Cancelled Due to War Conditions – NCSFA Conference History

Three times before this year the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association has cancelled their annual convention. Twice due to “war conditions” in 1943 and 1945, and again in 1946, due to restrictions on the availability of meeting places. The government had a very short list of approved groups for convention gatherings. The Association printed and distributed annual …

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Eastern Wake Fire-Rescue Merges with Town of Knightdale

This posting will be updated as more information is provided about the operations of the newly expanded Knightdale Fire Department. Effective July 1, 2020, Eastern Wake Fire-Rescue Inc. merged with the town of Knightdale and it’s fire department. Here’s some information about the two departments, their compositions, and their histories.  Contents Radio Announcement  Department Snapshots …

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Early Knightdale Tankers

This posting originated on Facebook and the content was moved to the blog on June 24. Let’s see if we can make some sense of Knightdale’s early tankers. Here’s what’s found in the old meeting minutes, plus a couple other sources: First Unknown year, International, 1200 gallons Served 1957 to 1971 — 1956, Aug 02 …

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Knightdale Fire Calls – 1956 to 1959

During their first three of operation, the Knightdale Volunteer Fire Department responded over 100 fire calls. They’re listed below, transcribed from the original log book.  03/11/56 – Two farm storage barns 03/14/56 – Car burning in yard 03/15/56 – Seven-room dwelling (out on arrival) 03/19/56 – Mutual aid with Wake Forest, structure fire, Scandia Village, …

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Oak Grove Fire Department of Guilford County

This content was first posted on Facebook. See that posting for reader comments. How about some Guilford County fire history? Presenting the Oak Grove Fire Department, that operated from 1944 to 1957. They were organized in 1944, and were the first “rural” FD in the county, pre-dating Guilford College FD (1946). However, OGFD was organized …

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New Greensboro Stations

Note: This content was first posted on Facebook. See that posting for extensive reader comments.  Greensboro is erecting two new fire stations. Above are street-side drawings of new Station 56 (top) and new Station 7 (below). See more plus floor plan and site drawings at https://www.legeros.com/blog/docs/gfd. Station 7 on Gatewood Avenue is getting an $8M …

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Vintage Durham County Tanker

Here’s another vintage image. Rare photo from Jonathan Umbdenstock of Durham County’s original tanker, a 1966 International with a body built in Raleigh. Odds favor either Alexander Welding or Atlas Steel. Scanned from film print. Had a capacity of 1,200 gallons with a gas-powered pump in the rear, at least at the time of delivery. …

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