Beck Fire Trucks Built in Davidson County

This is a blog version of Legeros Fire Line Facebook postings from September 2022. We recently learned of another fire truck builder in North Carolina. Jacob C. “Jake” Beck in Davidson County built some 75 fire trucks between the 1950s and 1970s.  Biography Beck operated a metalworking shop in Welcome, NC, in Davidson County. He …

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Raleigh Rescue Boats, Past and Present

With the remnants of Hurricane Ian reaching Raleigh today, here’s a look at the city’s water rescue vehicles, past and present. Left to right, top to bottom: 1953 wooden rescue boats, originally operated by the Raleigh Emergency Rescue Squad at Station 1. And they’ve survived to this date, presently in storage. Lee Wilson photo, from …

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Raleigh Fire Calls During Hurricane Hazel in 1954

In October 1954, a much smaller version of the Raleigh Fire Department answered dozens of calls as Hurricane Hazel passed across the state. The department–with seven engine companies and two truck companies–had one of their busiest weekends ever, said newspapers. For four decades, Hazel was recognized as the benchmark of tropical weather in this part …

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Wake County Fire Commission Meeting – September 15, 2022

The Wake County Fire Commission held their regular meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., at the Wake County Emergency Services Education Center, 221 S. Rogers Lane, Raleigh, NC 27610.  The agenda and meeting documents are below.   View Meeting Documents Recording Listen to the audio recording, as linked from this page. Notes Go …

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Raleigh Wake Scanner Moves to Slack

Raleigh Wake Scanner on Twitter/Facebook changed platforms on May 1, 2022. They moved their posted traffic and incident alerts to Slack channel(s)–generated from their monitoring of scanner radios–and adopted a supporter model with a nominal fee to cover operational expenses. Slack can be used on any browser on any computer. There’s also a Windows desktop …

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Raleigh Rescue Squad Member Drowns, 1959

This is a blog version of a Facebook posting from February 2021. On Thursday, April 23, 1959, Raleigh Emergency Rescue Squad volunteer member and Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert L. Battle, 45, drowned in the Cape Fear River in Chatham County. He was serving as a squad member and assisting with a search for a …

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Volunteer Program Ends at Apex Fire Department

This spring, an era ended in Apex. On May 15, 2022, a twenty-year agreement expired between the Town of Apex and the Apex Volunteer Fire Department Rural Services, Inc. (today named Apex Volunteer Firefighters Organization Inc.) and the municipal Apex Fire Department ended its volunteer program. New Beginning The agreement was established after town officials …

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Visual History of Wilmington Fire Department

New history chart. Wilmington Fire Department from 1905 to present. Version 1.0.  Need reader inputs, to double-check dates for station openings. Also seeking the dates/years that second and third aerial company were added, along with the heavy rescue company, and battalion chiefs.  View the chart: JPG | PDF See more history charts at legeros.com/history/charts See …

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Wilmington Add Three Squad Companies

On Monday, July 4, 2022, the Wilmington (NC) Fire Department activated three new squad companies, at Headquarters on Market street, Station 3 on Cinema Drive, and Station 8 on Eastwood Road. Each operates a 2022 Ford F-350/Knapheide utility truck, and is staffed with an officer and a Master Firefighter. The squad concept is part of …

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Facts and Figures about North Carolina Fallen Firefighters

This is a blog version of an earlier Facebook posting. Random data play. Facts and figures about the 333 names on the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Memorial, from research by Legeros. Contents – Career vs. Volunteer vs. Part-Time – Causes – Counties with Highest Counts – Departments with Highest Counts – Counts of Additions by …

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