Soon to be delivered to the Cary Fire Department, a 2014 (?) Pierce Velocity pumper. Readers, who has specs? Plus details on the engine getting replaced and where it's headed?
Durham Fire Station Under Construction
Here's a mobile phone photo of Durham Fire Station 9, under construction at 1602 Camden Avenue. The single-story, three-bay building will have 8,908 square-feet, and replace a station that's, what, one third it's size? Read more.
The current Station 9 is located at 2012 E. Club Boulevard and beside the department's administrative offices and training center. The single-story, single-bay facility was built in 1977, and as a public safety station. Meaning, with two bays and minimal living quarters. Enough for an apparatus driver (and officer?), with the remaining firefighters arriving as Public Safety Officers via their patrol cars. The public safety program started in 1970 and ended in 1985.
Another public safety station is old Station 8 at 2725 Holloway Street. Built in 1980, it was closed in 1998. Engine 8 was relocated to a new Station 3 at 822 N. Miami Boulevard, then to a new Station 8 at 225 Lick Creek Drive in 2005. Read more about Durham's former and historic firehouses. And watch for new photos of the buildings, to posted to my Flickr collection.
This Year's Web Visitors Compared with Last Year's
Google Analytics comparing February 7 to March 9 of this year versus last year, for the blog, the photo site, and Legeros.com. Hmmmmm.
Blog - www.legeros.com/blog
Photo Site - www.legeros.com/firepics
READ MORE Goldsboro Rescue Squad Member Killed when Car Runs into Rescue Vehicle - November 8, 1976
Found this while looking for things. As reported by the News & Observer on November 8, 1976, Goldsboro Rescue Squad member Kenneth Lee Davis was killed early Sunday morning, November 7, when his "rescue van" was struck by a passenger car. At 2:50 a.m., the automobile ran a stop sign at the intersection of New Hope Road and State Road 1709. The rescue squad vehicle, with three members, was returning from a call.
The squad unit was traveling west on New Hope Road and was struck in the driver's side door. The car reported ran the stop sign at a high rate of speed. The force of the impact caused the rescue unit to roll more than 65 feet. Both vehicles traveled into a yard and struck a parked car. Davis, 27, was driving the rescue truck. He was killed, along two teenaged male occupants of the automobile.
Two other squad members were injured: Bobby Braswell, 25, sustained leg, neck, and head injuries. He was listed in serious condition at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Kenneth Satterfield, 26, sustained chest injuries and was reported in satisfactory condition at Wayne Memorial Hospital. (Driving distance to the Raleigh hospital, using routes available at the time, is about 60 miles.)
Davis was the squad's second member to die on duty that year. James M. Hickman died on March 28, 1976, while attempting to rescue three fisherman after their boat capsized below the Fish Ladder Dam on the Neuse River. The details of Hickman's death is listed on this page of the National EMS Memorial Service. See all honorees, sorted by state.
The site notes about Davis that he worked for the city of Goldsboro as a draftsman in the engineering department. He was a volunteer EMT for Goldsboro Rescue Squad. His other volunteer duties with his rescue squad included rescue driver, Secretary, Sergeant, and Lieutenant, and a member of the North Carolina Rescue Association. He received posthumously the Medal of Valor.
Twenty-eight members of the emergency medical service from North Carolina have been honored by the National EMS Memorial Service. Most of the deaths involved transportation accidents, including ground vehicle collisions and impacts, as well as helicopter crashes. Haven't parsed the data to determine the number of ambulance or rescue truck crashes.
The Goldsboro Rescue Squad was chartered in January 1972. They changed their name to Goldsboro Rescue Squad and Emergency Medical Services in April 1989. The corporation is still listed as active, though it appears Wayne County EMS is the predominant provider in those parts. They were created in October 2001, and merged their EMS services with the Goldsboro Fire Department in October 2002.
Update: From this Goldsboro Daily News story dated April 23, 2013, the squad was organized twenty years prior to its state charter in October 1952. And it celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, in a celebration at the Wayne Shrine Club in Dudley.
Answer is yes, a pair of Ford C service trucks, on a 1963 (left) and 1980 (right) chassis. The ladder rack was from a 1922 (!) American LaFrance combination service truck. The chassis was replaced after a May 31, 1979, accident, after a collision at Raleigh Boulevard and Milburnie Road while Truck 7 and Engine 7 were answering a fire alarm. Photo credits News & Observer (black and white) and Jeff Harkey (color). Click to enlarge:
Fire apparatus using Ford C chassis were popular throughout North Carolina. Presumably due to the more economical cost versus custom fire apparatus? Some of the big city departments including Charlotte, Durham, and Greensboro. Who else? Click to enlarge:
Look at this beauty. Rural Hall Fire Department Engine 223, a 1974 International/Howe, 1000 GPM. That's Forsyth County folks. Photographed by Lee Wilson on February 10, 1991. That's his father's hometown. Lee's posted another round of vintage film scans. See that gallery, and look at the end for the latest.
Lee Wilson photo
For comparison, here's a factory photo of a 2010 (?) Pierce pumper found on the company's Flickr site. What's different "then" versus "now" when you compare the two rigs, and two eras of apparatus?
Raleigh Fire Museum Open This Saturday, March 8
Looking for a fun activity on Saturday? Visit the Raleigh Fire Museum, which is located just a couple minutes south of downtown Raleigh. We're open this Saturday, January 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. That's our monthly opening, on the second Saturday of the month. You can even meet Mr. Blogger, who will be staffing same! (Please contain your appaluse.)
The museum is located in a modular classroom at the Keeter Training Center at 105 Keeter Center Drive. This Saturday, you'll also see firefighters and fire engines in action, as "high-rise drills" will be conducted throughout the day on the "drill pad."
Admission to the museum is free. Parking and restrooms are available. Here's a two-minute video tour. Learn more about the museum, and the non-profit organization that operates it, at www.raleighfiremuseum.org.
Please note that antique fire engines are located elsewhere. Though you'll see a hand-drawn hose reel at the museum, all antique horse- and motor-drawn apparatus is stored at at Fire Station
28 at 3500 Forestville Road. Visitors are welcome. Or schedule a tour at www.raleighfiremuseum.org/tours. Here's more information about both destinations:
Everybody has a new site these days. New design. New look. New feel. Except this one, of course. Sorry Charlie, no platform upgrades planned for the blog or other Legeros sites. [Insert Bronx cheer.] Why are so many sites getting facelifts and functional enhancements? Blame your phone and its bigger brother, the tablet.
In days of old, when knights were bold, and the smart phones were not ubiquitous, browsing the web on a phone or table kinda sorta sucked. Then came "mobile sites," which were special, second versions. These were simpler versions, usually stripped to a minimum or near absence of graphics and other bells and whistle.
Creating and maintaining two sites--one for desktop, one for mobile--was an obvious pain. And as "alternate devices" grew in variety, availability, and popularity, this approach simply wasn't scale-able. Tow or three or four (or more) versions of a site. Enter "mobile responsive" AKA "adaptive."
Now, a single web site has the necessary magic to render on a desktop or a laptop or a tablet or a phone or an Etch-a-Sketch. One site to rule them all. Glorious for content publishers, but a pain for the user. At least, for this cranky user. (Haven't had dinner yet, maybe it's low blood sugar.)
Looking across the various web sites that I visit daily or weekly, I'm seeing a lot of nice, full, airy, and space-filled (usually) sites. Lots of content, maybe as much as ever. Lots of pictures and labeled pictures and animated slideshows. Lots of thumbnail graphics. Lots of widgets. Little bits of this and that take extra seconds to load, or longer on a slower device or connection.
These redesigned home pages look good, look fresh, but... they're just so busy. My eye just doesn't know where to start. Can't you show me a simple list of links, or headlines, or "top content." Do you have present so many categories or buckets and all at once? (And Lord help me, so much still below the fold. And even on mobile phones, requiring scrolling and scrolling and scrolling!)
Then I think about Drudge. And Craiglist. And Google. Such simplicity in presentation, and absolutely unchanged after years (or decades). Then I think about Twitter.
Twitter rocks. It's so ingenious, and so simple. Just... lists of text messages, with wee icons. Just... lists of headlines (and some single photos), if you follow the feeds of content providers. Nothing more, nothing less.
Why can't everything be as simply presented as Twitter? Why can't the web be more like text. Why can't the new web... be more like the old web?
</RANT>Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications Annual Report, 2013
Just published to their web site is the 2013 annual report from the Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications Center. Nice cover photo by Yours Truly, plus a couple shots on the inside. Love annual reports, how 'bout one each from Raleigh fire1, Raleigh police, and Wake County EMS? Read the report (PDF).
1The spring edition of the Raleigh Fire Department newsletter will contain a two-page summary of stats and more from last year. Not nearly as fun as a full-fledged document--well, get on it Legeros!--but should meet the needs of data geeks. Will be published around April 15.
How well do you know downtown Raleigh?
Here's what the site's looking like today, along with some architectural renderings displayed on the sign. We'll see about getting source files to replace these pictures of pictures:
Construction has started on the city's twenty-eighth fire station at 12117 Leesville Road, located on the northwestern edge of the city. And, for that matter, at the edge of the ounty. Originally planned as Station 29 (ergo the detailed drawing below), it's been renamed Station 13. The single-story facility will house a single engine company, Engine 13.
The fire station has been planned for a number of years. City Council approved negotiation of a design contract in October 2010. The architect was William Ferm Architects, PA, of Raleigh. They designed the city's three prior fire stations, Stations 26, 27, and 28. On May 21, 2013, City Council awarded a construction contract not to exceed $2,700,000 to Resolute Building, Inc.
As noted in a May 2013 press release, Station 13 will have three apparatus bays, sleeping quarters with twenty-seven beds, an exercise room, an office, and a watch station. The facility will have reduced water use and energy efficient HVAC and lighting. The project is pursuing U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification. The station will occupy a 2.86 acre site.READ MORE Raleigh Fire Department Hiring Deputy Fire Marshal
The City of Raleigh has posted a job opening for Deputy Fire Marshal. The position is part of the Office of the Fire Marshal, which is located in the Dillon Building at 310 W. Martin Street. Minimum requirements include two years of relevant experience, a valid state driver's license, and North Carolina Fire Inspector Level II certification. Salary range is $45,921 to $75,682. Closing date is March 12, 2014. Here's the job posting. Good luck!Last Week's Haz-Mat Incident in Smithfield
On Wednesday, February 19, 2014, a hazardous materials incident occurred at 2233 WalPat Road in Smithfield, NC. Workers reported the medium-sized release of an unknown gas, yellow-green in color, from a 150 pound pressurized cylinder at a metal recycle plant.
Smithfield Fire Department and Johnston County EMS were among the initially dispatched agencies. Upon arrival, crews found that a heavy equipment operator had damaged a pressurized gas cylinder that was located among other scrap metal debris.
One worker experienced difficulty breathing and vomiting, and was transported by ambulance to WakeMed. Three other workers were transported to Johnston Health by private vehicles.
Johnson County Emergency Management also respond. They suspected the gas was chlorine, due to the color and smell. The county EM representatives contacted the state Emergency Management office to request a regional haz-mat team response from Raleigh.
A conference call was placed between NC EM, JC EM, Raleigh Fire Department Battalion 3 (the haz-mat Battalion Chief), and the Regional Response Team 4 Officer. They determined that a level three response was most appropriate, sending three RRT units with twelve haz-mat technicians to the scene.
Jason Thompson/JocoFire photo
Responding units from the Raleigh Fire Department were Haz-Mat 2 (from Station 27, staffed by Engine 27), Haz-Mat 3 (recon unit from Station 8, staffed by Engine 8), Haz-Mat 4 (decon unit from Station 22, staffed by Ladder 5), and Car 55 (team leader). Driving distance to the scene for units varied between 30 and 40 miles.
After the arrival of Haz-Mat 3 and Car 55, the Haz-Mat Branch of the operation was established. Smithfield Fire Department was the Incident Commander.
Crews made an initial entry for reconnaissance, to determine cylinder location, take pictures of the scene and monitor the atmosphere to determine the presence and amount of chlorine gas.
As entry was being prepared, Haz-Mat 4 arrived. A site safety plan was written and a pre-entry briefing was carried out. The resulting reconnaissance entry report confirmed that a 150-pound gas cylinder had been damaged and was leaking small amounts of gas.
Crews made a second entry using Level “B” personal protective equipment with self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). They successfully placed a dome cover over the cylinder’s broken value, which contained the leak.
Jason Thompson/JocoFire photo
During each entry of each two-person entry team, a second two-person stood ready as back-up, in the event the entry team needed rescue.
After containing the leak, the area around the cylinder was taped off and an environmental clean-up company was contacted by the facility to pick up the damaged cylinder. All units were demobilized and a post-incident briefing was held by the RRT 4 office.
Incident release forms were signed and the scene was turned over to the business representative.
Holy cow, it's almost March. Where does the time go? Well, that's easy... research projects! Lately been digging into the history of local rescue squads and EMS, plus a short trip down memory lane on Wake County fire service governance and more. (Pinned down the prior fire marshals last night.) Plus the usual comings and goings at the Raleigh Fire Department, the Raleigh Fire Museum, and around town. Also making travel plans for April. See you at FDIC, first-time visit (!), and around town shooting historic or former Indianapolis firehouses. Now onto the mails...
Q: Question about Raleigh apparatus. What's housed at Station 14. And are any plans in the future for another tiller?
A: Station 14 on Lake Boone Trail houses a rescue pumper (Squad 14), a reserve rescue (twin of Rescue 1) that can also be used by Squad 14 to transport additional technical rescue equipment. Squad 14 also has a boat trailer, housed in a small building behind the station.
Regarding a second tiller for the city, there continue to be words on the street to that effect. Such apparatus are exceptionally maneuverable, which is super-helpful in areas of the city with tighter streets. And they can carry a quite a bit more gear!
Q: Hey Mike, are you going to post some coverage of Smithfield's recent haz-mat incident on your blog?
A: Yes, no, maybe. I'm using Twitter these days for micro-blogging.* That is, to "blog" short sentences with such links as Jason Thompson's photos of the incident. He also posted a short narrative on jocofire.com. Let me see about a blog posting, and any additional incident details. Maybe readers will send me something.
* Wait, you don't use Twitter? No problem! My latest "tweets" automatically appear on the blog home page.** Or check legeros.com, which has a big fat embedded feed.
** Can't you just write regular blog posts? Twitter and Facebook is too complicated! Agree, you should try managing content across all those channels!
Q: Do you do ride-alongs?
A: Negative, they're pretty rare for me. They’re fun to do, but the raw time is tough. There's just too much time required sitting and waiting for a fire. Plus, ours isn't a burning city. Fires are mostly room and contents. For "intense fireground action," you have to nearly already be there. Ours is a geographically huge area.
For special projects, however, ride-alongs are
great. Such taking an afternoon or evening to make the
rounds with an EMS district chief. Done that a couple times.
Here's a blast from the past, descriptions of Wake County's fire districts, as appeared in the budget document for Fiscal Year 1993-94. Click once or twice to enlarge, or see summary transcriptions below:
These appear to exclusively reflect county payments to these departments, based on their special tax rates. The budget information doesn't necessarily reflect municipal contributions, nor are municipal-only departments included. e.g., Raleigh, Cary, Zebulon (Municipal), etc.
- Apex – Serves southwestern portion of county, including town. One station. Volunteers and paid staff. Tax rate 8.5 cents. Budget and $197,173.
- Bay Leaf – Serves county area between Raleigh northern borders and Falls Lake. Two stations at either end of district. Volunteers and paid staff. Tax rate 5.5 cents, with request for increase denied, to fund new pumper truck. Budget $448,150.
- Cary (Yrac) – Serves areas in and around Cary that haven’t been annexed, from one station in center of town. All volunteer. Tax rate 8 cents, raised from 7.5 cents to offset shrinking tax base. Budget $113,834.
- Durham Highway – Northwestern corner of county adjacent to Highway 70, west of city limits, from two stations. Volunteers and paid personnel. Tax rate 6 cents, raised from 4 cents, to honor debt obligations incurred with construction of second station and purchase of new apparatus. Budget $350,403.
- Fairgrounds – District includes area west of city boundaries. All volunteer. Tax rate 9 centers, raised from 6.5 cents, to offset annexation losses. Budget $119,675.
- Fairview – District composed largely of farm land and some rural subdivisions lying approximately halfway between Raleigh and Fuquay-Varina. Two stations at either end of district. All volunteer, but converting to some paid staff. Tax rate 6.5 centers, raised from 4 cents, for staffing. $209,353.
- Falls – Serves area northeast of city, generally east of Falls Lake dam. District gradually shrinking due to annexation. One station. Volunteer and paid staff. Tax rate 9.5 centers, increased from 7.5 cents to offset losses due to annexation. Budget $89,762.
- Fuquay-Varina – Serves southern reaches of county and town. Two stations. All volunteer. Tax rate 8.5 cents, increased from 7.5 cents, to fund first influx of paid staff. Budget $302,558.
- Garner – Serves southeastern portion of county and town. Two fire stations. Combination of volunteers and paid personnel. Tax rate 6 cents. Budget $329,853.
- Holly Springs – Serves far southwestern portion of county, including town and Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant. Serves as backup to plant’s fire brigade. One station. All volunteer. Tax rate 9.5 cents, raised from 6 centers, for new equipment needs and rising costs. Budget $41,103.
- Hopkins – Serves rural area along county’s northeastern border, between Rolesville and Zebulon. One station. All volunteer. Tax rate 7.5 cents, raised from 5 centers, primarily to allow purchase of new pumper. Budget $54,266.
- Knightdale – Serves area east of Knightdale, including town. One station. Paid and volunteer. Tax rate 7 cents, raised from 6 centers, to fund payments on a ladder truck, and set aside funds for a future replacement station. Budget $229,600.
- Morrisville – Serves area west of Cary, reaching county’s western border, and including town of Morrisville. Two stations. Paid and volunteer staff. Tax rate 10 cents, raised from 5 centers, to support growing operating costs. Budget $83,648.
- Raleigh – Not a fire department, but payment to county by portion of taxpayers not in any town or city limits or fire district. Tax rate 9.5 cents. Budget $1,366.
- Rolesville – Serves area in northeastern portion of county, including town. One station. All volunteer. Tax rate 6.5 cents. Budget $150,903.
- Six Forks – Serves area adjacent to northwestern border of city. One station operated in unison with Six Forks Rescue Squad. Paid and volunteer personnel. Tax rate 6 cents, raised from 5.5, due to natural increases in operating costs, most notably insurance payments. $154,543.
- Stony Hill – Serves far northern reaches of county, including most of land north of Falls Lake. One station. All volunteer. Tax rate 9.5 cents, raised from 7 cents, to raise money for new fire apparatus and eventually purchase land for replacement of aging station. Budget $78,331.
- Swift Creek – Located in area southwest of city and southeast of Cary. One station. All volunteer. Tax rate 4.5 cents, raised from 4 cents, over rising insurance costs. Budget $151,416.
- Wake-New Hope – Serves combined urban and rural area east of city. Two stations. Paid and volunteer members. Tax rate 7.5 cents, raised from 6.5 cents, due to district recently losing a large amount of property value, though only a small amount of land, due to recent annexations. Budget $466,855.
- Wake Forest – Serves northeastern corner of county, including town. One station. Volunteer plus first paid staff, added this year in response to inability to provide adequate staff at scene of daytime incidents. Tax rate of 6.5 cents, raised from 5 centers, for staffing. Budget $79,234.
- Wendell – Serves large rural area in eastern portion of county, including town. Two stations. Volunteer and paid staff. Also operates haz-mat response program on contract basis with county. Tax rate 8 cents, raised from 7 cents, to meet general rise in operating costs. Budget $141,847.
- Zebulon – Serves far eastern portion of county, particularly the region surrounding the town, which has its own fire department. One station. All volunteer. Tax rate 7.5 cents, raised from 6.5 cents, driven by general operating costs, such as small equipment. Budget $78,786.
Photographer Lee Wilson took a drive to South Boston, VA, yesterday, to see what's still for sale at Slagle's Fire Equipment & Supply Company. The company announced their closing in May of last year, as noted in this prior posting. As their web site noted in December, they're still working on going on out of business. Here are some of the trucks they still have available. See more from Lee.
Lee Wilson photos
The Garner Fire Department announces the Fourth Annual Relay for Life Golf Tournament, to be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at
Pine Hollow Golf Club in Clayton. They'll again have their exciting putting contest and
complimentary lunch starting at 11:00 a.m. with a shotgun start following at 12:00 p.m.
This year's tournament prizes are better than ever and tournament champions will
take home $1,000! Their closest to the pin and longest drive contests will also be
higher than ever. Please join them and help the Garner Fire Department raise money for
Relay for Life and American Cancer Society. See this web page for information on both sponsorship and playing.
Video of Pin Job in Smithfield
Jason Thompson of JocoFire.com has posted a view of last night's serious motor-vehicle accident in Smithfield. The head-on collision closed Highway 210 for over an hour. Three people were trapped in their cars in the 500 block of Highway 210. Smithfield FD, Wilson's Mills FD, and Johnston County EMS responded to the incident. The three victims were transported to WakeMed, one by Duke Life Flight and two by Johnston County EMS. See also these photos from Jason on Flickr.
Now posting photos and historical goodies, once a day or maybe more. Visit the Raleigh Fire Museum on Facebook. You don't even have to have an account. Or dive into the museum's extensive collection of historical photos on their web site.
Raleigh Receives New Pierce Engines, Ladder
The Raleigh Fire Department this week took delivery of four pieces of Pierce
fire apparatus: two rescue pumpers, one "regular" pumper, and one rear-mounted
aerial platform. They'll be assigned to Squad 14, Squad 15, Engine 19, and
Ladder 1, respectively. See more photos from Lee Wilson (shown below) and a few from Mike
Legeros. Read prior postings about the squads and showing factory photos. Continue reading for additional details.
|2013 Pierce Arrow XT rescue pumper, 1500/500/30
Photo by Lee Wilson.
|2013 Pierce Arrow XT pumper, 1500/500/30
Photo by Lee Wilson.
|2013 Pierce Arrow XT aerial platform, 1500/300/30/102-feet
Photo by Lee Wilson.
- Engine 19 is 2000 Spartan/Quality pumper 1250/500.
- Moved to reserve fleet.
- Squad 14 and Squad 15 are 2002 American LaFrance Eagle pumpers
- Moved to Engine 24 and Engine 25.
- Ladder 1 is a 2000 Spartan/Quality 1250/300/75-foot ladder.
- Moved to reserve fleet.
- Engine 24 and Engine 25 are 1997 Pierce Saber 1250/500 pumpers.
- Moved to reserve fleet.
- Reserve Engine 123 is a 1990 Pierce Lance.
- Moved to training as Training 1.
- Training 1 is 1989 Pierce Arrow pumper.
- Moved to antique fleet.
- Squads expected in service at end of February, with in-service training for crews that’s scheduled last week of month.
- Engine and ladder expected in service by April 1.
- With the addition of the 2000 Spartan/Quality aerial ladder to the reserve fleet, the 1995 Simon-Duplex/LTI aerial platform will be retired.
- See more apparatus details in my Raleigh Fire Department apparatus register..
About The New Trucks
- Front-halogen spotlights on all trucks.
- Engines have them on top of cab.
- Ladder has one facing forward and downward, on bottom of bucket.
- Rear-facing LED scene lights on all trucks.
- Operate on 12V, do not require generator.
- Ladder has additional LED scene lights. Greatly reduced need for generator use.
- Back-up cameras on all truck.
- Monitor on center console for driver.
- One change from prior engines, the booster reel and pre-piped deck gun have been removed.
- Each engine has a "trash line" in the front bumper, however.
- Ladder includes front-facing camera, to enhance their field of
- Activated with certain driving events, like braking.
- Gives a longer, wider view than can be seen from “beneath the bucket.”
- Ladder is lower profile.
- Designed to fit inside Station 1 (and other smaller clearances) as needed.
- Such as when covering for Ladder 4 out of quarters.
- Ladder includes LED lights along ladder.
- Colored red to help with night vision and minimize blinding effects of other, brighter colors.
- Ladder includes magnetic outrigger pads.
- Can improve the time required to deploy the aerial platform.
- Ladder has new seat material that is more resistant to tearing.
- Seatbelts also have top and bottom retractors, to keep them out of the door when closing.
Squad features include:
- Higher hose bed.
- Metal hose bed cover, with full-length LED track lighting.
- Ladders in a compartment below the hose bed, which runs through the booster tank.
- Coffin compartments on top of body.
- Rear ladder, retractable, to reach top of body.
- Equipped with safety alarm that alerts driver if the ladders deployed while the vehicle is running or in motion.
- Bumper compartment for hydraulic tool, plus reel.
- External winch, with mounts on all four sides.
- The squads have a higher body than than prior (or the new) Pierce engines. Thus the ladder storage below the hose bed, so the trucks will fit inside their stations.
About the squads:
- Squad 14 and Squad 15 are among the busiest engines of the city.
- Trucks were specially designed to carry the extra equipment of these special companies.
- They include hydraulic extrication tools, jacks and special shoring, and even an inflatable boat.
- The squads are also assigned a trailer with rescue boats. The rear camera will aid the driver, when the vehicle is towing a trailer.
On Saturday, February 8, the Raleigh Fire Museum conducted a special event in recognition of Black History Month. Featured were multimedia displays about African Americans in the Raleigh Fire Department. The slideshows included a historical perspective, beginning in the late 1860s with the city's first company of volunteer black firefighters. Named the Victor Company a year later, they were part of the volunteer Raleigh Fire Department until the career organization was formed in 1912. A second company of black firefighters, named the Bucket & Ladder Company, also served during that era. Called "colored fire companies," they were among many such segregated fire companies that served in North Carolina both back in the day and toward present day.
The museum event also included participation by the United Professional Firefighters of Raleigh (UPFFR). Members assisted museum staff with operating the museum that day. At 1:00 p.m., the UPFFR members presented a framed photo to Dr. E. B. Palmer and his wife Juanita. They're the founders and operators of Raleigh’s African American Cultural Complex. The photo, created in collaboration with the Raleigh Fire Museum, presents a montage of portraits of retired and fallen black firefighters that served the Raleigh Fire Department from 1963 to 2013. Click to enlarge:
To learn more about black firefighters in both Raleigh and North Carolina, here's more information:
- African American Heritage in the Raleigh Fire Department (PDF) - Research notes by Historian Mike Legeros.
- Early Black Firefighters in North Carolina - Annotated, archived version of the web site researched and created by the late Chuck Milligan.
- North Carolina Firefighter Excursions, Conventions, Contests, 1868-1912 - Newspaper articles and a narrative about early firefighter activities, including the annual conventions of the North Carolina Colored Volunteer Fireman's Association.