Eastern Wake Fire Department



1954, Knightdale Fire Department formed. See timeline


2003, Knightdale Fire Department renamed Eastern Wake Fire Department. 

  • Station #2 at 4828 Clifton Road renamed Station #1.
  • Station #1 at 401 Hester Street renamed Station #2. (April 14, 2003)

2005 - Line of duty death. Firefighter Todd Alan Blanchard, 31, died on July 14, 2005, from injuries suffered at a fire at the intersection of Turnipseed Road and Major Slade Road in the unincorporated Knightdale area. Blanchard was one of a three-member crew returning to the scene of an earlier tree fire. They arrived at 12:42 a.m. and applied water to the smoldering area, and then approached the tree to examine the smoldering area more closely.

As the crew walked toward the tree, a limb approximately two-and-a-half feet in diameter broke and struck Blanchard. The two firefighters with Blanchard removed the limb and began CPR when they determined that the firefighter's breathing and heart had stopped. Paramedics arrived at the scene and initiated advanced life support  treatment.

He was transported to WakeMed and declared dead about 2:30 a.m. The cause of death was massive chest trauma. Blanchard had worked as a full-time firefighter for Eastern Wake Fire Department for approximately two years. Memorial services were held at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in downtown Raleigh on  Saturday, July 16. Over a mile of fire and EMS vehicles from Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Harnett, Johnston, Nash, and Wayne counties escorted mourners from Eastern Wake Station 1 on Poole Road to the church. 

Apparatus deliveries:

  • 2005 Ford F-550 brush truck
  • 2006 International/KME tanker.
  • 2006 Pierce Contender pumper-tanker, 1250/1000. Delivered December 15, 2006.
  • 2008 Pierce Contender pumper-tanker.

Last updated: January 2, 2017


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