Two Alarms on Riddle Road in Durham

 
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Two alarms were struck in Durham on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at a major outside fire at 1915 Riddle Road. Dispatched 3:38 p.m. as a vehicle fire for Engine 4, located two blocks away, and Tanker 18. Structure fire assignment also dispatched, while first units were en route. Arriving units found heavy fire in a scrap pile containing various materials, including automobiles and large appliances.

Several hundred feet of five-inch supply line was laid from a hydrant about a block from the business entrance. Ladder 12 was positioned beside Engine 4, and supplied/boosted by the engine. Engine 1, on Riddle Road, boosted the pressure on the hydrant.


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With addition water pressure/capacity needed, tankers were utilized, with Tanker 18 serving as the dump tank at the business entrance. Two other tankers shuttled water from a fill point in rear of Station, backing down Riddle Road to the connection point to Tanker 18.

Tanker 18 provided relay pumping to Engine 12, which deployed it’s deck gun. Battalion 1 was the incident command location. Haz-Mat units brought foam containers to the scene. Portable monitor(s) and hand lines were also used.


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Second alarm later called for manpower, to relieve first-alarm companies. As Durham FD on Facebook noted, that brought 27 more firefighters to the scene, for a total of 64 working the incident.

The Durham FD drone team was also operating, with thermal imaging used to assist with suppression and assessing threat to nearby homes, on the other side of a wooded area.

 


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Quint 19 deployed to Homewood Avenue, and flow water for a number of hours to mitigate any embers, and reduced the amount of thick smoke that was spreading through the neighborhood and across Alston Avenue.

The fire was brought under control in approximately six hours. Crews remained on scene through the night, dousing hot spots. Riddle Road, between Highway 55 and Alston Avenue also remained closed through the night.


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Durham County EMS also had units on scene and provided scene support.

Legeros arrived some two hours into the incident. 


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Run card included: Sq1, Sq4, B1, B2, B3, B4, E1, E2, E3, E4, E5, E6, E12, E13, E14, E18, L2, l3, L12, Q19, R1, HM13, HM16, MS1 (mobile support unit), Safety Officer, Division Chief, Special Operations Chief, Fire Chief, plus many tankers (including a tanker task force): DFD T11, T17, T18 and county units T316 (cleared after dispatched), T325, T335, T515 (all three cleared before arriving), Redwood T715.

Dispatch: E4, T18
First alarm: R1, FD20, SAF1, Sq4, L12, E1, E3, L3, T11, T17, B1, B3
Added: HM13, HM16, MS1, other chiefs
Tanker task force: T316 (cleared after dispatched), T325, T335, T515 (all three cleared before arriving), Redwood T715.
Second alarm: [goes here]

 

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Relocating Fire Station 14 – Spring Update

This is an ongoing blog posting about the relocating of Fire Station 14. 

See Legeros updates below. See also ongoing Legeros photos. And here’s the official project site from the city.

Contents

  • 4/16/21 – Construction Nearly Completion
  • 8/10/19 – Walls Going Up
  • 6/25/19 – Site Work Nearly Finished
  • 3/23/19 – Site Work Finishing
  • 7/25/18 – Site Work Started
  • 1/17/17 – Construction Bid Awarded
  • 12/28/17 – Site Cleared
  • 11/9/16 – Second Public Meeting
  • 8/15/16 – Drawings and Floor Plan
  • 8/6/16 – Public Meeting

April 16, 2021
Construction nearing completion. Here’s a photo from last month:

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Wake County Fire Commission Meeting – April 15, 2021

The Wake County Fire Commission will hold a special-called, virtual meeting on Thursday, April 15, 2021. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. 

The agenda and meeting documents are below. Information on submitting public comments and access for viewing/listening are posted on the Wake County Public Meetings Calendar

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Agenda

  • Meeting Called to Order: Chairman Keith McGee
    • Invocation
    • Pledge of allegiance
    • Roll of Members Present
  • Items of Business
    • Adoption of Minutes for January 21, 2021 Meeting
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Long Range Plan Guiding Principals & Standards Update and Recommendation
    • Presentation and Recommendation of FY22 Fire Tax District Budget
  • Public Comments:
    • Comments emailed in from the public, as directed on the public advertisement on the County
      Meeting Calendar prior to noon on March 18, 2021. Any comments received will be emailed to the
      Fire Commission prior to the meeting. Depending on the number of comments received, the
      comments may be read by Director Alford at this time.
  • Adjournment – Next Meeting – May 20, 2021
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Wake County EMS Adds Cary Units

Here’s the new “Cary Main” EMS station, activated on April 1, 2021, in old Cary Fire Station 2/Station 9 on Maynard Road. It’s occupied by Wake County EMS, who took over the response area of Cary EMS on that date. See below for summary of new EMS units and locations. Pics from April 2 and April 8, with a new apron nearly completed.  See more Legeros photos.

Effective April 1, 2021

New WCEMS units placed in service:

  • EMS 50, DC5 – Cary Main – 875 SE Maynard Road, old CFD Sta 2/Sta 9
  • EMS 51 – Cary West – 2101 High House Road, CFD Sta 5
  • EMS 52 – Morrisville – 10632 Chapel Hill Road, MFD Sta 2
  • EMS 58 – Mills Park – 408 Mills Park Drive, CFD Sta 8
  • EMS 59 – Cary East – 1427 Walnut Street, CFD Sta 9 – Start/stop location only, and posts at Cary Main, and parks outside in the rear of the Cary Main station. Daytime unit.

Note: Some of these unit designations were previously assigned to Cary EMS.

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End of an Era for Cary EMS

End of an era. Cary Area EMS ceased responding to 911 calls in Wake County yesterday, April 1, 2021, wrapping 17,758 days of service after answering their first call on August 18, 1972. (But stay tuned, as they’re planning to retool as a new educational non-profit.)

The “community rescue squad” was formed in September 1971, and after an incident that summer where a boy struck by a furniture truck died after waiting forty-five minutes for an ambulance to arrive from Raleigh.

The steering committee included members of Cary FD and Yrac FD, and presented their ideas to Town Council in October of that year. Instead of a service affiliated with a particular fire department, they formed a private, non-profit corporation, with fifteen charter members.

They started with first aid classes for squad members, creating an advisory board of local leaders, and their first fund drive, to raise money for an ambulance, a rescue truck, and a down payment on a squad.

And so they began, providing decades of service to the community and with so many great, dedicated people.

Among their many milestones: first squad in state to “make general use of pagers” (1972), first ambulance built by Murphy Body Works in Wilson (1973), first Hurst tool in Wake County (1974), first of three volunteer squads in county with paramedics (1986), first nationally accredited volunteer squad (1999).

Below are some historical images of Cary EMS over the years and decades, see more on the History of EMS in Wake County photo page

Read Mike’s research notes on the early history of Cary EMS at https://www.legeros.com/history/ems.

Effective April 1, 2021, Wake County EMS took over the primary response area of Cary EMS. On/by May 4, they will take over the response area of Eastern Wake EMS. They’re also hiring employees of both agencies. On that date, WCEMS will become the sole EMS provider in the county.

In their heyday, there were as many as nine community rescue squads serving in Wake County. From Apex to Fuquay to Rolesville to Zebulon. Fine legacy of service from all.

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Rebuilding Raleigh Fire Station 6 – Now Open

This is an ongoing blog posting about the rebuilding of Fire Station 6. 

See Legeros updates below. See also ongoing Legeros photos. And here’s the official project site from the city.

March 30, 2021

Now Open

The City of Raleigh’s newest fire station was placed in service at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 29, 2021. Earlier that morning, Engine 6 relocated from their temporary quarters shared with Engine 5 at Station 5 on Oberlin Road. They were later joined by Ladder 6, relocated from Station 23 on Pinecrest Road. 

Located on Fairview Road, the new fire station replaced a 1949 engine house that was located on the same site, and that was demolished in 2017.

Station 6 is located in the Hayes Barton community and first opened in 1943, in a rented building on the opposite side of Oberlin Road. 


See more photos by Legeros.

Prior Postings

  • 3/30/21 – Now Open
  • 12/31/20 – Opening Soon
  • 5/10/20 – Projected Completion
  • 9/27/19 – Ready for a Roof!
  • 7/25/19 – Then & Now
  • 6/25/19 – June Update
  • 1/1/19 – Construction Underway, Project Timeline
  • 6/30/18 – Delays Nearly Done
  • 12/28/17 – Site Preparation
  • 08/12/17 – Now Gone
  • 08/02/17 – Demolition started
  • 07/17/17 – Demolition starting soon
  • 05/30/17 – Now closed
  • 05/27/17 – Moving day is nigh!
  • 04/20/17 – Construction bid awarded, other updates
  • 03/11/16 – Comparing current and future station
  • 03/10/16 – 3D renderings
  • 03/04/16 – Another public meeting scheduled
  • 10/07/15 – Public meeting recap
  • 10/07/15 – Historical correction 

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Two Alarms on Thesis Circle

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Two alarms were struck in Raleigh on Monday morning, March 22, 2021. Dispatched 9:24 a.m. for 2110 Thesis Circle in south Raleigh, near Lake Wheeler Road and I-40. Three-story, wood-frame, garden-style apartment building with 16,128 square-feet. Built 2014 say tax records.

Engine 2 first-arriving with heavy fire showing on the second and third floors, in the front of the structure. Second-arriving Engine 13 with water supply. Lines pulled, and exterior and interior fire attack started, along with searches of the building.


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Battalion 3 arrived, gave secondary size-up, assumed command, and requested a second alarm about 9:35 a.m. By that time, fire was showing through the roof. Staging for second-alarm companies designated as Lake Wheeler Road.

Crews were withdrawn about 9:45 a.m., with evacuation tones sounded. Aerial operations were started, with Ladder 1 in the A/D corner, and Ladder 12 in the A/B corner. Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down, aerial operations were halted and crews returned inside the structure, to complete extinguishment.


WRAL image, screen grab from video footage

Controlled at 11:00 a.m., with crews remaining on scene through the next morning performing overhaul, extinguishing hot spots, and assisting residents with removing personal property. Cause determined as accidental, with twelve units rendered uninhabitable, and 95 people displaced, from news reports. No residents were injured. 

Run card: E10, E13, E2, E20, L1, L12, R16, B3, B5 (first alarm), A28, B1, DC1, INV1 (working fire), E12, E8, E6, L14, L20 (second alarm), E5, Sq7, E11, B2 (special call), plus C1, C2, C3, C5, C14 (Safety Officer), plus EMS 11, 29, 50, 14, Truck 1, Medic 91, D1, D7. Chief 200, Chief 102.

Relief: L6, L15, E16, E21 (1300-1500); E4, E22, L23, L25 (1500-1700); E8, E27, B4 (1700-1900); E24, E26 (1900-2100); E17 (2100-0000); E25 (0000-0300); L4 (0300-0600). 


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Timeline

  • 09:24 – First alarm – E10, E13, E2, E20, L1, L12, R16, B3, B5
  • ~09:30 – Working fire – A28, B1, DC1, INV1
  • ~09:34 – Special call – C401
  • ~09:37 – Second Alarm – E12, E8, E6, L14, L20
  • ~09:45 – Evacuation tones
  • ~09:46 – Special call – B2
  • ~09:51 – Move-up – E25 to Sta 3
  • ~09:56 – Move-up – L4 to Sta 1
  • ~09:56 – Special call – E5, Sq7
  • ~09:57 – Move-up – E18 to Sta 1
  • ~09:58 – Special call – E11
  • ~09:59? – Move-up – New Hope engine to Sta 11
  • 11:00 – Under control
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Wake County Fire Commission Meeting – Thursday, March 18, 2021

The Wake County Fire Commission will hold a virtual version of its regular scheduled meeting on Thursday, March 18, 2021. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. 

The agenda and meeting documents are below. Information on submitting public comments and access for viewing/listening are posted on the Wake County Public Meetings Calendar

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Agenda

  • Meeting Called to Order: Chairman Keith McGee
    • Invocation
    • Pledge of allegiance
    • Roll of Members Present
  • Items of Business
    • Adoption of Minutes for January 21, 2021 Meeting
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Long Range Plan Guiding Principals & Standards Update and Recommendation
  • Public Comments:
    • Comments emailed in from the public, as directed on the public advertisement on the County
      Meeting Calendar prior to noon on March 18, 2021. Any comments received will be emailed to the
      Fire Commission prior to the meeting. Depending on the number of comments received, the
      comments may be read by Director Alford at this time.
  • Regular Agenda
  • Information Agenda
    • Fire Tax Financial Report – Michael Gammon
    • Standing Committee Updates
      Administrative
      Apparatus
      Budget
      Communications
      Equipment
      Facility
      Health & Wellness
      Training
      Volunteer Recruitment & Retention Committee
    • Chair Report
    • Fire Services Report
  • Other Business
  • Adjournment – Next Meeting – Special Called Meeting for Budget on April 15, 2021
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