12/20/15 26 W - + 30 - 24 MOVED - Hillsborough FD / Orange Rural FD - Apparatus, Patch, History

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Mike is truck 268 the truck parked at Creedmore now????
TRN (Email) - 12/06/11 - 22:24

TRN, it appears so. Here’s that pic, http://www.legeros.com/ralwake/photos/we..
Legeros - 12/06/11 - 22:26

Mike if you find yourself in the area ORFD has some very nice equipment. They have in addition to the new tower, 2 KME first out pumpers (one owned by the town one by the rural dept), a heavey rescue, and twin 2000gal tanker, a international 2 door pumper and they still have the white volvo large tanker and they kept the aerial they had as a reserve.
OCFF - 12/07/11 - 20:18

Lee Wilson has posted these and a couple other HFD and ORFD apparatus photos here, http://www.flickr.com/photos/leewilson/s..
Legeros - 12/10/11 - 17:12

Mike I do not remember a time that ORFD protected the entire County. Especially Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Can you check these facts.
OCNC - 12/21/15 - 10:18

OCNC, my presumption is that this

1971 – ORFD starts project to provide fire protection for entire county. That project lasts for several years.

Translates to this

1971 – ORFD starts project to provide [rural] fire protection for entire county. That project lasts for several years.

I will correct my original posting.
Legeros - 12/21/15 - 10:20

I’m the current Chief of Hillsborough/Orange Rural Fire. From the old guys, HFD covered the entire county in the 40-50-60’s. In the 60’s, some of the HFD founders started pushing other communities around the county to start their own fire departments. To get things going they would organize community meetings and help with the paperwork needed to incorporate the departments. Prior to this push to create new fire departments; Hillsborough, Carrboro and Chapel Hill were the only fire departments. As I understand it, at some point in time, Chapel Hill was only protecting the university so Hillsborough and Carrboro were responding into areas that are now part of Chapel Hill’s city limits. I think the reference in the 70’s to HFD covering the entire county is possibly a misunderstanding of mutual aid as most other Orange County Departments started up between the mid 60’s and mid 70’s.

Hope this helps.
Jeff Cabe (Web Site) - 12/24/15 - 09:09

Thanks Chief. That’s helpful information and makes a lot more sense, given the context of the times. Will update this posting again, as I have been doing every day or two, as new information is found.
Legeros - 12/24/15 - 09:19

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