That’s news out of the town’s recommended budget for FY16. And that's an intentional attention-grabbing headline. Bit more exciting than say "Cary's Plans For Old Station 2" or "Cary Planning Ninth Engine Company."
The story goes something like this. Station 2 will be relocated from 875 SE Maynard Road to 601 E. Chatham Street, when new construction is completed during the next fiscal year. Meaning, between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016.
When the new station opens, Engine 2 will be relocated one-and-a-half miles north. This will create a first due coverage gap on the southeast side of town, e.g. along the Walnut Street corridor. That’s also why the town is planning a new fire station at the corner of Walnut Street and Nottingham Drive.
The parcel is addressed as 1427 Walnut Street, and was purchased either last year or the prior. To be named Station 9, construction was anticipated as happening in FY16. The capital project has been posted until a later budget year. Here's a picture of the site, which presently houses a church building that's no longer occupied. Click to enlarge:
To maintain coverage to that area, the following plans are planned: Engine 2 will relocate to Chatham Street, Engine 6 will relocate to Maynard Road and be renamed Engine 9, and Ladder 6 will become a quint company that’s designated Engine 6. The town is also adding three additional firefighter positions, so an additional “man” is added to the quint company.
There’s no present timeframe for how long old Station 2 will remain operational. Thus, the town is also budgeting $250,000 for foundation repairs to the building in FY16.
Where will Rescue 2 be housed? That’s still being assessed, along with the locations of Rescue 4 and Rescue 7, we are told.
In other budget news, funding for a pumper replacement is also recommended in FY16. Unit #1957, a 2003 Pierce, will be replaced.
Read the recommended budget on this page.Kenly's Restored 1944 Ford/Oren Pumper
On Saturday, the Kenly Fire Department in Johnston County proudly displayed their recently restored 1944 Ford/Oren pumper. Lee Wilson attended the event and has posted photos, as well as pictures from April, showing some of the restoration. Here's a blog post from 2013 about the truck. It was the second engine operated by the town, and was later privately owned in Iowa. The truck was returned to the department in November 2012.
Lee Wilson photos
Entirely missed this one from last month.
Wake County named their new Fire Services Director in mid-April. Welcome Nick Campasano from Manchester, NH. He's a thirty-year veteran of the Manchester Fire Department and presently Deputy Fire Chief. He's also adjunct college professor in Nashua (teaches homeland security courses on campus) and an elected Selectman for the town of Goffstown.
He has an undergraduate degree in Human Services, and masters degrees in Organizational Management and Leadership as well as Security Studies. He'll lead the seventeen-person Fire Services department beginning on May 26, 2015. (If his name sounds familiar, you may know his son, Nicholas Campasano II. He's a Raleigh firefighter who graduated in the last recruit academy last year.)
Read the entire press release. Welcome aboard!Two Thoughts - Twitter and Mobile
Two thoughts for your morning reading.
You see that widget to the right, right? Twitter feed. Microblog. Mere 140 characters. That's what's supplanted many of the familiar blog postings over the last couple of years.
Is that the future of this blog? Will postings here become even less frequent, and even disappear in favor of all-Twitter? Probably not. Still need a platform for larger and longer content.
But keep an eye on that widget, as anything and everything is game for posting. Tweets by Legeros can include...
- Hiring notices
May 12, 2015
Wilmington Fire Dept is hiring. Recruitment started in May, http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/fire_departmen
- Media commentary
May 12, 2015
N&O Starbucks/Coffee story, wish it had label of OPINION of COMMENTARY. Maybe I'm traditionalist. Your thoughts? http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article20665194.html …
- Mobile photos
May 11, 2015
Mobile #police labs seen around Raleigh, Durham. @DurhamPoliceNC #NCALE
- Announcements of posted photos
PHOTOS - #Firefighter events at Apple Blossom Festival @AVABF in #Winchester, VA, https://www.flickr.com/photos/legeros/collections/72157650057542204/ …
- Interesting stories found on fire or news sites
Kinston Free Press, Historic firehouse’s days may be numbered, old Hose Co. 2 on MLK Blvd, http://www.kinston.com/news/local/historic-firehouse-s-days-may-be-numbered-1.475212 …
- Interesting themes or connections between news stories
Social media studies for fire, police, et al. via Firegeezer, http://tinyurl.com/nt274mn & Daily Mail, http://tinyurl.com/nt274mn . #BaltimoreRiots
- Retweets of other tweets, from such folks as
Raleigh Fire Museum
Mobile responsiveness. This blog is based on an older technology that's not mobile responsive. Meaning, it doesn't present a smaller or slimmer version when viewed on a tablet or phone.
Don't believe that any modifications are possible. Rather, an all-new blog platform is probably required. Been pondering restarting the blog, and for some years now. Fresh start, and maybe with better technology for managing comments.
Please remain calm if this blog stops some day (e.g., no new postings and maybe even no new comments), and a second one starts elsewhere.
That is all.Wake County Fire Commission Meeting - May 14, 2015
The next meeting of the Wake County Fire Commission is Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. The location is the Wake County EMS Training Facility, in the lower level of the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive. The documents for the meeting are linked below.
- Meeting Called to Order: Chairman Lucius Jones
- Roll of Members Present
- Items of Business
- Approval of Agenda
- Adoption of Minutes for January 15, 2015 Regular Meeting
- Regular Agenda
- Consideration of Fire Tax District Budget Committee and Staff FY 2016 Operating Budget and FY16-FY22 Fire CIP
- Compensation and Staffing Committee Recommendation to increase the current 2008/2009 Fire Service Pay Band Maximums 2%
- Information Agenda
- Compensation and Staffing Committee Update Regarding Eastern Wake Fire Department Organizational Re-Alignment
- Fire Commission Rules of Procedure – Section VIII. Committees; D. Standing Committee Procedures
- Fire Tax Distric Financial Report
- 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 July 16, 2015
Agenda packet (PDF)
As this press release notes, Raleigh Fire Department Recruit Academy 40 graduates this week. Thirty-six new firefighters will take their oath of office on Thursday, May 14. The ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Fletcher Opera Theater at the Duke Energy Center.
The recruits completed more than 998 hours of classroom and practical instruction and physical fitness training over the course of their six-month academy. Upon graduation they'll be certified by State of North Carolina as Firefighter II, Emergency Medical Technician, and Hazardous Materials Responder.
There are thirty-two men and four women, and they include local residents and recruits from Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, and Washington.
The class also includes two second-generation Raleigh firefighters (J. A. Lane, son of Andy; J. T. Atkins, son of Jacob), and a third-generation Raleigh firefighter (D. N. Brown, son of Donnie and grandson of Titus). Plus a couple brothers of current firefighters and other relations. We'll update our family tree (PDF) accordingly.
The graduating recruits will help fill open positions, including firefighters reassigned to Station 29, when the new companies Engine 29 and Ladder 9 are placed in service next month. They are:
|Rontaegus L. Alford
Jacob T. Atkins
Ryan W. Ault
Scott D. Bartow
Dillon N. Brown
Jonathan W. Brown
Eric R. Champion
Christian C. Christopoulos
Andrew E. Davis
James L. Davis
Rebecca E. Davis
Bradley T. Faucette
|Britney M. Fitchpatrick
Randy D. Fobbs
Tyler L. Gouge
Eric T. Griffin Jr.
John T. Hauser
Cody A. Heakins
Eric A. Hisey
Alexis R. John
Daniel E. Kennon
Christopher R. King
Joseph A. Lane Jr.
Timothy M. Lee
|Justin J. Melanson
Ryan L. Nelson
Tyler C. Parrott
Christopher K. Patterson
Aaron W. Proctor
Nicholas W. Robinson
Diana N. Trout
Aaron M. Voss
Jordan L. Whitley
Nicholas K. Williams
Aaron M. Winfree.
Congratulations to all! Click to enlarge:
Did you catch the twist to the commercial structure fire on Wednesday, reported at the intersection of Western Boulevard and Method Road? Engine 8 was first-due and found a small fire in the rear of a barbershop at 1007 Method Road. Eagle-eared listeners might've recognized the location as the original Station 8. See a few photos from Lee Wilson, from the aftermath.
Back in the day that was a rented house that opened as a fire station on April 1, 1960. Engine 9, the second engine at Station 1, was relocated at 11:55 p.m. on March 31. That was five minutes after City Council approved annexation to an area in west Raleigh.
The engine was a 1953 American LaFrance 700 Series. Tanker 1 was also placed in service at that location two days later. That was a 1960 GMC 4000/Alexander, 1500 gallons. Two shifts of six firefighters manned the station. Both trucks were housed in a concrete addition built by firefighters.
Engine 8 relocated to its permanent and still-present location in February 1963. Happened after Valentine's Day, but the exact date is still unknown. Station 8 is located at 5001 Western Boulevard.
Read more histories of both locations.
Alas, precious few photos have been found of the original station. One scanned
newspaper clipping is shown below.
Lee Wilson photo
Mike Legeros photo from 2012
News & Observer photos, April 3?, 1960
Where was Legeros this weekend, while the North Carolina fallen firefighters events were underway in downtown Raleigh? (And which were ably photographed by Lee Wilson, see his pictures of the parade and ceremony.) He was in Virginia for the occasion of his May 1 wedding anniversary. First in Winchester (more on that later), and then in Alexandria.
The latter is an old town, beginning in 1695 with its first European settlement. Much of the town was incorporated into the new District of Columbia in 1801. It was returned to Virginia in 1846. Today, the historic downtown is called Old Town.
Not surprisingly, there are a handful of former and historic fire stations to
be found in Alexandria. The oldest is the former quarters of the Friendship Fire Company. They
were organized in 1755 and their engine house at 107 S. Alfred Street was erected in
1855. The building was substantially renovated in 1871, and restored by the city
in 1992. It presently houses the Friendship Firehouse Museum.
Read more, and
pictures from a 2009 visit.
Numerous other fire companies protected Alexandria over the decades and centuries, including the Columbia, Crescent, Hydraulion, Reliance, Relief, Star, Sun, and U.S. Steam fire companies. Plus the town of Potomac fire department, which was annexed by Alexandria in 1930. This history page on the AFD site provides more information.
Yours Truly found a total of six former and historic engine houses that are still standing:
|Columbia||109 S. Saint Asaph||Built 1883||Moved 1960||Currently Columbia Firehouse restaurant|
|Friendship||107 S. Alfred||Built 1855||Closed ?||Currently Friendship Firehouse Museum|
|Reliance||115 N. Patrick||Built 1900tr||Moved ?||Currently private residence|
|Relief||317 Prince||Built 1935tr||Active||Currently Engine 301|
|Relief||319 Prince||Built 1880tr||Moved 1935||Currently private residence|
|Potomac||213 E. Windsor||Built 1926||Active||Currently Engine 202|
Tax records as source as noted "tr", by the way. Click to enlarge:
Alexandria was also home to Potomac Yard, which this Wikipedia article calls one of the busiest rail yards on the east coast. Railroad development in the area started in the 1850s. The switching yard named Potomac Yard opened in 1906. The site reached capacity in 1937. During subsequent years and decades, use of the facility greatly diminished. It was decommissioned in 1989, and has been redeveloped as a site for commercial and residential use.
One of the most interesting buildings is named The Station at Potomac Yard, and is a combined high-rise mixed-use building and municipal fire station. The later is located on the ground floor along with retail space. The upper four floors house sixty-four apartments. There are also two levels of underground parking, for the firefighters, residents, and retail customers. Here's one of numerous articles about the project you'll find via Google.
The fire station opened in 2009, and included individual bedrooms for the firefighters. But without televisions, as this city press release noted:
The bedrooms are small, and contain a bed and a desk. “Studies have shown that, around the country, firefighters are spending more and more time in their bedrooms watching television or working on their computers. This does not encourage team building. We are not allowing TVs or phones in bedrooms. We want the firefighters to use them for sleeping and spend time in the common areas with other members of the company when they are awake,” North said.
There's an interesting twist, and one that's probably been discussed and/or debated by firefighters since the introduction of individual rooms. (Wonder what the history is there? Presuming it's a function of gender separation, as female firefighters joined career departments. Though separate rooms for officers have been a staple for decades.)
What's the norm locally, regionally, or nationally? How common or rare are single-room bunk rooms? Need readers to advise. Presuming that "no walls" are rare, with space dividers as the norm. Be they sleeping areas segmented by actual walls, partitions, or lockers or furniture.
Benefits and/or demerits to individual dorm rooms or sleeping areas? Now there's a topic for discussion, and notably when technology is added.
How do such things affect team dynamics, as expressed in the above quote? Person-to-person communication comes to my mind. Remember Nextel phones? They exploded the firehouse environment like nothing before.
Think back a few years and before the first cell phones. "Back in the day," we might say, "we didn't have fully enclosed cabs, nor rip 'n' run printers, nor computers with internet connections. Just two land lines. You spent most of your day talking to the people working at the station."
Today it's a whole 'nother world. When each member of the "firehouse team" has/can have a personal phone, e-mail device, instant message device, and Facebook device, what happens to that "traditionally encapsulated" team dynamic.
Discuss as desired.Vintage Photo of High Point Pumper-Tanker
Found for sale on eBay, color slide scan of a 1984 Chevrolet/Slagle pumper-tanker that served High Point Fire Department. Wonder what the history is there? Purchased to protect new or pending annexed areas that didn't have hydrants? Acquired through assets obtained from a rural fire department? Maybe readers will know. Click to enlarge:
As reported by WBTV and WNCN this week, the town of Weddington in Union County voted to transfer its contracted fire protection from the Providence Fire Department to the Wesley Chapel Fire Department.
Town officials cited financial reasons as the reasons for the decision. They've been worried about PFD's ability to sustain itself. The date of the termination has not been decided. The plan will see the Providence fire station occupied by Wesley Chapel firefighters.
Earlier this year, WNCN reported that the town approved a merger of the Providence and Wesley Chapel fire departments. Unsure how that story relates here. Or if the merger has continued or is continuing.
PFD responds to the entirety of the town, as well as unincorporated areas of Union County, and some territory inside Mecklenburg County, where the department originated. They respond to calls east of I-485, in a territory that's decreased over the years and decades due (presumably) to municipal annexations by the city of Charlotte.
As noted on their web site's history page, PFD started in 1954 at the corner of Providence Road and what's today called Ballantyne Commons Parkway. In 1972, they relocated about four miles east to the intersection of McKee Road and Tilley Morris Road, which is present location of Charlotte Station 9. In 1985, they relocated about three-and-a-half miles south and into Union County, to their present location at 5025 Hemby Road.
Google finds these presentation slides (PDF) from April 2012, from the Union County Fire Commission and related to this issue.
What's the history of fire protection in Weddington? The town has a population of 10,101 and area of 15.9 square miles. Have they ever had their own municipal fire department? To be determined. Guessing they've relied on contract protection from PFD since the department extended into Union County in 1985. Maybe readers can help with history here.Vintage Photo of Leaksville Pumper/Tanker
Found for sale on eBay is this color slide of a 1967 Chevrolet pumper/tanker, from the Leaksville Fire Department. Note the faded lettering that says Eden Fire Department. The villages of Leaksville, Draper, and Spray merged in 1967. Each had their own fire departments, with Leaksville's dating to at least the 1920s. Unsure the explanation for faded lettering. Maybe was private-owned, with LFD added as a commemorative action? Maybe the truck was originally delivered as LFD, then changed to EFD, then restored to LFD? Very strange. Click to enlarge:
April 25, 2015
Both Lee Wilson and Mike Legeros were further honored this month by the North Carolina Office of the Governor. Last week they both received (via postal mail, by way of the Wake County communication's office) the Governor's Award for Volunteer Service in the individual category. Notes the accompanying letter (signing by The Gov!), "since 1979, this prestigious award has been bestowed upon citizens who exhibit the tradition of volunteerism that is at the heartof community service in our state." Congratulations to both! Click to enlarge:
November 3, 2014
Raleigh and Wake County fire photographers Mike Legeros and Lee Wilson were honored today by the Wake County Board of Commissioners. They were among ten people recognized for their tireless service to the citizens of Wake County. They received the County Government Volunteer of the Year Award, in a ceremony during the board's regular scheduled meeting. A reception was held before the event.
Lee Wilson and Mike Legeros are veteran fire photographers, with twenty-plus
and ten-plus years of experience, respectively.1 They've comprised an
official Wake County EMS photo since 2006, though their work has ranged far and
READ MORE Eight Fallen Firefighters To Be Honored at North Carolina Memorial Service on May 2, 2015
On Saturday, May 2, 2015, the names of eight firefighters will be added to the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Memorial in downtown Raleigh. The tenth annual memorial service starts at 1:00 p.m. The day's events also include a fire apparatus parade at 10:00 a.m. More event information.
The eight fallen firefighters include six who died in 2014, plus a pair of legacy additions from 1999 and 1973. These will also be added
to my fallen firefighters database.
|Halbert E. Campbell||Operations Officer||North Carolina Forest Service||November 17, 1973||Died of a heart attack after leaving work, after a day of dispatching firefighting resources across the coastal region of North Carolina and specifically to a large fire in Holly Shelter.||Find a Grave posting.|
|Ralph Wynne||Fire Chief||Pactolus VFD||July 31, 1999||Died as result of heart attack suffered while operating at a training exercise on July 29, 1999.||PFD Facebook posting.|
|John Derek Gupton||Firefighter||Justice Rural VFD||September 16, 2014||Died of injuries sustained in motor-vehicle accident, while operating a 2,500 gallon tanker that overturned after leaving the road and striking a ditch culvert.||USFA notification.|
|James Halliburton||Education Ranger||NC Forest Service||August 13, 2014||Died when struck by a fallen tree that was being removed from a roadway by a tractor at the Tuttle Educational State Forest in Lenoir. He was pronounced dead at the scene.||News release.|
|Thomas Gerald Lee||Firefighter||Four Oaks FD||February 1, 2014||Died at his home from an apparent heart attack within twenty-four hours of responding to the station for a motor-vehicle accident call.||NCFFF posting.|
|Steven Brad McCoy||Firefighter||Nantahala FD||November 21, 2014||Died in a fire at his home, after rescuing his daughter and returning into the
structure to rescue his son, who had already been rescued by his wife.
|Donald Ray Miller||Firefighter||Glendale Springs VFD||February 4, 2014||Died within twenty-four hours of a training exercise.||NCFFF posting.|
|Ricky Wooten Doub||Fire Chief||Forbush VFD||December 16, 2014||Found deceased at his home after responding to an EMS call and a fire call during the day.||USFA notification.|
The Fairview Fire Department received this 2015 Spartan ERV MetroStar heavy rescue last week. Delivered on April 16, it'll replace the current Rescue 1, a 1993 International/EVI, which will be sold. See more photos from Lee Wilson. The truck is the same spec as one delivered earlier this month to Wake New Hope. See prior posting. Fuquay-Varina has also ordered a similar one, which should be delivered either late this year or early next year.
Lee Wilson photos
Time for another edition of the quarterly Raleigh Fire Department Newsletter. That's right, print-based news delivery! Can you believe it! The spring 2015 issue has been posted to www.raleighfirenews.org.
Contents include the February snow days, Station 29 nearing completion, 2014 statistics, promotions, retirements, photo gallery, and more. The
newsletter is a quarterly publication
for personnel, retirees, and citizens. Read the new issue (PDF).
New Numbering for Durham County Fire & Rescue
Durham County Fire & Rescue renumbered their stations and apparatus, effective last week. The former Bethesda fire stations were numbered in the 40s. The Parkwood fire stations were numbered in the 60s. The stations have been renumbered in the 80s:
|PFD 63||DCFD 81||4716 Old Page Road||1987|
|BFD 41||DCFD 82||1724 S. Miami Boulevard||1982-83|
|PFD 61||DCFD 83||1409 Seaton Road||1976|
|BFD 42||DCFD 84||7305 Leesville Road||1988|
|PFD 62||DCFD 85||4300 Farrington Road||1984|
Here's a map along with pictures of a couple rigs. See more photos from Monday, as lettering and emblems were updated at Station 82. Click to enlarge:
Here are the apparatus assignments:
|Engine 631||Engine 81||2002 E-One Cyclone, 1500/1000. Alt. year 2000.||81|
|Ladder 413||Ladder 81||2003 Sutphen platform, 1500/300/110-foot.||81|
|Rescue 614||Rescue 81||2006 Spartan Diamond/EVI walk-around.||81|
|Battalion 610||Battalion 81||20__ Ford F-250 crew cab with camper shell.||81|
|Engine 411||Engine 82||2008 Sutphen ladder 1500/500/75-foot.||82|
|Tanker 625||Tanker 82||2005 Freightliner/US Tanker, 1000/3000. Alt. year 2006.||82|
|Rescue 414||Rescue 82||1991 Sutphen/Saulsbury walk-in. Alt. year 1990.||82|
|Brush 417||Brush 82||1988 Chevrolet/E-One 500/300.||82|
|Squad 419||Squad 82||20__ Ford crew-cab utility truck.||82|
|Ladder 613||Engine 83||1993 E-One ladder, 1500/500/75-foot.||83|
|Tanker 615||Tanker 83||2005 Freightliner/US Tanker, 1000/3000.||83|
|Air 83||2000 Freightliner FL70/Pierce. Alt. year 2001.||83|
|Brush 617||Brush 83||2004 Ford F-450 XL, 50/300.||83|
|Engine 611||Reserve||2002 E-One Cyclone, 1750/1000. Alt. year 2000.||83|
|Engine 421||Engine 84||2003 Sutphen, 1500/1000. Alt. year 2004.||84|
|Engine 412||Tanker 84||1987 Sutphen, 1500/1000. Alt. year 1992.||84|
|Engine 621||Engine 85||1983 Chevy C-70/E-One, 750/750.||85|
|Tanker 415||Tanker 85||1984 Sutphen, 1500/1000. Alt. year 1983.||85|
- Plus Chief Officers DC-801 through DC-801, plus Safety 81.
- Ladder 633 is being sold, that's a 1985 E-One platform 1500/200/95-foot.
- Alternate years as listed in Durham County's Fire District Consolidation Feasibility Study final report, issued November 2013.
- Durham County EMS units are also housed at the fire stations, including daytime unit at 81, and 24-hour units at 82, 83, and 85.
- See prior blog posting about the pending Parkwood Fire Department merger.
Wake New Hope Fire Department's new 2015 Spartan ERV MetroStar was delivered yesterday. Lee Wilson took these pictures. See the rest of the series.
Lee Wilson photos
Lee Wilson snapped this shot yesterday of renovations underway at Fuquay-Varina Fire Station 2. Located at 5617 Hilltop Road, the station was built in 1990. It serves the north end of town, and the Furina rural fire district. Calvin Davenport Inc. was awarded the construction contract in the fall, for the amount of $871,734. The 6,000 square-foot facility will be renovated, with 2,000 square-feet of living space added along with an additional apparatus bay. The project is funded through a cost share agreement between the town and Wake County EMS. The expansion is needed to accommodate increased service demand. Source: "Focus on Fuquay-Varina," October 2014. Readers, what FVFD and Wake EMS units are stationed there?
Lee Wilson photo
Lee Wilson has posted a photo of Apex's Engine 4, a 2014 Spartan ERV MetroStar-X Legend 1500/750 that was delivered in November. And he's also snapped shots as we posted last week of Wake Forest's new reserve engine and reserve ladder.
Lee Wilson photo
What other updates can people report? Here are a few get the conversation started...
- 2014 Spartan ERV MetroStar-X Legend 1500/750 has been in service as Engine 4, delivered in November. See above.
- 2015 (?) Spartan ERV heavy rescue is pending delivery, within the next couple weeks. Same/similar spec as Wake New Hope.
- 2015 Spartan ERV heavy rescue in production, similar features as Fairview and Wake New Hope. Delivery expected late 2015/early 2016.
- 2015 Freightliner/Pierce air truck poised for delivery. See prior posting.
- 2015 Pierce Arrow XT pumper in production, expected in October.
- 2015 Pierce Arrow XT tiller (with pump) in production, expected in October.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport
- 2015 F-350/UPF Defender brush truck _/300/10 added last year.
- 2014 (?) Combat Support Products foam trailer added last year. See prior posting for both.
- 2015 Rosenbauer Commander pumper/tanker 1500/1000 in production, new Engine 4. Expected in July.
- 1995 Pierce Dash pumper 1500/500 added as reserve. Ex-Raleigh. See prior posting.
- 1990 E-One Protector rear-mount ladder 1500/300/'75' added as reserve, Ladder 3. Ex-Johnston County, KS. See prior posting
Wake New Hope
- 2015 (?) Spartan ERV heavy rescue to be delivered this week, new Rescue 14. See prior posting.
Random Sanborn Fire Insurance Map excerpts for your Sunday enjoyment. Clayton Fire Department as depicted in June 1925. Description of fire department:
"Volunteer, 40 men, 1 chief and one Asst. partly paid, one fire station with Reo truck carrying two 35 gal. chemical tanks, 750' 2 1/2" hose, and 36' extension ladder. One hose [house] at each end of business section with 300' 2 1/2" hose on hand reel at each & 75' ladders on hand cart kept in building in center of town together with 500' 2 1/2" hose in reserve. Department partly motorized. No fire alarm system. Siren & bell at fire station for giving alarm."
Water system included 40 double hydrants, with "domestic pressure" of 62 pounds and "fire pressure" of 120 pounds. Here are the four fire department buildings as shown on the maps. Their locations:
- Fire station - Church west of Railroad
- Hose house - Main and O'Neil, northeast corner
- Hose house - Main between Lombard and Smith
- Ladder truck - Barbour west of 2nd
Click to enlarge:
Lee Wilson yesterday photographed Raleigh's new air truck at Atlantic Emergency Solutions in Fayetteville. The 2015 Kenworth/Pierce will be delivered next week. It'll be added as Air 2 at Station 28
Station 15, along with Engine 15 and Rescue 1. It joins a 2002 International/SVI mobile airt unit, Air 1, which is housed at Station 8. We'll get some more details on the truck's specs and features. See more photos from Lee.
Lee Wilson photo