Raleigh Unit Renumbering Recap

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. 

Round One

Old New Date Loc Apparatus  Notes
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

Round Two

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)

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