1943, framers organize volunteer forest
firefighting service. Two-dozen farmers meet and elect
community leaders. Appointment of a forest warden for the
township is also urged. Buckhorn and White Oak townships
are invited to join in setting up an organization to protect the
three communities, which annually have been hit hard by fires.
(February 1943) no14feb43
1971, Holly Springs Rural Fire Department
formed. (July 21, 1971) sos
1971, first fire station
is two-bay building at 1140 Avent Ferry Rd. oh
1971, first fire apparatus:
Later apparatus includes:
- 1953 GMC tanker
- 1955 International tanker.
- 1974 Ford / Bean pumper
- military surplus tanker
- military surplus brush truck.
Late 1970s, pit
building added behind fire station to hold pigs for
1985-86, apparatus delivery: 1985-86 Chevy / FMC tanker, 1250 gallons.oh
1986, apparatus delivery:
1986 FMC pumper-tanker, a
demonstrator model purchased with funds donated by Carolina
Power and Light for first-in fire protection at the Harris
Plant, after the 1974 pumper's pump failed at a house fire and
the fire department was using an FMC pumper-tanker lent by
Fuquay at the time CP&L inquired about fire protection. oh
1985, fire station expanded with additional
1989, Shearon Harris Nuclear
Power Plant suffers fire. After nuclear
reactor automatically shuts down at 11:06 p.m., workers spot two
fires. One involves the transformer and is extinguished
largely by sprinkler system. Second fire involves the
generator in the turbine building. Plant's five-member
fire brigade is assisted by Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina fire
departments. Plant officials confirm fire is out and
associated hydrogen leak is contained at 2:43 p.m. (October 10,
1989) rt10oct89, no11oct89
- 1977 Ford / Howe tanker
- brush truck built on 1990 Dodge chassis
donated by Mr. Henry Collins. oh
1995, municipal fire department formed. Named Holly Springs Fire Service Division, part of Holly Springs
Department of Public Safety. (April 1, 1995) oh
1995, temporary fire
station at Omaha Meat Company at corner of Thomasmill
Road and Irving Parkway. oh
1995, first fire apparatus
- 1970s Chevy / Bean
pumper purchased from Wendell Fire Department. Later sold to Surf City Fire
- 1990s International tanker, later sold to
Northwest Harnett County Fire Department. oh
1995, first fire station completed at 127 N. Main
Street. (September 1995) oh
delivery: 1995 Pierce pumper
originally ordered by rural department, but purchased by
constructed: municipal fire
department builds aerial apparatus from 1980s Kodiak 55' bucket
truck donated by Carolina Power and Light. Apparatus is utilized
as master stream at one fire before behind sold to Swepsonville
Fire Department. (July 1997)oh
1997, municipal and rural fire departments merge.
Rural station is designated
Station #1, municipal station is designated Station #2.
1998, fire department
begins EMS service. (April 1, 1998) oh
delivery: 17-foot Shore Line
rescue boat donated by Wake County Sheriff's Department and
modified by firefighters to include canopy, crane, portable pump
with 2" discharge with 1 1/2" gate, and stokes basket
1999, pit building
behind Station #1 remodeled into training facility.
2000-2001, ambulance involved
in accident. Former Fuquay-Varina EMS Ford F-350 ambulance utilized
as frontline unit until Holly Springs vehicle returns from shop.
2002, fire department assists Knightdale
Public Safety's newly created Fire Division. Also donates
hose, turnout gear, and other equipment. (summer 2002) oh
2002, apparatus deliveries:
L8000 chassis with Salisbury rescue body. Replaces 1972
Ford 800 chassis. (September 2002) oh
See Wake County Fire Chiefs
County apparatus register (pdf).
Raleigh Fire Museum photo albums.
- oh Oral history
- sos NC Department of the
Secretary of State
Part II - Additional Notes - 2016
1986 - Purchase of FMC pumper/tanker by CP&L. Alternate oral
history. Federal regulators evaluated the level of response
specified by the power company's contract with the fire
department, and found it insufficient. They power company
promptly purchased (or donated the money for purchase of) the
1990 - Town population is less than 1,000.
2000 - Town population is over 9,000.
2000 - Apparatus delivery: 2000 International/Pierce
2006 - New Station 1 at 700 Flint Point lane opens.
structure has some 12,000 square-feet.
2007 - Station 2 on Avent Ferry Road renovated. One of the
three apparatus bays is converted into living quarters.
2007 - Apparatus delivery:
1999 American Eagle mid-mount
aerial platform. Purchased from Pattonville Fire District,
2008 - Station 3 opens at 4112 Friendship Road.
Engine 3 is
placed in service. Station is operational on August 1.
Occupies a leased house with a metal shelter for the
apparatus. It protects new annexation areas. (August 1, 2008)
2010 - Town population is 24,804.
2011 - Holly Springs Station 2 at 1140 Avent Ferry Road
closes, after tornado strikes town on April 16.
On April 25, Fire Chief Cecil Parker provides this update:
- On Saturday, April 16, 2011, Holly Springs Fire
Station 2, located at 1140 Avent Ferry Road, was damaged
by a passing tornado.
- The engine and staff have been temporarily relocated
to Fire Station 1, located at 700 Flint Point Lane.
- Second-out equipment has been relocated to Fairview
Station 1. Arrangements have been made to have that
equipment dispatched and brought by Fairview as needed.
- The insurance company immediately responded and
provided financial support to install temporary shoring
for the walls, clean out the facility, and store any
- The town code enforcement department immediately
declared the structure unsafe.
- On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, VFIS determined that the
structure was damaged beyond repair and has authorized
- The North Carolina Department of Insurance has been
contacted and made aware of situation. They have indicated
that plans for reconstruction will be moved through the
system immediately so the work can begin.
- The land next to Station 2 has been rented, for
locating temporary housing..
- Contractors have been contacted for construction of 30
by 40 building, to house one engine, one ambulance, and a
- Staff is reporting to Station 2 each morning and
remaining on site until the evening.
- On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, officials will meet with
all interested parties to determine a course of action and
timeline for replacing Fire Station 2.
- Full-time operations at 1140 Avent Ferry Road with
temporary housing are expected to resume within 30 days.
Next door, a
temporary fire station as erected, consisting of a mobile home
for living quarters and a two-bay metal garage. The temporary
station was operational by May 22. The old fire station was
demolished, and construction started on its replacement.
2011 - Apparatus delivery:
2011 Pierce Saber pumper-tanker,
1250/1000. New Engine 2. Delivered in March.
2012 - Leroy Smith hired as Fire Chief. Former Deputy Chief
of BWI Airport fire department. Started on June 4, 2012.
Succeeds former Fire Chief Cecil Parker.
2012 - New Holly Springs Station 2 opens in October 2011.
An open house was conducted on November 10.
2014 - Apparatus delivery:
2014 Spartan ERV MetroStar rescue pumper,
1500/750/25. Contract price was $475,160. Delivered September
8, 2014. Replaces Engine 1. Designated Squad 1.
2014 - Fire dog added named Cinder, to assist firefighters with
teaching fire and life safety skills.
2014 - Apparatus note: Ladder 2 sold on Tuesday before
September 22, 2015. Sold to Biscoe FD in Montgomery County,
2014 - Apparatus delivery:
2001 Spartan Gladiator/Baker Aerialscope mid-mount aerial platform, 2000/0/95-foot.
Was Truck 2-1 at William Cameron Engine Company in Lewisburg,
PA. Originally dark yellow with metal-finish rear body.
Repainted black over red. Delivered August 2014. Placed in
service July 2015 as Ladder 255.
Last updated: September 12, 2016
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