Northern Wake Tanker Overturns / History of Overturned Apparatus in Wake County

Northern Wake Tanker Overturns

On Monday night, October 19, 2020, at about 9:20 p.m., Northern Wake Tanker 38 overturned in 6100 block of Ebenezer Church Road, while responding to a house fire on Dewees Court, about two miles south. Two firefighters were aboard, and were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The 2013 International/KME, 750/2000, was responding from Station 3 on Norwood Road, as auto-aid to the working fire located in Western Wake’s first-due territory.

The fire was reported at about 9:02 p.m., dispatched as an automatic fire alarm. Units from Western Wake, Raleigh, Cary, Durham Highway, and Swift Creek responded, along with Wake County EMS and Cary EMS. Upon the emergency radio traffic from Tanker 38, Durham Highway units immediately responded, along with additional EMS units, Northern Wake Rescue 35, and Raleigh Rescue 1, which self-dispatched from Station 16 (they were cleared while en route).

See more pics by Legeros from the aftermath, about an hour later, plus daylight pics of the roadway.

Listen to audio of the house fire and apparatus accident response.

Historical Perspective

What’s the historical perspective of overturned fire apparatus in Wake County? Incidents have included:

Nov 14, 1952 – Raleigh Engine 6, operating reserve engine (1926 ALF) overturned at Brooks Avenue and Lewis Farm Road, while returning from call. Driver Vernon J. Smith was seriously injured, lost part of a leg, underwent dozens of operations over next four years, and died from injuries in 1956. Four others aboard also injured, with various degrees of injuries.

Jul 13, 1960 – Cary tractor-drawn tanker (1940s International/1954 CFD) overturned near Meredith College while responding to trash fire. Vernon Lee Thompson, 28, was killed, trapped under the cab that caught fire. Firefighter Billy Henderson was injured.

Apr 01, 1978 – Apex Engine (1963 Ford/ALF) overturned on Old Highway 1 while returning to town for more water from a fire, after swerving to avoid a car that pulled into incoming lane. Firefighter driving was ejected and nearly killed.

Nov 11, 1985 – Fairgrounds Tanker 197 (1982 Chevy/Atlas) overturned on Blue Ridge Road near the Art Museum, after swerving to avoid a car that made a u-turn. Driver was treated at Rex Hospital and released.

___ __, 1987 – Six Forks Unit 128 (1980 Ford/Atlas) tanker overturned in the parking lot of West Millbrook Middle School, during driver training. Was rebuilt and returned to service with reduced tank capacity, from 1500 to 1000 gallons.

Late 1980s/Early 1990s – New Hope Tanker 2 (1969 Chevy/198_ shop) – Overturned on Louisburg Road near Mitchell Mill Road, while responding to a woods fire along the railroad tracks on Millbrook Road.

Feb 25, 1990 – Raleigh Engine 5 (1986 EEI/Pemfab) overturned at Wilmington and Smithfield, after striking a car that ran red light. Apparatus turned onto its side. With secondary collision of second car struck by first car. Driver of apparatus–only firefighter aboard, as it was headed to the shop–and one civilian with minor injuries.

Dec 22, 2002 – Wake Forest Engine 63 (1996 E-One) overturned on Ligon Mill Road while responding to a fire alarm activation. It rolled over two and a half times. Three FFs were injured, with Thomas Howell sustaining the most serious injured, with broken left leg, left arm, and right wrist.

Dec 17, 2008 – Raleigh Engine 9 (2008 Pierce) overturned on St. Albans Drive just west of Hardimont Road, while responding to reported structure fire. The engine overturned on its side. None of the four firefighters aboard were injured.

Feb 28, 2009 – Stony Hill Pumper 264 (2005 Pierce) overturned on Purnell Road about a half-mile east of Camp Kanata Road while responding to a reported house fire. The engine overturned on its side. The three FFs were transported with minor injuries.

Jul 10, 2009 – Raleigh Ladder 4 (2004 Pierce tiller) overturned at Dawson and South streets, while responding to a reported house fire. Three of four FFs aboard were transported with minor injuries. The incident prompted the development of EVO program for all personnel and new safety mandates.

Photo credits include News & Observer, WRAL, and Legeros.

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Two Alarms on Stonehenge Drive

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Two alarms were struck on Friday morning, October 16, at 2206 Stonehenge Drive. Dispatched 7:25 a.m. with working fire assignment dispatched while units were en route. 

Engine 18 first-arriving with heavy smoke and flames showing from the front of the building, from the first floor of a two-story, garden-style apartment building with 12 units and 12,154 square-feet. Arrival conditions also included two residents requiring rescue from a balcony. 

Arriving companies began evacuating residents, rescuing residents, and searching for trapped occupants. They also worked to find the seat of the fire, which took longer due to interior smoke conditions and its extension to the crawlspace being the building.

Structural conditions also subsequently deteriorated in the first-floor fire unit, with a sagging floor that necessitated keeping crews out of that section of the building.

Command requested a second alarm for manpower, which was dispatched at 7:45 a.m. Staging for second-alarm companies was Stonehenge Drive. Incident command was located in front and to the left side of the structure, with Battalion 4 and then Car 20 as command.

The fire was controlled at 8:57 a.m. Three or four residents were transported with smoke inhalation. From news reports, they were expected to be okay. There were no injuries to firefighters. 

Wake County EMS and Eastern Wake EMS units provided patient care, along with medical monitoring and rehab of personnel. Staging for the numerous EMS resources included both Stonehenge Drive and a parking lot across the street from the fire scene.

Due to the number of evacuated residents, the EMS response was upgraded to an EMS second alarm. Total dispatched resources were nine transport units, three Medic units, two District Chiefs, the Shift Supervisor, and the major operations support unit, Truck 1. 

As the incident occurred at the time of fire department shift change, some incoming on-duty personnel were brought to the scene to swap with outgoing off-duty members, after the fire was brought under control.

Run Card

  • 7:25 a.m. – First alarm
    Engine 18, 4, 16, 17, Ladder 1, 3, Rescue 1, Battalion 4, 5
  • 7:26 a.m. – Working fire
    Car 20, 402, Air 1
  • 7:45 a.m. – Second Alarm
    Engine 23, 15, 9, Ladder 6, Battalion 1, Car 2
  • Medical
    EMS 2, 11, 20, 23, 33, 41, 60, 61, 67
    Medic 93, 95, 96
    District 1, 9
    Chief 200
    Truck 1.


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Major Fire at Old Riley Hill School

Updated October 9 with an incident description retrieved from Wake New Hope Fire Department Facebook posting.  

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Narrative by WNHFD

New Hope Car 1, Engine 282 second due arriving to 4 alarm school fire in Wendell

Sept 25th 2020- At 510pm, Raleigh-Wake County 911 dispatched E282 for working fire in a former school at 5901 Riley Hill Road, in Wendell’s primary district. Wendell Fire Department Engine 112 was first on scene, with New Hope Car 1 (Chief Price) right behind them, reporting heavy smoke and flames visible from a large H shaped single-story structure, and requested RW911 “Send me every tanker in the county.”

Engine 282 arrived next, taking position on the west side of the structure, while Wendell Engine 112 had taken position on the east side. Multiple lines were stretched from both engines, deck guns & portable master streams were deployed, and 5 drop tanks were set up, due to the are being without any nearby fire hydrants.

The water point was established by Rolesville Fire Department Pumper 152 at a hydrant at 1099 E Young St at Rolesville High School. Over 60,000 gallons of water were used, with every tanker making at least one shuttle run from the water point to the drop tanks.

Wake New Hope Fire Department Tankers 9, 10, & 11 responded as part of the tanker shuttle, and Engine 281 from New Hope Station 1 and Engine 284 assisted with suppression efforts. The fire would eventually escalated to an equivalent of a 4th alarm, before being marked under control after 90 minutes. Crews remained on scene for another 3 hours hitting hotspots and assisting WC1 with the investigation.

Narrative by Legeros

“Send me every tanker in the county.” That was New Hope Fire Chief Lee Price early into the major fire at old Riley Hill School in northeastern Wake County on Friday afternoon, September 25. Dispatched 5:11 p.m.

Heavy fire showing through the roof of a historic former school building at 5901 Riley Hill Road. Built in 1928, the “H”-shaped, single-story structure has 14,728 square-feet. Plus the adjacent 6,308 square-foot gymnasium building.

Photos by Charlie Honeycutt (top left) and Ray Fetchko (top right, bottom). 

Water-shuttle operations, with [five] drop-tanks in two locations, supplying a NHFD engine on the west side, and WFD E112 on the east side, boosting WFD E112 in rear corner of the structure. Deck gun(s) and portable monitor(s) used, plus numerous hand lines. Rolesville aerial deployed for observation. Controlled 6:49 p.m. Crews remained on scene for another three hours or so.

Fire departments on scene: Wake New Hope, Wendell, Hopkins, Zebulon, Wake Forest, Knightdale, Rolesville, Garner, Fairview, Northern Wake, Western Wake, Durham Highway, Raleigh, plus Pilot (Franklin), Bunn (Franklin), Archers Lodge (Johnston), Corinth Holders (Johnston). Plus Wake County EMS, Eastern Wake EMS. 

How many alarms, or alarm equivalents? I guess… two or three, plus the tanker requests. 

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Run Card

  • Durham Highway P162
  • Fairview E1
  • Garner E4, TA12
  • Hopkins C1, C2, E221, R22, TA227
  • Knightdale TA2
  • New Hope C1, E281, E282, E284, TA9, TA10, TA11
  • Northern Wake TA18, TA28
  • Raleigh Air 2
  • Rolesville L15, P152, TA157
  • Wendell C1, C2, E111, E112, E113, L11, TA11
  • Wake Forest E3, FE5, TA3, TA4
  • Western Wake TA198
  • Zebulon TA98
  • WC1

(Unsure if some units were diverted as coverage, or swapped.)

  • Archers Lodge FD
  • Corinth Holders FD
  • Pilot TA76
  • Bunn E23, TA22
  • EMS 1, 34, 62, 68
  • Medic 96
  • Dist 3, 6
  • Truck 1
  • Chief 600

Plus coverage including:

  • Durham Highway FD to New Hope Station 2
  • Cary L3, Morrisville L23 to Knightdale Station 2
  • Swift Creek FD to New Hope Station _
  • Ferrells FD to Pilot

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Guliford College Fire Department History

This blog post is based on a Facebook posting from May 2020, the content of which was moved here. 

Early years

  • 1941, July – Guilford College community members hold meeting about getting fire protection. They plan to petition the county for funds to buy a fire truck.
  • 1945, Aug – County commissioners approve a fire protection plan for Guilford College community.
  • 1946 – Fire department organized as Guilford College Community Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Inc.. They create a private corporation, with organization efforts starting circa April 1946.
  • First pumper is a 1941 Ford/Howe, purchased as war surplus, previously served Spartanburg, SC, military base. They also acquire a military surplus [?] 1750-gallon tanker.
  • Members purchased their own equipment and what passed for uniforms, often from the Sears catalog, the stories go. Department serves about 900 people [homes?].
  • 1946 – Station site acquired, 302 College Road at Savoy Lane. Purchased for $900.
  • 1947 – Station opened. Completed by November 1947. Members raised over $4,000 for the project, over several weeks ending in December 1946.
  • 1949 – GCCVFA incorporated.

Fifties and Sixties

  • 1958, May – Special election held to establish a fire protection district for GCFD, and with a fire tax with a rate of ten cents on every $100.
  • 1959, circa – Satellite station opened at 6017 Inman Road. Later numbered Guilford County Station 19. From tax records, property card records GCCVFA as owner starting 1959.
  • 1962, Apr – GCFD is responsible for fire protection at the airport, says the airport authority. This statement is made during a period of evaluating the airport’s firefighting capabilities. Eventually, the county takes responsibility and creates an airport FD that’s activated in 1965.
  • 1965 – Original pumper retired. Restored circa 1970 and used for fire prevention activities.
  • 1965 – Guilford College annexed by city, along with areas east to Muirs Chapel, and north along Westridge.
  • [ Sometime around this time, GCFD adds capacity for foam operations at the tank farm that’s in their district. More goes here. ]
  • 1969, circa – First [?] rescue truck added, 1969 Ford C600/Reading rescue.

Main Station Moved

  • 1970 – New station site acquired at 201 College Road. Ownership recorded as transferred to GCCVFA in 1970.
  • 1970, fall? – Station moved to 201 College Road. Numbered Guilford County Station 17. [When did the county numbering start?] Dedication reported in Nov-Dec 1970 issue of Hose & Nozzle. Between 400 and 500 people attend ceremony. Open house sponsored by GCFD Ladies Auxiliary. Costs $200,000.
  • 1971 – Old Station 17 site ownership recorded as transferred to private owner.
  • 1973 – Aerial apparatus added, first for any county FD. 1973 Ford C/Pierce Telesqurt, 1000/500/200/50-foot
  • 1982 – Dry-chemical unit added, 1982 International/Marion/Ansul Mangum 480, 200/1350#.
  • 1980s (early?) – GCFD plans for Station 39 on Market Street near the airport and tank farm, including designating the chemical truck as Chemical 39. The plans are abandoned after the city annexes that area.
  • 1980s – City annexations substantial areas of GCFD district, including south of the airport/Market/I-40, east of the airport to College Road, and north along College Road.

Another Move

  • 1987 – Station 17 on College Road and Station 19 on Inman Road both closed. GCFD moves to single location, new Station 19 at 6001 Old Oak Ridge Road on Sep 15, 1987. Costs $729,000.
  • 1988 – Station 17 site at 302 College Road site ownership recorded as transferred to City of Greensboro.
  • 1988 – Station 19 site at 6017 Inman Road site ownership recorded as transferred to airport authority. [ However, the tax records property card records owners as GCCVFA – 1959, then airport authority – 1985, then GCCVFA – 1985, then airport authority – 1988. ]
  • 1994, June – Department protects a “rapidly developing” 16 square-mile district. News Record, 6/4/94.
  • 1997/1998, annexation(s)
  • Nearly 10 square-miles north of airport, adding about 9,300 residents protected by GCFD. News Record, Feb 9, 1997.

Airport Expansion

  • 1998, summer – Airport offers department $1.2 million for their fire station. Department makes counter offer of $1.97 million. The authority backs off the discussion and hires an appraiser to estimate the value of the building and the four-acre site. Two prior appraisals placed the value at around $1.2M. The airport also asked a construction company for an estimate on the cost to rebuild the station on another site. The bid was $1.35 million. Winston-Salem Journal, Jan 20, 1999.
  • 1998, October – Study released by city, commissioned one year ago, to explore possibility of merging Guilford College, Colfax, and Pinecroft Sedgefield fire departments into the city. The report says it would save money, improve services, and remove duplication, if CFD and GCFD were merged with GFD. Among the savings: $300,000 per year paid to GCFD and CFD for protection of annexed areas. If the city annexes the GCFD area, a merger would save the city $3.15 million. The merger would also add a volunteer force to the city. However, PSFD is recommended to remain independent, because its large rural district is too expensive to cover. News-Record, 10/3/98.
  • 1999, Mar 23 – Airport authority votes to condemns fire station site, valuing the property at $1.2 million, which they had offered to GCFD, and which was the highest of three real-estate appraisals of the building. The action happens after months of intermittent negotiations, and the department’s belief that the station is worth $1.965 million. The vote sends the issue to Guilford Superior Court for mediation.
  • Buying the station, which has been approved by the FAA, has been on the airport’s FAA-master plan for several years. The airport is seeking to build a new runway as part of a proposed FedEx hub. Opponents of the project are asking the federal government to block the airport’s decision. They have urged GCFD to fight the condemnation proceedings vigorously, saying it’s unfair, because the airport is a public agency, pays no fire district tax, but accounts for 40-percent of GCFD’s runs.
  • Tentative plans for FedEx Hub call for the fire station to be demolished and replaced with a ramp for cargo plane parking. The FedEx project accelerated the airport’s efforts to buy the station, and as part of the initial agreement between FedEx and the airport, FedEx asked the airport to move aggressively on buying the fire station, because of the time it can take to relocate public-safety buildings. FedEx hoped to open its hub within four years.
  • Said Fire Chief David Douglas, they knew when the built the station 12 years that the airport would want to buy the property someday. News Record, Mar 24, 30, 1999.
  • 1999, Mar – GCFD has a mixture of career and volunteer members. They protect 12,000 people, and is the primarily source for structural protection at the airport. They are also seriously considering a merger with the city. News Record, Mar 30, 1999.

Plans with City

  • 2000 – Station 19 moved to 6405 Old Oak Ridge Road. New Facility built as joint venture with GCFD and city. By this time, the GCFD district had shrunk from 40 to 11 square miles, with much of the remaining territory consisting of the tax-exempt airport. And thus, GCFD had lost of its remaining fire tax revenue base.
  • 2000 – Old Station 19 site ownership recorded as transferred to airport authority.
  • 2001 – GCFD merged with City of Greensboro. Station 19 became GFD Station 17.
  • 2004 – Old Station 19 on Inman Road and old Station 19 on Old Oak Ridge Road demolished, for FedEx hub construction. Both sections of road also removed, and Old Oak Ridge Road is rerouted slightly north.


  • 1941 Ford/Howe pumper, 500/? – Restored circa 1970 – Disposed to Greensboro.
  • 1940s tanker, ex-military [?] – 1750 gallons
  • 1950s [?] Kaiser-Jeep brush truck
  • 1959 [?] Ford C/Howe pumper/pumper-tanker – Need details
  • 1960s Ford C/____ pumper/pumper-tanker – Need details
  • 1969 Ford C600/Reading rescue – Squad 19 – Disposed to Guilford County [correct?] as first haz-mat truck [correct?]
  • 1973 Ford C/Pierce Telesqurt, 1000/500/200/50-foot – Snorkel 17, then Snorkel 19, then Engine 192 – Sold to Knighdale Public Safety in Wake County.
  • 1974? Dodge/Pierce, 250/250 mini-pumper – [Unit] 197
  • 1976 – Ford C/Pierce pumper – Engine 171 – Sold to Rowen-Iredell FD
  • 1978 – Ford C/Pierce pumper, 1000/500 – Engine 122 – Disposed to Deep River FD.
  • 1982 International/Marion/Ansul Mangum 480, 200/1350# – Chemical 39 at Station 17 on College Road, then Chemical 19 at Station 19 on Old Oak Ridge Road – Disposed to Greensboro.
  • 1982 Pierce tanker – Need more details
  • 1983? Chevy Bonaventure passenger van – Rescue 19 – Sold to Summerfield FD
  • 1985 Pierce dash pumper, 1000/1250/100 – Tanker 194 – Disposed to Climax FD.
  • 1985 Pierce Dash pumper, 1000/1250/30 – Engine 191
  • 1990 Pierce Dash Pumper
  • 1990 Pierce Lance rescue – Disposed to Greensboro.
  • 1991 Duplex D-450/Grumman AerialCat tower, 1500/300/102-feet – Ladder 19 – Sold to Eden, NC
  • Alt. model year 1992
  • 1992? Ford/____ ambulance – Rescue 19 – Used for medical calls, but not equipped for patient transport – Sold to Stokesdale FD.
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Two Alarms on Midway West

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Two alarms were struck Sunday night at 8917 Midway West Road. Dispatched 7:39 p.m. One-story, abandoned modular office building, with approximately 6400 square-feet. Site (8.66 acres) owned by state since 2001, used by DOT for salt storage.

Engine 23 first-arriving, flames showing through roof. Interior attack with three+ hand lines, from Engine 23. Aerial to roof, from Ladder 9. Supply line from hydrant in cul de sac, boosted by Engine 24.

Extra lighting from Rescue 1, in cul de sac. Staging along long driveway, in cul de sac, along Midway West, and in a couple driveways that access the street. Durham Highway third-due, auto-aid.

Second alarm requested for manpower, dispatched ~8:04 p.m. Controlled 8:40 p.m. Wake EMS and Cary EMS with medical monitoring and rehab, in NE corner of parking lot, in front of building. No injuries, no occupants. Cause determined as intentional.

Units on scene included E23, E24, E29, E17, E18, E16, E4, L9, L6, L3, L1, R1, B4, B5, C3, C12 [?] (Safety Officer), DHFD P162, EMS5_, EMS 4_, D4. Run card included additional DHFD and EMS units. Some (three?) of the RFD second-alarm companies released 8:10-8:15 p.m. or abouts. 

First photo above about 8:03 p.m.

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Wake County Fire Commission Virtual Meeting – Thursday, Sep 17, 2020

The Wake County Fire Commission will hold a virtual version of its regular scheduled meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2020. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. 

The agenda and meeting documents are below. Information on submitting public comments and access for viewing/listening are posted on the Wake County Public Meetings Calendar


  • Meeting Called to Order: Chairman Keith McGee
    • Invocation
    • Pledge of allegiance
    • Roll of Members Present
  • Items of Business
    • Approval of Agenda
    • Approval of July 16, 2020 Fire Commission Minutes
    • Firefighter’s Association Fire Commission Seat
    • Sub-Committee Appointments
  • Public Comments:
    • Comments emailed in from the public, as directed on the public advertisement on the County Meeting Calendar prior to noon on May 21, 2020, will be emailed to the Fire Commission prior to the meeting. Depending on the number of comments received, the comments may be read by Deputy Director Alford at this time.
  • Regular Agenda
    • Wellness Committee Scope and Kick Off
  • Information Agenda
    • Fire Tax Financial Report
    • Standing Committee Updates
      • Administrative
      • Apparatus
      • Budget
      • Communications
      • Equipment
      • Facility
      • Training
      • Volunteer Recruitment & Retention Committee
    • Chair Report
    • Fire Services Report
  • Other Business
  • Adjournment – Next Meeting – November 19, 2020

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Ca-Vel Fire Departments of Stanly and Person Counties

This content was originally posted in August 2018 on the original blog site. It’s been moved here and expanded with additional content.

September 10, 2020
Here’s a new old photo of the Ca-Vel fire department in Roxboro, from an undated picture posted by Mike Warren to the Facebook group Reminiscing in Roxboro, in this thread. It was re-posted to Legeros Fire Line on Facebook on April 4, 2020. Click to enlarge:

August 1, 2015
Found this vintage fire apparatus photo in Thomas Herman’s book Oren Fire Apparatus Photo Archive (Iconografix, 2010). Gorgeous 1947 General Motors/Oren pumper, serial number 500 A-979. Delivered to the Collins & Aikman textile plant in Norwood, NC. That’s in Stanly County, south of Albemarle.

The author’s caption notes that the overhead rack housed a wooden Bangor ladder and a pair of booster reels were mounted in the back, behind the rear wheels. The truck presently privately owned, the author adds. It still resides in Norwood. Click to enlarge:

Collins & Aikman operated other plants in North Carolina, including in Farmville and Roxboro. We’ve blogged before about the latter location and in context of the Ca-Vel Fire Department. Or CA-Vel, depending upon your spelling. The plant was located three miles north of town.

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Forsyth County Fire Department History

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.

Apparatus Roster

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
  • 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.

ARFF Apparatus

  • 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.


Photo Credits

  • Hose & Nozzle Magazine
  • Andrew Messer
  • Keith Shepherd
  • Tad Byrum
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