09/19/11 30 W, 1 I - + 3 - 4 Mystery History


From the collection of Travis Loy and dated July 1973. Fire (and ambulance?) station somewhere, and an awfully wide-open space at that. Airport property, perhaps? Click to enlarge:
 





Ambulance on left is a 1972 Pontiac with a Superior conversion. I know Coopers had one like it, in that color, but it did not have a Q2B, rather to CP25 speakers. The only other Pontiacs I knew of around these parts were Stoney Creek (they were white over red Superiors), Johnston County Civil Defense Rescue Service (currently known as Smithfield EMS) that was an all white unit. Johnston Memorial Hospital also had an all white one. There were probably more.

The ambulance on the right is either a Miller-Meteor Cadillac or a Cotner-Bevington Oldsmobile with 42” ceiling height in the rear.

It looks like a municipal fire station, since in the early 70s we were still riding tailboards. Maybe a newly placed station in a newly annexed area? Doesn’t look like an airport station, due to all the POVs on what would be the air side.

Cool pic!
DJ - 09/19/11 - 22:28

That’s the old Forsyth County Fire Department headquarters station at Smith Reynolds Airport. The building housed admin and the county communications system for both fire and EMS. At that time FCEMS only ran 4 ambulances for the county and it was not uncommon to find them there both during the day and nite. The fire truck you see is “Truck 109”. The concept of 109 was that of 2 FF to respond to assist other volunteer departments in the county for both suppression and command roles. The unit has varied over the years from a fire truck to more of a “flying squad” now with men and equipment but no water. The station also housed the CFR truck for Smith Reynolds. The station was torn down several years ago and replaced with a one on the opposite side of the airport grounds.
Jeff - 09/20/11 - 09:18

And to add EMS was never based there but they would hang out there a lot. This was also county Fire and EMS dispatch as well. The fire truck was nick named Spot. The county ran two guys on this to assist the county VFD’s on calls. The bay the ambulance was in front of was the CFR bay. They have since moved to a newer building. As far as the POV parking that is where the on duty personnel parked as it was inside the fence.
Billy Sparks (Email) - 09/20/11 - 09:19

Thanks Jeff/Billy. The space on the right side of the photo looked to me like a wider paved area.

What’s the make and model of that fire truck, by the way? Don’t quite recognize it. What other apparatus was stored there, in the 1970s, when this pic was taken?

Here’s the current station, from a visit in late 2009. Scroll down this set: http://legeros.com/ralwake/photos/2009-1..
Legeros - 09/20/11 - 09:44

Mike (I’ll have Billy chime in as well) but the county fire station (known as Station 9) had “Truck 109” and also 2 CFR apparatus. They had a old Oshkosh unit (CFR1) for years that was augmented by a “chemical truck” (CFR2) that was a stepside pickup with a skid unit. The Oshkosh was replaced by a Ford E-one. You have pictures of the newest and current truck on your website. Billy knows more about that “Cornbinder” International. I’d say mid 70s on that pic.
Jeff (Email) - 09/20/11 - 10:01

OK. Looking closer I can see the pavement to the right of the station that is behind it. Never saw any of the airport stations other than RDU (worked there), Wimington (1978 when they were in a big hangar looking building), and Rocky Mount- Wilson (small shed type building with single small rapid intervention vehicle but no staff quarters). Only FCEMS vehicles I ever saw were the modulars of the late 70s. It’s always pretty cool to see the older coach units that were more common than I thought.
DJ - 09/20/11 - 10:35

The pumper in the photo (FCFD Truck 109) was a 1965 International Howe, I think it had a 750gpm pump. I have seen the truck run heavy (3 personnel) going to a fire at an industrial plant in the mid-70’s. Back when this truck was in service it actually was first-in often in county disticts around the airport.
Curtis Teague - 09/24/11 - 11:40

Thanks Curtis. One of my planned future projects is a book of historical fire department photos from around the state. Thinking more about that, maybe someday I can do one on airport fire department histories here. Now that would tag some digging!
Legeros - 09/24/11 - 12:11



  
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