1943, farmers organize volunteer forest
firefighting service. Two-dozen farmers meet and elect
community leaders. Appointment of a forest warden for the
township is also urged. Buckhorn and White Oak townships
are invited to join in setting up an organization to protect the
three communities, which annually have been hit hard by fires.
(February 1943) no14feb43
1971, Holly Springs Rural Fire Department
chartered. (July 21, 1971) sos
1972, first fire chief is
fire department becomes operational in August, and just a year after its
first organizational meeting.
They have 28 men, and serve a
four-mile radius from the fire station.
Fire calls are reported to
Raleigh Central, which dispatches the department. Twelve of
the firemen carry monitors. Each are responsible for
telephoning two other firemen. Each responds to the fire
station, and a fire truck can leave once at least three
firemen are at the station.
They've had no training
drills yet, and there haven't been any fires in/around town
all summer. The members received their 42 hours of
firefighting instruction last winter, and will get another 120
hours this winter. They haven't had time for
any fundraising projects yet, but have collected $3035 by
canvassing the community. (August 1972.)rt23aug72
1972, first fire station
is two-bay building at 1140 Avent Ferry Road.
building is built with "Saturday labor" on then-named Holly
Springs-Corinth Road. The alarm is a siren on a pole, procured
from the county Civil Defense office. rt23aug72
1972, first fire apparatus:
- 1953 GMC tanker, 0/1500
- 1955 International tanker, 350/1000.
Note: Alternate tanker capacity is 1250.
One of the tankers was a converted oil truck. Both are
purchased from other departments, and have new hoses, nozzles,
and other gear. The trucks can be refilled at fire hydrants
within the town limits.rt23aug72
1972-1974, apparatus deliveries:
- 1955, GMC tanker, ex-military. It's purchased
and rebuilt by the firemen, over months of work conducted
after their regular meeting.fvi19sep74
- 1953? Dodge brush truck, 90/250.fvi19sep74
1974, apparatus delivery:
1974 Ford / Bean pumper, 750/750. Purchased with
$30,000 loan from the first Farm Home Administration (FHA)
"community facility" loan to be granted in Wake County.
Delivered in September 1974.fvi19sep74
Late 1970s, pit
building added behind fire station to hold pigs for
1980 (?), apparatus delivery: 1980 Chevy/FMC tanker,
1985, fire station expanded with additional
1986, apparatus delivery: 1985 Kenworth/FMC Omega pumper/tanker,
donated by Carolina Power & Light.
Demonstrator model purchased with
funds donated by Carolina Power & Light for first-in fire
protection at the Harris nuclear power plant. The power
company was contracting with HSFD, but the level of service
was found insufficient by federal regulars during a review. At
the time of the review, HSFD was operating a borrowed
pumper-tanker from Fuquay-Varina, as the department's 1974
Ford/Bean pumper was out of service, after a pump failure at a
house fire. The demo truck was also exhibited at the 1986 North Carolina State Fair, and operated by
the State Fair Fire Brigade, prior to delivery to Holly
1989, Shearon Harris Nuclear
Power Plant suffers fire. After nuclear
reactor automatically shuts down at 11:06 p.m., workers spot two
fires. One involves the transformer and is extinguished
largely by sprinkler system. Second fire involves the
generator in the turbine building. Plant's five-member
fire brigade is assisted by Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina fire
departments. Plant officials confirm fire is out and
associated hydrogen leak is contained at 2:43 p.m. (October 10,
1989) rt10oct89, no11oct89
1990 - Town population is less than 1,000.
- 1977 Ford/Howe tanker, 400/1200
- 1990 Dodge/EEI brush truck, built on chassis
donated as a Christmas present by Mr. Henry Collins. oh
1990s, early, before this time, the town population was too
small and didn't have sufficient tax revenues to fund its own
fire, police, and EMS services. With dramatic residential
growth in the early 1990s, the town created a police
department in 1992 and a fire department in 1995.
Source: Holly Springs, Wake County - A Community
Assessment..., April 28, 1999.
1995, municipal fire department formed. Named Holly Springs Fire Service Division, part of Holly Springs
Department of Public Safety. (April 1, 1995) oh
1995, temporary fire
station at Omaha Meat Company at corner of Thomasmill
Road and Irving Parkway. oh
1995, first fire apparatus
for town includes:
- 1974 Ford/Bean
pumper, 750/750 (correct?) purchased from Wendell Fire Department. Later sold to Surf City Fire
- 1990s International tanker, later sold to
Northwest Harnett County Fire Department. oh
1995, first fire station completed at 127 N. Main
Street. (September 1995) oh
1995 (?), town apparatus
- 1995 Pierce Dash pumper, 1500/750, originally
ordered by rural department, but purchased by town.oh
- 1995 International/4 Guys tanker, 500/1500.
- Public Safety Department has 26 full-time members,
plus part-time and volunteer members.
- Town also has its own dispatchers.
- The town's ISO fire protection rating is six for the
town and nine for the rural area.
- Call volume has been steadily increasing:
- 1993 - 78
- 1994 - 212
- 1995 - 242
- 1996 - 485
- 1997 - 520
- Source: Holly Springs, Wake County - A Community
Assessment..., April 28, 1999.
1997, town apparatus delivery:
1986 GMC Kodiak/____ rescue truck with 55' boom and bucket.
Built from donated by Carolina Power and Light. Firefighters
added a piped waterway and converted the hydraulic auger
assembly into a remote-operated master stream. They also added
generators and floodlights and modified the air compressor to
work with rescue tools. It was sold 1998 to Swepsonville. (July 1997)oh
1997, rural department merges with town.
Rural station is designated
Station #1, municipal station is designated Station #2.
1998, fire department begins EMS service on April 1, 1998.
- They are licensed as a BLS provider, and Wake County
provides one full-time Wake
County paramedic and ALS
- The town provides one ambulance, a driver, and all
- They operate an ambulance for over a decade, including
later with a full-time paramedic
provided by Wake
- Ambulance first operates from Station 1 at corner of
Holly Springs Road and Highway 55. Later moved to Station
2, and again to new Station 1 on Flint Point Lane.
- In 1998, the ambulance answers 406 calls.
- Source: Legeros EMS History
delivery: 17-foot Shore Line
rescue boat donated by Wake County Sheriff's Department and
modified by firefighters to include canopy, crane, portable pump
with 2" discharge with 1 1/2" gate, and stokes basket
1999, pit building
behind Station #1 remodeled into training facility.
1990s, apparatus notes:
- 1974 Ford/Bean pumper converted to rescue truck, with
walk-in body added in late 1990s. Later disposed to Public
Works for use as a pressure water.
- 1972 Ford 800/Saulsbury rescue added in late 1990s (or
2000 - Town population is over 9,000.
2000 - Apparatus delivery: 2000 International/Pierce
2000-2001, ambulance involved
in accident. Former Fuquay-Varina EMS Ford F-350 ambulance utilized
as frontline unit until Holly Springs vehicle returns from shop.
2002, fire department assists the town of Knightdale
Public Safety department's newly created Fire Division. Also donates
hose, turnout gear, and other equipment. (Summer 2002) oh
2002, apparatus deliveries:
L8000 chassis with Salisbury rescue body. Replaces 1972
Ford 800 chassis. (September 2002)oh
2003, apparatus delivery:
1986 Pemfab/Boardman telesquirt, 1000/__/55-foot. Purchased in
2006 - New Station 1 at 700 Flint Point lane opens.
structure has some 12,000 square-feet.
2007 - Station 2 on Avent Ferry Road renovated. One of the
three apparatus bays is converted into living quarters.
2007 - Apparatus delivery:
1999 American Eagle mid-mount
aerial platform. Purchased from Pattonville Fire District,
2008 - Station 3 opens at 4112 Friendship Road.
Engine 3 is
placed in service. Station is operational on August 1.
Occupies a leased house with a metal shelter for the
apparatus. It protects new annexation areas. (August 1, 2008)
2010 - Town population is 24,804.
2010, July 1 (?) – Holly Springs Fire Department ceases
- Wake County EMS places EMS 17 in service.
- Housed at Station 1 on Flint
- Town had been paying for cost of ambulance and three
EMTs, one per shift.
- Source: Legeros EMS history.
2011 - Holly Springs Station 2 at 1140 Avent Ferry Road
closes, after tornado strikes town on April 16.
On April 25, Fire Chief Cecil Parker provides this update:
- On Saturday, April 16, 2011, Holly Springs Fire
Station 2, located at 1140 Avent Ferry Road, was damaged
by a passing tornado.
- The engine and staff have been temporarily relocated
to Fire Station 1, located at 700 Flint Point Lane.
- Second-out equipment has been relocated to Fairview
Station 1. Arrangements have been made to have that
equipment dispatched and brought by Fairview as needed.
- The insurance company immediately responded and
provided financial support to install temporary shoring
for the walls, clean out the facility, and store any
- The town code enforcement department immediately
declared the structure unsafe.
- On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, VFIS determined that the
structure was damaged beyond repair and has authorized
- The North Carolina Department of Insurance has been
contacted and made aware of situation. They have indicated
that plans for reconstruction will be moved through the
system immediately so the work can begin.
- The land next to Station 2 has been rented, for
locating temporary housing..
- Contractors have been contacted for construction of 30
by 40 building, to house one engine, one ambulance, and a
- Staff is reporting to Station 2 each morning and
remaining on site until the evening.
- On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, officials will meet with
all interested parties to determine a course of action and
timeline for replacing Fire Station 2.
- Full-time operations at 1140 Avent Ferry Road with
temporary housing are expected to resume within 30 days.
Next door, a
temporary fire station as erected, consisting of a mobile home
for living quarters and a two-bay metal garage. The temporary
station was operational by May 22. The old fire station was
demolished, and construction started on its replacement.
2011 - Apparatus delivery:
2011 Pierce Saber pumper-tanker,
1250/1000. New Engine 2. Delivered in March.
2012 - Leroy Smith hired as Fire Chief. Former Deputy Chief
of BWI Airport fire department. Started on June 4, 2012.
Succeeds former Fire Chief Cecil Parker.
2012 - New Holly Springs Station 2 opens in October 2011.
An open house was conducted on November 10.
2014 - Apparatus delivery:
2014 Spartan ERV MetroStar rescue pumper,
1500/750/25. Contract price was $475,160. Replaces Engine 1. Designated Squad 1.
Delivered September 8, 2014.
2014 - Fire dog added named Cinder, to assist firefighters with
teaching fire and life safety skills.fdws
2014 - Apparatus note: Ladder 2 sold on Tuesday before
September 22, 2015. Sold to Biscoe FD in Montgomery County,
2014 - Apparatus delivery:
2001 Spartan Gladiator/Baker Aerialscope mid-mount aerial platform, 2000/0/95-foot.
Was Truck 2-1 at William Cameron Engine Company in Lewisburg,
PA. Originally dark yellow with metal-finish rear body.
Repainted black over red. Delivered August 2014. Placed in
service July 2015 as Ladder 255.
See Wake County Fire Chiefs
County apparatus register (pdf).
Raleigh Fire Museum photo albums.
- fdws Fire department web site
- fvi Independent
- oh Oral history
- rt Raleigh Times
- sos NC Department of the
Secretary of State
Last updated: January 3, 2017
Copyright 2017 by Michael J. Legeros