list.

+ 0 - 1 | § Reference Sources For Houston Fire Department Millennium Book

Happened upon a copy of Houston Fire Department 2000: Millennium Edition, published by the Houston Fire Museum and printed by Taylor Publishing Company. The hardcover book measures 9" by 12" and contains 336 pages. The contents are the expected past 'n' present collection of names, portraits, pictures, and narratives. But there are some interesting sidebar items, including:

And a list of References, titled "Sources and suggested readings about the history of the city, firefighting, and the Houston Fire Department." Now that's neat and something I wish we'd (a.) compiled and (b.) included in the Raleigh Fire Department's centennial history book.

Surely there's on online version, right? History Boy has everything else seemingly documented on his RFD history site. Cough, cough, kinda, sorta. He has a page of sources from 2004, which applies to both Raleigh and Wake County information. But nothing specific about the city and the city fire department.

Memo to self: rectify said situation. Click to enlarge:

+ 0 - 0 | § Cary Planning For Quint Company (And Other News)

That’s news out of the town’s recommended budget for FY16. And that's an intentional attention-grabbing headline. Bit more exciting than say "Cary's Plans For Old Station 2" or "Cary Planning Ninth Engine Company."

The story goes something like this. Station 2 will be relocated from 875 SE Maynard Road to 601 E. Chatham Street, when new construction is completed during the next fiscal year. Meaning, between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016.

When the new station opens, Engine 2 will be relocated one-and-a-half miles north. This will create a first due coverage gap on the southeast side of town, e.g. along the Walnut Street corridor. That’s also why the town is planning a new fire station at the corner of Walnut Street and Nottingham Drive. 

The parcel is addressed as 1427 Walnut Street, and was purchased either last year or the prior. To be named Station 9, construction was anticipated as happening in FY16. The capital project has been posted until a later budget year. Here's a picture of the site, which presently houses a church building that's no longer occupied. Click to enlarge:

To maintain coverage to that area, the following plans are planned: Engine 2 will relocate to Chatham Street, Engine 6 will relocate to Maynard Road and be renamed Engine 9, and Ladder 6 will become a quint company that’s designated Engine 6. The town is also adding three additional firefighter positions, so an additional “man” is added to the quint company.

There’s no present timeframe for how long old Station 2 will remain operational. Thus, the town is also budgeting $250,000 for foundation repairs to the building in FY16.

Where will Rescue 2 be housed? That’s still being assessed, along with the locations of Rescue 4 and Rescue 7, we are told.

In other budget news, funding for a pumper replacement is also recommended in FY16. Unit #1957, a 2003 Pierce, will be replaced.

Read the recommended budget on this page.

+ 0 - 0 | § Kenly's Restored 1944 Ford/Oren Pumper

On Saturday, the Kenly Fire Department in Johnston County proudly displayed their recently restored 1944 Ford/Oren pumper. Lee Wilson attended the event and has posted photos, as well as pictures from April, showing some of the restoration. Here's a blog post from 2013 about the truck. It was the second engine operated by the town, and was later privately owned in Iowa. The truck was returned to the department in November 2012.

Lee Wilson photos

+ 0 - 0 | § Wake County Names New Fire Services Director... Last Month

Entirely missed this one from last month.

Wake County named their new Fire Services Director in mid-April. Welcome Nick Campasano from Manchester, NH. He's a thirty-year veteran of the Manchester Fire Department and presently Deputy Fire Chief. He's also adjunct college professor in Nashua (teaches homeland security courses on campus) and an elected Selectman for the town of Goffstown.

He has an undergraduate degree in Human Services, and masters degrees in Organizational Management and Leadership as well as Security Studies. He'll lead the seventeen-person Fire Services department beginning on May 26, 2015. (If his name sounds familiar, you may know his son, Nicholas Campasano II. He's a Raleigh firefighter who graduated in the last recruit academy last year.)

Read the entire press release. Welcome aboard!

+ 1 - 0 | § Two Thoughts - Twitter and Mobile

Two thoughts for your morning reading.

First, Twitter.

You see that widget to the right, right? Twitter feed. Microblog. Mere 140 characters. That's what's supplanted many of the familiar blog postings over the last couple of years.

Is that the future of this blog? Will postings here become even less frequent, and even disappear in favor of all-Twitter? Probably not. Still need a platform for larger and longer content.

But keep an eye on that widget, as anything and everything is game for posting. Tweets by Legeros can include...

Second thought.

Mobile responsiveness. This blog is based on an older technology that's not mobile responsive. Meaning, it doesn't present a smaller or slimmer version when viewed on a tablet or phone.

Don't believe that any modifications are possible. Rather, an all-new blog platform is probably required. Been pondering restarting the blog, and for some years now. Fresh start, and maybe with better technology for managing comments.

Please remain calm if this blog stops some day (e.g., no new postings and maybe even no new comments), and a second one starts elsewhere.

That is all.

+ 0 - 0 | § Wake County Fire Commission Meeting - May 14, 2015

The next meeting of the Wake County Fire Commission is Thursday, May 14, 2015, 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.



Agenda packet (PDF)

+ 0 - 1 | § Raleigh Fire Department Graduating Thirty-Six New Firefighters

As this press release notes, Raleigh Fire Department Recruit Academy 40 graduates this week. Thirty-six new firefighters will take their oath of office on Thursday, May 14. The ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Fletcher Opera Theater at the Duke Energy Center.

The recruits completed more than 998 hours of classroom and practical instruction and physical fitness training over the course of their six-month academy. Upon graduation they'll be certified by State of North Carolina as Firefighter II, Emergency Medical Technician, and Hazardous Materials Responder.

There are thirty-two men and four women, and they include local residents and recruits from Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, and Washington.

The class also includes two second-generation Raleigh firefighters (J. A. Lane, son of Andy; J. T. Atkins, son of Jacob), and a third-generation Raleigh firefighter (D. N. Brown, son of Donnie and grandson of Titus). Plus a couple brothers of current firefighters and other relations. We'll update our family tree (PDF) accordingly.

The graduating recruits will help fill open positions, including firefighters reassigned to Station 29, when the new companies Engine 29 and Ladder 9 are placed in service next month. They are:

Rontaegus L. Alford
Jacob T. Atkins
Ryan W. Ault
Scott D. Bartow
Dillon N. Brown
Jonathan W. Brown
Eric R. Champion
Christian C. Christopoulos
Andrew E. Davis
James L. Davis
Rebecca E. Davis
Bradley T. Faucette
   Britney M. Fitchpatrick
Randy D. Fobbs
Tyler L. Gouge
Eric T. Griffin Jr.
John T. Hauser
Cody A. Heakins
Eric A. Hisey
Alexis R. John
Daniel E. Kennon
Christopher R. King
Joseph A. Lane Jr.
Timothy M. Lee
     Justin J. Melanson
Ryan L. Nelson
Tyler C. Parrott
Christopher K. Patterson
Rafael Perez-Valdivia
Aaron W. Proctor
Nicholas W. Robinson
Diana N. Trout
Aaron M. Voss
Jordan L. Whitley
Nicholas K. Williams
Aaron M. Winfree.

Congratulations to all! Click to enlarge:

+ 1 - 2 | § Small Fire at Old Station 8

Did you catch the twist to the commercial structure fire on Wednesday, reported at the intersection of Western Boulevard and Method Road? Engine 8 was first-due and found a small fire in the rear of a barbershop at 1007 Method Road. Eagle-eared listeners might've recognized the location as the original Station 8. See a few photos from Lee Wilson, from the aftermath.

Back in the day that was a rented house that opened as a fire station on April 1, 1960. Engine 9, the second engine at Station 1, was relocated at 11:55 p.m. on March 31. That was five minutes after City Council approved annexation to an area in west Raleigh.

The engine was a 1953 American LaFrance 700 Series. Tanker 1 was also placed in service at that location two days later. That was a 1960 GMC 4000/Alexander, 1500 gallons. Two shifts of six firefighters manned the station. Both trucks were housed in a concrete addition built by firefighters.

Engine 8 relocated to its permanent and still-present location in February 1963. Happened after Valentine's Day, but the exact date is still unknown. Station 8 is located at 5001 Western Boulevard. Read more histories of both locations. Alas, precious few photos have been found of the original station. One scanned newspaper clipping is shown below.

Lee Wilson photo

Mike Legeros photo from 2012

News & Observer photos, April 3?, 1960

+ 2 - 2 | § Alexandria, Historical Engine Houses, Bedrooms and Televisions

Where was Legeros this weekend, while the North Carolina fallen firefighters events were underway in downtown Raleigh? (And which were ably photographed by Lee Wilson, see his pictures of the parade and ceremony.) He was in Virginia for the occasion of his May 1 wedding anniversary. First in Winchester (more on that later), and then in Alexandria.

The latter is an old town, beginning in 1695 with its first European settlement. Much of the town was incorporated into the new District of Columbia in 1801. It was returned to Virginia in 1846. Today, the historic downtown is called Old Town.

Not surprisingly, there are a handful of former and historic fire stations to be found in Alexandria. The oldest is the former quarters of the Friendship Fire Company. They were organized in 1755 and their engine house at 107 S. Alfred Street was erected in 1855. The building was substantially renovated in 1871, and restored by the city in 1992. It presently houses the Friendship Firehouse Museum. Read more, and see my pictures from a 2009 visit.

Numerous other fire companies protected Alexandria over the decades and centuries, including the Columbia, Crescent, Hydraulion, Reliance, Relief, Star, Sun, and U.S. Steam fire companies. Plus the town of Potomac fire department, which was annexed by Alexandria in 1930. This history page on the AFD site provides more information.

Yours Truly found a total of six former and historic engine houses that are still standing:

Columbia 109 S. Saint Asaph Built 1883 Moved 1960 Currently Columbia Firehouse restaurant
Friendship 107 S. Alfred Built 1855 Closed ? Currently Friendship Firehouse Museum
Reliance 115 N. Patrick Built 1900tr Moved ? Currently private residence
Relief 317 Prince Built 1935tr Active Currently Engine 301
Relief 319 Prince Built 1880tr Moved 1935 Currently private residence
Potomac 213 E. Windsor Built 1926 Active Currently Engine 202

Tax records as source as noted "tr", by the way. Click to enlarge:

Mike Legeros / Google Street View (top right) photos

Alexandria was also home to Potomac Yard, which this Wikipedia article calls one of the busiest rail yards on the east coast. Railroad development in the area started in the 1850s. The switching yard named Potomac Yard opened in 1906. The site reached capacity in 1937. During subsequent years and decades, use of the facility greatly diminished. It was decommissioned in 1989, and has been redeveloped as a site for commercial and residential use.

One of the most interesting buildings is named The Station at Potomac Yard, and is a combined high-rise mixed-use building and municipal fire station. The later is located on the ground floor along with retail space. The upper four floors house sixty-four apartments. There are also two levels of underground parking, for the firefighters, residents, and retail customers. Here's one of numerous articles about the project you'll find via Google.

The fire station opened in 2009, and included individual bedrooms for the firefighters. But without televisions, as this city press release noted:

The bedrooms are small, and contain a bed and a desk. “Studies have shown that, around the country, firefighters are spending more and more time in their bedrooms watching television or working on their computers. This does not encourage team building. We are not allowing TVs or phones in bedrooms. We want the firefighters to use them for sleeping and spend time in the common areas with other members of the company when they are awake,” North said.

There's an interesting twist, and one that's probably been discussed and/or debated by firefighters since the introduction of individual rooms. (Wonder what the history is there? Presuming it's a function of gender separation, as female firefighters joined career departments. Though separate rooms for officers have been a staple for decades.)

What's the norm locally, regionally, or nationally? How common or rare are single-room bunk rooms? Need readers to advise. Presuming that "no walls" are rare, with space dividers as the norm. Be they sleeping areas segmented by actual walls, partitions, or lockers or furniture.

Benefits and/or demerits to individual dorm rooms or sleeping areas? Now there's a topic for discussion, and notably when technology is added.

How do such things affect team dynamics, as expressed in the above quote? Person-to-person communication comes to my mind. Remember Nextel phones? They exploded the firehouse environment like nothing before.

Think back a few years and before the first cell phones. "Back in the day," we might say, "we didn't have fully enclosed cabs, nor rip 'n' run printers, nor computers with internet connections. Just two land lines. You spent most of your day talking to the people working at the station."

Today it's a whole 'nother world. When each member of the "firehouse team" has/can have a personal phone, e-mail device, instant message device, and Facebook device, what happens to that "traditionally encapsulated" team dynamic.

Discuss as desired.

+ 0 - 2 | § Vintage Photo of High Point Pumper-Tanker

Found for sale on eBay, color slide scan of a 1984 Chevrolet/Slagle pumper-tanker that served High Point Fire Department. Wonder what the history is there? Purchased to protect new or pending annexed areas that didn't have hydrants? Acquired through assets obtained from a rural fire department? Maybe readers will know. Click to enlarge:

+ 1 - 1 | § Union County Town to Terminate Contract with County Fire Department

As reported by WBTV and WNCN this week, the town of Weddington in Union County voted to transfer its contracted fire protection from the Providence Fire Department to the Wesley Chapel Fire Department.

Town officials cited financial reasons as the reasons for the decision. They've been worried about PFD's ability to sustain itself. The date of the termination has not been decided. The plan will see the Providence fire station occupied by Wesley Chapel firefighters.

Earlier this year, WNCN reported that the town approved a merger of the Providence and Wesley Chapel fire departments. Unsure how that story relates here. Or if the merger has continued or is continuing.

The Providence Fire Department has also been addressing the issue via social media, with comments posted on their Facebook page and their web site.

PFD responds to the entirety of the town, as well as unincorporated areas of Union County, and some territory inside Mecklenburg County, where the department originated. They respond to calls east of I-485, in a territory that's decreased over the years and decades due (presumably) to municipal annexations by the city of Charlotte.

As noted on their web site's history page, PFD started in 1954 at the corner of Providence Road and what's today called Ballantyne Commons Parkway. In 1972, they relocated about four miles east to the intersection of McKee Road and Tilley Morris Road, which is present location of Charlotte Station 9. In 1985, they relocated about three-and-a-half miles south and into Union County, to their present location at 5025 Hemby Road.

Google finds these presentation slides (PDF) from April 2012, from the Union County Fire Commission and related to this issue.

What's the history of fire protection in Weddington? The town has a population of 10,101 and area of 15.9 square miles. Have they ever had their own municipal fire department? To be determined. Guessing they've relied on contract protection from PFD since the department extended into Union County in 1985. Maybe readers can help with history here.

+ 3 - 3 | § Vintage Photo of Leaksville Pumper/Tanker

Found for sale on eBay is this color slide of a 1967 Chevrolet pumper/tanker, from the Leaksville Fire Department. Note the faded lettering that says Eden Fire Department. The villages of Leaksville, Draper, and Spray merged in 1967. Each had their own fire departments, with Leaksville's dating to at least the 1920s. Unsure the explanation for faded lettering. Maybe was private-owned, with LFD added as a commemorative action? Maybe the truck was originally delivered as LFD, then changed to EFD, then restored to LFD? Very strange. Click to enlarge:

+ 0 - 1 | § UPDATE - Local Fire Photographers Honored by County Commissioners, Governor's Office

April 25, 2015
Both Lee Wilson and Mike Legeros were further honored this month by the North Carolina Office of the Governor. Last week they both received (via postal mail, by way of the Wake County communication's office) the Governor's Award for Volunteer Service in the individual category. Notes the accompanying letter (signing by The Gov!), "since 1979, this prestigious award has been bestowed upon citizens who exhibit the tradition of volunteerism that is at the heartof community service in our state." Congratulations to both! Click to enlarge:

November 3, 2014
Raleigh and Wake County fire photographers Mike Legeros and Lee Wilson were honored today by the Wake County Board of Commissioners. They were among ten people recognized for their tireless service to the citizens of Wake County. They received the County Government Volunteer of the Year Award, in a ceremony during the board's regular scheduled meeting. A reception was held before the event.

Lee Wilson and Mike Legeros are veteran fire photographers, with twenty-plus and ten-plus years of experience, respectively.1 They've comprised an official Wake County EMS photo since 2006, though their work has ranged far and wide.


+ 1 - 3 | § Eight Fallen Firefighters To Be Honored at North Carolina Memorial Service on May 2, 2015

On Saturday, May 2, 2015, the names of eight firefighters will be added to the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Memorial in downtown Raleigh. The tenth annual memorial service starts at 1:00 p.m. The day's events also include a fire apparatus parade at 10:00 a.m. More event information.

The eight fallen firefighters include six who died in 2014, plus a pair of legacy additions from 1999 and 1973. These will also be added to my fallen firefighters database.

Halbert E. Campbell Operations Officer North Carolina Forest Service November 17, 1973 Died of a heart attack after leaving work, after a day of dispatching firefighting resources across the coastal region of North Carolina and specifically to a large fire in Holly Shelter. Find a Grave posting.
Ralph Wynne Fire Chief Pactolus VFD July 31, 1999 Died as result of heart attack suffered while operating at a training exercise on July 29, 1999. PFD Facebook posting.
John Derek Gupton Firefighter Justice Rural VFD September 16, 2014 Died of injuries sustained in motor-vehicle accident, while operating a 2,500 gallon tanker that overturned after leaving the road and striking a ditch culvert. USFA notification.
James Halliburton Education Ranger NC Forest Service August 13, 2014 Died when struck by a fallen tree that was being removed from a roadway by a tractor at the Tuttle Educational State Forest in Lenoir. He was pronounced dead at the scene. News release.
Thomas Gerald Lee Firefighter Four Oaks FD February 1, 2014 Died at his home from an apparent heart attack within twenty-four hours of responding to the station for a motor-vehicle accident call. NCFFF posting.
Steven Brad McCoy Firefighter Nantahala FD November 21, 2014 Died in a fire at his home, after rescuing his daughter and returning into the structure to rescue his son, who had already been rescued by his wife.
NCFFF posting.
Donald Ray Miller Firefighter Glendale Springs VFD February 4, 2014 Died within twenty-four hours of a training exercise. NCFFF posting.
Ricky Wooten Doub Fire Chief Forbush VFD December 16, 2014 Found deceased at his home after responding to an EMS call and a fire call during the day. USFA notification.

+ 2 - 2 | § Fairview's New Rescue

The Fairview Fire Department received this 2015 Spartan ERV MetroStar heavy rescue last week. Delivered on April 16, it'll replace the current Rescue 1, a 1993 International/EVI, which will be sold. See more photos from Lee Wilson. The truck is the same spec as one delivered earlier this month to Wake New Hope. See prior posting. Fuquay-Varina has also ordered a similar one, which should be delivered either late this year or early next year.

Lee Wilson photos

+ 3 - 0 | § Raleigh Fire Department Newsletter - Spring 2015

Time for another edition of the quarterly Raleigh Fire Department Newsletter. That's right, print-based news delivery! Can you believe it! The spring 2015 issue has been posted to Contents include the February snow days, Station 29 nearing completion, 2014 statistics, promotions, retirements, photo gallery, and more.  The newsletter is a quarterly publication for personnel, retirees, and citizens. Read the new issue (PDF).

+ 2 - 1 | § New Numbering for Durham County Fire & Rescue

Durham County Fire & Rescue renumbered their stations and apparatus, effective last week. The former Bethesda fire stations were numbered in the 40s. The Parkwood fire stations were numbered in the 60s. The stations have been renumbered in the 80s:

Old New Address Opened
PFD 63 DCFD 81 4716 Old Page Road 1987
BFD 41 DCFD 82 1724 S. Miami Boulevard 1982-83
PFD 61 DCFD 83 1409 Seaton Road 1976
BFD 42 DCFD 84 7305 Leesville Road 1988
PFD 62 DCFD 85 4300 Farrington Road 1984

Here's a map along with pictures of a couple rigs. See more photos from Monday, as lettering and emblems were updated at Station 82. Click to enlarge:

Here are the apparatus assignments:

Old New Year/Make/Model Station
Engine 631 Engine 81 2002 E-One Cyclone, 1500/1000. Alt. year 2000. 81
Ladder 413 Ladder 81 2003 Sutphen platform, 1500/300/110-foot. 81
Rescue 614 Rescue 81 2006 Spartan Diamond/EVI walk-around. 81
Battalion 610 Battalion 81 20__ Ford F-250 crew cab with camper shell. 81
Engine 411 Engine 82 2008 Sutphen ladder 1500/500/75-foot. 82
Tanker 625 Tanker 82 2005 Freightliner/US Tanker, 1000/3000. Alt. year 2006. 82
Rescue 414 Rescue 82 1991 Sutphen/Saulsbury walk-in. Alt. year 1990. 82
Brush 417 Brush 82 1988 Chevrolet/E-One 500/300. 82
Squad 419 Squad 82 20__ Ford crew-cab utility truck. 82
Ladder 613 Engine 83 1993 E-One ladder, 1500/500/75-foot. 83
Tanker 615 Tanker 83 2005 Freightliner/US Tanker, 1000/3000. 83
Air 83 2000 Freightliner FL70/Pierce. Alt. year 2001. 83
Brush 617 Brush 83 2004 Ford F-450 XL, 50/300. 83
Engine 611 Reserve 2002 E-One Cyclone, 1750/1000. Alt. year 2000. 83
Engine 421 Engine 84 2003 Sutphen, 1500/1000. Alt. year 2004. 84
Engine 412 Tanker 84 1987 Sutphen, 1500/1000. Alt. year 1992. 84
Engine 621 Engine 85 1983 Chevy C-70/E-One, 750/750. 85
Tanker 415 Tanker 85 1984 Sutphen, 1500/1000. Alt. year 1983. 85


+ 5 - 2 | § UPDATED - New Hope's New Rescue 14

April 9
Wake New Hope Fire Department's new 2015 Spartan ERV MetroStar was delivered yesterday. Lee Wilson took these pictures. See the rest of the series

Lee Wilson photos


+ 3 - 2 | § Renovations Underway at Fuquay-Varina Fire Station 2

Lee Wilson snapped this shot yesterday of renovations underway at Fuquay-Varina Fire Station 2. Located at 5617 Hilltop Road, the station was built in 1990. It serves the north end of town, and the Furina rural fire district. Calvin Davenport Inc. was awarded the construction contract in the fall, for the amount of $871,734. The 6,000 square-foot facility will be renovated, with 2,000 square-feet of living space added along with an additional apparatus bay. The project is funded through a cost share agreement between the town and Wake County EMS. The expansion is needed to accommodate increased service demand. Source: "Focus on Fuquay-Varina," October 2014. Readers, what FVFD and Wake EMS units are stationed there?

Lee Wilson photo

+ 1 - 2 | § Wake County Apparatus Updates?

Lee Wilson has posted a photo of Apex's Engine 4, a 2014 Spartan ERV MetroStar-X Legend 1500/750 that was delivered in November. And he's also snapped shots as we posted last week of Wake Forest's new reserve engine and reserve ladder.

Lee Wilson photo

What other updates can people report? Here are a few get the conversation started...





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