Vintage Brochure – Zebulon Rescue Squad GMC/Murphy Crash Truck

For your Friday enjoyment, here’s a vintage brochure from Murphy Body Works in Wilson, NC. Advertised is a low-profile, light-duty rescue truck that they built for Zebulon Rescue Squad. The chassis was a 1975-76 GMC Sierra and it replaced a 1954 GMC panel van and ex-Raleigh Rescue Squad vehicle. It served until 1995, when replaced with a …

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101 Years of Raleigh Tillers

The Raleigh Fire Department’s newest tiller was delivered this week, a 2017 Pierce Arrow XT, 1500/200/100′. See prior posting about the delivery. It also marks 101 years of tractor-drawn fire apparatus in the Capital City. Let’s look back at each rig, and its history.  Click to enlarge, then scroll down to read details: Photo credits include …

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Raleigh Receives Third Tiller – 2017 Pierce Arrow XT

The Raleigh Fire Department has taken delivery of their third tiller, a 2017 Pierce Arrow XT tractor-drawn aerial ladder, 1500/200/100-foot. Job #30630. Delivered July 10.  It was part of a three-truck order funded in FY17, that included a pair of 2017 Pierce Enforcer pumpers, 1500/500/200. Jobs #30631-1 and #30631-2. Those were delivered last month. See prior …

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Remembering the Bessemer Fire Department in Greensboro

One of the earliest “suburban” fire departments in North Carolina was Bessemer VFD in Greensboro. We’ve blogged about them before, but let’s take a deeper dive. They were organized in 1942, upon the completion of a sanitary district, which added water lines and fire hydrants. By all accounts, they were not equipped for fighting fires …

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Watch For Archives Postings…

Pardon our dusty content, as we occasionally re-post postings from the Legeros Blog Archives. Several dozen postings are no longer available, due to technical mysterious-ness.  Some we’re digging back out, and re-posting here, or as content on the Legeros History Site, notably under www.legeros.com/history/stories. Today’s crop consist of: Fire Department Developments in Pender County, 2013 …

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New Facebook Fire Page – Legeros Fire Line

Yours Truly has created a new/old Facebook page for his “fire stuff,” cannily/curiously named Legeros Fire Line. (Get it?) Easy peasy web address: www.facebook.com/legerosfire.  Was previously named Legeros Fire Blog and with a slightly longer web address. For years, blog postings were repeated there. And Mike’s private Facebook page did dual duty of “personal stuff” …

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Introducing Northern Wake Fire Department

July 1 At midnight, Stony Hill Fire Chief A.C. Rich gave the final broadcast of the Stony Hill Rural Fire Department, as they signed off effect at 00:00 hours, and began operation as part of the new Northern Wake Fire Department. Listen to that radio traffic.  June 30 Northern Wake Fire Department begins operation on …

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Fire Department Developments in Pender County, 2013

This is a blog archives posting from October 24, 2013, and re-posted here as the original is unavailable due to technical issues. October 24 Effective this month, the Surf City Volunteer Fire Department has merged with the recently created Pender Fire and EMS. As earlier parts of this posting note (click READ MORE), the private …

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Durham County Receives Results of Fire Service Study, 2014

This is a blog archives posting from Feburary 5, 2014, and re-posted here as the original is unavailable due to technical issues. February 5 Reports this Herald-Sun story, Durham County Commissioners will vote next week to endorse (or not) the recommendations of the recently receive fire protection study. On Monday, the Interim County Manager provided a …

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