This is a blog version of prior-posted Facebook content.
Earlier this year, the Raleigh Fire Department renumbered it’s ladder companies, along with Rescue 1, the haz-mat units, the mini-pumpers, and selected other units.
|Ladder 1||Ladder 4||01/25/21||Sta 4||2014 Pierce platform|
|Ladder 2||Ladder 11||01/20/21||Sta 11||2015 Pierce tiller|
|Ladder 3||Ladder 14||12/09/20||Sta 17||2007 Pierce ladder||Future Sta 14|
|Ladder 4||Ladder 1||01/25/21||Sta 1||2018 Pierce tiller|
|Ladder 5||Ladder 25||01/18/21||Sta 25||2009 Pierce platform|
|Ladder 6||Ladder 23||12/14/20||Sta 24||2005 Pierce ladder||Future Sta 23|
|Ladder 7||Ladder 20||01/04/21||Sta 20||2009 Pierce platform|
|Ladder 8||Ladder 12||01/11/21||Sta 12||2017 Pierce tiller|
|Ladder 9||Ladder 6||12/21/20||Sta 23||2010 Pierce tiller||Future Sta 6|
Effective on February 22, 2021, these units were renumbered:
Rescue 1 > Rescue 16
The unit number Rescue 1 was used from 1953 to 1976, and from 2009 to 2021. From then to now, the progression is R1 > R3 > R12 > R7 > R21 > R19 > R1 > R16.
Haz-Mat 1 > Haz-Mat 2 (staffed by E2)
Haz-Mat 2 > Haz-Mat 29 (main regional response unit, staffed by E29)
Haz-Mat 3 > Haz-Mat 8 (recon unit, staffed by E8)
Haz-Mat 4 > Haz-Mat 25 (decon unit, staffed by L25)
Haz-Mat 5 > Haz-Mat 27 (spill control unit, staffed by E27)
The first haz-mat unit was activated around June 29, 1984. It was a 1977 Chevrolet panel van, cross-staffed (as again today) by Engine 2.
Mini 1 > Mini 7 (staffed by Sq7)
Mini 2 > Mini 28 (staffed by E28)
Mini 3 > Mini 14 (staffed by Sq14)
The mini-pumpers also serve as towing units for boat trailers (Sq7, Sq14) and towing ATV trailer (Sq14).
ATV 1 > ATV 14
ATV 2 > ATV 25
Car 20 > Division Chief 1 (Operations shift commander at Sta 12)
Raleigh FD has five Division Chief positions, three in Operations (above, rotating), one in Logistics, and one in Professional Development.
Car 402 > Investigator 1 (Shift fire investigator, staffed by E1)
For most of the time since their inception in 1983, the Raleigh FD has primarily utilized part-time investigators, cross-staffed from an engine company. From 2007 to 2017, one full-time investigator was on duty each day at Station 1.
Photo credits Mike Legeros and Lee Wilson (top right)