Let’s start a timeline, shall we? Posting to be updated as we go along…
FCFD created in 1951.
- Effort led by Forsyth County Commissioner Wally Dunham, in response to a growing need for fire protection outside the city limits of Winston-Salem.
- There were just a handful of volunteer departments operating at the time: Kernersville, Rural Hall, and Triangle.
- First Unit 109 is a 1944 Jeep with front-mounted pump and trailer with water tank and booster hose reel.
- First housed at WSFD Station 3 on Liberty Street.
- Operated by county’s first paid firemen, F. W. Broadstreet and B. W. Atkins. Source: H&N, 9/2/56.
- After a few fires, the Jeep proves inadequate for handling the “serious fire hazard that was continuously facing the rural section” and a pumping engine is purchased. Source: H&N, 9/2/56.
1952 to 1959
- 1952 – New Engine 109, 1951 Chevy/Bean.
- 1952 – County employed third fireman, Reece Baugass. Source: H&N, 9/2/56.
- 1954? – Second engine added, Engine 209, 1954 Ford/Bean.
- 1954? – New Engine 109, 1953 GMC/Howe.
- Mid-1950s – First firefighting program started at airport, 1953? 1954? Operates out of the hangar. Fire brigade operational by September 1955. Source: Piedmoniter, 9/1/55, 9/1/65.
- Late-1950s? – Unit 108 added, former phone company utility truck with a short wooden aerial ladder. Housed [?] at Forest Hills FD, later disposed [?] to FHFD.
1960 to 1969
- 1965, June? – New Engine 109, 1965 IHC/Bean.
- 1965, August? – Airport receives new crash truck, ex-USAF O-10.
- Staffed by members of FCFD, plus members of WSFD, MSFD, and Piedmont Airlines.
- Alternate: Staffed by 22 employees of Piedmont only. They’ll respond for Alert I (actual crash), Alert II (possible crash), Alert III (military crash). Source: H&N, Sep-Oct 1965; Piedmoniter, 9/1/65
- 1967 – Snapshot of airport crash crew, from The Piedmoniter, 2/1/67.
- Crash crew has 22 members, all Piedmont employees.
- O-10 crash truck carries 500 gallons water, 50 gallons foam.
- Crew just received six alumnized rescue suits, purchased by FCFD.
1970 to 1979
- 1971? – County firefighter’s association builds air and light trailer, with generator and six tanks for refilling SCBA bottles. Operated/later operated by FCFD. Source: H&N magazine.
- 1975 Oshkosh M1500 crash truck delivered.
- Unit 109 receives 1975 White/Saulsbury heavy rescue.
- CFR 2 added, 1970s GMC pick-up with twin-agent foam/Purple K system.
1980 to 1999
- Unit 109 receives 1980s GMC rescue.
- Unit 209 added, unstaffed support unit, 1980s Chevy van, also pulls air trailer.
1990 to 1999
- 1990 Ford/E-One crash truck delivered.
- 1993 International/Mickey box truck delivered. Donated by FCFRA in December 1994.
- Unit 109 receives 1990s Chevy Suburban.
- Unit 109 receives 1990s Chevy “Squad 51” style truck.
2000 to Present
- Unit 209 added, second manpower unit.
- Unit 309 added, third manpower unit
- 2001 – County awards bid for new QRV to Emergency Vehicles, Inc., on 6/25/01. Source: BoC minutes.
- 2007 Oshkosh Striker 1500 crash truck delivered.
- 2010 Ford F-250/A.R.E. delivered – Unit 309.
- 2015 Ford F-550/Northwestern Emergency Vehicles light-duty rescues delivered – Unit 109, Unit 209.
Created by Micah Bodford.
Pumpers, Rescues, Air Truck, Manpower Units
- U109 – 1944 Jeep with front-mounted 300 GPM pump, w/trailer-mounted 250 gal tank.
- Alt. capacity 200 and 220 gallons. Ex-military?
- Disposed to City View FD by September 1956.
- E109 – 1951 Chevy/Bean. Serial #611.
- Purchased 1952. Delivery year from H&N, 9/2/56.
- From Bean delivery records:
611 Forsyth County Winston-Salem NC. 803 08-31-51 Chev UWH3518 JEA737229.
- E209 – 1954 Ford Big Job/Bean, high pressure pump. Serial #829.
- From Bean delivery records:
829 Forsyth County Winston-Salem NC. 09-19-54 Ford J3H32343
- From Bean delivery records:
- E109 – 1957 GMC/Howe, 500/___.
- Serial #10149.
- Later wrecked, repaired & placed back into service by Belews Creek VFD.
- Sold to BCFD in June 1965. Had over 40,000 miles on odometer. Source: TCS, 6/22/65.
- U108 – 1952 GMC aerial, 35-foot. Ex-telephone company.
- Acquired 195_.
- Model year from H&N, 9/2/56.
- Later sold to Forest Hill VFD, where it was re-chassied on a 1960s GM truck at a later date.
- E109 – 1965 IHC V190/Bean, 60HP/800, plus foam (in containers?).
- U109 – 1971 White cab-over/Saulsbury walk-in rescue. With a pump system, including 150 gallon tank.
- U109 – 1980s GMC/E-One[?] rescue.
- U209 – 1980s Chevy SV-30 Vandura.
- Unstaffed, pulls two-axle air trailer and used as backup to 109 with assortment of tools.
- Later sold to Belews Creek FD [?].
- Air 1 – 1993 IHC 4600/Mickey box truck.
- Serial #6458.
- Equipped with four-bank air compression.
- Donated by FCFRA, accepted by county on 12/19/94. Source: BoC minutes.
- U109 – 1990s Chevy Suburban. Former Forsyth EMS Medic 4.
- U109 – 1990s Chevy/_______ “Squad 51” style utility body.
- U109 – 2007 GMC C5500/SSV remount, 4×4 chassis.
- U409 – 2008 Ford Expedition. Later transferred to FCEMS Medic 1.
- U209 – 2010 Ford F-250/ARE, four-door pickup. Later moved to 309.
- U109 – 2015 Ford F-550/SSV/Northwestern re-mount. Body from 2007 GMC.
- U209 – 2015 Ford F-550/Northwestern re-mount.
- CFR 1 – 1950s American LaFrance O-10, ___/500/50F. Ex-USAF.
- Delivered August? 1965. Source: H&N, Sep/Oct 1965.
- Staffed by 22 employees of Piedmont Airlines and/or airline employees, plus FCFD, WSFD, MSFD.
- CFR 1 – 1975 Oshkosh M1500, 1200/1500/180F.
- Owned by Airport Commission.
- CFR 2[?] – 1970s GMC one-ton pickup with twin-agent foam/Purple K system.
- Owned by FCFD.
- CFR 1 – 1990 Ford F-800/E-One R-500, 750/600/45F/450# DC.
- Serial #8192.
- E-One order date 2/28/90. Source: E-One delivery records.
- CFR 1 – 2007 Oshkosh Striker 1500, 2000/1500/220F/450PKP.
- The Forsyth County Fire Historical Society on FB, https://www.facebook.com/firehistoryforsyth
- WNC Fire Pics, Forsyth County, https://www.wncfirepics.com/NorthCarolina/ForsythCounty/Forsyth-County
- Hose & Nozzle Magazine
- Andrew Messer
- Keith Shepherd
- Tad Byrum