North Carolina State Firemen’s Conference Proceedings, 1896

The North Carolina fire service is quite old, and goes all the way back the late 1700s. Artifacts from earlier eras are harder to come by, and anything pre-1900 is a bonafide find. Thus it’s a hysterical historical pleasure to share some early conference proceedings from the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association, from August 1896. …

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Wake County Fire Commission Meeting – January 17, 2019

The Wake County Fire Commission met last night on Thursday, January 17, 2019. The meeting was held at the Wake County Emergency Services Education Center, 221 S. Rogers Lane, Raleigh.  Read the agenda packet, which includes correspondence to the Fire Services Director concerning the Fairview Station 2 closure concept, discussed in prior meetings. It was …

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Relocating Fire Station 12 – Dedication on January 16

January 18, 2019Photos posted of the dedication ceremony: January 13, 2019The City of Raleigh is dedicating new Fire Station 12 on Wednesday, January 16, at 1:00 p.m. It’s located at 4306 Poole Road, about a mile east of old Station 12. It’s also the largest of the city’s twenty-nine fire stations, with over 18,000 square …

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Tarboro Fireman Dies From Illness After Fire – 1899

Note: This is a version of a posting from Legeros Fire Line on Facebook. See that posting for reader comments and discussion. Found a reference to a Tarboro Fire Department firefighter fatality, and apparently duty-related. From the Proceedings of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Convention in 1899, page 26, from the Secretary’s Report: “Death has …

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Raleigh Run Numbers – 2018

Here are totals for Raleigh Fire Departments unit runs and total calls last year… Total Calls – 42,157Total Runs – 62,033 E1 – 1,983E2 – 1,830E3 – 2,668E4 – 1,249E5 – 1,305E6 – 882Sq7 – 2,400E8 – 2,070E9 – 1,834E10 – 1,689E11 – 2,735E12 – 2,622E13 – 1,431Sq14 – 1,600E15 – 2,539E16 – 1,963E17 – …

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Greensboro’s South Side Hose Company in 1899

Found this this weekend. Vintage photo of Greensboro’s South Side Hose Company in 1899. They were the winners annual state firemen’s tournament Championship Reel Race. The winning times were: 49 sec – Greensboro, South Side Hose Co. No. 4 50 1/4 – New Bern Steam Fire Engine Co. No. 1 51 sec. – Goldsboro, Hose …

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Charlotte Fire Department Helps Move Polio Patients – March 5, 1945

On March 5, 1945, the Charlotte Fire Department assisted with the “greatest mass transfer of polio patients in history”.  Led by Fire Chief W. Hendrix Palmer, the fire department helped the Charlotte Variety Club move 88 patients from the emergency polio hospital in Hickory to the new polio unit at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. Travelling the …

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Vintage Footage of Shaw University Fire, 1991

Found footage alert. Here’s 39 minutes of raw video from Meserve Hall at Shaw University, which went to four alarms in January 1991. Converted from VHS and posted to the Raleigh Fire Museum YouTube channel. Original videographer(s) TBD. Might’ve been two cameras operating, as the footage isn’t strictly sequential.  Incident description below, from my Raleigh fire history …

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RECAP – Wake County Fire Commission – Long-Range Planning Workshop, January 3, 2019

January 6, 2019Blogger David Handy has posted an excellent recap of this meeting, in this posting. He also adds a number of personal perspectives.  His blog is titled Friends of Fairview, and is a newer site, created as a forum for raising citizen concerns about the Fairview Station 2 closure concept, proposed last summer to …

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Wake County Fire Tax District Long-Range Business Plan, January 2005

Here’s another planned posting, first drafted in August 2018, when the Fairview Station 2 closure concept was being discussed. At the time, was updating my Wake County Fire Commission posted docs. They live here: https://legeros.com/blog/docs/wcfc. Found in Mike’s archive, scanned copy of the Wake County Fire Tax District Long-Range Business Plan, as recommended by the Wake …

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