03/09/09 286 W - + 10 - 13 Raleigh Fire Department Report, 1958

At the 71st annual meeting of the North Carolina State Fireman's Association in Lumberton on July 29 and 30, 1958, Raleigh Fire Chief Jack Keeter delivered the following report through his secretary, V. Volentir:

Raleigh Fire Department Activities for 1957-58:

  1. The Raleigh Fire Department added one 750 gallon American LaFrance pumper and one 100 foot tractor drawn American LaFrance aerial truck to their apparatus in 1957-58.
  2. Bids were received in May, 1958 for Fire Station No. 7, $77,000.
  3. The Fire Prevention Bureau started a Baby Sitter course for young girls in the City of Raleigh. To date 100 girls have completed the course.
  4. House to house in-service inspection program was started with the trucks in contact with the dispatchers at all times by walkie-talkie.
  5. Fire prevention courses were taught in all the schools and hospitals.
  6. The firemen painted toys for the underprivileged children of Raleigh at Christmas and stuffed thousands of envelopes for the Wake County Easter Seal Campaign.
  7. The per capital loss was $7.25 in 1956 and $2.32 in 1957.
  8. The Raleigh Fire Department answered 1130 calls in 1957.
  9. Two men retired from the Raleigh Fire Department in 1956-57.
  10. The Raleigh Fire Department drill tower was completed June 3, 19581, at a cost of $26,000 plus paving. The building has five stories above ground and a basement which is used for drafting water. On one occasion, the City Council, City Manager, and other interested citizens were the guests of the fire department for an exhibition drill at the tower. This drill consisted of various drills and evolutions, including rescue and pit fires.
  11. A total of 27,984 man hours were spent on classroom study and drill; 18,656 classroom, and 9,328 drill.

1Wait, wasn't the training tower built in 1954? Yes, but the training tower grounds were still being worked on. More on this later.

Interesting how more community-based projects were done back in the day. Too bad the times have required us to get away from that type of customer service. Interesting Mike!
CC - 03/09/09 - 23:02

There are many then-and-now differences. Two shifts versus three. You worked everyone other day. No first responder program. Only the Raleigh Rescue Squad answered medical calls, and a comparatively low call volume. The Fire Prevention Division was less than 10 years old. Those programs were still finding their legs. Two-way radios were new, only on apparatus for two/three/four years. In-service activity was thus a new concept.
Legeros - 03/10/09 - 06:50

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