"mysterious fires" destroy two schoolhouses, one
church, and two residences in New Light Township. Buildings
believed burned as reprisals for destruction of eight whiskey
plants in community. Fires occur in Hurricane
neighborhood, some twenty miles from Raleigh. Destroyed
are L. J. Sears school, Stoney Hill school, West Grove Baptist
Church, Leo Ray's residence, and Lonnie Harrison's
dwellings. Community is located in the eastern part of the
township and northwest of the Falls of Neuse. (March 12, 1921) rt12mar21
1958, organized as Stony Hill Fire
Department. Incorporated as Stony Hill Rural Fire
Department Inc. (June 12, 1958) sos
1958, charter members:
Vernon Keith, Sr.
Vernon Keith, Jr
O.L. Holliday fdr
1958, first fire
station is two-bay tin shed located beside 2713 Durham Road, behind and beside present Falls Lake Grocery. Sign on building misprints Stony
Hill as Stoney Hill. Misspelling persists for decades. fdr
1958, first fire
1951 Chevy pumper, 500 GPM,
750 gallons, front-mounted pump
1950 (?) Autocar tanker, 3000
gallons, no quick dump, former military aviation tanker
(firefighting, w/dual rear pumps?).
later apparatus includes: wcfar
1954 Jeep brush trucks (2)
1956 GMC / Alexander (of
Raleigh) pumper / tanker, 500 GPM, 1250 gallons
1963, new fire station
constructed at 7025 Stony Hill Road. Property donated by
Bill Ray, nearby resident, with stipulation that ownership
reverts back to him if no longer used for fire station. fdr,
1966 (?), apparatus
delivery: 1966 Ford brush
truck w/PTO pump, 140 GPM.
1966 (?), apparatus
delivery: 1966 GMC pumper / tanker, 500 GPM, 2000
gallons, tandem-axle with quick dump, only second quick dump in
County (after Cary), later sold to fire department near
1974, first barbecue held.
Becomes semi-annual event on same Saturday in April and
October. Fire department averages $16,000-$17,000 profit
per cookout (in later years?). Food qualities average (in later
During first year, food runs out
by 2:30 p.m. During second year, food runs out by 3:30
p.m. By fourth or fifth year, correct food quantities
determined. Barbeque continues for twenty or twenty-years, until
discontinued around 1996. oh
apparatus delivery: 1954 Mack B75 / Howe pumper, 750 GPM,
750 gallons. Cost $10,0000. Original owner
1979 (?), apparatus
delivery: 1979 Ford-250
brush truck, 250-300 gallons.
1980, old lodge building
burns across from Woodland Chapel on SR 1922. Fire is
believed suspicious, with several old abandoned houses and barns
burned in the last few weeks. Wake Forest, Bay Leaf,
Rolesville, and Falls fire departments respond as mutual aid.
All are returned to quarters except Wake Forest. (December 11, 1980)
1981, Texas Supper held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(April 25, 1981) yfdr
early 1980's, fire department publishes cookbook
of favorite recipes. oh
1983 (?), apparatus
delivery: GMC 7000 / FMC / Bean
tanker, 250-300 GPM, 1250 gallons.
1984, department establishes tax district with
Wake County, enabling funding as percentage of property tax. fdr
1984, station additions: two
more bays and / or rear meeting space.
1984 (?), apparatus
delivery: Chevy 3500 / E-One first-responder / brush truck,
1985, beef barbecue held. (November 2, 1985) wcfar
1987 (?), apparatus
delivery: Ford 8000 / FMC pumper
/ tanker, 1250 GPM, 1000 gallons.
apparatus delivery: 1991 Chevy
30 step van, purchased from Rolesville Fire Department.
siren at Station #1 discontinued. oh
apparatus delivery: 1993 KME / Hale pumper / tanker, 1250
GPM, 1000 gallons.
1995-96, last barbecue held.
Fundraising no longer necessary with changes in tax districts. oh
#2 completed at 15633 New Light Road. fdr
apparatus delivery: 1999 International 4900 / KME pumper /
tanker, 1250 GPM, 1000 gallons.
2001, fire department publishes
revised cookbook. Includes recipe for trademark barbecue
sauce. (June 2001) oh
construction started on new Station #1 at 7037 Stony Hill
Road. The 15,136 square foot facility, a combination
fire and EMS station, will including living and sleeping quarters,
on-site parking for approximately 50 vehicles, and is designed to
accommodate future expansion of dormitory areas. wcm
County apparatus register.
Last updated: June 10, 2004
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