1961, Fairgrounds Fire Department formed. See timeline
1961, Yrac Fire Department formed. See timeline
1998, established as merger of
Fairgrounds and Yrac fire departments. Incorporated as
Western Wake Fire Rescue, Inc. on June 18, 1988.
1988, fire department begins operation on
July 1, 1988.
1988, first Fire Chief is J. Darrin Holt.
1988, fire station
- Station 1 - 4021 District Drive - Former Fairgrounds
- Station 2 - 325 E. Durham Road - Former Yrace fire
1999 (?), apparatus
2000 (?), apparatus
apparatus retirements: SS-19 and SS-20 (rehab units) removed
from service by Wake County Public Safety, citing budget issues.
2001, fire insurance (ISO) rating
reduced to 4 in both hydrant and non-hydrant areas. Prior
rating is 6/9. First rural department in Wake County to achieve
apparatus retirement: Engine
292, 1985 Simon-Duplex/Grumman, sold to Muddy Pond, TN.
2002, Fire Chief is Ron Gibbs.
(September 9, 2002)
2004, county fire commission receives results of fire and EMS
facilities and equipment study, that recommends closure of both
Western Wake fire station, with fire protection contracted from
neighboring departments. The study is not recommended to be shared
with the county commissioners, but recommendations for fire station
closures continue to be considered by the commission.
Read more. (January 2004)
2004, county fire commission approves list of criteria, to
evaluate fire stations for closure. Read
more. (July 2004)
2005, apparatus deliveries:
- 2005 Ford F-550/Knapheide/Emergency
Apparatus Inc. brush truck, 250/300. Brush 299.
- 2005 International 4400/KME
elliptical tanker, 500/2000. Tanker 198. Replaces 1985 Ford/Grumman.
Placed in service November 3, 2005.
- 2005 Pierce Contender pumper-tanker,
1250/1000/30. Pumper 196. Replaces 1985 Kenworth/Grumman. Placed in
service on December 7, 2005.
2007, county fire commissions accepts recommendation that funding
be discontinued for Western Wake Station 2.
Read more. (July 2007)
2007, apparatus delivery: Kawasaki Mule all-terrain vehicle,
equipped with fire extinguishers and EMS bags. It's transported by
trailer and will be used for both special events and off-road
incidents, such as transporting patients out of Umstead State Park.
(October 10, 2007)mjl-blog
2008, County Commissioners approve recommendation of Wake County
Fire Commission to close Station 2 starting July 1, and with the
Cary Fire Department starting contracted service of the newly
created Cary Suburban Fire District. They vote to discontinue
funding of the fire station. Read more. (June 16, 2008)mjl-blog
2008, Station 2 at 325 E. Durham Road closed.
The fire station is no longer dispatched for responses to the
former Yrac Fire District. The fire department retains ownership of
the property, and continues using the building. (June 30, 2008)
2008, David Cates named Fire Chief. He succeeds Fire Chief Jim
Bona, and was serving as interim Fire Chief. He was previous
Assistant Fire Chief. (January 2008)mjl-blog
2009, Department celebrates over 50 collective years of fire
protection in western Wake County, with a ceremony honoring past and
present members of the Cary Rural, Fairgrounds, Yrac, Western
Boulevard, and Western Wake Fire Departments. They also hold a "firematic"
flea market. (November 21, 2009)mjl-blog
2010, Wake County Fire Commission votes to suspend fire station
closure process. Western Wake's remaining fire station was one of a
number being evaluated for closure. Read
more. (January 2010)mjl-blog
2010, Old Station 2 sold to private
owner, who uses the building for vehicle storage and repair.
The 3,222 square-foot building is a one-story, cinderblock building
on a 0.56 acre site. (June 25, 2010)wake-real-estate-records
2013, Garland Johnston named Fire Chief. He succeeds Fire Chief
David Cates, who resigns after recently accepting the position of
Fire Chief of Eastern Wake. Johnston is a Captain and has been a
member of since the organization's creation on July 1, 1998, as a
merger of Fairgrounds and Yrac fire departments. He joined the
Fairgrounds FD in 1993, and ascended the ranks to the position of
Captain at Western Wake. He's also a full-time member of
Fuquay-Varina Fire Department, where he serves as Battalion Chief.
He previously served as a member of the Holly Springs Fire
Department. (November 11, 2013)mjl-blog
See Wake County Fire Chiefs
County apparatus register (pdf).
Raleigh Fire Museum photo albums.
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