Run Card for Charlotte House Explosion

This is a blog version of a Facebook posting, about details and units at a four-alarm explosion and fire in Charlotte. The narrative has been updated a bit, from the original posting. Charlotte Observer photo Four alarms were struck at a house explosion on Charlotte on Tuesday, July 3. The incident was dispatched just before …

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New Numbering for Wake County EMS System

The Wake County EMS System has a new numbering system for their ambulances. Now based on geographic district and shift configuration. Among the notable changes: Two-digit numbers for all ambulances. Single digits reserved for special event units. _7, _8, _9 reserved for peak-load units. The transition started around 9:00 p.m. on Sunday and finished around …

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New Source of Digitized Conference Proceedings

There’s a new source of digitized proceedings of the early conferences of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association. The Internet Archive (archive.org) has digitized a portion of the proceedings in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina. The direct links are listed below, and each year’s proceedings is fully-searchable. There are also …

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Run Card for New Hope Woods Fire

Here’s the run card for New Hope Fire Department’s major woods fire last week, on Wednesday, May 29. Some 50 acres were involved, and threatened some residential structures. The resources included 60 firefighters, 34+ pieces of apparatus, and a complete EMS box alarm with 16+ EMS personnel.  The first units were dispatched at 5:02 p.m., …

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Cary + Apex + Morrisville – New Fire System in Service

Change log. May 10. Evening. New map, updated with response districts instead of municipal and ETJ areas as base map. May 10. Morning. Slight edits. Noting that existing Cary P25 radio system being used. Annotating map, noting that shaded areas are municipal and ETJ boundaries. Etc. Introduction On Tuesday, May 7, the fire departments of …

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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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