Cancelled Due to War Conditions – NCSFA Event Histories

Note: This posting is also available as a PDF document. Download. (2.4M) Introduction On May 6, 2020, during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic,  the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association (NCSFA) announced the cancellation of their annual conference. The South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo was scheduled to take place in Raleigh on August 12-15, …

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Looking Back at North Carolina Fallen Firefighters

Saturday, May 2, 2020, was the planned date for the 15th Annual North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. Due to the coronavirus, the event was postponed to August, to be co-located with the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo. On Friday, the postponed NCFFF events were announced as cancelled. This year’s addition to the memorial will …

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Rebuilding Raleigh Fire Station 6 – May 2020 Update

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. Contents 5/10/20 – Projected Completion 9/27/19 – Ready for a Roof! 7/25/19 – Then & Now 6/25/19 – June Update 1/1/19 – Construction Underway, Project Timeline 6/30/18 …

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Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Western Wake Family Tree

April 2020 This family tree has been expanded to include Apex and Morrisville, which joined in operational consolidation with the Cary Fire Department in 2019. The new chart reflects the change and the past history of both AFD and MFD. View as jpg | View as pdf (2.1M) October 2016 How about a visual history of …

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Umstead Park Plane Crash, October 2019 – Incident Notes

On October 20, 2019, starting at 7:25 p.m., fire and EMS units were dispatched to a reported plane crash at Umstead State Park, which borders Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The dispatched address was the intersection of Ebenezer Church Road and Graylyn Drive. The airport control tower reported loss of radar contact with a light plane, later …

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New Ladder for Apex

Recording this older news as a blog post, for the historical record. Late last year, the town of Apex received a new ladder truck, a 2019 Spartan/Smeal, 2000/400/105-foot. It was delivered in September/October. Exact date TBD.  New Ladder 35 was placed in service at Station 5 on January __, 2020. It was operated at Station …

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Vintage Audio – Three Alarms on Edwards Mill Road, 1990

For Friday enjoyment, here’s some vintage radio traffic of the Raleigh Fire Department operating at a three-alarm fire off Edwards Mill Road on July 21, 1990. It was recorded by veteran fire buff Jeff Harkey during a period of severe storm activity. The ninety minutes of radio traffic–both before and after the major incident–has been …

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Raleigh Retires the Last Fire Horses, November 1914

The Raleigh Fire Department ended its horse-drawn era in November 1914. Reported the News & Observer on November 14, 1914: “Faithful Fire Horses No Longer Needed” “Bill and Frank Will Never Again Carry Wagon to a Fire; Both Have Fine Records” “Bill and Frank, the two beautiful black horses of the old Rescue Company, have …

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Boone Gets a Tiller!

This is a blog version of a Facebook posting from June 10, 2019.  For years, many have heard that the Boone Fire Department in Western North Carolina once had a tiller. And it was parked in the rear of Station 1, in an downstairs bay accessed by an alley.  After years of searching–okay, occasional searching–Mr. …

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Raleigh Retires Snorkel

End of an era. This week, the City of Raleigh Fire Department’s beloved Snorkel was retired. Effective April 1, 2020. The 1988 Pierce Arrow, with an 85-foot boom and no pump, had served as a reserve apparatus for over a decade. It was currently designated Ladder 210. Most recently and famous, it operated at one …

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