First Aid for the Injured – Firemen’s Conference Talk, 1914

At the annual convention of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association in August 1914, State Fire Marshal Sherwood Brockwell gave a presentation on first aid. Here’s a transcription, as printed in the published proceedings… Mr. Brockwell was called upon to give an address and a demonstration to the Convention on first aid to the injured. …

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Charlotte Rescue and First Aid Squad – Annual Report, 1953

From page 51 of the previously posted Charlotte Fire Department annual report of calendar year 1953, here’s a neat summary of the rescue squad organization’s activities, members, and assets. Their equipment included three iron lungs! The Charlotte Rescue and First Aid Squad was a private corporation that was chartered in July 1947. They were one …

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Wake County EMS System Family Tree – Updated

With the coming closure of Apex EMS on June 30, 2018, here’s an updated version of my Wake County EMS System family tree. Includes numerous nips ‘n’ tucks as well, and a couple added notes about recent milestones.  Visualizes the origins of local ambulance and rescue services, from the original funeral home providers, to the …

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Kenansville Fire Department Starts Ambulance Service, 1955

“Believed to be the only ambulance as such owned by a volunteer fire department in North Carolina,” noted the Duplin Times on July 14, 1955. See article below Definitely one of the earliest. What other volunteer (only) departments were operating ambulances at that time? That’s the open question to readers, to accompany these neat pictures …

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After 47 Years of Service, Apex EMS is Ending

Last week, the town of Apex announced that their EMS service is ending on June 30. Wake County EMS will begin providing service to the town, and Apex EMS will be dissolved as a town department. See the announcement below. Apex Volunteer Rescue Squad was organized in 1971. Their first vehicle was a 1956 Pontiac Superior ambulance and …

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Vintage Photo of Wilkinson Boulevard Ambulance, 1976

Found this in the November-December 1976 issue of Hose & Nozzle magazine. Ambulance operated by Wilkinson Boulevard Fire Department in Mecklenburg County. [ Was that typical or atypical of Meck departments at the time? Operating squads? ] WBFD was one of the first rural fire departments in North Carolina. They operated from 1943 to 1984, when they …

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North Carolina Rescue Squad History (2013)

This is a re-posting of a Blog Archives posting that is no longer available. It was originally posted on May 5, 2013. Introduction What was were the first rescue squads in North Carolina? This question was recently discussed on Facebook. Below are some of the highlights Note that “rescue squad” often meant the equivalent of …

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New EMS Station in Wendell

Update 8:14 a.m. – Corrected to note that Eastern Wake EMS will exclusively occupy the facility.  Wake County is building a new EMS station at 3001 Wendell Boulevard, which is across the street-and-to-the-right from the fire station. It will replace the current Wendell Main EMS Station, located downtown. Construction is nearing completion. Lee Wilson took this …

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History of Durham City/County Rescue Services

This posting is infrequently updated. Last update: June 8, 2018 Presenting a history of rescue and EMS services in Durham County and Durham city. This originated as a blog posting in 2014, and has been expanded here. With reader input, it may get further expanded! Click to enlarge: Early History Ambulance services in Durham and …

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