Relocating Fire Station 12 – Dedication on January 16

January 18, 2019Photos posted of the dedication ceremony: January 13, 2019The City of Raleigh is dedicating new Fire Station 12 on Wednesday, January 16, at 1:00 p.m. It’s located at 4306 Poole Road, about a mile east of old Station 12. It’s also the largest of the city’s twenty-nine fire stations, with over 18,000 square …

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Tarboro Fireman Dies From Illness After Fire – 1899

Note: This is a version of a posting from Legeros Fire Line on Facebook. See that posting for reader comments and discussion. Found a reference to a Tarboro Fire Department firefighter fatality, and apparently duty-related. From the Proceedings of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Convention in 1899, page 26, from the Secretary’s Report: “Death has …

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Raleigh Run Numbers – 2018

Here are totals for Raleigh Fire Departments unit runs and total calls last year… Total Calls – 42,157Total Runs – 62,033 E1 – 1,983E2 – 1,830E3 – 2,668E4 – 1,249E5 – 1,305E6 – 882Sq7 – 2,400E8 – 2,070E9 – 1,834E10 – 1,689E11 – 2,735E12 – 2,622E13 – 1,431Sq14 – 1,600E15 – 2,539E16 – 1,963E17 – …

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Greensboro’s South Side Hose Company in 1899

Found this this weekend. Vintage photo of Greensboro’s South Side Hose Company in 1899. They were the winners annual state firemen’s tournament Championship Reel Race. The winning times were: 49 sec – Greensboro, South Side Hose Co. No. 4 50 1/4 – New Bern Steam Fire Engine Co. No. 1 51 sec. – Goldsboro, Hose …

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Charlotte Fire Department Helps Move Polio Patients – March 5, 1945

On March 5, 1945, the Charlotte Fire Department assisted with the “greatest mass transfer of polio patients in history”.  Led by Fire Chief W. Hendrix Palmer, the fire department helped the Charlotte Variety Club move 88 patients from the emergency polio hospital in Hickory to the new polio unit at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. Travelling the …

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Vintage Footage of Shaw University Fire, 1991

Found footage alert. Here’s 39 minutes of raw video from Meserve Hall at Shaw University, which went to four alarms in January 1991. Converted from VHS and posted to the Raleigh Fire Museum YouTube channel. Original videographer(s) TBD. Might’ve been two cameras operating, as the footage isn’t strictly sequential.  Incident description below, from my Raleigh fire history …

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Digitized Yearbooks from 1984 and 2002

Whoops, this posting was originally planned in November. Let’s catch up… The Raleigh Fire Museum in partnership with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center in November 2018 announced the digitization of two fire department “yearbooks” from 1984 and 2002. These commemorative volumes are no longer in print, and document the personnel, facilities, equipment, and history of the …

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North Carolina Fire Departments in 1896

Here’s a list of North Carolina fire departments in 1896, as reported by the Statistician of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association, for the year ending April 1, 1896. This reported was printed in the proceedings for the Eighth Annual Convention Tournament, held in Salisbury, NC, on August 19, 20, 21.  The printed document–61 pages, …

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What’s Happening with the Rebuilding of Raleigh Fire Station 6?

This is an ongoing blog posting about the rebuilding of Fire Station 6. Contents 1/1/19 – Construction Underway, Project Timeline 6/30/18 – Delays Nearly Done 12/28/17 – Site Preparation 08/12/17 – Now Gone 08/02/17 – Demolition started 07/17/17 – Demolition starting soon 05/30/17 – Now closed 05/27/17 – Moving day is nigh! 04/20/17 – Construction bid …

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