Durham Rescue Trucks in 1974

For your Friday enjoyment, here’s a vintage picture of Durham’s early rescue trucks. Left is the city-county rescue squad’s second truck, a late 1960s GMC van procured after the original late 1950s Civil Defense rescue truck was wrecked in November 1966. Right is the squad’s third and newly repaired rescue truck, with a new Ford …

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After the Attack on Pearl Harbor

On December 10, 1941, three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a meeting was held at the State Capitol in Raleigh with 170 fire chiefs from around North Carolina. State Fire Marshal Sherwood Brockwell (pictured center) provided instruction on wartime fire protection. He had just graduated from a school conducted by the United States …

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Meet Raleigh’s Newest Firefighters – Recruit Graduation, December 5

On Thursday night, December 5, 2019, nineteen new firefighters will join the ranks of the Raleigh Fire Department. Recruit Academy 44 will graduate in a ceremony at 7:00 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center, in Exhibit Hall C. The new firefighters have completed a 32-week fire academy that included over 1000 hours of classroom, practical, …

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Renovations to Station 11 – November Update

This is an ongoing blog posting about the renovation of Fire Station 11.  See Legeros updates below. See also ongoing Legeros photos. And here’s the official project site from the city. Contents 11/24/19 – Nearly Finished 9/27/19 – Doors Have Been Added 6/25/19 – Interior Work Has Started 5/29/19 – New Bays Nearly Complete 3/23/19 – …

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History of Durham Fire Chiefs

Storing here, for future reference needs. Volunteer Fire Department R. D. Blacknall, 1882 to 1886 TBD, as records from 1887 to 1888 were destroyed. But some known things include Howard E. Heartt was Fire Chief in September 1888, source NCSFA organizational meeting proceedings.  Howard E. Heartt, May 21, 1889 to Jan 6, 1891 Albert Kramer, …

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When They Closed Station 3 in 1917

Found a piece of hidden history this week, about the original Station 3 at 135 East Hargett Street. That was the old Victor Company quarters, erected in 1898 for the all-black volunteer fire company. After the career department was activated in December 1912, the volunteer companies were disbanded. The old station reopened in February 1913, …

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Wake County Fire Commission Meeting – November 21, 2019

The next meeting of the Wake County Fire Commission will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., at the Wake County Emergency Services Training Center, which is located in a warehouse building at 220 South Rogers Lane, in Suite 160.   Agenda is below. View the meeting documents. Meeting Called to Order – Chairman …

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Orange County Rescue Histories

Let’s build a timeline. Histories of rescue services in Orange County. To be updated over the coming days and weeks. Based on this Facebook posting. See also this Google drive folder of research documents.  1963 to 1969 1963, Apr – Class project started by UNC Air Force ROTC cadets, for a civilian defense “operational survival …

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The Future of Apex Station 1

This is a blog version of an earlier Facebook posting.  In case you missed it, the Apex Town Council on September 3, 2019, held a work session to discuss “future plans for maintaining an operating fire station” at the Station 1 location, 210 N. Salem Street. As noted in the work session agenda item, it …

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