03/26/09 193 W, 1 I - + 12 - 14 Western Boulevard Fire Department

For your Friday enjoyment, here's a vintage photo from one of Wake County's lesser-known departments. Pictured in 1958 is the Western Boulevard Fire Department. Organized a year earlier, they protected unincorporated areas due west of Raleigh. From a barbecue shed-turned-fire station at the corner of Western and Powell Drive, their 30-some members operated three pieces of equipment: pumper (Chevy, new), tanker (used), and brush truck (Jeep, or "Jeep type"). The department was, alas, short-lived. On April 1, 1960, much of their territory was annexed by the city. They disbanded, and reformed one year later as the Fairground Fire Department. Singular. Read more history, or click once or twice to enlarge:

Shown left to right, are (front row) Henry Garrison, Norman C. "Dick" Massengill, Biff Abbott, Skip Fox, Fred A. Burke, Robert Giddens, C. Mitchell Godwin; (middle row) G. Rex Mann, F. Dale Graham, Ira O. Schaub Jr., James A. "Jimmy" Hewitt, Harold Morris, Edmond L. Johnson, Alex R. Russell Jr., Bill Dupree; (back row) Charlie R. Weathers, Bobby Massengill, Bruce Brundage, Henry Wilder, unidentified, Mitchell Garbelly, Judd Watkins, and unidentified. What a great photo.

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