1963, organized after a large fire in the community, by
twenty-two charter members. Funding is raised through fundraising
within the community. In the late 1970s or early 1980s, the first
fire tax monies are collected, from a newly created fire tax
1963, established as Ten Ten Fire Department of
Fairview Community. Founder Gene Ogburn also known as person
who brought foam machine to help extinguish 1964 fire in Bryan
Building at Cameron Village. Incorporated (later?) as
Fairview Rural Fire Department, Inc. (June 27, 1963) sos,
1963, first fire station
two-bay brick building constructed at 4501 Ten Ten Road. Built
on land provided by Fairview Community Center. oh
1963, first fire truck is an
early 1950's weapons carrier purchased from federal surplus. Placed in service as Engine #1 and later becoming
Engine #4, the unit is modified by Marvin Powell, Gerald Atkins,
Sr., and Craven Langston at William Powell's. Two Ford
taillights are mounted on hood as emergency lights. Paint is
donated by Sander's Motor Company and Wade Cummings paints the
apparatus in a chicken house. K&L builds the 450 gallon
tank. The pump is 80 GPM, 1 1/2 petroleum-fueled. oh
1965, second fire truck
acquired. Built from a pair of 1957 International Chassis One
chassis', one purchased from Federal Surplus and the second bought
from Archer's Lodge Volunteer Fire Department in Johnston County
in 1965. Placed in service as Engine #1 and the first
Fairview apparatus to pump pressure. Dillon's Supply Company
in Raleigh donates $500 in materials for construction. Unit
is modified by Marvin Powell, Gerald Atkins, Sr., and Craven
Langston at William Powell's in 1965. A flatbed from a 1941
truck is mounted to the chassis and plywood is used for the doors
on the compartments below the bed. Pick-headed axes are
created by welding teeth to flat-headed axes. Roof ladders
are created by fabricating steel hooks and adding to wooden
ladders. Unit is equipped with 500 gallon tank and
front-mounted pressure pump.oh
1965, apparatus delivery. "Big Red," a 1947 Diamond Reo
converted gas tanker, is placed in service in 1965. The
ten-wheeler carries 1,000 gallons and has a small 80 GPM pump in
the rear. Later modifications include a replacement 100 GPM pump
that costs more than the truck itself.
1968, apparatus delivery: 1968 International / American LaFrance pumper, purchased
after firefighters pool personal money and purchase new 1968
International chassis and have it shipped to American LaFrance for
pump and body installation. Placed in service as Engine
#1. Equipped with 750 GPM, American LaFrance twin-flow,
two-stage pump and 750 gallon tank. oh
1972, fire station
undergoes additions. fdr
1972, apparatus delivery: 1972 International 1700 /
Atlas tanker, 400 GPM, 1500 gallons. Cost $9,50, raised
through fundraising activities started more than a year ago. Firefighters build the truck themselves using a new truck chassis
and Atlas tank. (March 1972) rt29mar72
1974 (?) apparatus delivery:
1974 Chevy tanker, 1200 gallons.
1975, apparatus delivery: 1972
Chevy brush truck purchased from state surplus and originally
owned by the Department of Corrections. Placed in service as
Engine #4. Equipped with 400 gallon tank and 350 GPM pump.
1976, Siesta Motel on US
401 burns. Fire is reported about 2 a.m. and brought
under control within two hours. Two adjoining businesses,
Jerry's Restaurant and Lounge and McCuller's TV repair, are
damaged by smoke. Cause is not known. Damage to motel
is estimated at $75,000. (February 6, 1976) no
1976, Fire Chief is Kenneth West. (February 6,
1978 (?) apparatus delivery:
1978 International tanker, 1500 gallons.
1982, becomes first rural fire department in
Wake County to offer First Responder service. Service is
activated on March 15, 1982. The first call was answered the
following Wednesday night for a two-car accident at the
intersection of Ten Ten and Holly Springs roads. The department
was chosen due to
its location between four rescue districts (Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina,
and Garner). Members completed a 45-hour course that certified
them as "first responders" who could respond to health-related
emergencies, and render aid until emergency medical technicians
arrive. The program is a pilot program being tested by Wake
County. (March 1982) oh, ah24mar82, Carolina Rural Fireman
1982, staffing snapshot: six men are on permanent day shift,
and seven three-man units are on duty each night.
- 1983 Chevy C70 / Atlas tanker, 400 GPM, 1500 gallons
- 1983 Chevy C70 / EEI midi-pumper, 500 GPM, 500 gallons
- 1988 Pierce Lance pumper / tanker, 1500 GPM, 1000 gallons
1990, second fire station
completed at 7401 Ten Ten Road. Constructed on land leased from Maxine Senter. oh
1994, extrication services added, with delivery of a 1994
International/EVI salvage and rescue unit.oh
1997, first career members added, to work during weekdays when
volunteers are less likely to be available. oh
1998, fire station #2 renovated. Interior addition of kitchen / office / living
1999, fire station #1 rebuilt. Bulk of building is razed
and replaced. Six apparatus bays were added, along with office
space and classroom facilities. During the eight-month
construction period, the fire trucks were housed at two nearby
businesses: Dayspring Florists and Gifts and Atkins Trucking
Company. Alternate year (or year when completed?) is 2000. oh
- 1991 International
/ E-One tanker, 400 GPM, 1500 gallons
- 1992 International / E-One tanker, 400 GPM, 1500 gallons
- 1994 International
/ EVI salvage and rescue unit.
- 1996 Pierce Dash pumper / tanker, 1500 GPM, 1000 gallons
2000, members found and incorporate North
Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation, non-profit organization
to support families of firefighters killed in the line of duty
(March 20, 2000)oh
2001, fire protection rating lowered to Class 6.oh
2002, Paul Dunwell hired as first paid Fire
Chief (October 1, 2002) oh
2010, personnel added to provide 24/7 staff.
2017, fire protection rating lowered to Class 3.
See Wake County Fire Chiefs
County apparatus register (pdf).
Raleigh Fire Museum photo albums.
- ah Apex Herald
- no New and Observer
- oh Oral history
- sos NC Department of the Secretary
Part II - Additional Notes - 2016
2012 - David Price hired as Fire Chief. He's a Captain from the
Bay Leaf Fire Department and a 32-year veteran of the fire service
in Wake County. (July 30, 2012)
2016 - Barry Spain hired as Fire Chief. He's a retired Division
Chief from the Raleigh Fire Department.
- 2005 Pierce Contender pumper-tanker, 1250/1000, Engine 1,
first out at Station 1.
- 2005 Pierce Contender pumper-tanker, 1250/1000, Engine 2,
second out at Station 1.
- 2008 Pierce Contender pumper-tanker, 1500/1000, Engine 3,
first out at Station 2.
- 2009 Ford F-550/Seagrave brush truck, 200/300/10, Brush 4 at
- 2009 International/KME elliptical tanker, 750/2000, Tanker 6
at Station 1.
- 2014 International/Rosenbauer elliptical tanker, 750/2000.
Tanker 7 at Station 2.
- 2015 Spartan ERV walk-around heavy rescue, Rescue 1.
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