Relocating Fire Station 22 – February Update

This is an ongoing blog posting about the relocating of Fire Station 22.  See Legeros updates below. See also ongoing Legeros photos. And here’s the official project site from the city. Contents 2/22/20 – Site clearing started 12/23/20 – Construction bid awarded   9/16/20 – Construction bids started  6/25/19 – June Update 4/23/19 – Revised Design Drawings …

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Raleigh Rescue Early History

Notes on the early history of the Raleigh Emergency Rescue Squad. This is a placeholder posting which will be updated and expanded over time. Related: How Often Did Raleigh Rescue Transport Patients? Pre-History 1947 First proposal for a Raleigh rescue squad. Former Fire Chief W. R. Butts, Captain Jack Keeter, and others “came to the …

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Meet Raleigh’s New Firefighters – January 2021

Meet Raleigh’s new (probationary) firefighters, who graduated on January 13, 2021, from Recruit Academy 45.  The twenty-seven week academy started in April 2020. Their training included a number of modifications due to COVID conditions, including condensing the program from 32 to 27 weeks. The graduation was also held outdoors, for the first-time in decades and …

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Wake County Fire Commission Meeting – Thursday, January 21, 2021

January 23 This meeting is a must-listen for anyone interested in the nuts ‘n’ bolts of the county fire service, as members received the long-cooking recommendations for a county-wide standard of fire service response, for all departments serving unincorporated areas, e.g. all except Raleigh and RDU. Was two years in the making by the commission’s …

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Two Alarms on Navaho Drive

Two alarms were struck on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at 833 Navaho Drive. Dispatched 4:39 a.m. as vehicle fire for Engine 11. Upgraded with structure fire response for E9, E15, E16, S14, L2, L1, B1 added. Ladder 2 was first-arriving with fire showing in the rear of a two-story apartment building, garden-style, apartment building with …

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Rebuilding Raleigh Fire Station 6 – December Update

  This is an ongoing blog posting about the rebuilding of Fire Station 6.  See Legeros updates below. See also ongoing Legeros photos. And here’s the official project site from the city. Contents 12/31/20 – Opening Soon 5/10/20 – Projected Completion 9/27/19 – Ready for a Roof! 7/25/19 – Then & Now 6/25/19 – June Update 1/1/19 – …

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Charlotte Fire Department Rescue History

Photo credits, left to right, top to bottom: Shane Nantz, Andrew Messer Collection, Andrew Messer, Mike Legeros, Wikipedia Commons, SVI Trucks. Introduction Research notes on the history Charlotte FD rescue services (and squad companies), based on a Facebook posting from December 2020. 1949 to 1979 1949 – Charlotte Life Saving Crew organized. [ More history goes …

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Cary Fire History Book

Here’s a new addition to our digital history library. PDF version of new Cary Fire Department history book. BIG file, be prepared. About 49MB. Created this fall as a limited-edition hardcover, 140 pages. No additional copies are available, alas. View or download at https://legeros.com/history/library/departments. Authored by Brian Oliver, with production and history help by Legeros. …

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On the Subject of Searching Newspapers

This posting was first posted on Facebook in October 2019. Let’s log some thoughts about the searching of newspaper archives, for the collective benefit of current and future researchers. Today we’re searching the Asheville Citizen Times archives, via newspapers.com, via their seven-day free trial. Which may get extended to a full, paid month, depending upon …

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