01/06/09 114 W, 1 I - + 11 - 9 Tanker 14

For today's historical tidbit, here's a nice, clean, posed shot of Tanker 14, one of a pair of 1960 GMC/Alexander tankers that served the Raleigh Fire Department from 1960 to 1986. They were placed in service on April 3, 1960, as Tanker 1 (at Station 8) and Tanker 2 (at Station 2). They were acquired to protect newly annexed areas, and the newly constructed Beltline. The former became T8 (1961-1968) and T4 (1968-1986). The latter became T9 (1963-1974) and T14 (1974-1986). The trucks were slow as all get-out, I'm told. They had a 2 1/2-inch discharge, though at least one received a quick-dump value toward the end of its life. Both were transfered to Public Works. See more photos. Click to enlarge:

1500 gallon tank…six cylinder engine. I got behind T4 on a call, going up the ramp from Old Wake Forest Rd onto what is now the inner beltline. Top speed of 20 mph up the hill…I think the beacon was turning faster…
DJ (Email) - 01/06/09 - 22:22

What size tank did they have?
Kurt - 01/06/09 - 22:23

Someone can read my mind and type the answer a minute faster. Thanks DJ
Kurt - 01/06/09 - 22:26

Will we ever see Raleigh getting new tankers in the future as they constantly annex land that may or may not have adequate hydrants? While we know the city should have hydrants everywhere, I could see some areas running into trouble. Are Raleigh’s Engineers/Lt.s trained in drafting operations? Any thoughts?
Annex - 01/07/09 - 09:19

They already have them. They just have to redo the gold leaf on the doors.
Looking to the Future RFD - 01/07/09 - 09:30

What do they look like?
Sam - 01/07/09 - 15:13

I think he’s being a little sarcastic. As in the city could take over the county owned tankers. But I seem to remember hearing a very high up official in the Raleigh FD mentioning that “we are not in the tanker business, nor do we foresee getting into it.”
CFP 7021 - 01/07/09 - 15:24

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