Nineteen stations protecting 91.4 square miles and 212,092 residents.
Fatal fire at duplex at 6007 Applewood Lane. Fire, which starts about 4 a.m., forces two residents to jump to safety and kills a third person. Structural damage is estimated at $90,000.
Also author's first fire. He is asleep at Station 9 when the buzzer sounds at
3:53 a.m. The run is a full four minutes, with flames visible from at least a
block away. The two-story structure is fully-involved. Engine 9 arrives first
with the author backing the hose man. Flames blast through the front door when
they make entry. A body is later discovered. Smoke alarms had awakened two men
sleeping upstairs. They jumped out a window, one breaking his leg. Their
overnight guest, a 37-year-old female was still inside. They tried to reenter
but were overcome by heat and smoke. The cause of the fire is not immediately
known. [UF] (January 28, 1990)no28jan90, oh
Engine 5 overturns at intersection of South Wilmington and Smithfield Streets. The EEI/Pemfab pumper overturns while en route to the shop after striking car that apparently runs a red light.
Driver Reggie Hocutt, lone occupant, suffers minor injuries. [AI] (February 25,
Mobile and portable radios reprogrammed with channels for:
- Fire Repeater
- Fire Simplex
- Fire Admin
- Wake County Fire 1
- Wake County Fire 2
- NCSU Channel 4
- RDU CFR
- Hospital EMS 2
- North Carolina Fire
- Eng. Insp.
- Parks & Recreation
- Pub. St.
- Haz-Mat (R7 log book, February 7, 1990)
Apartments at 1135 Crab Orchard burn. Three
alarms. [MF] (March 5, 1990)
County Courthouse on Fayetteville Street Mall burns.
Four alarms. 191 prisoners are evacuated from the jail. Fires deliberately
set in one or more courtrooms. [MF] (March 18, 1990)yb02+
Recruit academy #14 graduates 17 firefighters.
The academy started on February 14 and lasted 20 weeks. The graduation ceremony
is conducted at the City Council Chambers. (June 30, 1990)rfd
- 1990 Spartan / LTI aerial ladder. Placed in service as Truck 11 at 1200
hours. (August 24, 1990)rfd
- 1986 Seagrave aerial ladder moved from Station 11 to Station 15.
Photos and more information. (around August
Two alarms in 200 block of E. Cabarrus Street.
[MF] (September 18, 1990)
Apparatus deliveries, first closed-cab apparatus for fire department.
- 1989 Pierce Lance pumper, placed in service as Engine 3 (October 3, 1990)
- 1989 Pierce Lance pumper, placed in service as Engine 5 (around October 3, 1990)yb84
Photos and more information.
Apparatus note: Haz-Mat 20 moved from Station 2 (November 12, 1990). yb02+
Engine 13 and Truck 8 become haz-mat companies,
along with Engine 20. This ensures that twelve haz-mat technicians are on duty
and available, per NFPA standards.
(Around November 1990)yb02+
Two alarms at 554 New Bern Avenue. [MF]
(November 19, 1990)
Murray Tire Service at 119 S. Harrington Street burns.
Two alarms. [MF] (November 22, 1990)
Glenwood Towers at 509 Glenwood Avenu burns. Two
alarms. [MF] (December 27, 1990)
Meserve Hall at Shaw University at 118 E. South Street burns.
Four alarms. Dispatched about 4:15 p.m. Fire guts the top two floors of the brick,
Queen Anne-style building. The structure is 96 years-old. [MF] (January
23, 1991)no24jan91, rfd
Westgrove Towers at 4700 Westgrove Street burns.
Two alarms. [MF] (April 1,
Clancy & Theys Construction Company shop at 550 W.
Cabarrus Street burns.
Three alarms. Dispatched about 5:00 p.m. Firefighters battle the blaze for "more
than two hours." Smoke is reportedly seen as far as Wake Forest. "More than 500
people" gather and, at one point, police officers have to "walk between the
trains at the nearby Amtrak Station" and top onlookers from standing atop
"parked freight cars" for a better view. "Nine engine companies, two rescue
companies, a special rescue unit, 40 firefighters, and five fire chiefs"
respond. [MF] (April 20, 1991)no21apr91, rfd
Two 1991 Chevrolet Kodiak/Frontline rescue units delivered, placed in service as Rescue 6 and Rescue 7.
- Rescue 6 placed in service on April 19, 1991.
- Rescue 7 placed in service by May 1991.
Photos and more information. (April-May 1991)
Chemical fire at Accudyne at 5800 McHines Place forces evacuation.
Fire reported about 6:15 a.m. Residents and business owners allowed back into
area at approximately 11:30 a.m. [HM] (June 21, 1991)no
Montecito Apartments at 1333 Hardimont Road burn. Two alarms. Reported about 2:00 a.m. Flames are showing through room on arrival
of firefighters. Firefighters assist with evacuated residences. Twelve of 16
apartments in two-story building destroyed, with 23 residents displaced. One
resident killed. Two aerial streams utilized. Two firefighters treated for heat
exhaustion and dehydration. [MF] (July 7, 1991)no08jul91, rfd
Wakefield Apartments at 3200 Calumet Drive burn.
Two alarms. [MF] (July 10, 1991)rfd
Cooper's Pond Apartments at 6057 Shade Tree Lane burn.
Two alarms. Dispatched 4:30 p.m. One unit destroyed, and three damaged.
Started by lightning. [MF] (July 26, 1991)no27jul91
Apparatus note: 1991 Simon/Duplex/E-One haz-mat unit placed in service as Haz-Mat 20. Photos and more information.
(August 14 or 15, 1991)rfd
Montecito Apartments at 3939 Wake Forest Road burn.
Three alarms. Four units destroyed, eight others heavily damaged. Arrival about
2:00 p.m. with flames breaking through roof of corner apartment and spreading
through attic space to other units. Fire apparently started during installation
of dishwasher, when propane torch ignited some wiring. No injuries. [MF] (August 27, 1991)no28aug91,
Recruit academy #15 graduates 25 firefighters.
The academy started on February 13 and lasted 26 weeks. The graduation ceremony
is conducted at the City Council Chambers. (August 30, 1991)rfd
Raleigh Fire Department Photo Unit established
by a pair of local fire buffs who wanted to combine their interests in
photography and the fire service. The founders included local architect and
later FireNews.net creator Jeff Harkey. They responded to working fires and
other significant incidents. They also provided their services for special
events as well as for stock photography needs. The photo unit operates through
the mid-nineties. Lee Wilson is added as an official fire department
photographer in 1994. He'd been taking photos since 1990 and becomes a familiar
fixture at fire scenes for over two decades. (September 1991)chb
Captain S. T. Eudy becomes first haz-mat team coordinator.
(October 1, 1991)yb02+
Station note: Station 7 address changed to 2100
Glascock Street from 1300 Glascock Street. (October 9, 1991)rfd
Fire Administration, Prevention, and Inspection offices move
into Professional Building at 123-127 W. Hargett Street. Photos and more information.
Apparatus note: Foam Unit 12 placed in service
at Station 12 with a 1968 American LaFrance pumper. (December 3, 1991)rfd
Apparatus note: SR1 moved from Station 1 to Station 5.
Unit retains name SR1 for about five months. (December 14, 1991)rfd
First Battalion Chief, or Shift Supervisor, placed in service
on full-time basis (December 16, 1991). rfd, oh
Apartments at 522 Dorothea Drive burn. Two
alarms. Dispatched about 8:00 a.m. Two-story building has one room gutted. Fire
controlled in about 20 minutes. Units include E13, E1, T1, R7, C52, E5, E2, T8, R6, C53, C51. [MF] (February 12, 1992)rpu,
Brentwood West Apartments at 3830 Brentwood Road burn.
Two alarms. Dispatched about 5:00 p.m. One unit gutted, and two others damaged.
Fire controlled in about 15 minutes. [MF] (February
Light plane crashes in Umstead Park. See Raleigh-Durham Airport Emergency Services history.
[AA] (February 18, 1992)
Runaway hot-air balloon crashes at intersection of Millbrook and Green Roads
after tangling in traffic signal lines about 3:30 p.m. Neither the pilot nor his
passenger is injured attempting to launch from a soccer field off Millbrook
Road. Pilot is cited for taking off within city limits without permit. City and
state workers take about two hours to untangle balloon and wires. [AA] (March 1,
Boarding house at 220 E. Cabarrus Street burns.
Two alarms. E3, E13, T1, R7, C52, E5, E12, T8, R6, C53, E15 relief. Formerly Lewis Hotel, the building was built in 1923 by Needham and Hattie Lewis. The "two-story brick-veneer building was covered with a hipped roof and featured a two-story recessed front porch over the main entrance" and for many years was, with the Lightner Arcade, the only accommodations in Raleigh for African Americans.
[MF] (March 5, 1992)rpu, no06mar92
Gospel Chapel Church at 500 E. Franklin Street burns.
Two alarms, dispatched about 2:00 a.m. E3, E7, T1, R7, C52, E1, E13, T8, R6,
C51, E16 relief, E19 relief. The church was built in 1935, with additions in 1955.
6, 1992)no07mar92, rpu
Townhomes at 6205 Waterside Lane burn. Three
alarms. Dispatched about 3:00 p.m. One townhouse gutted, and another heavily
damaged. [MF] (April
Tyler Hall at Shaw University at 118 E. South Street burns. Two alarms.
E3, E1, T1, R7, C52, E13, E10, T8, R6, C51, E5, E14 relief, E19 relief. [MF] (April 17, 1992)rpu
Glenwood Towers at 509 Glenwood Avenue burns.
Two alarms. Dispatched
about 4:45 p.m. Heavy smoke and minor fire in apartment on second-floor. [MF]
(May 18, 1992)no19may92
Wake County Social Services storage building at 1701 S. Saunders Street burns.
Two alarms. Dispatched about 3:00 a.m.E2, E13, T1, R7, C42, E1, E20, T8, R6. [MF] (May 29, 1992)rpu,
Raleigh Rescue Mission recycling center at 512 E. Davie
Street burns. Two alarms. Dispatched about 10:20 p.m. Controlled in about
15 minutes. Two firefighters suffer minor injuries. [MF] (June 11, 1992)no12jun92
Engine 15 and Truck 15 added to haz-mat companies. (July 1992)yb02+
Institute For Cosmetology Building at 600 Bloodworth
Street burns. Three alarms. Flames are spotted shortly after 1 a.m. in
the turn-of-the-century brick building being renovated by Shaw University for
use as a dormitory after having bought it earlier this year. By 3 a.m., fire has
spread throughout the building, shooting from the roof and out of windows. About
40 firefighters battle blaze which is brought under control within three hours.
First alarm: E3, E1, T1, R7, C52. Second alarm: E13, E12, T8, R6, C51. Third
alarm: E5, E20, T11. [MF] (August 23, 1992)rpu, no24aug92
North Carolina State University senior falls into open manhole in the Brickyard.
Accident occurs about 10:00 a.m., when Meredith Ryan drops 10 feet into an
underground tunnel. Though uninjured, rescuers from Engine 5 and Rescue 6 keep
her in the tunnel for nearly an hour, so she can be strapped into braces and
hoisted out of the hole. [TR] (September 14, 1992)no15sep92
Position of Firefighter II, or Engineer, changed to Lieutenant.
(September 25, 1992)rfd
The Lofts Apartments at 206 Loft Lane burn. Three alarms.
First alarm: E9, E16, T16, R6, C51. Second alarm: E15, E18, T11, R7, C53. Third
alarm: E4, E14. Blaze occurs at night. [MF] (October 29, 1992)rpu
Discovery of sliced safety harness on rescue unit prompts suspicion of sabotage. Equipment is impounded and checked by order of City Manager. Firefighters are interviewed. Police investigation reaches "a dead end after six weeks." (November 1, 1992)no
Apartments at 710 W. Jones Street burn. Two
alarms. Fire starts about midnight. One fatality. First alarm: E13, E1, T1, R6,
C52. Second alarm: E5, E6, T8, R7, C51. [MF] (December 19, 1992)rpu
IGA Grocery Store at 718 N. Person Street destroyed by fire.
Three alarms. Alarm sounded at 9:36 p.m. Smoke showing from rear of store around room-mounted air-condition units upon arrival. First-arriving engine calls for second alarm (code 3). Firefighters attempt to force door in rear of building. Two crews enter front of store at approximately 9:55 p.m. Attack crew notices ceiling tiles on floor indicating fire overheard. Volume of fire grows and moves to front of store. Fire beings showing at approximately 9:53. Truck 1 positions to left of building and operates master stream onto roof. Crews ordered to withdraw from building at approximately 12:10 a.m. Additional truck companies establish master streams at front and right side of building. Hand lines required to cool apparatus from radiant heat. Mansard-style canopy on three sides of building becomes fully involved and collapses into parking lot. Crews do not re-enter until following day. Store and contents are total loss. Fire originates in rear of store, but exact cause is unknown. Three firefighters are injured and treated on the scene for smoke inhalation.
E3, E7, T1, R7, C52, E4, E11, T11, R6, C51, E6, E16, T16, E1 relief, E14 relief.
20, 1992)rpu, no
First haz-mat computer placed in service. (December 30, 1992)yb02+
First Fire Protection Engineer hired. The
position is created as an intern program with the University of Maryland. The
position is later changed to a full-time position.
Wake County contracts with City of Raleigh for haz-mat response. yb02+
Parking deck at Crabtree Valley Mall collapses.
Reported about 2:00 a.m. [UI] (February 3, 1993)rfd
Martin Architectural Building Products at 3911 Beryl Road burns.
Two alarms. Fire is reported at 2:33 a.m. by resident at 3005 Richward Place who
awakens and smells burning electrical wires. His apartment is about 60 feet from
corner of Martin building. Due to distant fire hydrant, firefighters tunnel
through ground underneath railroad tracks between Beryl Road and Hillsborough
Street to run a fire hose 300 to 400 feet to a hydrant on Hillsborough Street.
Fire takes several hours to control. E8, E5, T8, R6, C53 on first alarm. E14,
E20, T1, R7, C51 on second alarm. [MF] (February 12, 1993)rpu, no12feb93
City Council considers closing "four fire stations in and around downtown"
and "building two new stations to replace them." Consolidation process is
proposed, which would trim 24 firefighter positions and save up to $800,000,
plus benefits. Plan includes closing Stations 1 and 3 and building new building
near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Haywood Street, as well as closing
Stations 1 and 5 and constructing a new station near Wade Avenue and St. Mary's
Street. Citizens later protest. Plan is eventually dropped. (February 1993)no
Two alarms at Shelton's Used Furniture at 2654 S. Saunders Street burns. Dispatched about 1:00 a.m. Controlled within 45 minutes. Building
is completed destroyed. E2, E13, T1, R6, C52 on first alarm. E1, E5, T8, T7, C51 on second alarm. E7, E17
for relief. E19, E3 for relief.
[MF] (April 4, 1993)rpu, no05apr93
Arnold Concrete Company factory at 1300 Kirkland Road burns.
Three alarms. Dispatched in afternoon. Reported by District Chief. Abandoned
factory found on fire, and two woods fires. Controlled in about 30 minutes. E2, E20, T1, R5, C53 on first alarm. E13, E3, C52 on second alarm. E4 on third alarm.
[MF] (April 4, 1993)rpu, no05apr93
Chemical fire in laboratory at Daniels Hall at North Carolina State University causes haz-mat response during final-exam week. Subsequent power outage caused by squirrel crawling into transformer sets off multiple fire alarms.
[HM] [UF] (May 3, 1993)no
Bryan Building on Daniels Street in Cameron Village burns. Three
alarms. Dispatched 5:46 a.m. Controlled after about 2.5 hours. E5, E6, T1, R6, C52 on first alarm. E13, E1, T8, R7, C53 on second alarm. E4, E12, T15 on third alarm. Cars 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 12, 70, 71, 72, 73, and a rookie class also respond.
[MF] (May 24, 1993)rpu,
City Museum debuts with "How Fire Has Changed The Face of Raleigh" exhibit.
(June 18, 1993)no
House at 2424 Rushing Brook Drive burns. Two
alarms. [MF] (June 11, 1993)rfd
Rooming house at 401 New Bern Avenue burns. Two
alarms. Dispatched about 10:20 p.m. Controlled by 11:00 p.m. Two nearby houses
also sprayed to prevent spreading. E3, E3, T1, R7, C52 on first alarm. E13, E7,
T11, R6, C53 on second alarm.
[MF] (June 20, 1993)rpu, no21jun93
Station 4 moves to 121 Northway Court. City retains ownership of 2917 Wake Forest Road. Photos and more information. (June 24, 1993)rfd
Gorman Crossings Apartments at 3114-3118 Avent Ferry
Three alarms. Dispatch about 5:00 p.m. Controlled at 6:15 p.m. Six of eight
units destroyed. Outdoor temperature is 95 degrees with heat index of 103
degrees. [MF] (July 4, 1993)rfd,
Two alarms at Litchford Park apartments. [MF]
(July 10, 1993)rfd
Recruit academy #17 graduates 27 firefighters, including one Wake County and four Wilson firefighters.
The academy started on February 8 and lasted 26 weeks. The graduation ceremony
is conducted at the City Council Chambers. (July 30, 1993)rfd
Hayes Barton Baptist Church at 1800 Glenwood Avenue burns.
Two alarms. Dispatched about 3:30 p.m. Controlled in about 25 minutes and
contained to roof. Started when workers accidentally cut a propane line fueling
a blowtorch. [MF] (August 17, 1993)no18aug93
House at 1415 Kersaw Drive burns. Two alarms.
[MF] (August 31, 1993)rfd
Bashford Place townhouses at 750 Bashford Road burn.
Three alarms. Reported about 2:45 p.m. Crews find flames through roof of three-story
structure on arrival. Aerial operations utilized. Several firefighters
treated for heat exhaustion.
Three town homes destroyed. Fourteen fire trucks and 30 firefighters
responded. [MF] (September 9, 1993)no10sep93
Vehicle note: Fire safety house delivered. The
Serro Travel Trailer Company trailer is 32 feet long. (October 29, 1993, or
alternate date, September 7, 1993)rfd
Old Station 4 at 2917 Wake Forest Road becomes Career Development Center, and houses the office for the haz-mat coordinator. Photos and more information. (Fall 1993)yb02+
Fire department implements EMT-D program citywide.
Semi-automated external defibrillators were installed on all engine, ladder,
and rescue company apparatus. Firefighters began using the devices to
administer electrical shocks to patients suffering from life-threatening
cardiac conditions. Within two weeks, Engine 11 had the first confirmed save.
Over the years, the defibrillators are replaced with fully automated units
that were also smaller and lighter. (November 29, 1993)rfd, chb
Confined space rescue team trained. A total of 65 firefighters are training
with 60 hours of classroom and drill training. The team is trained as new
federal legislation requires industries with employees who work in confined
spaces to have a confined space rescue team, or contract for such a service.
Since the city is such an industry, with public works and utility employees,
the city manager decides RFD should offer the service throughout the city. (November 1993)no26nov93
Inmates riot at Polk Youth Center on Blue Ridge Road.
Nearly 200 inmates usher in the New Year "with a two-hour rampage, breaking
dozens of windows and ripping sinks and toilets from the floor." Two fire units
are dispatched to stand by. [UI] (January 1, 1994)no
Wakestone Gardens at 3917 Lassiter Mill Road burns.
Two alarms. Dispatched at 10:09 p.m. Controlled in about two hours. Two-story,
6,000 square-foot main building destroyed just south of Beltline bridge. [MF]
(January 5, 1994)no
Apartments at 322-H Dacian Road burn. Two alarms.
[MF] (January 22, 1994)lw, rfd
Apartment at 1215 Hillsborough Street burns. Two
alarms. Dispatched about 5:30 a.m. Three-story building with businesses on
first floor. Magic Corner & Costume Shop has smoke and water damage. [MF]
(January 24, 1994)no25jan94
Fire Administration and Prevention / Inspections offices move into Dillon Building at 310
W. Martin Street. Photos and more information.
Watson's Flea Market restaurant at 1436 Rock Quarry
Road burns. Two alarms. Dispatched about 7:45 p.m. Controlled in about 40
minutes. Truck 1 deployed to spray water into rear of two-story concrete-block
building. [MF] (February 12, 1994)no13feb94, lw
Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel at 400 Fayetteville Street
Mall burns. Two alarms. Fire starts in room 319. Heavy smokes fills 70
year-old building as 135 residents are evacuated. [MF] (April 20, 1994)rfd,
Montecito West Apartments at 4105 Bland Road burn.
Two alarms. Dispatched about 9:30 p.m. Three apartments damaged. [MF] (April
30, 1994)no01may94, lw
Irregardless Cafe at 901 W. Morgan Street burns.
Two alarms. Dispatched about 1:50 a.m. Much of building involved on
arrival. [MF] (May 24, 1994)lw, no25may94
Capital Inn at 1625 Capital Boulevard burns. Two
alarms. [MF] (May 28, 1994)lw
Mission Valley Inn at 2110 Avent Ferry Road burns.
Two alarms. [MF] (June 21, 1994)lw
New radio channels operational, Fire Tac 3 (repeater)and Fire Tac 4
(direct). The repeater channel is for Code 2 and Code 3 fires, for major
operations, and as back-up. (By July 18, 2004)rfd
Crown Court Apartments on Crown Court burn.
Three alarms. Dispatched about 11:00 p.m. Firefighters break through adjoining
apartment to extinguish blaze. Reportedly started by 11-year-old girl playing
with candles in her bedroom and knocking one over. [MF] (August 28, 1994)no29aug94
"Trauma protocol in effect" implemented for patients meeting criteria on
medical calls. The radio code starts a hospital notification procedure.
(September 1, 1994)rfd
Fire department television channel moves from Channel 59 to Channel 22.
Caraleigh Furniture warehouse at 1600 S. Saunders Street burns.
Three alarms. Dispatch about 1:30 p.m. Controlled in about an hour. One
firefighter with minor burns. [MF] (November 12, 1994)no13nov94
Recruit academy #18 graduates 23 firefighters, including two Wake County firefighters.
The academy started on May 31 and lasted 25 weeks. The graduation ceremony is
conducted at the City Council Chambers. (November 23, 1994)rfd
Fire department enters North Carolina Police and Fire Olympics for first time.
Engine 3 becomes first company to run over 2,000 calls in one year, answering 2,073 calls in 1994. rfd
Shellbrook Apartments at 913 Shellbrook Court burn. Two alarms. Four units destroyed during early
morning blaze. [MF] (January 25, 1995)no,
Apartments at 1125 S. State Street burn.
Two alarms. [MF]
(January 28, 1995)rfd
Monticeto Apartments at 3939 Wake Forest Road
burn. Two alarms. [MF] (February 24, 1995)lw
1995 Simon-Duplex / LTI aerial platform, placed in service as Truck 16.
Photos and more information.
(February 27, 1995)lw
Goodwin Refrigeration at 808 S. Saunders Street burns.
Two alarms. Dispatch 2:34 p.m. Eight fire department vehicles on
scene. Abandoned warehouse. [MF] (April 16, 1995)no17apr95
Jonny B. Sandy appointed fourteenth Fire Chief, serves 1995-1999. Sandy joined the fire department in 1964. (July 1, 1995)yb84
First high-level rescue performed. Two window
repairmen rescued from outside the seventh floor of Wake Country Public
Safety Center after their motorized scaffolding fails at approximately 2:15
p.m., causing "one side of the platform to fall from beneath the men."
Firefighters take over an hour to " set up the rescue" which includes
inflating a "giant air mattress on the third-floor ceiling, about 40 feet
below the workers." Firefighter Mike Davidson is lowered from the top of the
eleven-story building and both workers are rescued "in about 15 minutes." [TR] (May 3, 1995)no04may95,
Two alarms at 1400 Kirkland Drive. [MF] (July 8,
Bomb explosion at 4300 Six Forks Road. BTI
Building on fifth floor. [UI] (July 10, 1995)lw
Two alarms at 1917 Cambridge Way. [MF] (July 17,
High-level rescue training started. (July 1995)
Two alarms at 1500 Burgandy Street. [MF]
(October 25, 1995)rfd
Two alarms at 900 S. Boylan Street. [MF]
(November 10, 1995)rfd
Two alarms at 3700 Six Forks Road. [MF]
(November 12, 1995)rfd
Two alarms at 1605 Park Drive. [MF] (November
Fatal house fire at 2515 Clark Avenue. Two
alarms. [MF] (December
13, 1995)no14dec95, lw
- 1995 Pierce Dash pumper, placed in service as Engine 11
- 1995 Pierce Dash pumper, placed in service as Engine 15
Photos and more information.
Raleigh firefighters compete in " World Challenge Four,"
after qualifying in regional competition in Charlotte. Six firefighters travel
to Tampa, Florida for weekend competition against the "best from the United
States, Canada, and Australia." This is the first year the department qualifies
for the international challenge. (January 4, 1996)no
Cedar Point Apartments at 6512 Suburban Drive burn.
Two alarms? Residents in 11 units displaced from homes. One women jumps from
third-floor balcony after throwing three her children into the waiting arms of
men below. All four are caught safely. [MF] (February 1, 1996)no
Fatal apartment fire at 462 Dorothea Drive. Two
alarms. Three children killed. Firefighters rescue a 4 year-old boy who dies
from injuries on May 13. Heritage Park Apartments. [MF] (February 2, 1996)rfd
Ice storm strikes Raleigh. "B" shift reports for
duty and answers 299 calls during 24-hour period. Historical average to this
point is 52 calls per 24-hours. [WE] (February 2, 1996)rfd
Roadhouse Restaurant at 3714 Capital Boulevard burns.
Two alarms, dispatched about 12:30 p.m. Ten employees and several dozen
customers escape unharmed. Fire controlled in about 45 minutes. [MF] (February 7, 1996)lw,
Westbrook Auto Sales at 2110 Capital Boulevard burns.
Two alarms, dispatched at 1:54 a.m., arrived at 1:59 a.m. Later upgraded
to second alarm. E7, E11, T11, R7, C52, E1, T3, T1, R6, SR5, C51, C5, C1, C2,
C10, C12, M9 for relief. [MF] (May 1, 1996)lw
Village of Pickwick Apartments at 4004 Twickenham Court burn.
Three alarms. Nine of 12 units destroyed and three others heavily damaged during
early morning fire. Dispatched at 4:28 a.m.. E17, E16, T8, R6, C53, C51, SR5,
E9, E18, T11, R7, C2, C3, C4, C5, C10, T15, E8, E4. Relief companies E2, T1,
E13, etc. [MF] (May 4, 1996)no,
Two alarms at 747 Wintergreen Drive. [MF] (June 1,
Recruit academy #19 graduates 33 firefighters, 32 men and one woman.
Positions are filled from more than 500 applicants. The academy started on
January 8 and lasted 20 weeks. The graduation ceremony is conducted in Room D at
the Raleigh Civic and Convention Center. (May 24, 1996)rfd
Fatal fire at 630 Sunnybrook Road. Gasoline can
causes ignition when flames ignite from gas can being used to refill lawn
mowers. Officials investigate "whether the 49-year-old woman was smoking when
she walked up to the can of gasoline." [UF] (July 8, 1996)no
Hurricane Bertha strikes southern North Carolina,
eye of Category 3 storm making landfall southwest of Wilmington, NC, with 105
mph winds at 5:00 p.m. Eye passes east of Raleigh with 100 mph winds about 11:00
p.m. [WE] (July 12, 1996)wral
Two alarms at 4001 Beryl Road. [MF] (August 3,
Hurricane Fran strikes eastern North Carolina, eye of Category 3 storm making landfall near Wilmington, NC, with 114 mph winds at 11:00 p.m. Eye of storm passes west of Raleigh around 7:00 a.m. City receives 10.46 inches of rain and wind gusts as high as 79 miles per hour. Power outages are widespread with all 420 traffic signals in the city limits believed out at sunrise on September 6, 1996. Many roads are blocked by trees from the I-440 beltline down to the smallest residential street. Flooding is severe along Crabtree Creek, which rises 16 feet in 14 hours, cresting at 7 feet above flood stand and flooding numerous roads and intersections, including the Glenwood Avenue bridge and Wake Forest Road south of Six Forks Road. By 4:25 p.m., the lower level of Crabtree Valley Mall is flooded with a foot of water. Guests at the Sheraton Hotel at Crabtree Valley are stranded by 6 feet of run over from the creek. Residents in Forest Acres off Wake Forest Road retreat to rooftops. Off-duty personnel recalled for only second time since 1988 tornado. Engine 2 makes dramatic rescue of Wayne Smith from bed of pick-up truck, marooned for over an hour in fast-moving water at intersection of Wilmington and Fayetteville streets. Engine is driven down Wilmington Street and Smith leaps aboard moving pumper. Captain Rusty Ross is quoted in subsequent News & Observer article "we had to keep it steady. If we didn't keep a steady speed, water would have gotten into the tailpipe and stalled the engine."
[WE] (September 6, 1996)wral
Hillman Dormitory at Meredith College burns. Two alarms.
[MF] (September 17, 1996)
Rooming house at 2315 Hillsborough Street
burns. Two alarms. Dispatch about 5:00 p.m. Controlled in about an hour.
Fire closes Hillsborough Street for several hours. E5, E13, T1, R6, C52, SR5, E8, E1, T8, R7, C2, C3, C5, C12, M9, E10 relief, C198, E2 relief.
[MF] (October 4, 1996)lw, no05oct96
State Employees Credit Union at 811 Hillsborough Street burns.
Additional companies called due to fire on roof, in generator room, and sulfuric
acid leaking into building. E5, E13, T8, T11, R6, SR5, C51, C53, C1, C2, C3, C5, C12, HM20."B" shift.
[HM] (October 18, 1996)lw
Radisson Plaza at Salisbury and Davie streets burns.
Two alarms. [MF] (November 8, 1996)
Two alarms at 2120 Larson Drive. [MF] (December
Engine 3 responds to 2,037 calls in one year, breaking previous response records. rfd
Fire department computer system goes into full operation. rfd
Two alarms on Essex Circle. [MF] (February 16,
Apparatus note: Mini 9 is removed from service, after an
non-response accident at 4513 Lead Mine Road. The 1986 Chevy
mini-pumper is totaled. [AI] (March 14, 1997)rfd
Renovations completed to Keeter Training Center
including classroom and office space upstairs and storage space downstairs.
Career Development Center at old Station 4 closed. Haz-mat Coordinator office is moved Public Works facility on West Street. The Wake Forest Road building is subsequently sold to a software company. (April 15, 1997)yb02+
Training Division changes to four-day work week, similar to Fire Prevention/Inspection. (Spring 1997)
YMCA at 1601 Hillsborough Street burns. Two
coming from roof on arrival. Fire found in electrical room in basement. E5, E13, T1, R7, C52, R6, C1, C3, C4, C12, SR5, E1, E6, T8, C51,
and E16 and T16 for relief. [MF] (June 2, 1997)lw
Recruit academy #20 graduates 18 firefighters.
The academy started on January 6 and lasted 25 weeks. The graduation ceremony is
conducted at the City Council Chambers. (June 27, 1997)rfd
Stonehenge Townhomes at 7639 Trowbridge Court burn.
Two alarms. Fully-involved on arrival. E18, E16, T16, R6, C51, SR5, C2, C5, C53, C3, C10, C198, E4, E17, T15, R7.
Coverage with T8, E8, E7. Relief with E9, E14. [MF] (August 2, 1997)lw
Rapid Intervention Teams (RIT) placed in service.
Requires response of third engine company to all working structure fires.
(September 1, 1997)rfd
Two alarms at 1700 Proctor Street. [MF]
(September 18, 1997)
Raleigh firefighters take top honors in "Toughest Firefighter Alive" competition in Charlotte,
part of the North Carolina Fire and Police Olympics. First place awarded to
Raleigh Team 1, second place awarded to Raleigh Team 2. (September, 1997)no
Raleigh / Wake County Emergency Communications Center starts EMD program.
Two alarms at 4325 Glenwood Avenue. [MF]
(November 16, 1997)
Two alarms at 2201 Spring Forest Road. [MF]
(December 9, 1997)
Two alarms on Mine Lake Court. [MF] (December
House at 2700 Lakeview Drive burns. Two alarms.
Large house under construction.
Second alarm on arrival. E9, E16, T16, R6, C51, E16, T4, T1, R7, C53, SR5, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C10, C198.
Special called T8 and E14. Overnight fire, with companies remaining on scene all
day next day. New recruits also on scene. [MF] (December 19, 1997)lw
Vehicle note: Car 46, a 1998 Ford F series fuel
truck is moved or placed in service at Station 15. (December 1997)rfd
Insurance Services Organization (ISO)grades city. (December 1997)rfd
- 1997 Pierce Saber pumper, placed in service as Engine 7 on April 8, 1997
- 1997 Pierce Saber pumper, placed in service as Engine 2 on April 15, 1997
- 1997 Pierce Saber pumper, placed in service as Engine 5 on June 5, 1997
- 1997 Pierce Saber pumper, placed in service as Engine 9 on August 11,
- 1997 Pierce Saber pumper, placed in service as Engine 3 by August 16,
- 1997 Pierce Saber pumper, placed in service as Engine 12 on August 27,
Photos and more information.
- Mini 17 is removed from service and moved to Station 9.
- Mini 9 is returned to service.
- The confined space rescue trailer is moved from Station 17 to Station 20.
(January 7, 1998)rfd
McBryde Building at 900 S. Boylan Avenue at Dorothea Dix Hospital burns.
Two alarms. Fire on third floor, in single bedroom. Heavy smoke throughout building. One
subject transported with burns. E13, E2, T1, R6, C52, E1, E20, T8, R7, C53, C1,
C2, C3, C5, C10, C12, SR5.
[MF] (January 9, 1998)lw
Hollows Apartments at 4001 Deep Hollow Drive burn.
Two alarms. our units destroyed. Dispatch 2:58 p.m. Started in attic above end
unit, and spread over three other second-floor units. Fire under control by 3:30
p.m. E17, E14, T16, R6, C53, SR5, E16, E8, T8, R7, C52, E8, C2, C3, C5, C10,
C12, special call E6. Overnight fire watch with Mini 9 then Mini 3. [MF]
(January 30, 1998)no31jan98, lw
Angus Barn at 9401 Glenwood Avenue burns. Two
alarms. Fire above kitchen with extension into roof and attic. E17, E14,
E16, T16, T8, R6, R7, C53, C51, SR5, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C10, C198; Durham
Highway E2, E3, T9, Tanker 8; Six Forks E126; Bay Leaf and Fairgrounds to Durham
Highway for coverage; E13 to 17 for coverage. [MF] (February 1, 1998)lw
Quail Corners Shopping Center at 1302 E. Millbrook Road burns. Two alarms. Dispatched about midnight. Andy's Pizza suffers fire damage. Other
businesses suffer smoke damage. Fire through roof on arrival. Truck 11 operating
as aerial stream. Believed started by electrical outlet in kitchen. E15, E11, T15, C51, R6, SR5, E9, E19, E17, T11, R7, C52, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C198,
C12, E12 special called, E13 to 15, E7 to 11
[MF] (February 8, 1998)lw, no10feb98
Two alarms at 2800 Dillmark. [MF] (March 5,
Two alarms at 6808 Whispering Pines. [MF] (March
Two alarms at 3208 Spotswood Street. [MF] (March
Apartments at 1500 Mary Francis Place burn. Two
alarms. Two-story apartments, half fully-involved. Early morning fire.
Dispatched 2:15 a.m. E8, T8, E20, R6, C53, E5, E6, E14, T1, R7, C1, C3, C4, C5,
C52, C10, C198, E18 for relief, E13 to 8, E4 to 1. Truck 8 operating as aerial
stream. [MF] (March 30, 1998)lw
Response to working structure fires changed from one to two truck companies.
(April 15, 1998)rfd
Recruit academy #21 graduates 35 firefighters.
The academy started on October 27, 1997 and lasted 24 weeks. The graduation
ceremony is conducted in Pittman Auditorium at Saint Mary's College. (May 1,
Scramble Dog Inn at 5645 Western Boulevard burns.
Two alarms. Fully-involved on arrival. Dispatched at 1:44 a.m., arrived at 1:48
a.m. E8, T8, E14, R7, C53, C5, SR5, E5, E20, E7, E18, T15, T1, C1, C3, C4, C10, C12, E13 to 8, E10 for relief, C198. Companies stayed all morning and into afternoon. Mini 9 for evening watch.
[MF] (May 4, 1998)yb02+,
Station 21opens at 5621 Southall Road. Engine 21 placed in service with 1975 Mack pumper. Photos and more information. (June 15, 1998)yb02+, no07jul98
Station 22 opens at 9350 Durant Road. Engine 22 placed in service with 1985 Pirsch pumper. Photos and more information. (July 31, 1998)yb02+, no07jul98
Chemical spill at Williams Hall at North Carolina State
University. Sulfuric acid and ammonia leak, E5, E13, T8, R7, E8, HM20, SR5, C52, C5, C2, C10, C73, SR20, E14 to 8,
special called E15 and T15. [HM]
(August 12, 1998)lw
Hurricane Bonnie strikes southern North Carolina,
eye of Category 3 storm making landfall near Wilmington with 115 mph winds at
11:00 a.m. Eye passes southeast of Raleigh with 85 mph winds about 7:00 a.m.
[WE] (August 27, 1998)wral
Recruit academy #22 graduates 20 firefighters. The academy
started on August 17and lasted 7 weeks. The graduation ceremony is conducted at
the City Council Chambers. (October 2, 1998)rfd
Apparatus note: Rescue 7 moved to Station 21.
(October 14, 1998)rfd
Sir Walter Apartments at 400 Fayetteville Street Mall
burn. Two alarms. Fire on ninth floor, single room. Dispatched 2:46 p.m. E1, E13, T1, C5,
then C52, C51, T11, R6. Second alarm E2, E6, T8, R21, SR 5, C1, C2, C3, C4, C198, C90, C71, C72,
five EMS units, EMS 103, EMS 105. E16 and C53 to 1, T15 to 11.
[MF] (October 15, 1998)lw
Two alarms at 4744 Courtney Lane. [MF] (October
The Lakes Apartments at 6601 Lake Hill Drive burn.
Two alarms. Original dispatched as electrical investigation, just after
midnight. E15, E9, T15, T11, C51, C5, SR5, E4, E19, T8, R6, C3, C1, R21, C198, C2.
[MF] (December 5, 1998)lw
Two alarms at 2800 Kidd Road. [MF] (December 10,
Gasoline tanker explodes and burns on Beltline just west of Capital Boulevard. Late-evening accident kills driver when abandoned vehicle is struck jutting from shoulder. Residents in nearby Brentwood hear explosion; hear smoke detectors go off from wafting smoke. Adjacent brush also burns and is contained by engine companies at Highwoods Office Park, above incident. County departments provide tankers for water support; RDU CFR sends crash truck. Fire burns both at crash site and at bottom of storm-drain slope. Firefighters let same burn itself out. Gasoline tanker
with 9,100 gallons of gas explodes and burns on Beltline just west of Capital Boulevard. Late-evening accident kills driver when abandoned vehicle is struck jutting from shoulder. Residents in nearby Brentwood hear explosion; hear smoke detectors go off from wafting smoke. Adjacent brush also burns and is contained by engine companies at Highwoods Office Park, above incident. County departments provide tankers for water support; RDU CFR sends crash truck. Fire burns both at crash site and at bottom of storm-drain slope. Firefighters let same burn itself out. E11, E7, E9, T11, E12, F12, HM20, SR20, E4, T1, E5, C51, C53, C52, C73, C3, C198.
Mutual aid tankers from Western Wake, Garner, Knightdale, and Six Forks.
[UF] [TF] (December 18, 1998)no20dec98,
Quail Corners Shopping Center at 5046 Falls of Neuse Road burns.
Three alarms. Dispatched 10:25 a.m. Fire starts in second-floor storage room of
Eckerd Drugs. Reported after storekeepers see smoke in heating ducts and smell
smoke in other stores. Controlled in about two hours. T15, E15, E9, R6, C51, T11. Second alarm:
E11, E19, T16, SR5, C1, C2, C3, C4, C12, C53, C198. Third alarm: E16, E13, T8, then E5, E10, E2, T1
special called, then E1, E8, E7. Coverage: E14 to 9, E21 to 19.
[MF] (December 28, 1998)no29dec98, lw
Raleigh Fire Department receives Education Institution status from the state
Office of Emergency Medical Services and begins conducting its own EMT
certification and recertification classes. (1998)chb
- 1998 Pierce Saber pumper, placed in service as Engine 1 on June 30, 1998
- 1998 Pierce Saber pumper, placed in service as Engine 13
Photos and more information.
Dominion on Spring Forest Apartments at 5000-F Sedgewick Drive burn.
Two alarms. Five units with damage, at least one gutted. Dispatched 6:50 p.m.
Controlled in about 40 minutes. Fire starts in second-story apartment and climbs
to roof. E19, E15, T15, T11,
R21, C51, E11, E21, T8, R6, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, E22, C10, C52, C198, E6 and T8 to 11, E13 to 15.
[MF] (January 4, 1999)lw, no05jan99
Market Exchange Building at State Farmer's Market
1750 Lake Wheeler Road burns. Two alarms. Dispatch about 7:00 p.m. Heavy flames and smoke from
roof on arrival. Controlled in about an hour. Ten businesses displaced. E2, E13, T1, T8, R6, C52, E1, E20, T1, R21, C53, SR5, C3, C198, E5, E16, E15 to 1,
relief companies E9 and E19 later in night.
[MF] (January 24, 1999)lw, no25jan99
Timberlake Apartments at 3051 Lake Woodard Drive burn.
Two alarms. Dispatched 12:15 p.m. E11, E7, T11, T1, R21, C51, E12, E21,
T8, R6, C52, SR5, C1, C3, C4, C5. [MF] (January 31, 1999)lw
Foxy Lady at 1817 Capital Boulevard burns. Two
alarms. Heavy fire showing from attic on arrival. Dispatched 1:44 a.m., arrived 1.48
a.m. E11, E7, T11, T1, R21, C52, second alarm: E1, E13, T15, R6, C52, SR5, C1, C3, C4, C5, C198.
[MF] (February 1, 1999)lw
Sir Walter Raleigh Apartments at 400 Fayetteville Street
Mall burn. Two alarms. Fire on fifth floor. Dispatched 9:25 a.m. E1, E13,
T1, T8, R6, C52, E3, E5, T11, R21, C51, C1, C3, C5, SR5, C198. [MF] (February 6,
Apartment at 3015 Lake Woodard Drive burns. Two
One unit fully involved. Dispatched 3:49 p.m., arrived 3:52 p.m. E11, E21, T11,
T1, R21, C52, E7, E12, T8, R6, C53, SR5, C1, C3, C4, C5, C198. [MF] (March 4, 1999)lw
Science building at E. Millbrook Middle School at 3801
Spring Forest Road burns.
Two alarms. Dispatched as smoke investigation about 5:45 p.m. Engine 15 with
nothing showing, then upgraded. Flames soon breaking through roof of one-story
building. E15, E19, E21, T15, R21, C51, E5, E9, E4, T8, T11, R6, C52, SR5, C1,
C4, C5, C198, C10, C12, E11, E7, and relief companies E14, E18, T16. Overnight
watch and relief: E12 then E6. [MF] (May 4, 1999)no05may99, lw
Boylan Apartments unit explodes and burns.
Fire is blamed on illegal drug laboratory. Firefighters called to scene about 10
p.m.. Fire is out and "the occupant, although badly burned, declined all but the
most basic medical attention." [UF] (May 8, 1999)no
Apartments at 4545 Hargrove Road burn. Two
alarms. Dispatch just before 4:00 a.m. Four-unit structure. Controlled in 40
minutes. Believed started by smoldering barbecue grill charcoal left on deck.
[MF] (June 8, 1999)lw,
Body shop at Thompson-Cadillac-Olds at 601 Creekside Drive
burns. Three alarms. Dispatched 2:35 a.m. First alarm: E11, E6, E9, E7, T11, R6, C51,
second alarm: E5, E13, T1, R21, C52, third alarm:: E12, E9, T8, C53, SR5, C2,
[MF] (July 16, 1999)lw
Cameron Square Apartments at 4400 Tealford Court burn.
alarms. Heavy fire through roof on arrival. Dispatched 12:38 p.m. Two
firefighters treated for heat exhaustion. E17, E14, E16, T16, R6, C53, E9, E15, E8, T8, R21, SR5, C52, C3, C4, E20, E18, C198, Durham Highway E3, Six Forks E121, 125. [MF] (July 31, 1999)lw, no01aug99
Chief Sandy retires. (July 1, 1999)rfd
Earl F. Fowler appointed fifteenth Fire Chief, serves 1999 to present. Fowler joined the fire department in 1971. (August 2, 1999)
Tropical Storm Dennis strikes eastern North Carolina, eye making landfall at southeastern coast with 70 mph winds at 3:00 p.m.. Eye of storm passes northeast of Raleigh around 1:00 a.m.
[WE] (September 5, 1999)wral
Hurricane Floyd strikes eastern North Carolina, eye of Category 2 storm making landfall near Wilmington, NC, with 110 mph winds at 3:00 a.m. Eye of storm passes east of Raleigh around 9:00 a.m.
[WE] (September 16, 1999)wral
Two alarms at 8111 Creedmoor Road. [MF]
(September 30, 1999)
Two alarms at Shaw University. [MF] (October 15,
House at Oakwood and East Streets burns. Two
alarms. Two-story wood frame building fully-involved. Truck 1 flowing. E7, E3, E1, T1, R6, C52, SR5, C5, special call E13, second alarm: E5, E20, T11, R21, C51, C2, C3, C1,
special call E11, overnight watch: E4. [MF] (November 3, 1999)lw
Pine Village Apartments at 1818 Gorman Street burn.
Two alarms. Heavy fire in single unit on third floor. E20, E8, E5, T8, R6, C53, E13, E14, T1, R21, C52, C2, C3, C5, SR5, C198.
[MF] (November 4, 1999)lw
Recruit academy #23 graduates 36 firefighters.
The academy started on June 7 and lasted 26 weeks. The graduation ceremony is
conducted at the New Hope Baptist Church. (December 3, 1999)rfd
Apparatus note: Rescue 21 moved to Station 19.
(December 5, 1999)rfd
Station 15 addition completed. Rear doors added to apparatus bay. Required as 1988 Pierce Arrow Snorkel, soon to be reassigned to Truck 15, cannot fit through front doors. Millbrook Exchange Park access road curbing also modified to expedite exit from station rear. Photos and more information.
Rapid Intervention Team (RIT)changed from second truck company to third engine company on all structure fire responses, allowing for faster RIT responses.
- 1980 Mack / 1957 American LaFrance tractor-drawn aerial removed from service and subsequently sold. Truck is later purchased and placed in service by Wendell Fire Department.
1999 American LaFrance Eagle aerial platform, placed in service as Truck 1
on April 12, 1999
- 1999 Quality/ Spartan MetroStar pumper, placed in service as Engine 8
Apparatus delivery: 2000 Ford Expedition, placed in service as Car 51. Same is the first sport-utility vehicle for the fire department. Sport-utility vehicles are subsequently adopted for all District Chiefs. Photos and more information.
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