01/06/06 111 W - + 17 - 19 How Many Fire Brigades Around Here?

So how many fire brigades operate around Raleigh/Wake/The Triangle? Or at least those with apparatus? I can think of a couple... .

State Fair Fire Brigade, which utilizes donated apparatus as well as a couple golf carts.

Harris Plant Fire Brigade, which had a Ford cab-over foam pumper and I think even an ambulance at one time.

IBM Fire Brigade, which had a Ford C pumper for their RTP complex in the late 1980s.

The Air National Guard at RDU has a new fire station and is getting (I think) a Hummer fire truck. Or does that make them an FD versus an FB?

The Harris plant did indeed have an ambulance during it’s construction. The first unit was an older Ford Econoline van that was converted by the old Superior Coach Corporation. It was the old CP&L light blue. That ambulance went away and a newer Chevrolet van arrived. The ‘newer’ unit was also built by Superior Coach. It as a Chevrolet G-30 with a fiberglass raised roof. The unique feature of this unit was the ‘widening’ of the body. Essentially Superior split the body down the middle and widened it by 14-18”. They did not, however, widen the wheelbase. That made that ambulance interesting to drive. It was the same CP&L light blue but the roof of this unit was white. I was an EMT out there during 1978 and I only know of two times (there were more, though) that the unit was actually used. Superior also produced a Dodge version of this idea. There were several of these particular units (Dodge and Chevy) sold in NC. Another company, National Custom Coaches, built a Dodge version that they actually widened the wheelbase as well as the body. I don’t know of any of these units that were sold into NC, but I remember seeing one at a display at the NC Fairgrounds back around 1975.
Dale Johnson (Email) - 01/13/06 - 00:59

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