Kinston Fire Department History

Random research notes on the history of the Kinston Fire Department.  Pre-History 1878 – Lenoir County Court House destroyed by fire. 1880 – Temporary courthouse burns. 1885 – Population 3,000. No fire apparatus. Source: Sanborn. 1891 – Population 2,000. No fire apparatus. Source: Sanborn. 1895 to 1899 1895 – Great fire, destroys two blocks of …

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Charlotte Fire Department Rescue History

Photo credits, left to right, top to bottom: Shane Nantz, Andrew Messer Collection, Andrew Messer, Mike Legeros, Wikipedia Commons, SVI Trucks. Introduction Research notes on the history Charlotte FD rescue services (and squad companies), based on a Facebook posting from December 2020. 1949 to 1979 1949 – Charlotte Life Saving Crew organized. [ More history goes …

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Rocky Mount Fire Department Centennial History Book – 1996

This is a blog version of this Facebook posting.  For your Friday reading pleasure, here’s a digitized version of the Rocky Mount Fire Department’s centennial history book. It was published in 1996 and is one of a handful of early NC FD history books.[1] It was scanned from a copy at Wilson Library at the University …

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Kidd Brewer House (2010)

This is a re-posting of a Blog Archives posting that is no longer available. It was originally posted on June 15, 2010. Contents Introduction Reader Comments Postscript, 2018 – Kidd Brewer Kidnapped Introduction Question from a reader. While walking through the Blue Ridge Road area, he came across Homewood Banks Drive. There, he saw a …

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New Firefighting Academy at Chapel Hill High School

A new firefighting academy for high school students was announced by the town of Chapel Hill on Monday. The town is contributing a fire truck, one of their two 2000 or 2001 International/KME pumpers, which will be dedicated in a ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Below is their press release. See also this Chapel Hill …

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North Asheboro Fire Department, Looking Back

We’ve blogged about this former fire department before, back in 2009. Here’s some more information, lately uncovered, and beginning with this vintage photograph. Source is the vertical files in the local history room at the Asheboro Public Library. Written on the back of the is “prior to 1971.” Click to enlarge: From there, let’s consult the …

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Blog Archives Now Searchable

Trying to find an old blog posting of mine and Big Google isn’t helpful? The Legeros Fire Blog Archives (2006-2015) are now searchable. We added Little Google searches a few months ago. http://legeros.com/ralwake/photos/weblog/ I’ve updated the home page with a prominent banner and a wider search box. Lots of content on the old/original blog. Including so many great …

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New Pierce Aerial Ladder For Cary

The Cary Fire Department has ordered a new aerial ladder, a Pierce Enforcer 1500/300/105-foot rear-mount. Believe this is planned for a new ladder company in the area of Station 7 or Station 8. Click to enlarge: From this Facebook posting by Atlantic Emergency Solutions, the features include: Enforcer chassis with a 10” raised notched roof TAK-4 …

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