Knightdale Fire Department (Municipal)

History


Contents

  • Part I - Research From 2004
  • Part II - Additional Notes - 2016

Part I - Research From 2004

2002-present

Fire department established as part of newly established Public Safety Department. Fire Division Commander is Tim Guffney and also includes three full-time firefighters certified as Firefighter II and Apparatus Driver. 20+ volunteer firefighters are supplemented with Public Safety Police Officers and other Town employees. Placed in service on July 1, 2002 tws

Fire station located at town Public Works facility, 306 Robertson Street. Apparatus stored in two separate buildings. Third building, mobile home, utilized as sleeping quarters.

First apparatus:

  • 2003 International/Pierce pumper/tanker, 1260/1000. Four-door cab, purchased new.
  • 1986 GMC/E-One midi-pumper/rescue unit, 350/_. Two-door cab, purchased from Ravena, Ohio.
  • 1973 Ford/Pierce 50' Telesquirt, 1000/500/200. Rehabbed in 1992-1993. Purchased from City of Greensboro and formerly serving Guilford College Fire Department. oh

Part II - Additional Notes - 2016

2004 - Apparatus delivery: 1975 Mack CF pumper, 1000/500, former City of Raleigh. Repainted black over red.

2006 - Public Safety Center opens. Converted commercial building hires police, fire, and EMS. Fire units housed include Engine 131, Engine 132, Engine 133, Truck 138, and Car 130. Also houses Eastern Wake EMS 72 and 73. The old station remains occupied as a satellite station, and houses Engine 135 (1973 Ford/Pierce). Upon delivery of new engine later in year, Engine 131 (2003 International/Pierce) will move to Station 2. Fire department occupies on Friday before September 10, 2006.

2006 - Apparatus delivery: 2006 Pierce Contender pumper. Engine 134. (Fall/Winter 2006)

2008 - Apparatus delivery: 2008 Pierce Saber rescue pumper, 1500/750. Engine 132. Replaces 1986 GMC/E-One midi-pumper. Placed in service June 16, 2008.

2009 - Apparatus delivery: 1997 Pierce Quantum rear-mount aerial ladder, 1500/300/50f/105-foot. Ladder 135. Formerly Ladder 8 in Madison, WI. Bought from apparatus dealer in Alabama. Replaces 1973 Ford/Pierce telesquirt. Delivered via flatbed truck November 7, 2009. Placed in service November 25, 2009.

2012 - Apparatus delivery: 2002 American LaFrance Eagle rear-mount aerial ladder, former department in Pennsylvania. Used for several months while the 1997 Pierce underwent maintenance and repairs.

2015 - Fire and police split into separate town departments.

2016 - Fire department web site notes two stations, four engines, one ladder, and one utility truck, with 52 active members: 10 full-time and 42 limited service/volunteer. Annual call volume is 1,200.

Fire Chiefs

See Wake County Fire Chiefs (pdf).

Vehicles

See Wake County apparatus register (pdf).

Photos

Raleigh Fire Museum photo albums.

Sources

  • oh Oral history
  • tws Town Web Site

Last updated: January 2, 2017.