End of an Era for Cary EMS

End of an era. Cary Area EMS ceased responding to 911 calls in Wake County yesterday, April 1, 2021, wrapping 17,758 days of service after answering their first call on August 18, 1972. (But stay tuned, as they’re planning to retool as a new educational non-profit.) The “community rescue squad” was formed in September 1971, …

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Rebuilding Raleigh Fire Station 6 – Now Open

This is an ongoing blog posting about the rebuilding of Fire Station 6.  See Legeros updates below. See also ongoing Legeros photos. And here’s the official project site from the city. March 30, 2021 Now Open The City of Raleigh’s newest fire station was placed in service at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 29, 2021. Earlier that morning, …

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Vintage Pennant from the North Carolina Volunteer Firemen’s Association

This content originated as a Facebook posting. NCVFA history. Fabric (felt) pennant for the 1956 annual meeting of the North Carolina Volunteer Firemen’s Association, AKA the colored firemen’s association. They met in Warrenton in July of that year, for their 66th annual gathering. ^ Warrenton is notable in the state’s history of black firefighters as …

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Factory Photo of Warrenton’s Ford/Bean Pumper

This content was first posted on Facebook. Warrenton history. Factory photo of 1964? Ford/Bean, 750/500. Reg # B6706. Called a John Bean HPV Fire Fighter, and equipped with high-pressure capability. Delivered with two high-pressure fog guns, two 1 1/2-inch pre-connected lines, three 2 1/2-inch outlets, and 1,200-foot capacity hose bed. Cost around $18,000. Lettered as …

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How Often Did Raleigh Rescue Transport Patients?

February 2021 Updated posting with call totals for 1955, call data for 1975 and 1976, and other information. September 3, 2016 The Raleigh Emergency Rescue Squad was created in 1953. It was comprised of civilian volunteers and fire department drivers, and they operated equipment that was housed at the downtown fire station. (Their gear was …

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Relocating Fire Station 22 – February Update

This is an ongoing blog posting about the relocating of Fire Station 22.  See Legeros updates below. See also ongoing Legeros photos. And here’s the official project site from the city. Contents 2/22/20 – Site clearing started 12/23/20 – Construction bid awarded   9/16/20 – Construction bids started  6/25/19 – June Update 4/23/19 – Revised Design Drawings …

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Raleigh Rescue Early History

Notes on the early history of the Raleigh Emergency Rescue Squad. This is a placeholder posting which will be updated and expanded over time. Related: How Often Did Raleigh Rescue Transport Patients? See expanded version of this history and other information at https://legeros.com/ralwake/raleigh/history/rescue 1947 – First proposal for a Raleigh rescue squad.   1952 [?] – …

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Cary Fire History Book

Here’s a new addition to our digital history library. PDF version of new Cary Fire Department history book. BIG file, be prepared. About 49MB. Created this fall as a limited-edition hardcover, 140 pages. No additional copies are available, alas. View or download at https://legeros.com/history/library/departments. Authored by Brian Oliver, with production and history help by Legeros. …

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