Kenly Firefighter John Davis is Laid to Rest

Kenly Fire Department Firefighter John M. Davis Jr. was buried yesterday in his hometown in Johnston County. Hundreds of mourners gathered yesterday morning at Kenly Funeral Home & Cremations on East 2nd Street. Burial followed at Center Ridge Presbyterian Church on Glendale Road, with a procession of 60 fire trucks and emergency vehicles escorting the …

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Vintage Wilmington Fire Apparatus in 1997

Vintage Wilmington fire apparatus as photographed in September 1997. Wait, when did trucks from the 1980s start qualifying as vintage?!? Courtesy of David Raynor, a blog reader, fire buff, and former law officer who lived in Raleigh and Greensboro in his day. Pictured left to right, top to bottom: 1987 Ford/Grumman pumper, 1000/500 1985 Ford/Quality …

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One Truck, Two Trucks, Yellow Trucks & More – Solving a Mystery at the Airport

Let’s solve a mystery. Did the airport fire department have one or two Walters CB3000 crash trucks, back in the day? Wait, doesn’t story go that the 1973 Walter CB3000 (delivered new) was re-manufactured by Crash Rescue Equipment Services in/around 1990? Yes, that’s the long-told story. Then a certain fire historian heard an interesting story …

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Updated – Wake County Fire Commission Meetings – May 5 & May 12, 2016

May 10, 2016 Here’s the agenda for the May 12 meeting. See accompanying agenda packet (PDF): Meeting Called to Order: Chairman Lucius Jones Invocation Roll of Members Present Public Comments Comments from the public will be received at the time appointed by the Chairman of the FireCommission for 30 minutes maximum time allotted, with a …

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Vintage Photo of Raleigh Service Truck in 1987

For your Monday evening enjoyment, here’s another vintage photo from David Raynor, this one of a Raleigh service ladder truck, operating at a fire at St. Mary’s and Hargett streets in 1987. That’s Truck 15, a 1964 GMC that was shop-built using the ladder rack from Raleigh’s first service truck, a 1922 American LaFrance. It …

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Johnston County Line of Duty Deaths – Historical Perspective

On Saturday and the same day that the state’s fallen firefighters were honored in a ceremony at Nash Square in downtown Raleigh, another member of the North Carolina fire service died in the line of duty. Kenly Firefighter John M. Davis Jr., 45, suffered a heart attack while working at the scene of an overturned …

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New Crash Truck Delivered at Airport – September 1969

In September 1969, a new fire engine was delivered at Raleigh-Durham Airport. The Ansul 480 “aircraft crash rescue vehicle” was built on a 1969 International Harvster Loadstar chassis by Southeastern Safety Appliance Company in Charlotte. The Airport Authority authorized its purchase on August 5 of that year. It cost $32,250.50. The truck was equipped with …

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Eight Fallen Firefighters to be Honored at Annual Memorial Service in Raleigh on Saturday, May 7

This Saturday, May 7, the annual North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will be conducted at Nash Square in downtown Raleigh. The event starts at 1:00 p.m. and will be preceded with a parade at 10:00 a.m., featuring honor guards, pipes and drums, and fire apparatus. See event information. In addition, motorcyclists from across the …

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Mecklenburg County Line of Duty Deaths – Historical Perspective

Arrangements were announced today for Pineville Firefighter Richard Sheltra, who died in the line of duty at a strip mall fire in Charlotte on Saturday. Sheltra is the seventeenth line-of-duty death in (or from ) Mecklenburg County. The first were recorded in 1914, when Charlotte Fire Chief J. Harvey Wallace and Captain William B. Glenn …

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