12/29/11 229 W, 1 I - + 5 - 1 The Old Six Forks Fire Station


While we await details and photos of today's vehicle and structure fire at EMS station on Six Forks Road, let's look back at the building's early history. It was constructed for the Six Forks Fire Department, and was their third location. Their first two fire stations-- when they were named Six Forks Road FD-- were located in the present 4300 and 4400 blocks of Six Forks Road. Read some of that history.

In 1962, the fire department moved maybe a mile north to 5305 Six Forks Road. They relocated their 7.5 HP siren farther up the road, on Six Forks Road near Northclift Drive. They had three trucks: a 1956 Ford/American/Barton pumper, a 1961 International pumper, and a military surplus 1500-gallon tank. The three-bay building served until 1974, when SSFD relocated to 1431 Lynn Road. Read a Northside News story about them from 1971: part one and part two.

Two years later, Wake County EMS was organized. They operated four ambulances: EMS 1 and EMS 4 downtown, EMS 2 outside Mayview Convalescent Center on Whitaker Mill Road, and EMS 3 at the old Six Forks fire station. One of the three bays was converted to living quarters. The parking lot might've been paved at this time as well. Readers can add to the history in more recent decades. Below is an image from 1971 of the old fire station. Click to enlarge:
    





Creative reuse of the Pepsi sign!
Picker - 12/29/11 - 21:18

Correct me if I am wrong Charlie, but I think that’s a legit decoration. Pepsi-sponsored sign, much as might be seen at service stations or other places? Of course, it could just as easily be a re-purposed one!
Grinner (Legeros) - 12/29/11 - 21:20

A lot of fire stations around NC had Pepsi and Coke signs on the station and as district signs. Pepsi signs around these aprts for district boundaries were used several including Stony Hill, Six Forks, Swift Creek, Fairview, Fairgrounds, Morrisville, Garner Rescue, New Hope, and Falls. I think I even saw an Alert (Knightdale) district sign with the Pepsi logo once, over around Buffalo and Old Milburnie Roads. Pepsi signs on the station included Morrisville, Fairgrounds, and Six Forks. Swift Creek also had an illuminated Coke sign out front on a pole. Bay Leaf had Coke district signs. Mike may have pictures of some of the district signs in his archives.

NC Farm Bureau Insurance also mad a number of district signs for Wake County back in the late 70s- early 80s.
DJ - 12/30/11 - 09:29

DJ is correct, they were very popular signs! The bigger picture is that during this time period, funding was essentially non-existent with the exception of what the department’s raised themselves. Many firefighters and early rescue squad personnel stood in the street with buckets collecting money. Much of the apparatus was former military or passed down from other departments. The bottom line is, these signs were cheap, as many departments couldn’t afford big fancy signs.
Jason T (Email) - 12/30/11 - 13:10



  
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