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
READ MORE 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.
|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.|
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
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 www.raleighfirenews.org.
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).
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:
|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:
|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|
- Plus Chief Officers DC-801 through DC-801, plus Safety 81.
- Ladder 633 is being sold, that's a 1985 E-One platform 1500/200/95-foot.
- Alternate years as listed in Durham County's Fire District Consolidation Feasibility Study final report, issued November 2013.
- Durham County EMS units are also housed at the fire stations, including daytime unit at 81, and 24-hour units at 82, 83, and 85.
- See prior blog posting about the pending Parkwood Fire Department merger.
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
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
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...
- 2014 Spartan ERV MetroStar-X Legend 1500/750 has been in service as Engine 4, delivered in November. See above.
- 2015 (?) Spartan ERV heavy rescue is pending delivery, within the next couple weeks. Same/similar spec as Wake New Hope.
- 2015 Spartan ERV heavy rescue in production, similar features as Fairview and Wake New Hope. Delivery expected late 2015/early 2016.
- 2015 Freightliner/Pierce air truck poised for delivery. See prior posting.
- 2015 Pierce Arrow XT pumper in production, expected in October.
- 2015 Pierce Arrow XT tiller (with pump) in production, expected in October.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport
- 2015 F-350/UPF Defender brush truck _/300/10 added last year.
- 2014 (?) Combat Support Products foam trailer added last year. See prior posting for both.
- 2015 Rosenbauer Commander pumper/tanker 1500/1000 in production, new Engine 4. Expected in July.
- 1995 Pierce Dash pumper 1500/500 added as reserve. Ex-Raleigh. See prior posting.
- 1990 E-One Protector rear-mount ladder 1500/300/'75' added as reserve, Ladder 3. Ex-Johnston County, KS. See prior posting
Wake New Hope
- 2015 (?) Spartan ERV heavy rescue to be delivered this week, new Rescue 14. See prior posting.
Random Sanborn Fire Insurance Map excerpts for your Sunday enjoyment. Clayton Fire Department as depicted in June 1925. Description of fire department:
"Volunteer, 40 men, 1 chief and one Asst. partly paid, one fire station with Reo truck carrying two 35 gal. chemical tanks, 750' 2 1/2" hose, and 36' extension ladder. One hose [house] at each end of business section with 300' 2 1/2" hose on hand reel at each & 75' ladders on hand cart kept in building in center of town together with 500' 2 1/2" hose in reserve. Department partly motorized. No fire alarm system. Siren & bell at fire station for giving alarm."
Water system included 40 double hydrants, with "domestic pressure" of 62 pounds and "fire pressure" of 120 pounds. Here are the four fire department buildings as shown on the maps. Their locations:
- Fire station - Church west of Railroad
- Hose house - Main and O'Neil, northeast corner
- Hose house - Main between Lombard and Smith
- Ladder truck - Barbour west of 2nd
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Lee Wilson yesterday photographed Raleigh's new air truck at Atlantic Emergency Solutions in Fayetteville. The 2015 Kenworth/Pierce will be delivered next week. It'll be added as Air 2 at Station 15, along with Engine 15 and Rescue 1. It joins a 2002 International/SVI mobile airt unit, Air 1, which is housed at Station 8. We'll get some more details on the truck's specs and features. See more photos from Lee.
Lee Wilson photo
On Tuesday, October 28, at 6:22 p.m. EDT, a rocket exploded shortly after liftoff from a spaceport on Wallops Island, VA. The catastrophic failure of Orbital Science Corporation's Antares rocket occurred less than a minute after the launch of the unmanned spacecraft.
The spectacular explosion was recorded and transmitted across the globe by spectators and journalists alike. The resulting fireball fell onto the launch facility, while debris was scattered for some miles.
Who were the firefighters that responded, and how did they fight that fire? Let's take a virtual trip to NASA's Wallops Flight Facility to learn about their fire department, their equipment, and the mishap on the launch pad that night.
Part I - Department Profile
Wallops Flight Facility Fire Department (WFFFD) protects 6,200 acres on the eastern shore of Virginia on the Delmarva (DELaware, MARyland, VirginiA) Peninsula. The facility employees 1,110 full-time employees and includes the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS).
The spaceport is operated as a combination of federal, state, and private concerns. For example, MARS owns the launch pad while NASA operates the airfield and owns several sub-orbital launch rails. The facility also houses such tenant partners as NOAA and the Navy.
The base has two fire stations and fifty personnel including part-time members. They're not federal firefighters, however. NASA contracts with LJT & Associates. The firefighters are contracted employees, while the apparatus and equipment is owned by NASA.
Station 1 is located on the mainland and protects the main base and its airfield. Station 2 is located on the island and protects the launch facility. They are approximately eight road miles apart.
Google Maps image
From this Atlantic Emergency Solutions Facebook page posting comes this picture of High Point's new Air Light Resource Unit. Freightliner chassis with body by Bear-Kat Manufacturing, which is based out of their Roanoke Regional Service Center. Features included Scott RevolveAir SCBA charge station and compressor, interior work benches, spare cylinder access from both interior and exterior, reels with air hose and electrical cord, and a Will-Burt LED light tower with dual tilt and wireless remote. Note the new color scheme for High Point apparatus, grey over red.
Atlantic Emergency Solutions photo
Photographer Lee Wilson posted these pictures to Twitter (as @cfp702) of Wake Forest's new reserve apparatus. Top is a 1995 Pierce Dash pumper, 1500/500, formerly from Raleigh. Served as Engine 11, Engine 21, and Engine 221 (reserve). Bottom is a refurbished 1990 E-One Protector aerial ladder, 1500/300/75'. Originally served as Quint 252 for the Consolidated Fire Company in Johnston County, Kansas. Now Ladder 3, though not in service yet. Both are recent deliveries. See the Wake Forest Fire Department web page for info on the rest of their fleet. Update: See more photos from Lee.
Lee Wilson photos
Here's one of the coolest fire history sites we've seen in sometime: detroit.fdmaps.com. Or more simply, Detroit Fire Department Maps. Debuted last week. The extensive, exhaustive site is the work of fire buff slash designer Jeff Harkey.
You know him as the Editor-in-Chief of FireNews.net. He's also the creator of FDMaps.com, which started as a North Carolina fire station mapping project. The site and the brand has extended to fire station maps of Atlanta, Chicago, and now Detroit.
There's much to explore on the site, including such goodies as:
- Active firehouses - Mapped and listed
- Historic firehouses - Mapped and listed, plus histories, plus current and/or historical building photos
- Evolution of fire department growth - Video showing the department expansion and contraction from 1850 to 2015
- More maps - Including volunteer era companies and all closed career companies
- Apparatus photos - Historic images from the hand, horse, and motorized eras.
Hit the site and lose yourself for a couple hours. You'll have a blast.
Wake, Durham Counties Consider Fire Service Consolidation
This one's making the rounds today, news report about Wake and Durham counties considering a consolidation of fire services. The idea is based on Durham County's newly created fire department, which would extend into Wake County, with the possibility of absorbing some of the private departments. There's an apparatus numbering scheme that's been mentioned, as well as regionalization of resources. Such as ladder trucks and heavy rescues. And a possibility of including the airport in the thing! Read the story here http://tinyurl.com/pd6dhko.Video Clips From Sunday's House Fire in Raleigh
Found via FireNews.net on Twitter, here are pair of very short video clips of Sunday morning's house fire in Raleigh on Casland Drive. They're from YouTube user and apparent neighbor Will Pearce. They're embedded below this picture from Mike Legeros. See more of his photos. Incident summary:
House fire at 5001 Casland Drive. Upgraded to working fire while units were en route, due to multiple calls. Engine 21 arriving at a two-story, wood-frame, single-family dwelling with 2,450 square-feet. Built 2002. Heavy fire and smoke found from second floor and through roof. Transitional attack, with crews attempting to make entry. Quickly changed to defensive mode with all occupants accounted for, and collapse conditions observed. Ladder 2 with aerial operations, plus portable monitor in rear, and hand lines. Dispatched 8:32 a.m. Controlled 9:15 a.m. Cause determined as accidental, child playing with cigarette lighter. Included E21, E27, E11, E12, L2, L8, R1, B1, B2, A1, C20, C401, EMS 5, EMS 36, EMS 7, EMS 2, D1, T1. "B" platoon.
WRAL posted this dramatic photo on Thursday, from Wednesday night's house fire in Wake Forest. House under renovation at 427 N. Main Street. Two-story, wood-frame, single-famiy dwelling with 3,590 square-feet. Built 1909. Dispatched around 11:30 p.m. Engine 1 and Ladder 1 arrived within four-minutes of dispatch and found the house "engulfed in flames." Engines 1, 2, 3, and Ladder 1 deployed hose lines and master streams, battling the blaze and protecting the exposures on all four sides.
Engine 5 and units from Rolesville and Stony Hill assisted with water supply and fire attack. One firefighter was injured and transported to the hospital. They were released early Thursday morning. The house was unoccupied at the time of the blaze. The cause remains under investigation, notes the summary on the Wake Forest Fire Department web site. See that page for more photos and a couple video clips. Perhaps readers can add the complete run card and suppression specifics.
Wake Forest Fire Department/WRAL photo
How about a sampling of past 'n' present firehouses from Norfolk, VA? These pictures scanned and compiled from History of the Norfolk Fire Department published in 1975 by the Norfolk Firemen's Relief Association and Norfolk Firefighters' Association. (Bought a copy on eBay this week.) What are the addresses and service dates for all these? To be determined! Maybe readers can help. A couple of the historic ones are still in service (see list of stations on their official site), and a couple closed ones are still sanding. View the graphic in full size (PDF, 11 MB).
Scaffold Collapse on Fayettevile Street
The local news ably covered Monday's fatal scaffold collapse on Fayetteville Street, with such stories that day as from WRAL and WTVD and the News & Observer. And their coverage has continued, with stories about the three workers who were killed, the companies involved in the incident, and the beginnings of the investigation. The Associated Press also carried the story, which surfaced on such sites as Firehouse.com and Fire Engineering.
The first call was dispatched at 10:58 a.m. to 501 Fayetteville Street as an injured person for Engine 1. That's an eleven-story office building with 243,000 square-feet under construction at northeast corner of Fayetteville and Lenoir streets. Additional units were added as additional callers reported collapsed scaffolding with people trapped. Engine 2, Ladder 4, Squad 7, Rescue 1, Battalion 3, Battalion 5, and USAR 801 were added to the call.
Arriving units found collapsed sections of a mast climber scaffold, with the platform in street, and three deceased people and one person with serious injuries. The patient was transported and collapse area was evacuated. Construction workers were also evacuated from the building site. Most fire companies were returned to service, while Ladder 4 remained on scene. Rescue 1 was also requested back to the scene.
Command post and staging were located on South Street in front of the auditorium. Car 1 was incident commander. Fire and EMS personnel remained on scene into late afternoon, assisting with evaluating and securing the remaining sections of scaffolding, investigating the accident site and assist other investigators, and removing the bodies of the deceased workers.
Fire units included E1, E2, L4, Sq7, R1, B3, B5, USAR 801, HM2, C20, C420, C401, C1, C2, C51, C55. EMS units included EMS 11, EMS 19, EMS 35, EMS 41, EMS 51, EMS 55, D1, D2, M93, M93, MD1, MD20, Chief 103, Chief 203, Evac 1.
Mr. Blogger arrived at scene an hour into the incident. He's posted his pictures of the command post, the general perimeter, and people and vehicles therein.
photos by Mike Legeros.
Raleigh Fire Prevention Footage From 1990
The Raleigh Fire Museum has started digitizing old video tapes from the fire department. They're posting the best of the best on their YouTube channel. Here's a pair of clips from 1990. Top is a fire prevention display in August 1990, with Engine 8 and Truck 8 at the K-Mart on Western Boulevard. (How many of those then-young folks do you recognize?) Bottom is a performance by the fire department's puppet show, circa 1990. (Careful or that opening song will get stuck in your head!) Visit the museum's Videos and Movies site for more.
Learned of a couple new pieces of airport fire equipment yesterday, while attending the tri-annual Sky Drill at the airport. Raleigh-Durham International Airport Emergency Services department added a brush truck and a foam trailer last year. (Mr. Blogger clearly being behind the times.)
CFR 12 is a 2015 Ford F-350 with a UPF Defender skid unit, 300 gallon water tank and 10 gallon foam cell. Don't know pump capacity. No roof lights or lettering. The truck is also used as a service truck, for utility purposes, and pulls the foam trailer. It's added on calls as needed, and can answer parking deck calls when CFR 1 is unavailable.
The trailer was built by Combat Support Products, which located right here in Wake County. Just down the road in Fuquay-Varina, in fact. That's their FoamChariot III model. Equipped with three foam totes and a high-capacity water/foam deluge gun. The trailer can be used as a simple resupply unit, for the crash trucks on or off airport property. It can also respond as mutual aid for offsite incidents. We'll see if we can get exact specs.
The full roster of airport apparatus currently includes:
- CFR 1 - 2005 Ford/4 Guys mini-pumper, ?/300/15
- CFR 2 - 2000 Oshkosh T-1500 4x4 crash truck, 1500/1500/210/450 pounds dry chem
- CFR 3 - 2000 Oshkosh T-1500 4x4 crash truck, 1500/1500/210/450#
- CFR 4 - 2000 Oshkosh T-3000 6x6 crash truck, 1800?/3000/420/450#
- CFR 10 - 2001 Ford Excursion command vehicle
- CFR 12 - 2015 Ford F-350 brush truck, ?/300/10
- Foam trailer