Looking Closely at the Capital Hose Company, Circa 1902

Alert! Alert!  New old photo found! The North Carolina State Archives recently added this image to their collection. It was cataloged in 2014 and one of a handful of surviving turn-of-the-century images of the Raleigh Fire Department. Call number N. 2014.9.1. It shows the Capital Hose Company competition reel team, circa 1902. They won the …

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Every Last Ladder Truck… Again

Let’s update that posting and montage from February 2014, showing every last ladder truck operated by the Raleigh Fire Department.  How many do you recognize? Here’s your cheat sheet. As for the montage, it’s a low-res quickie. With a pair of catalog images included, as a change. Don’t believe either is Raleigh’s. And one truck is …

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Vintage Photo of Raleigh’s Old Tiller

Here’s a vintage picture that I don’t believe we’ve shared before. Truck 1 at Station 2 at Memorial Auditorium. That’s the original tiller with its new cab, a 1939 ALF cab towing a 1916 ALF trailer. Two-section, crank-operated, wooden aerial ladder. Aerial Ladder Truck 1 was originally cross-staffed with the service ladder truck, a 1922 …

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Glenwood Towers – Major Fires and Fatal Fires

While we’re still reflecting on the Glenwood Towers high-rise fire from last week, let’s look at the historical perspective. What other major fires–and fatal fires–have happened since it opened in 1971? Fatal Fires Feb. 2, 2003Philip George Moultrie, 55Fifth-floor apartment. Victim found on living room floor. Pronounced dead on the scene. Apparently started by smoking. Dispatched …

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Raleigh Company and Unit Moves, Effective October 27

Be advised. Effective today, October 27, the following city fire companies and units were moved: Ladder 2 from Sta 11 to Sta 15,  riding the city’s fourth tiller, in service today Ladder 9 from Sta 29 to Sta 23  Battalion 4 from Sta 23 to Sta 18 Haz-Mat 2 from Sta 27 to Sta 29 …

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Cary’s New Fire Chief… And Updated Cary/Raleigh Scorecard

The Town of Cary yesterday announced a new Fire Chief, with the promotion of Deputy Chief Michael W. Cooper as the new Chief of Department. Chief Cooper succeeds longtime Fire Chief Allan Cain, who has been promoted to a new position of Public Safety Director.  This press release notes biographical information on both. Chief Cooper (left) …

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One Hundred Milestones of the Chapel Hill Fire Department

Give or take a few, that is. This list was previously posted to the Chapel Hill Fire Department Retires & History page on Facebook.  Learn more CHFD history. 1893 to 1924 1893 – First fire hydrants on campus. Twelve are installed. 1896 – Citizens petition town to create fire department. No action taken at time of …

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Relocating Fire Station 22

October 22, 2018Project updates: Temporary quarters almost ready for Engine 22, at the E. M. Johnson Water Plant on Falls of Neuse Road. Modular building has been installed for living quarters. Metal building is being erected to house apparatus.  Ladder 5 and Haz-Mat 5 to be relocated to Station 25, 2740 Wakefield Crossing Drive. Both companies …

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Remembering the State Fair Fire Brigade

The Raleigh Fire Museum has added more vintage photos of the State Fair Fire Brigade to their Flickr site. See their photo album of State Fair fire history.  From the 1960s to 2005, the brigade provided on-site fire protection (and fellowship) during the State Fair. Members were primarily off-duty Raleigh firefighters. They lived on site, and …

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