11/07/13 123 W, 3 I - + 6 - 8 Falls Tanker 217 > Zebulon Pumper 96

On Tuesday, the Zebulon Fire Department received their newly re-lettered and re-striped pumper-tanker, a 2009 Pierce Contender 1250/1000 that formerly served the Falls Fire Department as Tanker 217. It replaced a 1997 Freighter/EEI pumper-tanker, that was sold to a fire department in Iowa. To help remember the heritage of the truck, and its former department, the Zebulon Fire Department mounted a  plaque on the truck as shown below. The Falls Fire Department operated from 1970 until 2012, when it merged with the Wake Forest Fire Department. The former Falls station is presently Wake Forest Station 5. Thanks to Chief Perry for passing along the photos. See Lee Wilson's photos of Tanker 217, taken in April 2009.

Zebulon Fire Department photo

Lee Wilson photo

Brotherhood. Thank you ZFD.
Marcus - 11/07/13 - 23:28

Kudos to ZFD for being a class act!
HD - 11/08/13 - 07:20

This was a great gesture on behalf of ZFD.
I have a question…are we going to see more of the apparatus transfer on an as needed basis through out the county?
Not trying to beat the ol horse here…just asking to see what talks or decisions have been made on this topic.
Buckwheat - 11/08/13 - 11:00

Buckwheat, I think you will see it where it makes the sense. In this case ZFD was on the replacement list for a truck. As part of the merger agreement Wake Forest agreed to give up 217 when they got their new Tanker in.. It’s a big game of Twister… It saved the county many thousand dollars and Zebulon got a much needed replacement truck with still many miles left on it. I would think the county will start looking at stations with excess unused/un-staffed apparatus and moving them to areas that are in need of replacements… In the end, the county buys um, and the county can move um.
MG - 11/08/13 - 12:53

Curious where in Iowa their Freightliner/EEI went.
Eugene Beard (Email) - 11/08/13 - 15:12

Class act!
Gen3fire - 11/09/13 - 09:04

Zebulon has shown the true meaning of brotherhood. It really means a lot to this old Falls Fireman.
Graney - 11/09/13 - 20:16

This isn’t the first time a vehicle has been reallocated from one county department to another. Maybe the first large apparatus. Western Wake, as part of the Station 2 closure, transferred one of the command suburbans to Swift Creek a few years back.
Not the first - 11/10/13 - 08:57

Eugene – The truck went to Welton, Iowa. There were several posts on social media as it was seen being transported from here to there. Sightings and comments were made from those familiar with Zebulon, NC and Zebulon, GA.
Zeb100 (Email) - 11/14/13 - 17:55

Also, thanks for all the kinds words. We simply meant this as a way to remember Falls FD and those who served that community. We appreciate all the thanks and kind words our department has received. We hope this serves to capture a piece of history.
Zeb100 - 11/14/13 - 18:08

Thanks Zeb100 about 60 miles from here. Will check it out. Not many EEI’s around Iowa.
Eugene Beard (Email) - 11/15/13 - 10:05

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