07/23/15 223 W, 1 I - + 11 - 4 Glenwood Towers First Fire Alarm Circa 1971

For your Thursday evening enjoyment comes this vintage photo, circa 1971. Was the first fire alarm at 509 Glenwood Avenue, e.g. Glenwood Towers. High-rise apartment building for seniors and the destination of Engine 5 and Engine 13 and too many other red trucks for the last forty-five years. Fire alarms, fire alarms, and more fire alarms. Plus many medical calls and even the occasional working fire. (We answered a reader question about that, back in September 2012.)

What do you see in the picture? Looks like Engine 5 in the foreground, one of two 1961 American LaFrance 900 Series pumpers. (But not the surviving one that's currently owned by the Raleigh Fire Museum.) Behind the engine is a foam unit, probably Foam 5. That's a 1965 International Harvester D1200 pick-me-up truck with a Kidde high-expansion foam generator. One of two such units in the fire department.

In the background is either Engine 1 or Engine 15, which was the second engine at Station 1. Both were 1970 Mack CF pumpers, the first two of those in the city. Also pictured are a pair of ambulances. Most likely Beacon Ambulance Service. Pretty cool picture and was scanned from a nifty booklet published by the Raleigh Housing Authority in 2013, titled 75 Years of Building Communities. What's the exact date of this image? We'll see if we can find it. Click to enlarge:

Looks like E3 in the foreground to me. On a side note E13 went there yesterday 5 times!
Rescue Ranger - 07/24/15 - 11:54

What was the standard response for a fire alarm in the early 70s? Any prior posts about how fire alarm responses have changed over the years in Raleigh?
Chris - 07/27/15 - 11:19

I don’t know if the photo can be cleaned up to distinguish the number on the side of the pumper in the foreground to tell if it’s a 3 or a 5. But I will state this morning a high-rise fire dispatch was banged out for 509 Glenwood ave. consisting of E13, E1, E5, E3, E6, L4, L2, R1, B3, B5, A1, C20, C401, & C420. The order of arrival will probably surprise you! E3, E13, E5, E1, L2, L4, C401 E6, B3, B5, C420, C20, R1, & A1. That’s right, E3 was 1st-in so in might very well be E3 in the picture.
Rescue Ranger - 07/28/15 - 12:12

Closer view of the emblem:

Legeros - 07/28/15 - 19:07

Chris, alas, I don’t have a ready answer to question, about the standard response in the 1970s, or its evolution over time.

Let me see if I can dig that out, some time.
Legeros - 07/29/15 - 07:58

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