Legislation Proposed for Fairview Fire District

Here’s some surprising news. Local legislation has been introduced to the North Carolina General Assembly, to remove the Fairview (Ten Ten) Fire District from the governance and jurisdiction of Wake County. It was introduced on November 28 by Representative Nelson Dollar.   Read the text of the House Bill.  Recall that the department has been strongly critical of …

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Meet Raleigh’s New Firefighters

On Wednesday night, December 5, twenty-seven new firefighters will join the ranks of the Raleigh Fire Department. Recruit Academy 43 will graduate in a ceremony at 7:00 p.m. at the Fletcher Opera Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South Street. The new firefighters have completed 32-weeks of classroom, practical …

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When Gateway Plaza Burned, December 1987

December 2 Log book excerpts added at bottom of posting. November 25 Development is comin’ to the Capital Boulevard corridor inside the Beltline. Or, perhaps, more development. The Gateway Plaza shopping center, built in 1968, is planned for Big Things. Here are a couple news stories on same, from the Triangle Business Journal (2016) and News & …

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Locating a Line of Duty Death – Cary, 1960

November 19Looking More Closely…Let’s revisit our recent postings about the June 16, 1960, apparatus accident that killed Cary firefighter Vernon Thompson. Super-close cropping of the News & Observer images gives clues on the Raleigh FD response to the incident. Observe what’s seen here. Top is one of the city’s four 1951/1953 ALF 700 pumpers (based …

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Fairview Station Closure – Update, November 30

Note: This page is a placeholder for current and future updates about the proposed concept of closing Fairview Fire Station 2. November 30, 2018 Legislation Proposed for Fire District Local legislation has been introduced to the North Carolina General Assembly, to remove the Fairview (Ten Ten) Fire District from the governance and jurisdiction of Wake …

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Wake County Fire Commission Meeting – November 15, 2018

Here’s the agenda for tomorrow night’s meeting of the Wake County Fire Commission, for Thursday, November 15, 2018. Starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Wake County Emergency Services Education Center, 221 S. Rogers Lane, Raleigh.  Agenda Meeting Called to Order: Chairman Chief McGee Invocation Pledge of allegiance Roll of Members Present Items of Business Approval …

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Looking Closely at the Capital Hose Company, Circa 1902

Alert! Alert!  New old photo found! The North Carolina State Archives recently added this image to their collection. It was cataloged in 2014 and one of a handful of surviving turn-of-the-century images of the Raleigh Fire Department. Call number N. 2014.9.1. It shows the Capital Hose Company competition reel team, circa 1902. They won the …

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Two Alarms on Wallingford Drive

Two alarms were struck this morning at 5051 Wallingford Drive. Dispatched 5:07 a.m. Engine 19 arriving at a two-story, garden-style apartment building with 10,356 square feet and eight units. Built 1985. Heavy smoke showing from the front of the structure. Transitional attack to start, then interior operations plus exterior blitz monitors for exposures. Second alarm …

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Every Last Ladder Truck… Again

Let’s update that posting and montage from February 2014, showing every last ladder truck operated by the Raleigh Fire Department.  How many do you recognize? Here’s your cheat sheet. As for the montage, it’s a low-res quickie. With a pair of catalog images included, as a change. Don’t believe either is Raleigh’s. And one truck is …

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