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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Raleigh Fire Department – Digitized Yearbooks from 1984 and 2002

Whoops, this posting was originally planned in November. Let’s catch up… The Raleigh Fire Museum in partnership with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center in November 2018 announced the digitization of two fire department “yearbooks” from 1984 and 2002. These commemorative volumes are no longer in print, and document the personnel, facilities, equipment, and history of …

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North Carolina Fire Departments in 1896

Here’s a list of North Carolina fire departments in 1896, as reported by the Statistician of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association, for the year ending April 1, 1896. This reported was printed in the proceedings for the Eighth Annual Convention Tournament, held in Salisbury, NC, on August 19, 20, 21.  The printed document–61 pages, …

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