11/11/13 268 W, 2 I - + 13 - 5 Vintage Photos - Then and Now at the Training Tower

For your Monday morning amusement, here's a pair of "then and now" photos from the training center, from atop the old training tower. (Recall that the current tower was erected in 2006, after the 1954 structure was demolished in 2005.) The top photo is a News & Observer image from 1959. That's Firefighter Ned Perry approaching the camera.

The bottom photo appeared Raleigh Fire and Rescue, 1984-2002, printed by Taylor Publishing Company in 2002. That's Battalion Chief Paul Johnson at the top. When was the photo taken, and who had the great idea to recreate the original image? To be determined. Maybe readers can track that down. As the modern photo shows, no small amount of work went into orchestrating that shot.

What about the rigs we're seeing in the shots? Those are 1951 and 1953 American LaFrance 700 Series pumpers, along with a 1958 American LaFrance 700 Series tractor-drawn aerial ladder. The rescue trucks are the department's originals, a 1953 GMC panel van and a 1954 Reo Civil Defense truck. The chief's cars are a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air and a... what? Need reader help there, presume a 1953 Chevy of some model. 

In the bottom photo, the engines appear to be, left to right, a 1997 Pierce Saber, a 1989 Pierce Arrow, and a 1992 Pierce/Mack CF. The ladder truck is a 1990 Spartan Monarch/Simon-LTI. The rescue trucks are a pair of 1991 Chevy Kodiak/FrontLine super-huge ambulances. The chief's cars are Ford Crown Victorias, probably late 1990s or early 2000s. Readers undoubtedly can clarify, as well as note other interesting then-versus-now details. Click to enlarge:

News & Obsever photo

Looks to be 1959 Chevrolet Bel-Air. Sterling 20 or Jr 20 siren light with a Federal Junior Beacon Ray on the middle of the roof.
DJ - 11/12/13 - 00:46

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