New Hanover County Fire History – Research Notes

Wrapped another squirrel chase! This one started as a question: what’s the origin story of New Hanover’s county fire department? How did a system of community (or “rural”) volunteer fire departments (Castle Hayne, Myrtle Grove, North Wilmington, etc.) evolve into a career, county-run department? It’s story told in two parts. First, in 1950, with the …

Continue reading ‘New Hanover County Fire History – Research Notes’ »

Before and After Floor Plans – Winston-Salem Station 7

The Winston-Salem Fire Department recently re-dedicated their Fire Station 7, after completing a two-year renovation project. Below are some details of the project as well as before and after floor plans. Thanks to the Fire Chief’s office, for sharing.  Located at 100 Arbor Road, the “Buena Vista Fire Station” was opened in 1951. It houses the department’s …

Continue reading ‘Before and After Floor Plans – Winston-Salem Station 7’ »

Relocating Fire Station 12 – Now Open

August 27, 2018Now Open! The city’s newest fire station was activated on Monday, August 13. Beginning that morning, Engine 12 and Battalion 2 personnel began moving personal belongings from their old station. Ladder 8 also moved, from Station 26 on Barwell Road. And the platoon Division Chief, Car 20, moved from the basement of Station 8 …

Continue reading ‘Relocating Fire Station 12 – Now Open’ »

Drone View of New Station 12

Been open a week. Left to right are exits for Ladder 8, Battalion 2, and Engine 12. Car 20, the shift commander (Division Chief), exits through rear middle.  . Here’s a clip of the doors opening as the drone pulls away. Needs trucks rolling. Next time. Plus, as posted earlier on Twitter and Facebook, here …

Continue reading ‘Drone View of New Station 12’ »

Fairview Station Closure – Update, August 21

Note: This page is a placeholder for current and future updates about the proposed concept of closing Fairview Fire Station 2. August 21,  2018 Rebuttal to Allegations of Propaganda From this Facebook post:  Fairview Fire Department Rebuttal To The Allegations of Spreading Propaganda During the Fire Commission Meeting on August 16, 2018 It is very …

Continue reading ‘Fairview Station Closure – Update, August 21’ »

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. …

Continue reading ‘Raleigh Fire Facility Updates – Summer 2018’ »

Garner Fire Administration Moves

The Garner Fire Department has relocated their administrative offices. They moved into new space this month at 914 7th Avenue, a town building that previously served as a temporary town hall, while the new one was being built. Their new HQ as built in 1997 and has 18,072 square-feet, say tax records. Previously a commercial …

Continue reading ‘Garner Fire Administration Moves’ »

Relocating Fire Station 14 – Site Work Started

July 25, 2018 Site work started this month. Crews have been digging a retention pond, among other activities. See more photos. January 17, 2017 Construction Bid Awarded At yesterday’s City Council meeting, the agenda included awarding the construction bid for Fire Station 14.  Bid amount $6,845,670. Award to Pro Construction, Inc. Work to start within …

Continue reading ‘Relocating Fire Station 14 – Site Work Started’ »

Recap, Slides, Audio – Fairview Station Closure – Wake County Fire Commission Meeting – July 19, 2018

Edit history: Updated text references and file name of handout in the linked materials. They were provided by a concerned citizen, and not by the Fairview FD as originally noted. (July 21) July 20, 2018 Audio recording (by Legeros) plus presentation slides (Wake County, Garner FD) and handouts (Wake County, concerned citizen) are available here. …

Continue reading ‘Recap, Slides, Audio – Fairview Station Closure – Wake County Fire Commission Meeting – July 19, 2018’ »