05/06/07 14 W, 1 I - + 14 - 16 Station 28

...has been lettered and looks like this:

Pretty basic, and a little small, just my opinion. I’d be proud of that house, fill up the brick!!!
Silver - 05/06/07 - 13:09

Lettering should not be done on a arc for clarity sake.

That goes for truck doors, too. It’s done all the time, but that doesn’t make it graphically correct or clear.

Instead of black, a silver color would have given a better contrast above the station doors on 28.

I’m also getting tired of seeing RES10CUE on trucks. That’s not how you should write out Rescue 10.

It all started with RESCUE 3 in the FDNY, but they still use ten-codes, which is another thing you really don’t want to emulate.
harkey (Email) (Web Site) - 05/06/07 - 21:06

The first time I saw something like RES10CUE was back in 1976. Parkwood did that with their ambulances, which in Durham County back then they were all called “RESCUE”, along with the lone actual rescue truck in Durham then, RESCUE 11.

RES*CUE, with the Star of Life between the S and the C, was the way the two Parkwood ambulances were lettered. They were RESCUE 9 and RESCUE 10. I also saw that on several other ambulances around the state back then, when most ambulances in the rural areas were operated by volunteer rescue squads.

When Durham started the paramedic service during the early 80s, I belive that was when everything changed to MEDIC —.
DJ - 05/06/07 - 21:26

DJ, you just clarified for me where “Rescue 11” came from!! Thanks!! Having been a fireman in the Bull City, I always wondered. I guess that was the next number, and because they ran in the county makes it all come together. Where were Rescue 1, 2, 3….?

Harkey, I agree with you that “silver” would have been better. Straight across the top, over all the bay doors would look sharp.
Silver - 05/07/07 - 08:53

I think it would have looked nice if they had put Engine 28 over the bay where the eng sits instead of Station 28, or had Eng 28 engraved in the space below the brick
Mike - 05/07/07 - 09:57

It’s always a nice touch with company names over their own doors… Engine Company 1 – Engine Company 13 – Ladder Company 1…..
harkey (Email) (Web Site) - 05/07/07 - 10:36

Earlier post in another blog stated that you see more emphasis on “Station 30” versus “Engine Company 30”. Don’t know why that is, but a good portion of RFD is like that, station focus versus company focus….
Silver - 05/07/07 - 12:30

I like 22’s….stands out….
Guest - 05/07/07 - 13:47


When Durham County Hosp first started the EMS over there, the ambulances were RESCUE 1, RESCUE 2, etc. There was no differentiation between engines, tankers, brush trucks, either. Every night at 1900 they did a radio test, which we were included in out at RDU. When they did the roll cal of all the trucks in the county (city units not included) you heard “BAHAMA ONE, BAHAMA TWO...” all the way up through “AIRPORT ONE, AIRPORT TWO...”.

RESCUE 11 was quartered downtown, along with two units ENGINE 13 and TANKER 15, which were operated by the city but actually answered calls in the county. Where all of the other trucks said “CITY OF DURHAM” on the, E14 and T15 had “DURHAM COUNTY” on the doors.

And by the way, RESCUE 11 was probably the busiest rescue unit anywhere around at that time.
DJ - 05/07/07 - 17:45

Oh yeah, SIlver-

The city trucks were named for their station. Station two had ENGINE 20, AERIAL 21, etc. The only one that had it’s own number was SNORKEL ONE. The double digit number was due to the Public Safety concept. You would hear fire calls dispatched as “ENGINE 40, CAR 42, CAR 44, CAR 46”. Excpet for stations one, two, and I think three, there was just a driver at the other ones. The cars were “PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS”, who were cross trained as police and fire. Fortunately, sounder minds prevailed, and around 1987 or so they split the departments back up.
DJ - 05/07/07 - 17:52

Yeah, I knew they were P.S. in the 80’s. I just never knew where Rescue 11 came into play. Thanks for the info…..
Silver - 05/07/07 - 20:59

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