02/18/09 174 W, 2 I - + 14 - 18 Twenty Years Ago

On Feb. 15, 1989, nineteen future firefighters reported to the Keeter Training Center for their first day of the 14-week fire academy. City boys and country boys, from in-state and out-of-state. Many with firefighting experience. Some with none. Gattis and Dunn were the instructors, and PT was the first order of the day. 'Twas a smaller training center then, with only a single classroom and a two-story apparatus bay. No USAR area, no mobile classrooms. And some very old apparatus parked outside. We were taught EMT to start, then wet stuff on red stuff. And running. Lots of running. Everyone graduated. Twenty years later, the remaining 14 members consist of two Battalion Chiefs, two Lieutenants, and a mess of Captains. A total of 280 years of service, so far. Some of the gang met for breakfast on Monday, to laugh, tell stories, and take a group photo. Then and now are pictured below. Still a handsome bunch! Click to enlarge, or see more then and now photos. Or browse all fire academy group photos.

Mike, is that the old Pirsch pump in the background ?
Jon C - 02/19/09 - 21:44

Negative, that’s one of the two 1986 Pemfab/EEI pumpers, which were built right here in Raleigh!
Legeros - 02/21/09 - 08:39

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