11/28/13 141 W, 2 I - + 15 - 10 Thanksgiving at Station 5 - Then & Now

Here's a passable re-creation of a neat News & Observer photo from 1980. That's the staff of the Velvet Cloak Inn serving Thanksgiving dinner at Station 5, on November 27, 1980. Bottom photo is "B" platoon enjoying a family dinner this evening. Not shown is the rest of the crew, their family and friends, and one photographer in a floral pattern shirt. There are two more tables outside the frame.

Then, Station 5 housed two companies. Engine 5 operated a 1975 Mack, and Truck 5 operated a 1979 Mack/1958 American LaFrance tiller. The department had fifteen fire stations protecting 55.2 square miles and 150,255 residents.

Now, Station 5 houses an engine company and an air truck. They are a 2002 Spartan/Quality and 2002 International/SVI, respectively. Today, the department has twenty-seven fire stations protecting 144.39 square miles and 423,179 people. Click to enlarge:

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