04/06/08 49 W - + 14 - 11 July 15, 1963

City Councilmen approve installation of special traffic light on Western Boulevard in front of the new Station 8. The controllers for the manually operated light will cost $572. Where else were lights or traffic light controls installed? Station 1 had them, if memory serves, controlling the lights at Hargett and Dawson.

Western Wake Station 1, box in the station still works and used to also have remote controls for the light at District and Blue Ridge
CFP 7021 (Email) - 04/06/08 - 12:04

The controls at RFD #1 also controlled the lights at Martin and Dawson and the lane control lights on Martin Street up to the old Martin St viaduct for responses to Boylan Heights and DDH.

EMS#4 on District drive has a control for the light at District and Blue Ridge that works. ou have 55 seconds form the time you push the button until the light changes back.

The DFD station on Wake Forest Road had stop lights in front of it, as did a couple of others. At least one Greenville station had them,also. Southwood VFD on NC58 sound of Kinston had the flashing lights like RFD#8 in front of their station, along with Emerald Isle #1 before they moved into their new station. Seems like Wildwood VFD outside of Morehead City had them also a few years back.

DJ (Email) - 04/06/08 - 13:12

RFD Engine 4 used to utilize an opticon system to control the stoplight at Six Forks and Sawmill Roads. Due to the close proximity of the fire station to the intersection, by the time the light was triggered by the opticon, the Engine had already passed through the light. It was eventually removed from the Engine.
RFD574 - 04/06/08 - 20:07

on the note of opticom systems there are many opticom controlled signals in Cary that Cary FD, Cary PD and Cary EMS are able to preempt.
CFP 7021 (Email) - 04/06/08 - 20:17

Does anyone feel like putting some energy toward opticom throughout the county?

CHIEF100 (Email) - 04/08/08 - 11:46

In Durham, we had “routes” to remember. If memory serves me correct, routes 10 & 11 were in Engine 4’s first due area; known as the “greenway system”.

The way the system worked; Engine 1 dispatched to a car fire, “Engine 1’s en-route, give me routes 1 & 2” (example). The dispatcher pushes a button, and all lights along that route through downtown turned green. Proved beneficial for the downtown units that had a lot of traffic lights in a row. Then when you’re through, “Clear routes 1 & 2”. That system would be awesome for Capital Blvd., Glenwood, Six Forks, Hillsborough, and downtown.
Silver - 04/08/08 - 17:55

I agree with the Opticom. Something for the main corridors in and out of the city, at least. Capital Blvd, New Bern Ave, Glenwood Ave, Hillsborough St, Louisburg Rd, Western Blvd, Wilmington St/Fayetteville Rd, Wake Forest Rd/Falls of Neuse Rd, and Six Forks Rd. And maybe Millbrook Rdand Lynn Rd/Spring Forest Rd as a northern loop-around. And throw in Blue Ridge Rd/ Duraleigh Rd and Lake Boone Trail for ED access to Rex.

I don’t know what Cary has in place around WakeMed Cary, but maybe something for the Tryon Rd and Kildaire Farm Rd area could be done also.

As much as units (fire and EMS, although it seems more for EMS sometimes) are responding from places other than the neighborhood’s first-due, the Opticoms might work better. If I am going to an MVC at Capital and Buffalo on EMS4 responding from cover at Six Forks main, the Opticoms would work better than dedicated routes.

I would imagine we owuld be talking about some serious cash, though. It would be really nice to have both, but you know how the budget people are…
DJ (Email) - 04/08/08 - 21:32

Cary does have an Opticom system in place @ Tryon/KFR and many other intersections in town.
Fire1983 - 04/10/08 - 21:34

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