06/03/10 132 W - + 13 - 10 Letter to the Editor

This was published in the News & Observer today.

Speaking of delayed municipal building projects (May 29 Triangle Politics item), Central Fire Station on South Dawson Street took 12 years to complete. Its predecessor - built in 1896 for $4,000 on West Morgan Street - was condemned in 1939 and demolished in 1941. The replacement site was promptly purchased and a two-story brick building, housing the fire alarm system, was erected in the rear of the lot. That small structure was completed in 1942, and still stands.

The fire station took longer to build, in part a result of restrictions on materials and projects during World War II. The fire station was final constructed in the early 1950s, and opened on Oct. 5, 1953. The $142,106 building still serves as Fire Station 1.

Mike Legeros
Raleigh Fire Department Historian

Hats off Mike, it would be nice to bring up also understaffing of apparatus in the fire department due to medical, retirement, and members leaving for other reasons. Raleigh fire, and the city are a great place to work but the fire is often over looked or said they can get by with those numbers. 3 Engines 3 on Ladders, 2 on Rescues. Min should be 4 on Engines, 4-5 on Ladders, 4 on Rescues always no less that would increase public and firefighter safety! Just my two cents.
DuckR3 (Email) - 06/03/10 - 20:16

Minimum staffing on ladders is now 4 as they are considered priority assignments as opposed to the old system of prioritizing outline stations.
RFF - 06/04/10 - 13:22

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