Air King Rescue Squad Book – 1974

For your Friday reading, here’s a bit of Forsyth County rescue history. Found on eBay a year or two ago. Vintage, 24-page “yearbook” of the (all-black!) Air King Rescue Squad. https://www.legeros.com/history/library/ They operated from 1962 to 1981, previously as Citizens Radio Club, and subsequently as Southeast Winston Rescue Squad. They ceased operation in 1993. Some …

Continue reading ‘Air King Rescue Squad Book – 1974’ »

Meet the Vendors – 1987

During the combined meeting of the North Carolina Firemen’s Association and the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs, held at the Hilton Hotel in Greenville, NC, on August 6-8, 1987, the vendors were invited to introduce themselves at the conference participants. Here’s who they were and what they said, as recorded in the printed proceedings: …

Continue reading ‘Meet the Vendors – 1987’ »

Correction Sheets for Raleigh & Wake County Firefighting Books

Attention book fans, get yer correction sheets right here!  www.legeros.com/books Remember Raleigh & Wake County Firefighting, both volumes, published fifteen years ago by Arcadia Publishing? They contained the odd error, and the oops have been long listed on the author’s web site. Recently realized that a printable version was needed. Thus presenting these downloadable correction sheets. Just …

Continue reading ‘Correction Sheets for Raleigh & Wake County Firefighting Books’ »

Wilmington Fire Department History Book – 1985

https://legeros.com/history/library For your Tuesday reading pleasure, here’s another vintage North Carolina fire department history book that’s been scanned. This one’s from my personal collection. Slowly building a digital library for everyone. Will be adding more over time, Durham, Greensboro, Winston-Salem. Each is a PDF document and a bit reduced in size. Large but not voluminous.

Relocating Fire Station 22 – June 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. June 25, 2019 June Update The relocation of Station 22 on Durant Road is underway. Engine 22 and Ladder 5 were relocated to temporary quarters …

Continue reading ‘Relocating Fire Station 22 – June Update’ »

Not a Fire Chief’s Car From Dunn

This is a blog version of this Facebook posting.  A friend found this one: Hemmings offering for a 1917 Simplex Touring Car that the seller notes was delivered as a fire chief’s car for Dunn, NC.  That’s probably wrong. If you search the SPAAMFAA Peckham ALF registry, you’ll get this hit, which was a combination hose/chemical …

Continue reading ‘Not a Fire Chief’s Car From Dunn’ »

First Aid for the Injured – Firemen’s Conference Talk, 1914

At the annual convention of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association in August 1914, State Fire Marshal Sherwood Brockwell gave a presentation on first aid. Here’s a transcription, as printed in the published proceedings… Mr. Brockwell was called upon to give an address and a demonstration to the Convention on first aid to the injured. …

Continue reading ‘First Aid for the Injured – Firemen’s Conference Talk, 1914’ »

Biltmore Fire Chief Dies During Asheville Flooding, 1916

Here’s an unusual bit of history from Western North Carolina. The great flood of July 16, 1916, killed the Fire Chief of Biltmore Village, J. C. Lipe. He drowned, along with three other members of his family, try to escape from their home. His death was reported in this Raleigh News & Observer article about the …

Continue reading ‘Biltmore Fire Chief Dies During Asheville Flooding, 1916’ »

Vintage Photo of Charlotte Tanker

Would you believe a yellow tanker in Charlotte? This nifty picture was posted to the Fire & Rescue Apparatus 25 Years And Older group on Facebook. Photo by Dan Mack via Scott Mattson’s collection. It’s a 1972 International/Etnyre, 500/1500. As the story goes, Charlotte added these tankers when the city began growing faster than planned …

Continue reading ‘Vintage Photo of Charlotte Tanker’ »