02/10/09 194 W, 1 I - + 11 - 13 1958 Fire Protection Study

Though a text version has long been available on my Raleigh Fire Department history site (inside the Virtual Museum), I've added a full scan of the 1958 Fire Protection Study. Users can choose between text only, maps only (large PDF), or entire document (very large PDF). The document remains interesting reading 51 years later. Names on the credits page include one Jesse Helms. Station 3 is listed as housing a 200 gal. pumper, likely the 1946 Ford Auxiliary truck with a 200 GPM pump. Station 5 was planned for an addition, to house an "old" ladder truck. That was probably the prior Truck 1, a 1939/1916 American LaFrance. Not only did the city purchase a new, second aerial ladder, but they rebuilt the building! Station 6, presently the oldest in the city, was 10 years young at the time of the report, and listed as "in need of rather extensive recondition." The report also cited the need for a "small building for classroom training use" to be built near the drill tower. Once Station 2 relocated in 1969, its day room served that purpose until the Keeter Training Center opened in 1982. Read the rest of the 1958 study.

Mike, would this be the same book I stumbled across in the NCSU library? I don’t recall the name of the book, as this was years ago, but it looks familiar. I do remember that the book had never been checked out.
RFD574 - 02/10/09 - 22:40

Yes, a copy is filed at the NCSU library, call number TH9504 .R34 R3.
Legeros - 02/11/09 - 06:15

Something else that’s interesting. I’ve seen road-mile distance cited for station planning, but never “running distance.” From page 3: “In general, all high value areas of the city and all places where a major fire would be of special danger should be within 3/4 of a mile, street running distance, from a fire station.” And in “medium and low density residential areas, fire stations can cover an area of 1 1/2 miles running distance.”
Legeros - 02/11/09 - 08:25

A similar study was published in 1970, and included a history section written by Elizabeth Reid. She became Wake County’s premiere historian and helped compile the history section in the 1984 yearbook. Her files at the library have since helped Yours Truly further flesh out details about both the volunteer and paid fire department histories. Maybe I can scan the longer 1970 document some time.
Legeros - 02/12/09 - 08:18

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