Eastern Wake Fire-Rescue Merges with Town of Knightdale

This posting will be updated as more information is provided about the operations of the newly expanded Knightdale Fire Department.

July 8
Here’s the post-merger list of units and their locations:

Engines / Squads

  • E131 – Clifton Street (Sta 1) – 2007 Pierce Contender pumper-tanker, 1250/1000 – Ex-EWFD
  • E132 – Steeple Square (Sta 2) – 2017 Spartan/Customer rescue pumper, 1250/750
  • E133 – Hester Street (Sta 3) – 2018 Rosenbauer Commander rescue pumper, 1500/1000 – Ex-EWFD
  • E134 – Robertson Street (Public Works) – 2007 Pierce Contender pumper, 1250/750, reserve – Unstaffed auxiliary unit, can be in service with 15 minute delay. 
  • E801 – Reserve Engine/Squad – 2008 Pierce Saber rescue pumper, 1500/750
  • Parade – 1975 Mack CF pumper, 900/500, ex-Raleigh, former reserve, future parade piece

Rescue

  • R13 (Clifton) – 2008 Spartan Metro Star/Hackney walk-around rescu – Ex-EWFD

Tankers

  • Tanker 1 (Hester) – 2005 Pierce Contender pumper-tanker, 1250/1000 – Ex-EWFD
  • Tanker 3 (Clifton) – 2005 International/KME tanker, 500/1800 – Ex-EWFD

Brush Trucks

  • Brush 1 (Hester) – 2019 Ford F-350/CET, 70?/300 – Ex-EWFD
  • Brush 3 (Clifton) – 2005 Ford F-550/Knapheide/EAI brush truck, 300 gallons – Ex-EWFD

Battalion Chief

  • Battalion 1 – Pending, will be at Station 2 (Steeple Square)

June 29
Effective July 1, 2020, Eastern Wake Fire-Rescue Inc. merged with the town of Knightdale and it’s fire department. Here’s some information about the two departments, their compositions, and their histories. 

Contents

  • Radio Announcement 
  • Department Snapshots
  • Maps
  • Photos
  • Visual History
  • Hester Street Station, Annotated
  • Historical Perspectives

Radio Announcement 

Department Snapshots

Eastern Wake Fire-Rescue

Organized 1954 as Knightdale Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. Renamed 2003 as Eastern-Wake Fire Rescue, Inc. Two stations, three engine, one rescue, one tanker, two brush trucks, technical rescue trailer, two boat trailers, first responder SUV

Twenty full-time employees:

  • 6 – Firefighters
  • 5 – Drivers
  • 1 – Lieutenant
  • 6 – Captains
  • 1 – Admin Assistant
  • 1 – Fire Chief

Other members:

  • Thirteen part-time firefighters, used as fill-in for full-time absences.
  • Twelve volunteer firefighters, some that serve on duty crews.
  • No auxiliary, no juniors at present.

Demographics:

  • Population protected: 17,500 over 45.08 square miles.
  • Call volume: 2,000 calls in 2019, up from 1,761 in 2018.

Fleet:

  • 2019 Ford F-350/CET, 70?/300 – Brush 7
  • 2018 Rosenbauer Commander rescue pumper, 1500/1000 – Squad 38
  • 2008 Spartan Metro Star/Hackney walk-around rescue – Rescue 11, ex-Northern Wake, ex-Stony Hill
  • 2007 Pierce Contender pumper-tanker, 1250/1000 – Pumper 1
  • 2005 Pierce Contender pumper-tanker, 1250/1000 – Pumper 2
  • 2005 International/KME tanker, 500/1800 – Tanker 3
  • 2005 Ford F-550/____ brush truck, 300 gallons – Brush 6

Plus two boats, one utility truck, one ATV and trailer, one chief’s car. 

Knightdale

Organized 2002 as the Fire Division of Knightdale Department of Public Safety. Separated with police in 2012 as Knightdale Fire Department. Two stations with four engines, plus one ladder in production.  

Twelve full-time employees:

  • 6 – Firefighters
  • 3 – Lieutenants
  • 3 – Captains
  • 1 – Battalion Chief
  • 1 – Fire Chief

Twenty-three part-time employees:

  • 2 – P/T Captains
  • 4 – Fire Inspectors
  • 1 – Deputy Fire Marshal
  • 1 – Training Officer

Other members:

  • Six volunteer firefighters.
  • Explorer Post with about six members.

Demographics:

  • Population protected: 17,843 people in 6.2 square miles.
  • Call volume: 1,976 calls in 2019.

Fleet

  • 2017 Spartan/Customer rescue pumper, 1250/750 – Engine 131
  • 2008 Pierce Saber pumper, 1500/750 – Engine 132
  • 2007 Pierce Contender pumper, 1250/750, reserve – Engine 134
  • 1975 Mack CF pumper, 900/500, ex-Raleigh, former reserve, future parade piece

With 2021 Pierce Ascendant quint, 1250/500/107-foot  in production, future Ladder 13.

Plus chief’s car, battalion chief’s car, inspector’s vehicle, and utility truck. 

Photos


Mike Legeros photos


Knightdale Fire Department photo

Maps

Before Merger

Map – After Merger

Visual History

View this visual history of the two departments: JPG | PDF (4.9M)

Hester Street Station, Annotated

For those keeping score at home, here’s an annotated guide to Knightdale’s first fire station on Hester Street and when each section was added. 

Historical Timelines

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See historical photos:

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