Vintage Photo of Guilford County Airport Fire Spill Support Unit

Thanks to a reader, who came upon this vintage picture the other week, from the collection of Scott Mattson.  Thanks for sharing, Micah! Vintage Guilford County Fire Services support unit. Looks like a 1960s Dodge truck, which had been converted into a lighting and generator unit. It’s pulling a two-axle cargo trailer lettered as “oil spill …

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Close Views of Early Raleigh Fire Engines

Random historical photo(s) from the Raleigh Fire Museum. Visit this photo album to see others. Visit this apparatus register to learn more about these rigs.  Fire apparatus at the North Carolina State Capitol, circa early 1920s. Courtesy Raleigh Fire Department. Pictured left to right are:  1912 American LaFrance Type 5 combination chemical and hose truck …

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Mayview, Belgrade, Loco Fire Departments Plan Merger

From the Jacksonville Daily News on February 21, three fire departments in Jones and Onslow County are planning a merger. They began discussions in December, with a merger plan presented at a February 20 meeting. The merger is expected to take effect on July 1. Details on each department: Maysville Fire & EMS, Inc.Jones County404 Main …

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Tales of the Union – 1942 to 1951

How about some vintage meeting minute excerpts for your hysterical historical enjoyment? These are from the Raleigh Fire Fighters Association, Local No. 548, as transcribed by Yours Truly. Read many more at http://legeros.com/ralwake/raleigh/history/union/ 1942 – Meeting came to order at 10:30 a.m. followed by prayer by all members. Motion made and carried that men at work …

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New EMS Station in Wendell

Update 8:14 a.m. – Corrected to note that Eastern Wake EMS will exclusively occupy the facility.  Wake County is building a new EMS station at 3001 Wendell Boulevard, which is across the street-and-to-the-right from the fire station. It will replace the current Wendell Main EMS Station, located downtown. Construction is nearing completion. Lee Wilson took this …

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Fatal Fires in Raleigh – 1948 to 2018

Presenting the results of a recent research project: Fatal Fires in Raleigh, 1948-2018. Starting in 1948, and the deadliest fire in the city’s history. Five family members died after their apartment burned above the Carolina Country Club clubhouse in February 1948. Over 150 deaths, from incidents as limited by (a.) inside the city limits, or (b.) …

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Western Wake’s Year End Video… And How They Did It

Western Wake Fire-Rescue has posted their annual “year end” video, a compilation of video clips and still photos. And this isn’t your father’s YouTube video, either. The days of slideshows with “just a couple videos” are long gone. Now it’s helmet cams and GoPro cameras. < But, but, where’s the drone footage? This year’s video …

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History of Durham City/County Rescue Services

This posting is infrequently updated. Last update: June 8, 2018 Presenting a history of rescue and EMS services in Durham County and Durham city. This originated as a blog posting in 2014, and has been expanded here. With reader input, it may get further expanded! Click to enlarge: Early History Ambulance services in Durham and …

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