Help Wanted – Old, Old Conference Proceedings

History peeps, who can help me locate pre-1910 conference proceedings from the North Carolina State Firefighter’s Association? Anyone have any of these small paperback booklets in hand? Making an inventory, and my findings are below. Plus a link to some scans of these, for your reading pleasure. 1888 – Greensboro History Museum 1889 – ?1890 – …

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Standard Hose Threads… Statewide? – 1934

In August 1933, the members of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association went on record as favoring standard hose threads for all fire departments in the state. This would aid in mutual aid situations, so visiting apparatus could connect with a particular town or city’s apparatus and water system. A committee was formed on the matter, …

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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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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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Cigarette Carried to Attic By Pigeon and Other Unusual Fire Causes

Back in 2009, we published a series of blog postings, listing vintage fire cause reports from around North Carolina from the late 1940s through the early 1960s, as (a.) reported to the State Insurance Commissioner’s office, (b.) compiled by the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association Statistician, and (c.) printed in the annual conference proceedings. Here …

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North Carolina Black Fire Companies in 1905

Here’s a historical treat. Tabular data of the state’s black fire companies in 1905, in Concord, Durham, Edenton, Elizabeth City, Greenville, Henderson, Monroe, Oxford, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Salisbury, Statesville, Tarboro, Warrenton, Washington, Wilson, and Winston-Salem. Click to enlarge: These pages are from digitized conference proceedings of the North Carolina State Volunteer Firemen’s Association. They were …

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Responding to Fran – September 1996

As Hurricane Florence approaches, many in Raleigh are remembering Fran from 22 years ago. The storm struck the city with hurricane-force winds on Thursday night, September 5, 1996.  During a three-day period, the Raleigh Fire Department answered nearly 700 calls, with call types ranging from fires (46) and medical emergencies (142), to flooding (33) and trees …

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Wilmington-New Hanover County Fire Protection Report – 1971

Random historical artifact, by way of the New Hanover County Library’s North Carolina Room.  Technical report on the county (and city) fire protection. Includes a four-page response from the volunteer fire departments, clarifying and refuting some points. Includes some nifty details of the time, including a Wilmington FD org chart, and a list of all …

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Raleigh Fire Facility Updates – Summer 2018

July 28, 2018 Summer update on Raleigh Fire Department facility plans. Station 12 is almost ready. Station 14 has started site preparation. Station 6 has resumed work. More renovations are coming. Station 30 is now Station 13. And more.  Click to enlarge: Facility Project Type Project Location Project Notes Sta 1 Replace TBD Programming complete. …

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