Jacksonville Firehouses Past ‘n’ Present

Research notes on Jacksonville (NC) firehouses, past and present. Station – Mill Avenue at College Street – One-story structure – 1927 to 194_ Station – Court Street at corner of Old Bridge Street – Temporary quarters in building with other occupancies – 194_ to 194_ Station 1 – 119 Chaney Street – 194_ to 1956 …

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Northern Wake Tanker Overturns / History of Overturned Apparatus in Wake County

Northern Wake Tanker Overturns On Monday night, October 19, 2020, at about 9:20 p.m., Northern Wake Tanker 38 overturned in 6100 block of Ebenezer Church Road, while responding to a house fire on Dewees Court, about two miles south. Two firefighters were aboard, and were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The 2013 International/KME, …

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Guliford College Fire Department History

This blog post is based on a Facebook posting from May 2020, the content of which was moved here.  Early years 1941, July – Guilford College community members hold meeting about getting fire protection. They plan to petition the county for funds to buy a fire truck. 1945, Aug – County commissioners approve a fire …

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Ca-Vel Fire Departments of Stanly and Person Counties

This content was originally posted in August 2018 on the original blog site. It’s been moved here and expanded with additional content. September 10, 2020 Here’s a new old photo of the Ca-Vel fire department in Roxboro, from an undated picture posted by Mike Warren to the Facebook group Reminiscing in Roxboro, in this thread. …

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Forsyth County Fire Department History

Let’s start a timeline, shall we? Posting to be updated as we go along… Created  FCFD created in 1951. Effort led by Forsyth County Commissioner Wally Dunham, in response to a growing need for fire protection outside the city limits of Winston-Salem. There were just a handful of volunteer departments operating at the time: Kernersville, …

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Warrenton History Notes

This week the Town of Warrenton (NC) announced on Facebook that the Plummer Hook & Ladder Museum (not yet open to the public) had a new addition, their second piece of antique apparatus: the town’s old 1982 American LaFrance Century pumper, 1250/1000/25F . The engine originally served Austin, TX, and was equipped with a 500-gallon …

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The (Complete) History of the Cary/Yrac Split

What’s the (complete) history of the Cary/Yrac split in the early 1960s, that created a second fire department for calls outside of town? Have lately found conflicting accounts. Let’s take a (long) look. Earlier Summaries Legeros in 2003, from his Raleigh & Wake County Firefighting [Volume I], wrote the following: “In 1961, the Cary fire …

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Waynesville Explosion, 1942

Tale of a tragedy from western North Carolina. Early in the morning of Tuesday, July 14, 1942, a pair of explosion at a bulk fuel storage facility in Waynesville killed six people, and also fatally injured Fire Chief Lawrence Kerley. The local newspaper, the weekly Waynesville Mountaineer, provided ample coverage of the disaster, including these …

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