Durham Public Safety Program Study, 1985

In March 1985, Durham city officials received a comprehensive analysis of their Public Safety Program, a combined fire and police system in place since 1970. The study concluded that both services could be improved and their costs lowered by either modifying the PSO program, or eventually separating the two services. City officials chose the latter. …

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Knightdale Fire Study, 2018

On Thursday, February 13, 2020, a community meeting was held in eastern Wake County, to present a proposed merger of the Eastern Wake Fire Department with the town of Knightdale and its fire department. During the meeting, a town-commissioned 2018 study of the Knightdale Fire Department was heavily referenced. Here’s that document: www.legeros.com/blog/docs/2018-knightdale-study.pdf The four …

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Meet Raleigh’s Newest Firefighters – Recruit Graduation, December 5

On Thursday night, December 5, 2019, nineteen new firefighters will join the ranks of the Raleigh Fire Department. Recruit Academy 44 will graduate in a ceremony at 7:00 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center, in Exhibit Hall C. The new firefighters have completed a 32-week fire academy that included over 1000 hours of classroom, practical, …

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The Future of Apex Station 1

This is a blog version of an earlier Facebook posting.  In case you missed it, the Apex Town Council on September 3, 2019, held a work session to discuss “future plans for maintaining an operating fire station” at the Station 1 location, 210 N. Salem Street. As noted in the work session agenda item, it …

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After-Action Reports to Durham Gas Explosion

legeros.com/blog/docs/durham/after-action/ Two after-action reports were released yesterday from the deadly downtown Durham gas explosion in April. The reports are from Durham City/County Emergency Management and the Durham Fire Department. I’ve downloaded copies and they’re stored at the above links. (Since government web doc links can expire after a number of years.) See sundry media coverage, …

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Two Alarms on Sanderson Drive

This is a blog version of an earlier Facebook posting.  Two alarms were struck on Friday morning, November 8, 2019, on Sanderson Drive, at a house fire near the Carolina Country Club. Below are some notes taken while listening and later. See more aftermath photos from Legeros. See also this Twitter video from Jamiese Price, …

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Fire Protection is Weak at Raleigh – 1911

The June 1911 issue of Fire & Water Engineering Magazine, Issue 24, Volume 49, featured this story on a fire protection report issued by the National Board of Fire Underwriters. Read more about the 1911 report, as well as the 1924 report and 1931 report. Editor’s Note: This report compelled city officials to reorganize the …

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Interactive Map of Local Plane Crash Sites

New interactive map: Raleigh-Durham area plane crashes. With an emphasis on major / serious / notable. Displays information about crash sites in Wake, Durham, Orange, Harnett, Johnston, and Franklin counties. Most are exact or close-close locations. Some are noted with question marks, and tagged in a general location.  Let’s calls this the final-for-now version. Will …

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Brad Harvey as Interim Fire Chief

This was originally posted to Legeros Fire Line as a Facebook posting. Who’s the new Car 1 in Raleigh, following the retirement of Chief McGrath on [November 1]? Last week, interim Chief of Department was announced as… drum roll… retired Asst. Chief Brad Harvey. More on Chief McGrath’s retirement in a moment. Chief Harvey came …

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