03/18/09 404 W - + 8 - 11 Raleigh Fire Department Report, 1962


Here's another annual report from Raleigh Fire Chief Jack Keeter, included in the proceedings from the 1962 convention of the North Carolina State Firemen's Association:

On July 23, 1962, the Raleigh Fire Department answered a call to the Hayes Barton Laundry [at] 1907 Fairview Road. The value of the building was $70,000, insurance on the building was $50,000 and damage to the building was $6,000; value of the contents was $60,000, insurance on contents was $55,000, and damage to the contents was $4,000, making a total of $10,000 damage to the laundry.

On September 4, 1962, a 6:03 a.m., the Raleigh Fire Department answered a call to the Hayes Barton Church [at] 1800 Glenwood Avenue. The value of the building was $787,000, insurance on building and contents was $787,000, and damage to the building was $370,531; the value of the contents was $75,000, and the damage of the contents was $106,924, making a total damage of $477,455.

There were no unusual deaths due to fires during 1962, and the above two fires were the only unusual fires for the year.

Since June 1962, there has been added to the fire department 11 men, making a total of 160 personnel. The firemen work a 24-hour shift, 24 hours on duty and 24 hours off duty. [They work] 72 hours a week.

There are presently 9 permanent fire stations spaced strategically over the city. Fire Station No. 4 on Jefferson Street was replaced with a new station located on Wake Forest Road at Six Forks Road. Fire Station No. 8 on Kent Road was replaced with a new station housed on Western Boulevard. Fire Station No. 9 (Six Forks Road) was added to the department.

One of the oldest ladder trucks in our department was replaced with a new ladder truck-- Ford chassis-- consisting of the body and compartments designed and equipped by the fire department with all modern firefighting equipment. This truck was placed in service on June 15, 1963, and will serve all of the eastern part of the city, thereby saving our 100-foot aerial truck from responding to [residential] calls all over the city.

We also traded one old 1955 Chevrolet for a new 1963 Chevrolet and added one new 1963 Chevrolet for the fleet of the fire department, [for a total of] four cars in the department at the present time.

We have 10 pumping engines, two 100-foot ladder trucks, one 75-foot aerial truck in reserve; two rescue trucks; one ladder service truck; one squad truck; four automobiles; two maintenance trucks; two reserve pumping engines; and two tankers, a total of 27 pieces of fire apparatus.







  
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