01/17/06 111 W - + 29 - 19 RFD Training History Ancedotes

Before the 1954 drill tower was constructed, ladder and life net drills were conducted at Station 2 at Memorial Auditorium. The large apron in front of the station was used, as well as the side of the building (which was designed for that purpose, to double as a drill tower). Station 5 on Park Avenue was also used for drilling. Light traffic on Park Drive made the street perfect for hose drills. After the training tower and drill pad was completed in 1954, most ladder and hose drills were moved there. Station 2 moved from Memorial Auditorium to Pecan Road in 1969. More info: http://www.legeros.com/ralwake/raleigh/history/rfd-training-towers.pdf.

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