First Fire Department in North Carolina?

This content first appeared as a Facebook posting in August 2021.  Hey Mike, which fire department was the first in North Carolina? Great question. Let’s tease out an answer. First, some ground rules. For our purposes, fire department = fire company, as that was the verbiage of colonial times. Second, fire companies do NOT include …

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Wake County Fire Commission Meeting – Thursday, November 18, 2021

The Wake County Fire Commission will hold its regular-schedule meeting on Thursday, November 18, 2021. This is a physical, in-person meeting. It starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Emergency Services Education Center, 221 S. Rogers Lane, Raleigh. The agenda and meeting documents are below. Information on submitting public comments and access for viewing/listening are posted …

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First Rated Rural Water Supply – Nahunta FD, 1979

Note: See this Facebook posting for comments and discussion about this blog posting. This posting was updated on November 14, 2021 On August 1, 1979, the Nahunta Volunteer Fire Department in Wayne County became the first rural fire department in both North Carolina and the nation to receive a municipal fire insurance rating, because of …

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Three Asheville Firefighters Killed in Bostian Bridge Train Wreck, 1891

The Accident On August 27, 1891, three Asheville firemen were killed and three others were injured when the passenger train they were riding plunged from a trestle in Iredell County. They were returning from the state firemen’s convention Durham. The train had just passed Statesville and plunged from the iron trestle over Third Creek at …

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