As reported by this Eastern Wake News story earlier today, Captain William Boggs of the Eastern Wake Fire Department was injured this morning at an accident scene south of Knightdale. Two cars were being cleared from the scene, when one of them rolled unexpectedly. Boggs was pinned between the two cars, and suffered a broken leg. He was transported to WakeMed by Wake County EMS and was reported in good condition.
The original accident happened about 6:30 a.m., when a car backed out of a driveway and was struck by a car in the roadway. This occurred near the intersection of Bethlehem Road and Moon Valley Lane. The drivers and/or passengers were not seriously hurt. And that's the update on that story, basically a rewrite of what you could read, if you clicked the news story. Best to Captain Boggs. Send a picture of yourself on crutches and we'll amend the posting!UPDATED: Franklin County Firefighter Killed in Apparatus Accident
The deceased firefighter is John Derek Gupton, age 24. He had been a member of the Justice FD for five years. He's a third-generation firefighter in his family. Thanks to Firefighter Close Calls for that information. The injured firefighter is Kyle Horton, who is also a Franklin County Sherrif's Deputy. He was treated and released from WakeMed last night.
Arrangements have been announced. Visitation is Saturday, September 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Strickland's Funeral Home, 103 W. Franklin Street, Louisburg. Firefighters attended are requested to wear full dress uniform. No apparatus please, as there's limited parking.
Funeral is Sunday, September 21, at 2:00 p.m., at Duke Memorial Church, at 3971 NC 581 Highway. That's about a half-mile down the road from the fire station. Apparatus and personnel should arrive at the church at 1:00 p.m., for parking and lining up. Thanks to Lee Wilson for passing along. He also snapped this photo:
Lee Wilson photo
Here's what's known about yesterday's apparatus accident in Franklin County. The name of the deceased firefighter, identified only as young man in his 20s, hasn't been released and/or published.
Late yesterday afternoon, a Justice Rural Volunteer Fire Department firefighter was killed and a second firefighter was injured when their two-axle, 2,500-gallon tanker overturned on Sykes Road in Louisburg. They were responding to a fire alarm (false) in the Lake Royale community.
At about 5:10 p.m., the apparatus overturned in the 1300 block of Sykes Road. It reportedly lost control in a curve and/or struck a culvert. The accident occurred about four miles from the location of the call. Other firefighters responding to the fire alarm were the first to discover the accident.
The driver was killed. The second firefighter aboard was transported to WakeMed, where they were treated and released. Officials are saying that excessive speed does not appear to have been a factor.
Numerous news outlets have broadcast video and still footage from the scene.
They're linked below, along with a historical perspective on apparatus and
tanker incidents in North Carolina.
Adam Owens/WRAL photo
At least twenty-six North Carolina firefighters have previously died in the line duty as a result of apparatus accidents between 1917 and 2007. These were collisions with vehicles or other objects, or apparatus leaving the roadway. (Many others have died in falls from vehicles, being struck by vehicles, or while operating personal vehicles.)
At least seven of the fatalities involved tankers. All were volunteer firefighters:
- 6/16/1960 - Vernon Lee Thompson - Cary (Wake)
- 4/5/1973 - Melvin Eugene Gardner - Rockingham (Rockingham)
- 3/13/1976 - Carlos Dale Dorsett - Westside (Randolph)
- 7/12/1977 - Billy R. Fullbright - Ranlo (Gaston)
- 4/30/1979 - Walter Washington McNeely Jr. - Lake Toxaway (Transylvania)
- 3/27/2007 - Billy Harold Williams - Rhodestown (Onslow)
- 3/27/2007 - Brandon Michael Whimple - Rhodestown (Onslow)
Franklin County has experienced one prior line-of-duty death. Centerville Fire Department Emergency Medical Technician Betty King Dennis, 54, died on January 3, 2001, after being struck by a vehicle while directing traffic at a motor-vehicle accident.
Source: My DatabaseWilmington Fire Apparatus in 2006
Transcribed from the contents of a 2006 consultant's report on the Wilmington Fire Department. View that document (PDF, 212 pages). And maybe this'll lead to a historical fleet listing, if the information presents itself.
Readers are welcome to add any rigs added since this list. Plus any corrections or additions to this!
- 1979 Ford/Grumman - 1000/600 - Reserve Engine 14
- 1979 Harbor - 34' fire boat - 500 GPM (to be added to this page of mine)
- 1985 Ford/Quality - 1000/500 - Reserve Engine 13
- 1987 Ford/Grumman - 1000/500 - Reserve Engine 12
- 1988 Ford 700/____ - Box truck - Water Rescue 1 (dive unit)
- 1988 Sutphen platform - 1750/300/100' - Tower 2
- 1989 Ford/____ - Tractor-drawn haz-mat - Haz-Mat 2
- 1989 Pierce Dash engine - 1000/500 - Engine 10
- 1990 Pierce engine - 1500/500 - Engine 11
- 1991 Ford F700/Hackney - Mobile Air 1
- 1995 Sutphen ladder - 1500/400/75' (?) - Engine 5
- 1997 Freightliner/Hackney - Medium rescue - Squad 3
- 1997 Sutphen platform - 1500/300/100' - Tower 1
- 1998 Sutphen engine - 1500/500 - Engine 6
- 1998 Sutphen platform - 1500/500/75' (?) - Engine 7
- 1999 Freightliner/Hackney - Medium rescue - Squad 2
- 1999 Sutphen engine - 1500/500 - Engine 2
- 1999 Sutphen engine - 1500/500 - Engine 9
- 2000 Ford?/Hackney - Light rescue - Tactical Rescue 1
- 2000 Sutphen engine - 1500/750 - Engine 4
- 2001 Sutphen engine - 1500/500 - Engine 1
- 2001 Sutphen engine - 1500/500 - Engine 3
- 2001 Sutphen platform - 1500/300/75' (?) - Engine 8
- 2006 ____/Hackney - Medium rescue - Squad 1
- 2007 Metal Craft Marine Firestorm - 50' - 6000 GPM.
Updated on September 15 with agenda and document packet. Note that the agenda includes Cost Share Study update. See prior posting about that.
The Wake County Fire Commission will hold its next meeting on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. The location is Wake County EMS Training Facility, on the lower level of the Commons Building. The address is 4011 Carya Drive.
- Meeting Called to Order: Chairman Lucius Jones
- Roll of Members Present
- Items of Business
- Approval of Agenda
- Adoption of Minutes for July 17, 2014 Regular Meeting
- Regular Agenda
- Consider Approval of Updates to the Fire Commission Rules of Procedures
- Consider Approval of Support for the Wake County Fire Protection Mutual Aid Agreement
- Presentation on Development of the Fire Commission Strategic Plan
- Presentation on Process/Procedure for Standard of Cover (SOC)
- Information Agenda
- Fire Tax Financial Report
- Cost Share Study Update
- Chair Report
- Fire Services Director Report
- Other Business
- Public Comments:
- Comments from the public will be received at the time appointed by the Chairman of the Fire Commission for 30 minutes maximum time allotted, with a maximum of 3 minutes per person. A signup sheet for those who wish to speak during the public comments section of the meeting is located at the entrance of the meeting room.
- Adjournment - Next Meeting November 20, 2014
Agenda packet (PDF, 8MB - Includes Cost Share Study draft)Youngstown Fire Forums, Apparatus Delivery Lists, Notes on N.C.
Never heard of the Youngstown Fire Forums? That's an extensive and active discussion board (or collection boards) operated by the Youngstown Fire Department in Ohio. The forum contains a lot of apparatus information, including threads with photos and details on particular makers and even particular rigs.
One of the site's feature is a collection of apparatus delivery lists. Insert multiple exclamation points. Those lists are gold to fire historians. The listed makers include Ahrens-Fox, American, Boyer, FWD, John Bean, Mack (MB, MC, MR), Pierce, Stutz, and Sutphen. The list authors, who deserve heaps of recognition and appreciation, include Rodger Birchfield, Bill Friedrich, Ed Hass, Dave Organ, John Peckham, Greg Ricker, and Bob Studer.
(As a fellow butcher, baker, and obsessive list maker, these records often represent the proverbial "life's work." Hundreds if not thousands of hours are required to research, compile, and maintain. Every one of these companies predates the digital. Someone had to enter or transcribe this information into file formats.1)
Let's take a look at some of the lists and what we can find...
From the list by Rodger Birchfield, a number of early trucks were delivered in North Carolina, check the delivery list for full details. Apologies for errors, below are typed not copied and pasted.
Historian tip: Never re-type apparatus details if you can copy and paste from your source. Typing errors are terribly easy.
As for the two local trucks? Here are those details:
- Angier - 4108 - 1925 Ford - 2 40Gal - Combination chemical hose car, probably, with two 40-gallon chemical tanks.
- Selma - 2954 - 1924 Reo - Hale 723 - 2 35Gal - Triple combination? With two 35-gallon chemical tanks.
The lists (multiple, very long) by Bill Friedrich contain over 300 units delivered in North Carolina through 1996. First ten trucks, job number and department name only:
- E-0067 - LONG BEACH FD
- E-0155 - BAY LEAF FD
- E-0160 - WEST BUNCOMBE VFD
- E-0318 - ST.TIMOTHY FD
- E-0337 - ST.STEPHENS FD
- E-0387 - UNION ROAD VFD
- E-0388 - SWEPSONVILLE VFD
- E-0479 - WEST IREDELL VFD
- E-0547 - ROANOKE RAPIDS FD
- E-0625 - SUMMERFIELD FIRE DISTRICT
The list by Rodger Birchfield has exactly one, for Greenville N.C., a 1922 Model "C" triple-combination with 750 GPM pump.
The monster list by Dave Organ contains these early rigs delivered in North Carolina:
|Job #||City||CO#||YR 1||Chassis||GPM||GBT||LGTH||TYP|
Just a few are listed in North Carolina. The fields are order number, city, model number, and delivery date:
- 70070 - Raleigh, N.C. - F-75-T - 02-10-50
- 70105 - Morehead City, N.C. - FR-50-T-H - 04-24-51
- 70167 - Dunn, N.C. - F-75-T - 08-18-52
- 70361 - Raliegh, N.C. - F-722 - 05-29-57
- 70438 - Winston Salem, N.C. - F2F-1028 - 11-18-60
- 70445 - Albermarle, N.C. - F2F-1030 - 12-30-60
- 70639 - Winston Salem, N.C. - FF2-02 - 02-19-64
Readers can assist with details. Presume most are pumpers, though the 1964 Winston-Salem truck was a FWD/Baker/Pittman snorkel.
What's missing from the list? Thomasville had a 1967 FWD/Snorkel. Others?
FireNews.net has reported that the Wildwood Fire Department in Carteret County is merging with the municipal combination Morehead City Fire & EMS Department. From their story, from this News-Times story, by my high school bud Mark Hibbs, the merger will be effective October 1. Wildwood firefighters will become Morehead City firefighters. Full- or part- time employees will become town employees.
Read the story for more details including a ten-year contract to continue
protection of unincorporated areas. The story notes that the merger's been cooking for ten
to twelve years! Wonder how many other such mergers are percolating around the
state... Click to enlarge:
Let's compare the merging departments and their districts:
|Wildwood||About seven||~5,000||One, co-located with MHFD Sta 3||
|Morehead City||6.81 town, 11 county (contracted)||~22,000||Four, one for training only||
What's the history here?
The Wildwood Fire Department was incorporated on May 12, 1976. They changed their corporate name to Wildwood Fire and Rescue on June 1, 1984. Their station has been located at 5921 Highway 70 for at least a couple decades. Is that the original location? Morehead City opened their Station 3 in a building behind the Wildwood station in 2007.
The Morehead City Fire Department dates to the early twentieth century. They've had a couple different fire stations downtown, and added their second station in 1957, and third in 2007. Their EMS division was added in 2000, with the merger of Morehead City EMS. Read this blog post about their history.
As you can guess, this posting was cooking prior to the history post. Decided to split the things into two.Updated: Crawford Township Airport Crash Truck
Historian Pete Brock shares these photos and background on this truck, that original served the United States Coast Guard base in Elizabeth City:
A total of 719 Oshkosh P19s were built for the military. They had 1000 GPM pumps and carried1000 gallons of water, 130 gallons of foam, and 500 pounds of halon. The latter was replaced with 500 pounds of dry powder once the halon agents were determined to be ineffective for ARFF purposes and detrimental to the environment.
Oshkosh built 429 units for the Air Force, 62 for the Navy, 30 for the Army, 191 for the Marine Corps, one for the Coast Guard, one for the FAA center in Atlantic City, NJ, and five for special projects. I do not know how many were built for civilian use.
The Coast Guard unit was built in 1985 as an add on to the Air Force contract and cost $161,249.
Three models of the P19 were produced:
P19 - no structural panel, remote roof turret
P19A - structural panel, manual roof turret (Navy and Marine Corps only)
P19B - structural panel and remote roof turret.
Click to enlarge:
Found for sale on eBay, here's a photo of a 1986 Oshkosh P-19 former Air Force crash truck (1000/1000/130 foam/500 Halon) now serving as Crash 4 at Crawford Township Fire Department in Currituck County. Guessing it helps protect the Currituck County Regional Airport, but maybe readers know more. The truck's also pictured on the department's Facebook page. Photo credit unknown. Click to enlarge:
For the Friday heck of it, here's a kinda, sorta history of the Morehead City Fire Department. Primary source are Google, Google Newspaper Archives, and prior blog posts. Readers, please help with apparatus information. Missing lots. Also, fact- and error-check me. Additional milestones are welcome. All sorts of things can added.
1906 to 1949
1950 to 1999
2000 to present
Click to enlarge:
Four Wheel-Drive Engine at Hatteras, NC
Thank you sir, can I have another? Here's another image for sale on eBay. This is Hatteras Engine 403, a four wheel-drive 1986 International 4800/E-One pumper (1250/500/30). Scan of color slide. Still don't know the photo credit, but from the seller ID, it appears to be a photographer from New Jersey. Guessing they were vacationing at the Outer Banks once. The HFD Facebook page, by the way, has photos of their other trucks, here and there. Click to enlarge:
Mystery chart, any guesses? Baked good consumption at fire stations over time, with assorted frosting colors? Frequency of Hawaiian shirt acquitions over the years, mapped to favorite floral patterns? How about a six-foot spreadsheet-turned-color chart, depicting the history of Raleigh's pumping engines! What the heck, and why the heck?
They were designed by Yours Truly some years ago, as a means of charting Raleigh's apparatus histories. One chart for engines, another for aerial and service trucks. Super-easy to execute. Use a spreadsheet, draw borders for each year, and annotate with milestones such as station openings. Helped immensely for figuring what truck served where. Here's a closer look:
Worked great for my purposes, and is probably fine for any fleet history. Such as ambulances or rescue trucks. Shoot me a message if you want more details.
Note: Both documents require some serious zooming, to see the otherwise wee text.Holly Springs' New Rescue Pumper
Here comes another squad! The Holly Springs Fire Department yesterday received a 2014 Spartan ERV MetroStar rescue pumper, 1500/750/25. The truck will replace Engine 1, which is a Pierce of what model and year? (Maybe someone will post a full fleet list for the town. They have four engines, one ladder, two brush trucks, two UTVs, two boats, correct?)
That makes the fourth purpose-built rescue pumper for Wake County, correct? After Apex Engine 1 (2011 E-One, demo unit) and Raleigh Squads 14 and 15 (2014 Pierces). Wake Forest also operates Squad 5, a 1994 E-One Century 1000/1000 that carries extra rescue equipment. (Bonus question. How many Roto-Rays are installed on rigs in Wake County?)
Lee Wilson photos
Here are four new old photos of Engine 10, which was a 1968
American LaFrance 900 Series, 1000/250, serial #7-1-1150. Served as Engine 3 (1968 to 1973), Engine 10 (1973 to 1986), Engine 33 (reserve, 1986 to 1989), Engine 19 (1989 to 1991), Foam 12 (starting in 1991), and was sold as surplus in 2002. Photos are dated March 1983 (top and bottom left) and April 1985 (bottom right). Ergo, the fiberglass roof was installed between those dates. That's a helpful data point. Will update this apparatus registry entry. Thanks to Battalion Chief David Whitley for these pics! Click to enlarge:
Three of the fire stations were active, and each had a "little free library" at the street. Notes a city press release from August 5 (PDF), they've been installed at five of six fire stations. What's a "little free library" you ask? That's a little box without a lock, and with books that free for anyone to take or exchange. They were added by the Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Pretty cool.
Next was a water station seen at Station 5 on Grandview Avenue. That's one a high hill and in a neighborhood that appears popular with runners. The water fountains--plus bowl for doggies--are labelled as "provided by the Mississippi Valley Running Association (MVRA) and the Dubuque Fire Department, 2005." Also pretty neat.
Readers, what are some "community features" seen at your stations?
From the April/May/June 1969 issue of Baptist Men's Journal. Profile of Raleigh Fire Department Rescue Officer Harold Jones. He entered the department on January 8, 1952. He was a longtime member of "Raleigh Rescue" as well as later member of the training staff. He retired with the unique rank of Commander on April 1, 1982. The pictured squad unit is a 1966 Chevrolet panel van. Thanks to his family for sharing this and some other clippings and materials from his career. Click once or twice to enlarge:
Fire folks, have a suggestion. Each department should find the graphics file used to create their patches. (And/or emblems on vehicles, etc.) Someone somewhere has it. Maybe within your department. Maybe at your patch supplier. Get a copy of that file. Probably .EPS format. Then use that file for branding, on documents, on web sites, etc. It will look better than a cloth patch scan. (Except for those times, when the "cloth look" is preferred.) See examples below. Already have said file? I'd love a copy, and will archive in my files. Thank you.
Wake County Fire Services Cost Sharing, Funding, and Service Delivery Analysis Report
That's the hefty title of an preliminary report that's been released this week for public and stakeholder input at a special Wake County Fire Commission meeting on September 25, 2014. The meeting time is 10:00 a.m. The location is the Wake County Public Safety Center, 330 S. Salisbury St. Raleigh, NC 27601. The specific location is Conference Room C-170.
The report was created by Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI), which was
commissioned by the county earlier this year. They were tasked with (a.)
reviewing the existing "cost share agreements" between eight fire departments that
serve both incorporated and unincorporated areas of Wake County and (b.) establish a methodology for
the future, to make distribution of that funding more "equitable, reasonable and
What's This All About?
Here's a bit of explanation. Everyone lives somewhere in Wake County, either within an incorporated municipality (city or town) or outside those areas, which are thus unincorporated areas. City and town dwellers pay municipal taxes that help fund fire protection. Those living "in the county" pay a special fire tax. And it's a single rate, regardless of where you live.* Those revenues fund protection in the "fire tax service district."**
How many people are talking about? Quite a few, actually. Based on 2012 U.S. Census estimates, that's 188,854 people living in unincorporated Wake County.READ MORE History of an Abandoned Bridge
Here's a treat of a treat.
Abandoned bridge over Crabtree Creek, just west of Crabtree Valley Mall.
Specifically opposite Morehead Drive at Glenwood Avenue. Can be accessed both
from the sidewalk on Glenwood, or a greenway trail on the other side of the
bridge. And entirely unknown myself until this week. Talk about exciting!
Not a public roadway, but a private driveway. Served as access for a house that was located "up the hill." Here's an aerial photo from 1999, from the Wake County IMAPS site:
Local history buff Bill Ott shares some history:
The town of Garner's television channel GTV (with PEG Media Partners) has produced this thirty-three minute document about the Garner Fire Department. The program features footage across all aspects of the department's operations, as well as a number of interviews including Fire Chief Matt Poole Poole, Deputy Fire Chief Tim Herman, and Captain Ronnie Correia. It was directed, filmed and edited by Adam Carroll.
Applications are now being accepted for Wake County Fire Academy Recruit Class 7. The academy begins on January 5, 2015 and graduates in late June 2015. The academy is twenty-five weeks, and the hours are primarily Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It's held at the Wake County Fire Training Center in New Hill, NC.
Students who complete the program receive certifications in Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Responder, EMT Basic, ICS 100 & 200, Firefighter Rescue, Firefighter Survival, Technical Rescuer, and SCBA Fit Testing. Requirements include eighteen years of age and affiliation with a fire department.
Here are the necessary documents, including application forms and a brochure about the academy. Good luck to everyone!