08/03/12 454 W - + 3 - 7 Historical Activities at Next Week's Fire Expo


Several historical activities are planned for the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo in downtown Raleigh next week. Here's a summary of what's planned. See you there!

Historical Displays in the Convention Center
Wednesday, August 8 - Saturday, August 11
Posters, display cases, and digital slideshows will be featured at the Raleigh Convention Center, celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the North Carolina State Fireman's Association. Look for artifacts displayed in both the lobby, and in display cases outside the conference rooms. Several giveaways are also planned to commemorate the anniversary. Ten pieces of antique fire apparatus will be also displayed within  the Convention Center, including Raleigh’s 1905 American LaFrance steamer (on the Mezzanine level) and Raleigh’s 1926 American LaFrance pumper (on the exhibit floor).

Please note that badges or day passes are required for attending both the Expo Floor, and the conference workshops.

North Carolina State Fireman’s Association Historical Presentation
Friday, August 10
9:00 a.m.
Ballroom C
This 45-minute presentation will detail the development and progress of the North Carolina State Fireman's Association (NCSFA), and will also recognize fire departments throughout the state that are celebrating anniversaries this year.

Centennial History of the Raleigh Fire Department
Friday, August 10
3:15 p.m.
Room 302A
Historian Mike Legeros will conduct a 90-minute presentation on the history of the Raleigh Fire Department, from the creation of the Capitol City in 1792 to present. He'll also talk about the history of firefighting in North Carolina, from the 18th Century to present.

Fire Apparatus Parade
Saturday, August 11
9:00 a.m.
Outdoors
Classic and modern rigs from around North Carolina are participating in the Expo's annual fire apparatus parade. The parade route is Fayetteville Street to Davie Street to South Salisbury Street. After the parade, static displays of apparatus will be featured in the parking lots in front of the Progress Energy Center on South Street.

Hand Pumping and Steam Pumping Demonstration
Saturday, August 11
11:30 a.m.
Outdoors
The Charlotte Fire Department will provide a demonstration of their 1866 Jeffers hand engine, which served the volunteer Neptune Fire Department. They will also provide a live steam and pumping demonstration of their 1902 American steam engine.

Raleigh Fire Museum
Saturday, August 11
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nearby
Free shuttle service will be provided to and from the museum, which is located nearby in a classroom trailer at the Keeter Training Center, 105 Keeter Center Drive. Please note that the Raleigh Fire Department's collection of antique apparatus is located at Fire Station 28 at 3500 Forestville Road, in northeast Raleigh.

The Raleigh Fire Museum will also be selling centennial merchandise during the Expo. Visit the Raleigh Fire Department's booth to purchase t-shirts, stickers, challenge coins, and pre-orders for the Centennial History Book.







  
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