Raleigh Fire Department History

2000-2009

2000

Twenty-one stations protecting 118 square miles and 286,834 residents.


Fire department becomes first in state to operate permanent fitting station for child safety seats. (February 14, 2000)yb02+

Two alarms on Forest Lawn. [MF] (January 23, 2000)rfd

Station 23 opens at 8312 Pinecrest Road, utilizing building leased from and continuing to share apparatus bay space with Durham Highway Volunteer Fire Department. Engine 23 placed in service with 1981 Mack pumper. Photos and more information. (February 15, 2000)yb02+

Two alarms at Meredith College. [MF] (April 10, 2000)rfd

Apparatus deliveries: Pair of 2000 Freightliner / American LaFrance rescues, placed in service as Rescue 6 and Rescue 19. Photos and more information. (May 3, 2000)lw

Apartments at 6208 Shanda Drive burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 4:36 p.m. First: T15, E19, E4, E16, R19, C53, SR5, Second: E11, E6, T16, R6, C51, C3, C5. [MF] (May 16, 2000)lw

Meredith Village Apartments at 2423 Wycliff Road burn. Three alarms. Dispatched 8:35 a.m. Under control by 9:20 a.m. First: E14, E6, E17, T16, R6, C53, SR5, Second: E16, E8, T8, R19, C52, Third: E3, E21, T1, C1, C3, C4, Special call: E5, E13, Special call: E7, E1, Special call: E23. [MF] (May 21, 2000)lw, no22may00

Recruit academy #24 graduates 10 firefighters. The academy started on March 27 and lasted 10 weeks. The graduation ceremony is conducted at the City Council Chambers. (June 2, 2000)rfd

Unit note: Car 198 moved to Station 9 from Station 1. (by June 3, 2000)oh

Stonehenge Apartments at 7300 Stonecliff Drive burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 12:50 a.m. Controlled by 1:37 a.m. One apartment fully-involved with fire through roof. Started by fireworks. First: E18, E4, E23, T16, R6, C51, Second: E17, E16, T15, R19, C53, C5, C2, C3, C4, C10, C198, SR5. [MF] (July 7, 2000)lw

Simulated chemical weapon attack conducted on North Carolina State University Centennial Campus. Involves Raleigh police, fire, Wake EMS, campus police, and area hospitals. Raleigh becomes 49th city to conduct such test, chosen for the training as one of the 120 largest cities in the United States by the U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command. The drill starts at 8:30 a.m. (July 9, 2000)

Two alarms at 99 N. Salisbury Street. [MF] (August 12, 2000)rfd

New York Deli at 113 S. Wilmington Street burns. Two alarms. Dispatched 5:25 a.m. Two-story, masonry building houses pizzeria and sandwich shop downstairs, and vacant apartment upstairs. Three ladders operating as aerial streams. One firefighter injured. First: E5, E7, E20, R19, T8, C51. Second: E13, E8, T11, R6, SR5, C53, C52, C1, C2, C3, C4, C10, C12, C198, Special called: T1. Relief the next afternoon: E14, E18, T16. [MF] (September 6, 2000)yb02+, lw

Two alarms at 8321 Hempshire. [MF] (December 18, 2000)rfd

Two alarms at 3021 Farrior. [MF] (December 23, 2000)rfd


Standard Uniform Regulations revised to allow the wearing of "golf shifts." Regular "blue" or "white" shirts are relegated to dress uniform use only.

Apparatus deliveries:

  • 2000 Quality/ Spartan MetroStar pumper, placed in service as Engine 11
  • 2000 Quality/ Spartan MetroStar pumper, placed in service as Engine 20 (by October 10, 2000)
  • 2000 Ford Excursions, placed in service as Car 52, 53, and 195
    Photos and more information.

2001

Recruit academy #25 graduates 15 firefighters. The academy started on November 6, 2000 and lasted 10 weeks. The graduation ceremony is conducted at the City Council Chambers. (January 5, 2001)rfd

Apparatus delivery: 2001 Quality / Spartan Gladiator quint, placed in service as Engine 23. Photos and more information. (by January 31, 2001)lw

Town home at 834 Gaston Wood Court burns. Two alarms. Dispatched 2:50 a.m. First: E5, E13, E1, T1, R6, C52, SR5, C5, Second: E2, E6, T8, R19, C51, C2, C198, EMS & 103. "C' shift. [MF] (February 8, 2001)lw

Capital Roller Skating Center at 2901 Trawick Road burns. Two alarms. Rear storage room fire reported about 4:40 p.m., forcing evacuation of facility. Fire is difficult to control due to building design and caution with steel-beam roof. Under control at 5:52 p.m. First: E11, E21, E7, T11, R19, C51, C5, SR5, Second: E15, E19, T1, R6, C52, E4, C1, C3, C10, C198, Special called: T15. [MF] (April 13, 2001)no, lw

Recruit academy #26 graduates 28 firefighters. The academy started on November 6, 2000 and lasted 27 weeks. The graduation ceremony is conducted in Hall #1 at the Raleigh Conference and Convention Center. (May 7, 2001)rfd

Tropical Storm Allison strikes Raleigh. Remnants of hurricane brings heavy rain. Fire department assist residents of apartment complexes when water surrounds properties. [WE] (June 16, 2001)no

Apparatus note: Third rescue unit placed in service as Rescue 7 with 1991 Chevrolet/Frontline. Photos and more information. (July 7, 2001)rfd

Carolina Power & Light substation at East Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway explodes. Dispatched 5:35 p.m. Under control 7:31 p.m. Thick smoke is visible for miles during afternoon rush hour. The explosion and fire brings hundreds of spectators, as well as a crash truck from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, summoned to spray foam on the burning transformers. About 75 residents are evacuated from the area and nearly 20,000 customers are left without electricity on one of the hottest nights of the year. Durham Highway, Wendell, and Six Forks sends foam concentrate as Raleigh's supply dwindles. Foam pumped again next day, after rekindling. E3, E1, E13, T1, R7, C52, C53, C1, C3, C5, C10, C72, C73, E5, E7, E12, F12, Durham Highway Squad 6, RDU CFR2, E11, E16, R14, R19, E7, HM20, SR20, E8, E10, R7, E15. [UF] [HM] (August 7, 2001)lw

Station 25 opens at 2740 Wakefield Crossing Drive. Engine 25 placed in service with 1982 Mack pumper. Photos and more information. (August 2, 2001)

Apparatus note: Truck 15 moved to Station 22. (August 14, 2001)

Station 24 opens at 10440 Fossil Creek Court. Engine 24 placed in service with 1981 Mack pumper. Photos and more information. (August 24, 2001)rfd

Apartments at 5509 Creek Ridge Lane Drive burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 4:32 a.m. Three-story apartment fire. Fire in third floor apartment. Truck 8 flowing. First: E8, E14, E5, T8, R14, C53. Second: E9, E6, T1, C51, C5, C2, C3, C4, C10, SR5. [MF] (August 26, 2001)lw

Tivoli Gardens at 1515 Tivoli Court burns. Two alarms. Fire is discovered shortly after 1 p.m. in second-floor apartment and subsequently extends into third-floor apartment and attic. Forty residents are displaced. [MF] (August 31, 2001)lw

Apparatus delivery: 2001 Quality / Spartan MetroStar pumper, placed in service as Engine 3. Photos and more information. (September 20, 2001)lw

Triangle Towne Center at 3461 Sumner Boulevard burns. Two alarms. Shopping center under construction. Dispatched about 8:45 p.m., controlled by 10:10 a.m. Fire on roof of of new Hechts, burning insulation on the roof after ignition from the heat of a welding torch. E15, E19, E22, T22, R19, C51, E11, E9, E21, T11, R7, C53, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C10, C71, SR5, T16, SR20, special call E18 relief, Six Forks 126, Wake Forest E63, Falls E211, Rolesville tanker 157, 158, New Hope E1, tanker 10, tanker 11, tanker 12, Hopkins tanker 227. [MF] (September 21, 2001)lw, no22sep01

Two alarms at 1716 St. Albans Drive. [MF] (September 21, 2001)rfd

Century Station Post Office and other federal offices at 300 Fayetteville Street Mall closed and evacuated after "powdery substance" is found among arriving mail. Field tests for anthrax are negative; substance is collected by haz-mat team and sent to lab. Substance confirmed innocuous. [HM] (October 23, 2001)no

Recruit academy #27 graduates 15 firefighters. The academy started on September 10 and lasted 10 weeks. The graduation ceremony is conducted at the City Council Chambers. (November 14, 2001)rfd

Light plane crashes into house at 7609 Stone Horse Court. See Raleigh-Durham Airport Emergency Services history [AA] (December 12, 2001)lw


Apparatus notes:

  • Car 53 moved from Station 14 to Station 17
  • Car 51 moved from Station 9 to Station 15
  • Car 5 moved from Station 1 to Station 9

2002

North Hills Terrace Apartments at 115 Salem Circle burn. Three alarms. Dispatched 3:20 a.m. Truck 11 flowing. One fatality. First: E9, E11, E15, R9, 11, C51, second: E16, E19, T22, R14, C52, third: E10, E18, T1, also: SR5, C1, C3, C4, C5, C10, C12, C71. [MF] (February 28, 2002)lw

Townhomes at 7913-15 Condor Court burns. Two alarms. Dispatched 2:31 p.m. E18, E4, E17, E23, E16, E14, E9, T16, T22, R14, R19, SR5, C53, C51, C5, C2, C10. [MF] (March 8, 2002)lw

Apartments at 4603 Nesbit Court burn. Two alarms. Dispatched about 3:00 a.m. [MF] (May 3, 2002)lw, no03may02

Apparatus deliveries:

  • 2002 Quality/ Spartan MetroStar Pumper, placed in service as Engine 5 on April 1
  • 2002 Quality/ Spartan MetroStar Pumper, placed in service as Engine 7 on April 1
  • 2002 International / SVI medium rescue, placed in service as Rescue 7 on April 15
  • 2002 Quality/ Spartan MetroStar Pumper, placed in service as Engine 9 on April 25
  • 2002 Quality/ Spartan MetroStar Pumper, placed in service as Engine 12 on April 25
  • 2002 International / SVI mobile air, placed in service as SR 5 on April 25. Photos and more information.

Courtney Square Apartments at 4749-A Courtney Lane burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 1:38 a.m. Fire on second floor and through roof. E19, E11, E22, T11, R19, C51, E15, E21, T22, R7, SR5, C2, C3, C4, C5, C10, C52. [MF] (July 21, 2002)lw

Apartments at 3300 Ocean Key Place burn. Two alarms. [MF] (July 31, 2002)lw

FireWatch premieres on Raleigh Television Network. The monthly series is hosted by Fire Educator Jan Parker, and produced by RTN staff. Each episode is 30 minutes in length. The concept for the series is suggested by the Public Affairs Director, who often featured Ms. Parker as a guest on the The City Show. (September 2002)oh

Flash floods strike city. Five inches of rain falls, with three inches falling in a two-hour period. The 10-year storm event occurs in the Crabtree and Walnut Creek Basins and a 25-year storm event occurs in the Marsh Creek Basin. Damage occurs particularly in Pigeon House Basin. Apartments and living areas are flooded in Marsh Creek area. Seven areas of roads are closed temporarily due to flooding. City receives 2,618 emergency calls in a 24-hour period. Fire Department responds to 121 incidents including four rescues of people in distress either in houses or vehicles. Fifty six people were evacuated from different areas of the City. [WE] (October 2002)ccm

Building at 5720-L Capital Boulevard burns. Two alarms. [MF] (October 22, 2002)lw

Confined space rescue at Thomas Concrete, 1100 West Street. One fatality. [MF] (October 23, 2002)lw

Quail Corners Shopping Center at 1305 E. Millbrook Road burns. Two alarms. [MF] (October 23, 2002)lw

Machinery at Cargill at 1400 S. Blount Street burns. Two alarms. Dispatched shortly before 10:00 p.m. as a fire alarm. Fire in the grain dryer is difficult to extinguish. Two trains are stopped because of the fire, but a third passenger train is allowed to pass after firefighters momentarily clear their equipment. [MF] (October 24, 2002)lw, no24oct02

Sailboat Bay Apartments at 3260 Lynn Ridge Drive burn. Multiple alarms. Dispatched shortly after 5:00 p.m., contained about 6:30 p.m. Six apartments destroyed. [MF] (October 30, 2002)lw, no31oct02

Two alarms at 111 Friendly Drive. [MF] (November 18, 2002)rfd

Recruit academy #28 graduates 10 firefighters. The academy started on October 7 and lasted 11 weeks. The graduation ceremony is conducted at the City Council Chambers. (December 30, 2002)rfd

2003

Apparatus note: 1988 GMC step van placed in service as Haz-Mat 15. Photos and more information. (January 10, 2003)rfd

Old Holiday Inn at 2815 Capital Boulevard burns. Three alarms. [MF] (March 1, 2003)lw

Two alarms at 1222 Carlton Avenue. [MF] (March 5, 2003)rfd

Two alarms at 300-A Greenlief Street. [MF] (March 5, 2003)rfd

D. H. Hill Library at North Carolina State University burns. Two alarms. [MF] (April 22, 2003)lw

Recruit academy #29 graduates 28 firefighters. The academy started on October 7, 2002 and lasted 26 weeks. The graduation ceremony is conducted in Fletcher Hall in the BTI Center. (April 7, 2003)rfd

Apparatus note: 2002 Volvo tractor and 2002 Great Dane trailer placed in service as Decon 1. Photos and more information. (April, 2003)

Station 26 opens at 3929 Barwell Road. Engine 26 placed in service with 1986 Pemfab / EEI pumper. Photos and more information. (June 9, 2003)

Station 27 opens at 5916 Buffalo Road. Engine 27 placed in service with 1985 Pirsch pumper. Photos and more information. (June 9, 2003)

State Capitol at 1 E. Edenton Street burns. Two alarms. Dispatched 1:50 p.m. Fire on roof under construction, quickly contained. Second alarm for heat stress. First alarm: E1, E13, E3, T1, R7, C52. Second alarm: E2, E11, T11, R19.  [MF] (July 9, 2003)lw, rfd

Warehouse on Penmarc Drive burns. Three alarms. Dispatched 9:00 a.m. First alarm: E2, E1, E13, T1, C51, R7. Second alarm: E5, E7, T8, R14, C5. Third alarm: E8, E9, T16, C51. [MF] (August 22, 2003)lw, rfd

Two alarms (?) on Salem Court. [MF] (August 25, 2003)rfd

Hurricane Isabel strikes eastern North Carolina, eye of Category 1 storm striking southeastern coast with 92 mph winds at 3:00 p.m. "B" shift, on four day break, is recalled to work 24-hour shift from noon Thursday (September 18)to noon Friday (September 19), to staff the following:

  • four personnel minimum for all engines and trucks
  • aides assigned to all chief officers
  • two firefighters staffing both mini-pumpers
  • spare engines placed in service, one per district: Station 2 (E101), Station 6 (E102), Station 10 (E103), Engine 15 (E105)
  • spare ladder company placed in service at Station 21 (T111)
  • spare rescue company placed in service at Station 7 (R113)
  • fourth district chief placed in service at training center (C12).

Twelve member "B" shift Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team staffs USAR 1 and USAR 2 at training center for deployment as needed to eastern North Carolina. Second team from Thomasville also deployed at training center, primarily for swift- water rescue capabilities. Third team from Charlotte proceeds directly to Kinston, NC. Call volume for "A" shift, from 8:00 a.m. Thursday to 8:00 a.m. Friday, is 235 runs. Normal call volume is 75 rums per 24 hours. Specific calls of "tree down" not answered during this period. Engine 5 is busiest engine company, with 32 runs. [WE] (September 18, 2003.)pb

New computer-aided dispatch (CAD)system placed in service at Emergency Communications Center. (September 24, 2003).

North Carolina Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force 8 placed in service. It is comprised of members and equipment from Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Cary fire departments. Two tractor-drawn USAR units are placed in service at the Keeter Training Center: USAR 1, a 1979 International tractor pulling a 1974 Hackney converted beverage trailer, and USAR 2, a 2002 Volvo/Great Dane transfer truck. Earlier in the decade, the Raleigh Fire Department had identified the need for a Type I USAR team capable of continuous technical rescue operations at man-made and natural disasters for extended periods and without the need for outside resources. They conceived of a task force with the four fire departments. After the events of September 11, 2001, federal money was made available through North Carolina Emergency Management to develop a statewide USAR program to respond and assist impacted communities when local resources were taxed beyond their capabilities. The Raleigh Fire Department received $100,000, which set into motion the development of Task Force 8. In May 2002, Raleigh firefighters attended a structural collapse exercise in Asheville. In August of that year, thirty-six firefighters from the four departments attended a Structural Collapse Technician (SCT) school in Charlotte. In April 2003, Task Force 8 completed construction of a USAR training facility at the Keeter Training Center. Also that year, Atlas Engineering joined Task Force 8, to provide engineers, heavy equipment, and operators as needed for training and deployments. In September 2003, almost immediately after becoming operational, Task Force 8 was pre-deployed to the Keeter Training Center for Hurricane Isabel. Twelve task force members staffed USAR 1 and USAR 2 for deployment to eastern North Carolina if needed. Subsequent missions have included September 2004, to Macon County to assist with Hurricane Ivan damage; December 2005, to Harrison County, MI, to assist with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts; September 2007 to Clayton, for an aircraft into a building; June 2009 to Garner, for a building explosion and fire; and April 2011 to Raleigh, for tornado damage. On January 1, 2007, Wake County EMS joined Task Force 8. They began providing medical specialists for training and deployment. On August 1, 2007, thirty haz-mat technicians were added from the Raleigh Fire Department, which completed the NIMS criteria for a Type I USAR team. In November 2009, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol joined Task Force 8 to provide helicopter rescue support, and began training with task force members as a helicopter rescue team. (September 2003)chb

The Lakes Apartments at 6516 Lake Hill Drive burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 7:41 p.m. Fire contained to two apartments. First alarm: E15, E9, E4, T22, R19, C51. Second alarm: E6, E16, E19, T16, R7, C52. [MF] (October 11, 2003)lw, rfd

Radio procedures changed. Plain talk replaces ten codes. Specific words replace Code I / II / III arrival codes. (November, 2003).

2004

District chiefs reorganized from three divisions to four divisions. The battalions are organized as:

Battalion Location Stations
One Station 15 9, 15, 19, 22, 25, 27
Two Station 12 3, 7, 10, 11, 12, 21, 26
Three Station 1 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 14, 20
Four Station 17 4, 6, 17, 18, 23, 24

Battalion Chief positions renamed Division Chief, or Shift Commander. District Chief positions renamed Battalion Chief. (January 10, 2004)

Apparatus note: Foam 12 moved to Station 26. (January 10, 2004)

Apparatus note: Mini 4 moved to Station 24, for improved response to airport parking decks and Umstead State Park. (February 20, 2004)rfd

Two alarms on Quarter Cove Court. [MF] (February 28, 2004)rfd

Recruit academy #30 graduates 13 firefighters. The academy started on February 5 and lasted 9 weeks. The graduation ceremony is conducted at the City Council Chambers. (March 5, 2004)rfd

Adult bookstore on S. Wilmington Street burns. Two alarms. E2, E1, E13, E3, E20, T1, R7, B2, B3, C5, C3, C198, and SR 5 respond to early morning fire. [MF] (April 3, 2004)lw

Apparatus note: Sixth truck company placed in service as Truck 24 with 2001 Quality / Spartan Gladiator. Photos and more information. (April 6, 2004)

Abandoned warehouse at 9530 Lumley Road burns. Two alarms. Dispatched shortly after 4:00 p.m., controlled in about 30 minutes. RDU CFR also responds. [MF] (April 17, 2004)no18apr04, lw

House at 1002 Lake Boone Trail burns. Two alarms. [MF] (April 21, 2004)lw

Apparatus note: Mini 24 moved to Station 23. (April 27, 2004)rfd

Apartments at 4660 Tournament Drive burn. Two alarms. Fire is reported about 10:20 p.m. E17, E14, E18, E16, E23, E9, T16, T24, R14, R19, B4, B3, C5, SR 5, and two Six Forks Rescue units respond. [MF] (April 29, 2004)lw, no30apr04

Pines of Ashton Apartments at 313 Roselle Court burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 8:28 p.m., controlled by 9:45 p.m. Top floor of apartment building destroyed. [MF] (June 11, 2004)lw, no12jun04

Townhouse at 6300 Oak Brook Circle. Two alarms. Dispatched 4:12 a.m., controlled by 5:30 a.m. First alarm: E9, E15, E4, T16, R9, B1. Second alarm: E16, E19, E18, T11, R14, B4, SR5, C5. (June 14, 2004)lw, no15jun04, rfd

Apartments at 1746 Quail Ridge Road burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 8:05 a.m. First alarm: E15, E19, E11, T11, R19, B1. Second alarm: E16, E4, T16, C5, SR5. [MF] (June 27, 2004)lw, rfd

Apartments at 3101 Kings Court burn. Three alarms. Dispatched 3:03 p.m. First alarm: E8, E20, E5, T8, R14, B3. Second alarm: E2, E1, E14, T1, R7, B2. Third alarm: E6, E13, E17, T11, SCFD R1. [MF] (July 7, 2004)lw, rfd

Garden center at retail store burns at 6600 Glenwood Avenue. Two alarms. Dispatched 1:13 a.m. First alarm: E18, E23, E17, T16, R14, B4. Second alarm: E14, E6, E9, T24, R19, B1. [MF] (July 8, 2004)lw

Apartments at 3817 Brentwood Road burn. Two alarms. [MF] (July 14, 2004)lw

Apparatus note: North Carolina Hazardous Materials Regional Response Team (RRT)4 placed in service, after being moved from Parkwood Fire Department in Durham County. Assets include a 1995 International / Hackney tractor-drawn haz-mat unit, a six-wheel decontamination fifth-wheel trailer, and a four-wheel support trailer. The primary unit is placed in service at Station 15. The decontamination trailer is housed at Station 22, and towed by a 1979 International tractor. The support trailer is housed at both Station 8 and Station 15, before being moved to Station 22. (July 16, 2004)rfd

Apparatus note: Rescue 14 moved to Station 6. (July 17, 2004)rfd

Two alarms at 4900 Lancashire. [MF] (July 18, 2004)rfd

Building at 1001 Brighthurst Drive burns. Two alarms. [MF] (August 10, 2004)rfd

Greenshields Brewery and Pub at 214 E. Martin Street burns. Three alarms. Dispatched 4:00 a.m. Controlled in about an hour. Fire ignites in the kitchen hood and vent system on first floor and spreads through ceiling and into roof. First alarm: E1, E3, E13, T1, R7, B2, SR5, C5. Second alarm: E2, E5, E7, T8, R14. Third alarm: E6, E12, T16, C1, C2, C3, C10. Built in 1914 as the City Market, the structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  [MF] (August 17, 2004)lw, no18aug04

Recruit academy #31 graduates 18 firefighters. The academy started on April 5 and lasted 24 weeks. The graduation ceremony is held in Memorial Auditorium. (September 27, 2004)rfd

Apparatus deliveries:

  • 2004 American LaFrance Eagle pumper placed in service as Engine 6 on August 26
  • 2004 American LaFrance Eagle pumper placed in service as Engine 14 on August 28
  • 2004 Pierce Arrow XT tractor-drawn aerial ladder placed in service as Truck 1 on September 11.rfd
    Photos and more information.

Services and Shop begin moving into new facility at 4120 New Bern Avenue, a 13,018 square-foot expansion of the City Heavy Equipment Depot. The $1,117,123 building includes a six-bay garage, storage rooms, and office space. Photos and more information. (October 8, 2004)

Pepsi Bottling Company plant at 1900 Pepsi Way burns. Two alarms. [MF] (October 18, 2004)rfd

Capital Inn at 1625 Capital Boulevard burns. Two alarms. Dispatched about 4:50 p.m., controlled in about five minutes. Three rooms gutted, more damaged. [MF] (October 20, 2004)no21oct04, rfd

Apparatus notes:

  • Truck 8 moved to Station 20
  • Haz-Mat 20 moved to Station 2
  • SR20 moved to Station 2 (November 5, 2004)

Apartments at 6913 Springcreek Cove burn. Two alarms. [MF] (November 9, 2004)rfd

Commercial building at 1400 Diggs Drive burns. Three alarms. [MF] (November 12, 2004)rfd

Battalion Chief 3 moves from Station 1 to basement of Station 8. The former Services site is renovated to include a kitchen, sleeping quarters, and a meeting area. The construction takes several weeks and is performed by firefighters. (November 19, 2004)

Montecito West Apartments at 1405 Hardimont Road burn. Two alarms. [MF] (November 22, 2004)rfd

Tire Company at 220 W. Davie Street burns. Two alarms. [MF] (December 20, 2004)rfd

Trench rescue in Wakefield subdivision. One fatality. [TR] (December 23, 2004)lw

Apartments at 7304 Bryn Athyn Way burn. Two alarms. [MF] (December 30, 2004)rfd


Apparatus note: Mass- Casualty Incident (MCI)unit placed in service. Photos and more information.

Apparatus note: North Carolina Hazardous Materials Regional Response Team (RRT)4 placed in service in Raleigh, moved from Parkwood Fire Department in Durham County. Apparatus includes a tractor-drawn haz-mat unit, a second tractor-drawn mass decontamination trailer, and a third, conventional- hitch trailer. Photos and more information.

2005

Surprise snowfall sends fire units scrambling to multiple medical calls, vehicle accidents, and single-engine response fire alarms. Though only about an inch accumulates in the Capital City, melting snow on the roadways soon refreezes due to the low temperatures. Early-closing schools and businesses soon clog the slick streets with a record number of cars and buses. The resulting congestion stalls traffic and slows emergency responses on both major thoroughfares and popular cross streets. Gridlock also hampers the efforts of crews clearing snow and applying sand. Tire chains are ordered onto fire apparatus about 2:30 p.m. Gridlock persists on major roads into the early evening and increasingly poor road conditions affect response times to some incidents. Dozens of abandoned cars litter roadways and firefighters assist some stranded motorists with finding shelter. Routine commutes take as long as ten hours for some drivers. Multiple-vehicle accidents occur throughout the afternoon, though no serious injuries are reported. The Raleigh Police Department responds to 422 vehicle accidents between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., with another 60 reported accidents pending. By midnight, officers are taking information over the phone for minor wrecks. Units also respond to a working apartment fire at 1209 Holman Street around 8 p.m. Car 72 and Truck 1 are first on scene and report fire showing from a second floor window. Engine 1, Engine 13, Engine 2, Rescue 7, Battalion 3, and SR 5 also respond. Both the room and its contents are destroyed. By 10 p.m., approximately 350 school buses are still on the road. Another 3,000 children around the county re being sheltered at 56 schools for the night. Major arteries including both the Beltline and New Bern Avenue remain stalled into the late evening. By 11 p.m., Governor Mike Easley has declared a state of emergency for Wake County, allowing state government buildings to be opened as shelters. Other motorists sleep overnight in their cars. The fire department answers 152 calls between 0800 hours Wednesday and 0800 hours Thursday, nearly a 50% increase over the average volume of 82 calls per day. [WE] (January 19, 2005)

Apparatus deliveries:

  • 2004 American LaFrance Eagle pumper placed in service as Engine 1 on January 19
  • 2004 American LaFrance Eagle pumper placed in service as Engine 13 on January 26.rfd
    Photos and more information.

Condominiums at 4711 Walden Pond Drive burn. Two alarms. [MF] (February 7, 2005)rfd

Apartments at 1205 Angelus Drive burn. Two alarms. [MF] (March 19, 2005)rfd

Major natural gas leak on Fayetteville Street Mall. [HM] (April 5, 2005)lw

Training tower demolished. The 51 year-old structure is reduced to rubble within two hours using heavy machinery. The demolition is performed on a Saturday morning. The debris is removed over the following week and transported to a storage area for later USAR training. (April 16, 2005)

Classroom trailer added at Keeter Training Center. The double-wide structure subsequently houses a tabletop simulator constructed later that year by firefighters. (April 2005)

Reynolds Coliseum at 2411 Dunn Avenue at North Carolina State University burns. Two alarms. Dispatched about 10:20 a.m., controlled by 11:40 a.m. Fire sparked by a malfunctioning electrical transformer spreads into two rooms and spreads smoke damage through entire structure. [MF] (May 23, 2005)lw, no24may05

Apparatus deliveries:

  • 2005 Pierce Enforcer pumper placed in service as Engine 2 on May 28
  • 2005 Pierce Enforcer pumper placed in service as Engine 11 on May 28
  • 2005 Pierce Dash aerial ladder 75' placed in service as Truck 11 on June 4
  • 2005 Pierce Arrow XT aerial ladder 105' placed in service as Truck 22 on June 4
    Photos and more information.

Apparatus note: Foam 26 removed from service. Foam canisters are moved to Station 2, with SR 2 designed as the transport vehicle. (June 8, 2005)

Two alarms at 8405 Leesville Road. [MF] (June 17, 2005)

Town home at 620 Weathergreene Drive burns. Two alarms. [MF] (July 20, 2005)lw

Apparatus note: Seventh truck company placed in service as Truck 26 with 1988 Pierce Arrow snorkel. Photos and more information. (August 6, 2005)

Recruit academy #32 graduates 24 firefighters. The academy started on February 7 and lasted 27 weeks. The graduation ceremony is held in Fletcher Hall in the BTI Center. (August 8, 2005)rfd

Apartments at 2200 Mountain Mist Court burns. Two alarms. [MF] (September 9, 2005)rfd

Amana Auto Care Center at 3712 Overlook Road burns. Two alarms. New Hope and other county departments also respond to the evening fire. [MF] (August 9, 2005)lw, no10aug05

Colonial Carton Company in Clayton burns. Three alarms. Raleigh Fire Department haz-mat team responds. [HM] (August 15, 2005)lw

Houses at 4113 and 4417 Cobble Court burn. Two alarms. [MF] (September 11, 2005)rfd

Major natural gas leak in 100 block of Fayetteville Street Mall. [HM] (October 18, 2005)lw

Fire department ends single-engine response to fire alarms after several weeks of fuel conservation that started after August 29 when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana and impacted Gulf Coast fuel suppliers. (October 20, 2005)

Apartments at 456 Dorothea Drive burn. Two alarms. [MF] (October 31, 2005)rfd

Abandoned restaurant at 5509 Homewood Banks Drive burns. Two alarms. Dispatched just after 3:00 a.m, to another restaurant location above Crabtree Valley Mall. Correct location quickly confirmed as first-due Engine 16 spots flames from Lead Mine Road. After arriving firefighters discover a dead hydrant in front of the 8,826 square-foot hilltop structure, Engine 17 empties its hose bed along the 1,000-foot driveway to a hydrant at the street. Truck 16, operating reserve Truck 112, prepares an elevated master stream and Engine 16 stretches two hand lines. Battalion 4 requests a second alarm several minutes after the approximate 3:13 a.m. dispatch. Firefighters operate in defensive mode from the beginning with Engine 17 supplying Truck 16 and Truck 16 supplying the hand lines off Engine 16. Two additional engines and a mini-pumper are special called as a precaution against the fire extending into the excessively dry wooded areas. The blaze does not spread beyond the building. Apparatus are staged at the intersection of Homewood Banks Drive and Blue Ridge Road. Most of the fire is knocked down by 4:30 a.m., though the remains of the structure continue to burn for another hour or so. The split-level wooden structure was built in 1956 as the residence of Kidd Brewer, developer of Crabtree Valley Mall. In the mid-1980s, the structure was converted into the Crossroads Restaurant. Most recently operated as It's Prime Only, the building had been abandoned for a number of years. First Alarm: E16, E17, E9, T16, R14, BC4, Second Alarm: E14, E6, E18, T11, R7, BC3 Special Called: E13, E11, Mini 3, Other Units: C5, C3, C4, SR5, C72, EMS 4, EMS 203, Six Forks EMS. [MF] (November 6, 2005)lw, rfd

Nine firefighters depart for Harrison County, Mississippi, to assist with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. Debris removal from demolished buildings is the primary focus of the USAR team members. The crew return to Raleigh two weeks later, and are greeted at the Keeter Training Center by family members, fire officials, and other fire department members. [UD] (December 9, 2005)

Division Chief moves from Station 9 to basement of Station 8. The former Services site and present Battalion 3 quarters are renovated to accommodate an additional office and living area. The construction takes several weeks and is performed by firefighters. (December 10, 2005)

Apartments at 12241 Oakwood View Drive burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 4:53 a.m. Engine 25 first on scene and report major working fire. Three hydrants used with five-inch lines to Engine 25, Truck 22, and Truck 16. Master streams utilized from Truck 22 and Truck 16. Six hand lines also deployed. Ten apartments destroyed and another ten apartments damaged. The 23,000 square-foot, three-story wood frame building fire is brought under control at 6:25 a.m. First alarm: E25, E22, E15, T22, R19, BC1, along with Falls E211 E212 and chief units. Second alarm: E4, E18, E19, T16, R7, BC4. Also: C3, C4, C5, C10, C72, C198, EMS10, EMS12, EMS16, EMS205. Two sand trucks also special called for iced surfaces from 20 degree temperature. [MF] (December 22, 2005)lw, rfd

Apartments at 1508 Gorman Street burn. Two alarms. Dispatched about 12:00 a.m. Engine 8 first on scene. Battalion 3 reports working fire, then upgrades to major working fire. Two-story wood-frame apartments well-involved in rear units. Companies: E8, E20, E5, T20, R14, BC3, E1, E13, E14, T1, R7, BC4, SR5, C5, C3, C10. [MF] (December 23, 2005)lw, rfd

Chief Fowler retires. City Manager Russell Allen announces his replacement one week prior as John T. McGrath, a Deputy Chief from Philadelphia. (December 31, 2005)

Apparatus delivery: 2005 Ford F-550 mini-pumper with Reading utility body and Slagle firefighting equipment. To be placed in service as Mini 9. Photos and more information. (December 2005)


Community Emergency Response Team created. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Association, the program educates citizens on disaster preparedness and provides training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. About 18 volunteers comprise the initial team.

Vehicle delivery: Two 2005 Ford Excursions placed in service as Battalion 1 and Car 5. Photos and more information.

2006

Apartments on Sandy Creek Drive burn. Two alarms. [MF] (January 7, 2006)lw, rfd

John T. McGrath appointed sixteenth Fire Chief. He is the third Raleigh Fire Chief from outside the department, a 32-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department. (February 1, 2006)

Fire department changes radios to 800mhz digital trunked radio system. (February 1?, 2006)

Residence at 3201 Clark Avenue burns. Two alarms. [MF] (February 17, 2006)rfd

Apparatus note: Truck 24 moved to Station 23 after facility renovations and expansion completed. (March 4, 2006)

Two alarms at 610 E. Martin Street. [MF] (March 16, 2006)rfd

Fire department teams with Community Services Department for new smoke alarm installation program targeting seniors and homeowners with disabilities. (March 2006)

Diversity plan implemented to increase the number of women and minorities hired by the fire department. (March 2006)

Apartments at 3903 Green Road burn. Two alarms. [MF] (April 3, 2006)rfd

Apartments at 10811 Hamilton Club Drive burn. Two alarms. [MF] (April 22, 2006)rfd

Apparatus delivery: 2006 Freightliner / Hackney tractor-drawn haz-mat unit, to replace Haz-Mat #2. (April 28, 2006)

Eight fire inspectors from Inspections Department moved to Fire Department. (Spring)

Apparatus deliveries:

  • 2006 Pierce Arrow XT aerial ladder 105' placed in service as Truck 26 on May 1
  • 2006 Pierce Enforcer pumper placed in service as Engine 8 on June 7
  • 2006 Pierce Enforcer pumper placed in service as Engine 15 on June 7
  • 2006 Pierce Enforcer pumper placed in service as Engine 12 on June 8
  • 2006 Pierce Enforcer pumper placed in service as Engine 3 on June 9
    Photos and more information.

Drill tower dedication at Keeter Training Center. The five-story structure replaced a 1954 tower demolished last year. (May 2, 2006)

Building at 1800 Summerdale Drive burns. Two alarms. [MF] (May 25, 2006)rfd

North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation memorial dedicated. Personnel assist with event and provide use of Station 1 for participating firefighters and family members. (May 6, 2006)

Two alarms at 10700 World Trade Boulevard. [MF] (June 7, 2006)rfd

Tropical storm remnants cause worst flooding in ten years. Firefighters perform numerous water rescues and evacuations. [WE] (June 14, 2006)

Apartments at 8311 Hempshire Place burn. Two alarms. [MF] (June 23, 2006)rfd

Bicycle team created for special events. Two-person team is equipped for rapid response to medical emergencies. (June, 2006)

Last Mack pumpers retired from service. (July 2006)

Water treatment plant building at 10301 Falls of Neuse Road burns. Hazardous-materials incident. [HM] (July 1, 2006)

New administrative positions added: Facility Manager, Planner I, and Systems Analyst Programmer. (July 1, 2006)

Commercial building at 2008 Poole Road burns. Two alarms. [MF] (July 27, 2006)rfd

Building at 410 Cutler Street burns. Two alarms. [MF] (August 1, 2006)rfd

Two alarms at 4300 Hickory Ridge Drive. [MF] (August 2, 2006)rfd

Apartments at 2200 Banks Hill Row burn. Three alarms. [MF] (August 4, 2006)rfd

Residence at 536 Rose Lane burns. Three alarms. One fatality. [MF] (August 6, 2006)rfd

Residence at 1700 Calypso Court burns. Two alarms. [MF] (August 14, 2006)rfd

Apparatus note: Truck Company nomenclature changed to Ladder Company. (August 21, 2006)

Residence at 12220 Jasmine Cove burns. Two alarms. [MF] (September 3, 2006)rfd

Apartments at 4617 Mill Village Road burn. Two alarms. [MF] (September 26, 2006)rfd

Chemical fire and extended haz-mat incident in Apex. Raleigh haz-mat units are requested by the Apex Fire Department at an explosion and
fire at a hazardous waste storage facility near US 1 and Highway 55. Regional response teams from Raleigh and Fayetteville are subsequently
summoned. Nearly 17,000 residents are requested to evacuate, and the command post is relocated three times. Some 300 firefighters are on scene
at the height of the incident, including personnel from Wake, Harnett, Orange, and Durham counties. Command is terminated 43 hours and
32 minutes later. See Apex Fire Department site for more information. [HM] (October 5, 2006)

Apparatus note: Field Comm 1 placed in service. Built by firefighters, its first working fire is a multi-day haz-mat incident in Apex. (October 2006)

Apartments at 3621 Cum Laude Court burn. Two alarms. [MF] (November 10, 2006)rfd

Extreme Makeover Home Edition films in Raleigh for eight days. Personnel and equipment provided for 24/7 protection and assistance. (November 30, 2006)

Apartments at 1600 Poole Road burn. Two alarms. [MF] (December 2, 2006)rfd

Apartments at 4732 Courtney Lane burn. Two alarms. [MF] (December 11, 2006)rfd

Apartments at 2433 Wesvill Court burn. Two alarms. [MF] (December 20, 2006)rfd


Raleigh Fire Department Photo Unit expanded with second photographer. Longtime lenser Lee Wilson is joined by former firefighter Mike Legeros. That year, both are also organized into an official Wake County EMS photo unit. (2006)chb

2007

Apartments at 7311 Brookmont Drive burn. Two alarms. [MF] (January 5, 2007)rfd

Two alarms at 2800 Cates Avenue. [MF] (January 19, 2007)rfd

Apartments at 305 Roselle Court burn. Two alarms. [MF] (February 22, 2007)rfd

Six alarm fire destroys Pine Knoll Townes townhomes. [ Alarm levels revised May 2012, upon examination of additional documentation. ] Located off 3500 block of Capital Boulevard, Pine Knoll Townes is a new townhouse community. Streets include Oneonta Avenue, Londonville Street, Pine Knoll Drive, Landsman Drive, Binghampton Lane, and Manhasset Lane. The newly constructed structures include 20 occupied and five completed but unsold. Originally dispatched as brush fire at 3:03 p.m. to 3525 Oneonta Avenue. Engine 27 first on scene. Second alarm requested upon arrival of BC due to extension to other buildings. Third alarm requested within two minutes of second alarm. Command at corner of Oneonta and Manhasset. Staging at corner of Manhasset and Pine Knoll. Apparatus staging on Pine Knoll and on Old Buffaloe. Rehab and medical monitoring at corner of Pine Knoll and Old Buffaloe. Wind-fed flames quickly spread between buildings and across Oneonta. Weather conditions: 73 degrees, 8% humidity, winds around 30 MPH with gusts to 37 MPH. Engines pump on Manhasset (E9), northern end of Oneonta (E27, E19), and Pine Knoll at Landsman (E22). Four aerial streams using Ladder 16 on Pine Knoll, Ladder 22 (operating reserve platform) and later Ladder 23 on Pine Knoll at Landsman, and Ladder 26 on Londonville. Two additional aerials are positioned on Pine Knoll, Ladder 1 and Ladder 20 (operating reserve ladder). Brush units and tankers, requested via mutual aid, are positioned at end of Pine Knoll. Twenty-seven homes destroyed, and 11 damaged. Twelve separate four-unit structures involved. Average square footage of home: 1,428.75. Average square footage of four-unit building: 5,715. Total square footage of buildings burned, partially burned, or had to be protected: 68,580.
Twenty-nine families with 72 people displaced. Embers spread as far as a quarter-mile from the scene and sparked at least one brush fire. New Hope and Falls special called for brush fires. Thick smoke spreads across Capital Boulevard and caused delays. No injuries reported. City, state, and federal investigators on scene. Cause identified as discarded smoking materials.

Units include:
  • E2
  • E4
  • E6
  • E7
  • E8
  • E9
  • E14
  • E15
  • E16
  • E18
  • E19
  • E21
  • E22
  • E26
  • E27
  • L1
  • L16
  • L20 (operating reserve ladder)
  • L22 (operating reserve platform)
  • L23
  • L26
  • R14
  • R19
  • BC 1
  • BC 3
  • BC 4
  • Car 1 (Command)
  • Car 4
  • Car 5 (Operations)
  • Car 10 (PIO)
  • Car 12
  • Car 72
  • Car 198 (Investigator)
  • Air 8
  • Haz-Mat 15 (returning from Franklin County where it was standing by during Presidential visit)
  • Field Command 1
  • New Hope Car 1
  • New Hope Brush 7
  • New Hope E1
  • New Hope E2
  • New Hope Tanker 10
  • Falls E219 (brush)
  • EMS 2
  • EMS 5
  • EMS 12
  • EMS 15
  • EMS 16
  • EMS 32
  • EMS 100
  • EMS 102
  • EMS 103
  • EMS 104
  • EMS 203
  • EMS 205
  • WC 3
  • WC EM
  • Red Cross
Coverage includes:
  • Bay Leaf engine at 9
  • Bay Leaf L25 at 16
  • Bethesda E421 at 24
  • Cary E10 at 8
  • Cary L1 at 8
  • Durham Highway engine at 4
  • Falls engine 4
  • Garner E11 at 1
  • Garner L1 at 1
  • Knightdale squirt at 12
  • New Hope at their station, covering 19 and 27
  • Rolesville engine at 15
  • Swift Creek engine at 20
  • Wake Forest engine at 19
  • Wake Forest ladder at 25.

Largest Raleigh Fire Department structure fire in decades. Resources challenged by second major working fire off New Bern Avenue, initially dispatched nine minutes earlier. Haz-mat training was also in progress at the training center at the time of the two calls. E2, E8, E15, L20, and L22 were out of service. Raleigh firefighters numbered 150 including off-duty "B" and "C" shift personnel and 29 recruits who graduate from the fire academy in two weeks. Firefighters from New Hope, Falls, and other departments also assisted. Prevention, Inspections, Training, and Administration personnel also present. Barry's Cafe serves 90 hamburgers and 90 grilled chicken sandwiches to personnel. BBQ Lounge also provides food, both to personnel and displaced residents. Twelve departments from Wake and Durham county fill in at fire stations. Move-ups initiated by 3:30 p.m. Last engine company clears Saturday at midnight, Engine 26. Fifteen engines, 6 ladders, 2 rescues, 3 Battalion Chiefs, 2 brush trucks, 1 tanker, 2 pumper-tankers, 8 outside engines at Raleigh stations, 4 outside ladders at Raleigh stations, 1 outside squirt at Raleigh stations. Eight engines and 1 ladder overnight, in shifts. [MF]  (February 22, 2007)

Commercial building at 335 Sherwee Drive burns. Two alarms. [MF] (February 23, 2007)rfd

NC Task Force 8 purchases Base of Operations (BOO)equipment, adding the ability to self-shelter during deployments. (March 2007)

Recruit academy #33 graduates. The academy starts in September 2006 and lasts 27 weeks. The graduation ceremonies are held in Fletcher Hall at the BTI Center. (March 12, 2007)rfd

Progress Energy substation on Glen Eden Drive burns. Haz-mat and airport apparatus special called. [UF] [HM] (March 16, 2007)

Residence at 9109 Meadow Mist Court burns. Two alarms. Dispatched shortly after 2:30 p.m., controlled within about an hour. Two-story, wood-frame single-family residence threatens other structures. [MF] (April 9, 2007)no10apr07, rfd

Station 28 opens at 3500 Forestville Road. Engine 28 placed in service with 1995 Pierce Dash pumper. (April 25, 2007)

First Retiree and Media Day held at the Keeter Training Center. Over 100 retirees, retiree widows, and family members attend. (May 19)

NC Task Force 8 is deployed to Holly Springs for trench rescue. [UD] (May 20, 2007)

Wake County EMS honors Raleigh firefighters involved in cardiac arrest resuscitations in 2006. (May 21, 2007)

Fire department sponsors the first annual Fallen Firefighters Foundation Golf Tournament. The event raises $17,000. (June 14, 2007)

Haz-mat crews spend 11 hours at an industrial plant on Capital Boulevard after the accidental release of 15,000 gallons of sulfuric acid. [HM] (June 28, 2007)

Commercial building at 4806 Hargrove Road burns. Two alarms. [MF] (July 11, 2007)rfd

Passenger bus overturns on I-440 at New Bern Avenue. Mass causality incident. [UI] (August 1, 2007)

Residence at 1419 Nottingham Road burns. Two alarms. [MF] (August 1, 2007)rfd

Apparatus note: Mini 9 moved to station 4. (August 17, 2007)

Apparatus note: Fleet Services converts a former rescue unit into a mobile service vehicle. (August)

Full-time fire investigators placed in service at Station 9, one per shift. (August 18, 2007)

Apartments at 3833 Bonneville Court burn. Three alarms. [MF] (August 20, 2007)rfd

Haz-Mat team members win second place at the annual Haz-Mat Challenge at the South Atlantic Fire Expo in Winston-Salem. (August 25, 2007)

Firefighters raise $12,079 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the International Association of Fire Fighter's (IAFF)annual Fill the Boot campaign. (August 31-September 1, 2007).

Residence at 4708 Fargo Court burns. Two alarms. [MF] (September 5, 2007)rfd

Wildwoods of Lake Johnson Apartments at 1201 Trillium Court burn. Three alarms. Dispatched about 10:40 p.m. First-arriving Engine 8 finds heavy fire in the rear of the three-story, twelve-unit, wood-frame apartment building. Battalion 3 establishes command in the front of the structure and directs defensive operations. Ladder 20 is positioned in the front right of the structure and is utilized as an aerial stream. Apparatus is staged on Wood Aisle Road. Six units are heavily damaged. No injuries are reported and 21 residents are displaced. The blaze apparently starts in a second-floor exterior storage closet. Companies remain on the scene into the next day. E1, E2, E3, E5, E6, E8, E10, E13, E14, L1, L16, L20, R7, R14, B3, B4, C5, C71, C198, A8, EMS 4, 7, 8, 13, 203, 572, 602, T1. [MF] (September 16, 2007)rfd

NC Task Force 8 is deployed to Clayton for an incident involving a building struck by an aircraft. [UD] (September 21, 2007)

Apparatus note: Station 16 receives a 2007 Pierce Enforcer pumper and a 2007 Pierce Arrow XT 105-foot aerial ladder. (September, 2007)

High-level rescue performed on W. Martin Street, when an injured construction worker is lowered from the 21st floor. [TR] (October 15, 2007)

Haz-mat teams from Raleigh and Greensboro respond outside Siler City for a chemical leak after a motor-vehicle accident involving a tanker. Personnel spent 30 hours mitigating 2,200 gallons of leaking anhydrous ammonia. After exhaustive efforts at off-loading, the tanker is moved to a remote landfill. The roadway is reopened and the off-loading continues uninterrupted. [HM] (November 2, 2007)

Structural Collapse Technician School #5 concludes at the Keeter Training Center. This is the first SCT school offered to students statewide. (November 9, 2007)

Vehicles and trash burns at 1400 S. Blount Street. Two alarms. [MF] (November 9, 2007)rfd

Two alarms at 4808 Six Forks Road. [MF] (November 20, 2007)rfd

Apparatus note: 2007 Ford F-350 Super Duty swift-water rescue truck placed in service as USAR 801. Three others are subsequently delivered to the other NC USAR Task Force #8 member departments. USAR 801 is subsequently parked at Station 14. (November, 2007)

Responses to automatic fire alarms are changed to one engine and one ladder. (November, 2007)

Company-level accountability is enhanced with new helmet fronts and reflective markers mounted to breathing apparatus. (November-December, 2007)

Apartments at 6904 River Run burn. Three alarms. Dispatched just before 7 p.m. Contained around 8 p.m. Two-story structure with 16 units. Residents living in 13 of the units. About 12 units damaged or destroyed. Flames through roof on arrival. About 75 firefighters. 12 engines, 3 ladders, 3 rescues. [MF] (December 5, 2007)rfd

2008

Apparatus note: 2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty truck with camper shell and equipment tray plaed in service as Car 198. (January 1, 2008)

Fire department suffers third line-of-duty death. Lt. Herman S. Jones, 58, dies after suffering an apparent heart attack. He's on duty Friday, January 18, at Station 10, when he begins to experience chest pains. He's transported to WakeMed and then to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. He dies at the hospital on January 22. Lt. Jones began his service with the Raleigh Fire Department on May 5, 1980, and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on June 16, 2001. He's buried following a church service on Saturday, January 26, at Juniper Level Baptist Church in Raleigh. Captain Ronald Ricks, Firefighter Joseph Callender, Firefighter Patrick Canady, Lieutenant Gregory Buxton, Senior Firefighter George Jones Sr., and Senior Firefighter Michael Barnes serve as pallbearers. (January 22, 2008)

Apparatus note: Car 198 renamed Car 20. (January 30, 2008)

Apparatus note: Station 9 receives a 2007 Pierce Enforcer pumper. (February 2008)

Apartments at 3211 Shoreview Road burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 5:56 p.m. Engine 18 is first on scene at the 2.5 story wood-frame apartments. Engine 16 personnel are briefly trapped after an interior ceiling collapsed. They sound a mayday, and escaped unharmed. Controlled 6:52 a.m. E4, E6, E9, E10, E16, E16, E17, E19, L16, L20, L23, R14, R19, B1, B2, B4, C5, C20, C1, A8, FC1. "B" shift. [MF] (February 2, 2008)cadSTOP

Apartments at 7013 Woodbend Drive burn. Two alarms. Two-story, wood-frame, 10,672 square-foot apartment building. Engine 4 is first on scene and reports a major working fire. Battalion 1 arrives and took command. Ladder 16 and Ladder 11 are positioned, but not needed. The interior attack contains and controls within about 20 minutes. Four units are damaged, two with major smoke and fire damaged. Dispatched 10:00 p.m. Controlled 10:34 p.m. Units include E4, E9, E15, E17, E19, E11, E18, L16, L11, R19, R14, B1, B4, C5, A8, C20, C2, EMS 121, EMS 16, EMS 11, EMS D1, EMS T1. "B" shift is working. [MF] (February 9, 2008)cad

High winds spark several brush fires. The fire department answers over 80 calls between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Late in the 3:00 p.m. hour, a fast-moving grass fire at 12424 Cilcain Court brings Raleigh and Falls units to Wakefield. Heavy fire threatens and slightly damaged several homes. Units include E25, E22, E15, E18, E19, L22, R19, Falls 212, Falls 219, and Falls Brush 1. A major brush fire erupts in 300-400 block of Newton Road. At 4:20 p.m., Engine 4 is dispatched to a woods fire, and finds flames threatening a three-story apartment building. Engine 4 requests a full working fire assignment. Engine 9 is second on scene and upgraded to a major working fire. Three sides of the structure are threatened. An automobile is also fully involved in the front of the building. A second brush fire is burning about a block east, on the south side of Newton Road. Ladder 16 is directed to that, and subsequently supplied water by Engine 23. A third brush fire is also discovered. Units on scene include E4, E5, E9, E11, E14, E16, E17, E23, R7, R14, L16, L23, B2, B3, B4, C5, C2, Mini 4, EMS 12_, EMS 12_, EMS 1280, and Wake MD 1. About 5:00 p.m., a brush fire on the east side of Glenwood Avenue near Lake Boone Trail is reported. The fire is started by a tree limb touching a power line, which ignites debris in a ditch. Flames climb an embankment, and spread onto the 17th hole of a golf course. About five acres of the course are burned. The fire is controlled after 9:00 p.m. Units on scene include E14, E6, E5, E13, E8, Mini 3, B2, B3. About 5:25 p.m., a dumpster fire is reported at a restaurant at 8011 Brier Creek Parkway. Arriving units find flames have spread to the building. The fire is quickly contained. The building is safely evacuated. Units on scene include Bethesda T421, Raleigh E24, Durham Highway E1, Raleigh Battalion 2, two EMS units, and EMS D2. Other companies, including Raleigh Ladder 26 (!)are canceled. [UF] (February 10, 2008)rfd, cad

Ammunition explodes at a metal recycling facility at 2310 Garner Road. Personnel at Station 2 hear the explosion about 10:45 a.m. The explosion is the result of live ammunition exploding in a compactor. Two workers are transported with injuries. Garner Road is closed and the area evacuated. Nearby rail traffic is also halted. The incident appeared to be winding down by noon, and most fire and EMS companies are released around that time as officials await the arrival of demolition experts from Fort Bragg. "C" shift is working. That afternoon, subsequent identification of the ordinance causes an escalation of the incident. Three 90 mm rifle rounds and 18 anti-tank projectiles are found in the bales of scrap metal, reported media the next day. Several fire companies and EMS units are recalled to the scene, with many other agencies soon arriving. A larger area is evacuated, with fire companies assisting with evacuating residents. Plans proceeded to begin exploding some of the ordinance, instead of moving same off-site. The first controlled explosion occurs at approximately 11:05 p.m., the sixth and last one at 2:40 a.m. The Beltline is closed for the first explosion, for approximately 30 minutes. The incident continued for two more days, with continued demolitions. Participating agencies and units on Tuesday include: Raleigh Fire Department E2, E10, E1, E13, L26, R7, B2, B3, C5, C20, C2, C92, FC1, fuel truck, IT staff. Later L1, C1, E19, E6, R19, B1, B4, and recalled off-duty personnel. Wake County EMS EMS 1, EMS11, EMS13, EMS D1, EMS T1, MD1, MD20. Later EMS C200, EMS 15. Wake Emergency Management, Wake Fire Marshal, Raleigh Police Department, State Highway Patrol, Wake County Sherriff, Wake CCBI, North Carolina ATF, Department of Defense, and Barry's Cafe. [UI] (February 12, 2008)

Commercial Structure at 1309 Corporation Parkway burns. Two alarms. Dispatched 12:05 p.m. E3, E7, E11, E12, E19, E21, E27, L11, L26, R7, R19, B1, B2, C5, C20, C1, A8. [MF] (March 25, 2008)rfd

Apartments at 3917 Knickerbocker Parkway burn. Two alarms. Three-story, wood-frame apartments with 13,896 square-feet. Rescue 14 first on scene, reporting major working fire. Ladder 16 and Ladder 20 operating, after interior crews brought out. Engines 14, 17, 16, 8, 23, 6, 9, 18, Ladders 16, 20, 23, Rescues 14, 7, Battalions 4, 3, Air 8, and Cars 195, 20, 5, 4, 2, 1 among the fire units initially on scene. EMS units include EMS 2, 1, 11, 14, 123, DC-1, Truck 1, and Chief 200. News & Observer reports 29 people displaced from 12 units. Dispatched1:30 p.m. Controlled after an hour. Crews still on scene, and extinguishing hot spots into evening. [MF] (March 26, 2008)rfd

Apartments at 4702 Bayridge Crossing burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 4:48 a.m. Controlled 5:35 a.m. E7, E11, E15, E21, E22, E27, E28, E11, E12, R7, R19, B1, B2, C5, C20, A8, New Hope E2. [MF] (March 30, 2008)cad

Apartments at 2241 Stonhenge Drive burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 10:36 p.m. Controlled 11:43 p.m. E4, E5, E9, E13, E15, E16, E17, E18, E26, L16, L22, L23, R14, R19, B1, B2, C5, C20, C1, A8. [MF] (April 5, 2008)cad

House at 2311 Byrd Street burns. Two alarms. Dispatched 6:19 p.m. Extinguished 7:02 p.m. E1, E3, E5, E6, E9, E13, E16, L1, L16, R7, R14, B2, B3, B4, C5, C20, A8, FC1. [MF] (June 8, 2008)rfd, cad

House at 7721 Harps Mill Road burns. Two alarms. Engine 15 first on scene at a two-story, frame residence with 2,828 square feet. Built in 1978. Engine 15 reporting major working fire with flames through roof. Dispatched 5:19 p.m. Controlled 5:35 p.m. "C" shift companies on scene include E15, E4, E22, E19, E25, E11, E9, L22, L16, R19, R7, B1, B2, B4, C5, C20, A8. EMS units include EMS 122, EMS 33, D3, MD20, T1. [MF] (June 12, 2008)rfd, cad

Fire department sponsors the second annual Fallen Firefighters Foundation Golf Tournament. The event raises over $12,000. (June 12, 2008)

Apparatus note: Haz-Mat 8 placed in service with a 2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty haz-mat recon vehicle. (June 19, 2008)

Apartments at 100 Lake Front Drive burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 7:16 p.m. Controlled 7:33 p.m. E4, E9, E16, E17, E18, E23, L16, L23, R14, R19, B1, B4, C5, C20, A8. [MF] (June 19, 2008)rfd, cad

New procedures take effect for reported fires in high-rise buildings. Five engines, two ladders, one rescue, a Battalion Chief, and a Division Chief comprise the initial dispatch. The EMS response includes three EMS units, two District Chiefs, a Major Operations Support Unit, and a Logistics Officer. Arriving companies have pre-designated duties based on the order of dispatch, including fire attack, fire floor support, lobby control, elevator control, and Rapid Intervention Team (RIT). (July 1, 2008)

House at 11705 Dellcain Court burns. Three alarms. Engine 24 arriving with second floor fully involved of frame residence with 2724 square feet. Built 2006. Defensive operations to protect threatened structures on either side of fire building. Ladder 23 operating. Extensive spread of firebrands in neighborhood. Alarm time 2:14 a.m. Under control at 3:43 a.m. Units on scene include E24, E23, E17, E4, E16, E22, E9, E15, E8, E6, Durham E13, Durham Highway P4, Bethesda E421, L23, L16, L22, Bethesda L413, B4, B1, B3, C5, C20, A8, E7 for relief, Six Forks EMS 122, 121, Wake EMS T1, and Cary EMS D5. Coverage includes E13 (at 16), L1 (at 17), L11 (at 15). "C" shift, with "B" shift following. [MF] (July 6, 2008)rfd, cad

Recruit academy #34 graduates 24 members. The academy starts in January 2008 and lasts 26 weeks. The graduation ceremonies are held in Fletcher Hall at the BTI Center. (July 14, 2008)rfd

Apartments at 434 Westcliff Court burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 10:25 p.m. Controlled 11:56 p.m. E1, E6, E8, E13, E14, E16, E20, L1, L20, R7, R14, B3, B4, C5, C20, A8. [MF] (July 19, 2008)rfd, cad

House at 3718 Rivermist Drive burns. Two alarms. Engine 10 reports column of fire visible while en route, and declares a major working fire upon arrival at a two-story, wood-frame house with 3,030 square-feet. Heavy fire in rear, with crews performing offensive attack. Adjacent residence damaged. No injuries. Dispatched12:15 a.m., controlled 12:56 a.m. "B" shift units include E10, E26, E12, E7, E3, E11, L26, L11, R7, R19, B2, B3, C5, C20, A8, EMS7, EMS11, EMS13, EMS D1, EMS T1. [MF] (July 23, 2008)rfd, cad

Apartments at 6308 Shanda Drive burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 2:55 p.m. Controlled at 3:44 p.m. E4, E6, E9, E10, E15, E16, E18, E19, E22, L22, L23, R14, B1, B2, C5, C20, C27, C1, A8. [MF] (July 29, 2008)rfd, cad

Gas tanker burns on Beltline. Fully loaded gas tanker overturns on inner loop of Beltline just before Rock Quarry Road. Exiting from I-40, rig reportedly loses control, rolls, and catches fire. Driver ejected, then pulled to safety by passers-by. Transported to WakeMed, then transferred to UNC burn center. Garner initially dispatched, and requests Raleigh E10. Incident also dispatched as house fire at the end of Rose Lane. Alarm time about 12:34 a.m. Engine 10 first on scene. Units include Raleigh E10, E12, E2, E7 (off Rose Lane), B2, C5, Garner E1, T_, B1, plus tankers from Eastern Wake, Garner New Hope, Swift Creek, and Western Wake. Tanker shuttle operates from water point on Rock Quarry Road. Beltline closed as fire burns itself out. EMS present with two units, supervisor, and Truck 1. Crews cleared by 5:35 a.m. [UF] [TF] (August 26, 2008)

Ceremony conducted at Smokehouse, unveiling bronze plaque commemorating that the building was constructed with bricks from old Station 5. (September 9, 2008)

Condos at 5063 Tall Pines Court burns. Two alarms. Engine 9 first on scene at a two-story, wood-frame condominium building with 1,546 square-feet (in one unit). Working fire with interior attack. Second alarm requested by Battalion 4, approximately 10 minutes into incident. Kitchen fire that extended into attic and through the roof. Ladder 16 set up, and utilized for roof access. Dispatched 6:12 p.m. Fire under controlled at 7:17 p.m. Three units damaged. No injuries. Cause determined as unattended cooking. Red Cross assisted several displaced residents. First alarm units: E9, E15, E16, L16, R9, B4, C5, C20, A8. Second alarm units: E19, E11, E17, L11, R7, B1. Also EMS 3, EMS 5, EMS 15, EMS 33, EMS D3, EMS D1, EMS T1. [MF] (September 18, 2008)rfd, cad

Explorer Post reactivated after two-year hiatus. The first meeting is held at Station 23, with meetings schedule every other Wednesday at a different station. (September 18, 2008)

Warehouse building at 1022 Hammell Drive burns. Three alarms. Engine 1 first on scene at 1022 Hammell Drive, with heavy smoke showing from a two-story concrete-block warehouse building with a metal roof. They request a second alarm upon arrival. The 31,634 square-foot building, heavily partitioned and occupied by several businesses, also serves as a residence for two individuals. They are off-site and located later, though additional resources are dispatched for search and rescue. An additional ladder is also requested at the time of the second alarm. Crews encounter heavy fire inside the structure and defensive operations are initiated within minutes. Engine 1 and Ladder 1 start master streams in the front of the building, as the fire vents through the roof. Ladder 20, operating a reserve articulating platform, is positioned in the rear of the structure. Ladder 11 is later raised at the southeastern corner of the building. Ground monitors, and two-inch hand lines are also operated. At least four hydrants supply operations, including from South Saunders Street and Lake Wheeler Road. Crews are challenged by the distance to the nearest hydrants, which required lays as long as 1,500 feet. One supply line, from the corner of Lake Wheeler Road and Fuller Street, is hand-laid through two yards, over a fence, and down an embankment. Police close sections of both Lake Wheeler Road and South Saunders Street during operations. Command is located in the northeast corner of the building, conducted by Car 2 and assisted by Battalion 3, Battalion 2, Car 5, and Car 1. Rehab is conducted by EMS crews at EMS Truck 1, a major operations support unit position at the corner of South Saunders Street and Hammell Street. Dispatched 5:34 p.m., the first unit arrives at 5:38 p.m. The working fire and second alarm units are dispatched at 5:39 p.m. The third alarm is dispatched at 6:26 p.m. The fire is declared under control at 9:35 p.m. Crews save half the building. No injuries are reported. Relief companies re present at the scene through the night. County units assist with coverage at city stations during the first hours of the fire, with Garner FD at Station 2 and Western Wake FD at Station 5. Barrys Caf brings their rehab unit to the scene and fed firefighters. B shift is working. First alarm at 5:34 p.m.: E1, E2, E13, L1, R7, B3. Working fire at 5:39 p.m.: E10, C5, C20, A8. Second alarm at 5:39 p.m.: E8, E5, E20, L20, R14, B2. Special call at 5:40 p.m.: L11. Special call at 5:42 p.m.: R19. Third alarm at 6:26 p.m.: E22, E4, E6, L16, B4. Coverage between second and third alarm: E4 to E2, E22 to E1, L16 to L1. Coverage after third alarm: E27 to E1, L26 to L1, Garner E3 to E2, Western Wake E191 to E5. Relief companies: 9:46 p.m. - B1, 10:06 p.m. - L26, 10:15 p.m. - E27, E16, 2:38 a.m. - L23, 2:44 a.m. - E14, 2:55 a.m. - E7, 8:00 a.m. - E20, L1, B3. EMS resources: EMS 1, 11, 13, 31, D1, D2, T1, 20 (relief personnel), Chief 200 (rehab supplies). [MF] (September 21, 2008)rfd, cad

Two alarms at 925 E. Lane Street. Engine 3 arriving with a working fire at a two-story, masonry apartment building with 2,688 square-feet. One subject in upstairs window, rescued. Second alarm requested, dispatched, but units quickly returned to service after fire controlled. First alarm: E3, E1, E7, E13, L1, R7, B2, C5, C20, A8. Second alarm: E5, E10, E6, L20, R14, B3. Alarm time 8:28 p.m. One victim with smoke inhalation. Cause determined as deliberately set. [MF] (October 19, 2008)

Raleigh Fire Department Historical Society holds first organizational meetings, with a group of active and retired firefighters and civilian supporters. The group begins as the idea of Historian Mike Legeros and Battalion Chief Alan Waters in 2007. Regular meetings soon start with a core group of participants: Legeros, Walters, Gary Amato, David Barefoot, Jan Chamblee, Jeff Harkey, Tim Henshaw, and Tim Wall. In February 2010, they are incorporated as a non-profit charity. Early activities included dedicating a plaque for the historic smokehouse in 2008, creating a log book library at Station 23 in 2010, and helping with planning and fundraising for the fire departments centennial in 2012. (October 2008.)chb

Two alarms at 2208 Fox Ridge Manor Road. Engine 10 arriving at a two-story, brick apartment building with a working fire in a second-story apartment, fire venting through window. Eight units, 8,596 square-feet, built 1972. Second alarm requested several minutes later, just before control gained of fire. Second alarm units returned to service. Alarm time 12:11 p.m. Controlled 12:22 p.m. Units included E10, E12, E26, L26, R7, B2, C5, C20, A8. [MF] (November 4, 2008)

Engine 9 overturns on St. Albans Drive while responding to call. The early evening accident occurs just west of Hardimont Road, while Engine 9 is responding to a reported structure fire on Navahoe Drive. The four firefighters aboard are not injured. Units on scene include E11, E15, E19, L11, R7, R19, B1, B2, B3, C20, C5, C2, C1, EMS D1, EMS 21. The 2008 Pierce Enforcer pumper is driven from the scene, after being righted. [AI] (December 17, 2008)

2009

Apparatus notes:

  • Ladder 23 moved to Station 24.

  • Mini 24 moved to Station 23.

  • Mini 4 moved to Station 17.

  • Battalion 4 moved to Station 23. Photos and more information. (January 3, 2009)

Apparatus notes:

  • Eighth ladder company placed in service as Ladder 4 with 2001 Quality / Spartan Gladiator.

  • Mini 17 moved to Station 16.

  • Ladder 16 moved to Station 17. Photos and more information. (January 6, 2009)

Apartments at 4951 Tall Timber Drive burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 2:26 a.m., with the Emergency Communications Center reporting multiple calls. Engine 16 (B shift) arrives at a three-story, wood-frame apartment building with heavy fire showing through the roof. Crews make an initial interior attack, and also evacuate other residents. Two hydrants are caught and several hand lines are utilized. Battalion 4 is the Incident Commander. As the fire progresses, defensive operations re started using Ladder 17. The fire is controlled two hours later. Twelve apartments are rendered uninhabitable and 19 people are displaced. The cause is determined as started by discarded smoking materials on the second-floor rear deck. E4, E6, E9, E14, E16, E17, E18, L4, L17, L24, R7, R14, B3, B4, C5, C20, SR2 as A8. [MF] (February 13, 2009)rfd, cad

House at 1405 Lofton Place burns. Two alarms. Dispatched 2:28 p.m. Controlled 3:01 p.m. E1, E2, E3, E10, E12, E20, E26, L1, L20, R7, R19, B2, B3, C5, C20, C72, SR2 as A8. [MF] (February 13, 2009)rfd

Apartments at 5321 Evergreen Forest Way burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 5:58 a.m. Controlled at 6:44 a.m. Engine 22 arrives with heavy fire in the rear of a two-story building. Five apartments are render uninhabitable, and 30 people are displaced. E11, E15, E19, E22, E25, E27, E28, L11, L22, R7, R19, B1, B2, C5, C20, SR2 as A8, C1, C2, C5. [MF] (February 25, 2009)rfd, cad

Apparatus deliveries: Two 2009 Pierce Arrow XT pumpers. Placed in service as Engine 1 (May 21)and Engine 20. Photos and more information. (April 13, 2009)

Recruit academy #35 graduates 27 members. The academy started September 29, 2008 and lasted 28 weeks. The graduation ceremonies are held in Exhibit Hall A at the Raleigh Convention and Civic Center. (April 17, 2009)rfd

Apparatus deliveries:

  • 2009 Hackney USAR trailer.
  • 2008 Chevy/Isuzu USAR logistics truck. (May 2009)
  • Two 2009 Pierce Arrow XT 100-foot aerial platforms. Placed in service as Ladder 22 (July 2)and Ladder 7 (July 15). Photos and more information. (May 11, 2009)

Apartments at 8809 Stockbridge Circle burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 3:24 a.m. Engine 4 first on scene at a two-story, wood-frame apartment building. Declared major working fire on arrival, with interior attack utilized. Battalion 1 as command. One apartment heavily damaged by fire, another damaged by water. No injuries. Command terminated 5:59 a.m., with Engine 11 remaining on scene. Units include E4, E18, E16, E15, E23, E9, E22, E11, L22, L4, R19, R14, B1, B4, C5, C4, C20, A8, EMS3, EMS2, EMS4, EMS 122, M92, D2, D3, T1. [MF] (May 21, 2009)

Food processing plant explodes at 4851 Jones Sausage Road in Garner. Engine 26 and Garner fire units are dispatched at 11:30 a.m. to an explosion and fire at the ConAgra Foods processing plant. Arriving units find a 50,000 square-foot industrial building partially collapsed, with fires inside, and numerous victims evacuating the structure. Command is established by the Garner Fire Department, and the command post is located in the front of the plant. Raleigh Fire Department technical resources are requested as mutual aid, along with haz-mat units, due to leaking ammonia. Task Force 8 is mobilized, and Raleigh USAR units are dispatched along with personnel and equipment from Cary, Chapel Hill, and Durham fire departments. Construction engineers and heavy equipment are also sent to the scene. Fire and EMS personnel treat and transport 46 patients including three firefighters. Another three employees are still trapped inside. As haz-mat personnel perform recon, Task Force 8 began planning for an extended search and rescue operation. The first search teams enter the building at 8:00 p.m. They operate for 30 to 35 minute periods, and then change air bottles. During periods of severe weather, operations are halted due to the possibility of a secondary collapse. A base camp is also established, with climate-controlled shelters for sleeping, eating, and sanitation. The mission concludes on June 10 at 4:00 p.m., with the recovery of the third victim. The total haz-mat and USAR personnel number 93, including off-duty members. Just over 600 man hours are spent in the debris pile for search and recovery. [HM] [UD] (June 9, 2009)

Fire department sponsors the third annual Fallen Firefighters Foundation Golf Tournament. The event nets $8,238. (June 11, 2009)

Commercial structure at 1316 S. Blount Street burns. Two alarms. Dispatched 1:31 a.m. Engine 1 arriving with heavy smoke showing at a one-story, wood-frame structure with 6,217 square-feet. Quickly upgraded to major working fire. Interior operations at first. Defensive operations soon started. Deluge guns and ladder pipes used. Ladder 1 and Ladder 20 operated. Water supply problems requiring multiple hydrants. Command by Battalion 2, then transferred to Car 5. Blount, Person, and several cross streets closed. Fire units included E1, E13, E3, E2, E5, E7, E10, L1, L20, R7, R14, B2, B3, C5, C20, A8, C4, C3, C2, C1. EMS units included EMS_, EMS_, EMS_, District 1, Truck 1.[MF] (June 12, 2009)

Apartments at 6305 Shanda Drive burn. Two alarms. Dispatched 4:47 a.m. Engine 15 first on scene with heavy fire and smoke showing at a two-story, brick and frame apartment building with 10,872 square-feet. Declared major working fire on arrival. Interior attack to start, then defensive operations with Ladder 4, deluge gun, and hand lines. Controlled by 6:30 a.m. Four units reportedly damaged, started in laundry room. Cause determined as discarded smoking materials. Units included E15, E4, E9, E16, E19, E18, E22, L4, L22, R19, R14, B1, B4, C5, C2, C10, C20, A8, EMS7, EMS3, EMS5, EMS16, EMS121, D1, D3, M92, T1. "A" shift working.[MF] (June 25, 2009)

Apparatus notes: Unit numbers are changed from station numbers to sequential numbers for ladder companies, rescue companies, mini-pumpers, haz-mat units, and the mobile air unit. The change enhances fireground safety by reducing the number of duplicate unit numbers at an incident. For example, Engine 1 and Ladder 1 to the same response. The change also eliminates equipment renumbering when apparatus is moved to another station. Reserve ladders and rescue units are not affected. Car 5 (Division Chief)and Car 10 (Training Chief)also swap unit numbers. This change aligns Car 5 with the other Assistant Chiefs: Car 2 (Operations), Car 3 (Services), and Car 4 (Prevention). (July 7, 2009)

Ladder 4 overturns at intersection of Dawson and South streets while responding to call. Three firefighters are injured in the crash, that occurs while Ladder 4 is responding to a house fire at 1020 Mark Street. The 2004 Pierce Arrow XT tiller overturns at 10:50 a.m., while turning east on South Street from southbound South Dawson Street. Units are dispatched to the accident at 10:52 a.m., including Engine 13, Ladder 8, Rescue 3, EMS 11, EMS 81, EMS 16, Medic 95, and District 1. Four firefighters are aboard the truck, and three are transported to WakeMed. Two of the three firefighters receive serious, but not life threatening injuries. Capt. Stephen R. Page, Lt. Jason R. Lane, and Firefighter Kelly Lamotta are released that afternoon. Other units on scene include Engine 1, Rescue 2, SR 2, Car 10, Car 4, Car 3, Car 2, and EMS 1. Fleet Services personnel respond and provided assistance to the towing company, and assist with removing equipment from Ladder 4. Dawson Street is closed for over an hour, and South Street for over four hours, while the accident is investigated and the damaged apparatus removed. [AI] (July 10, 2009)

Commercial structure at 2408 Paula Street burns. Two alarms. Dispatched 4:55 a.m. Engine 11 arriving at a one-story, metal commercial building with heavy fire showing through the roof in the rear. Building with 6,856 square-feet, built 1971. Used as entertainment facility. Declared major working fire on arrival. Controlled 5:44 a.m. Units on scene included E11, E9, E6, E7, E3, E13, E1, L2, L4, R2, R1, B2, B1, C10, C20, A1, EMS 11, EMS 1, D1, D5, T1. [MF] (August 31, 2009)

House at 1001 E. Millbrook Road burns. Two alarms. Dispatched 2:54 p.m. Callers reported explosions and possibly people trapped. Car 73 and then Engine 9 arriving at a two-story, wood-frame residence with heavy fire conditions. Building with 1,890 square-feet, built 1970. Second alarm quickly requested. Interior attack, with defensive periods. Ladder 1 utilized for aerial operations. Millbrook Road closed in both directions. Two hydrants caught. Several pets rescue. Adult male victim located that evening, deceased. Two firefighters transported, one with burns, one with dehydration. Both released Tuesday evening. Controlled at 5:29 p.m; command terminated 11:18 p.m. by Engine 6. First alarm fire: E9, E4, E19, L1, R1, B1. Working fire: E11, C10, C20, A1. Second alarm: E22, E18, E7, L2, R2, B2. Other: C1, C2, C4, C73, B4. Special called: E15, E16, E1, HM2, E6, L5. EMS units included EMS 5, EMS 13, EMS 31, EMS 121, EMS 1210, M94, D3, D6, T1. [MF] (September 15, 2009)

Fire Prevention Division restructured. Four positions are reclassified as Asst. Fire Marshal, directly reporting to the Fire Marshal / Asst. Fire Chief. Ten additional inspector, plans examiner, and captain positions are reclassified as Deputy Fire Marshal. (September 2009)

House at 4508 Wingate Drive burns. Two alarms. Dispatched 5:05 a.m. Engine 9 arriving at a two-story brick residence with heavy fire showing through the roof and second-story windows. Building with 2,733 square-feet, built 1985. Second alarm requested within minutes. Interior attack through garage and into kitchen. Subsequent defensive attack including aerial stream from Ladder 2 and deck gun from Engine 9. Residents safely escaped. No injuries. E9, E15, E11, E19, E16, E4, E6, L2, L1, R1, R2, B1, B2, C10, C20, A8, EMS16, EMS3, EMS121, D4, D1, M91, T1. Second alarm companies released within about an hour. Salvage and overhaul continued through change of "A" shift to "B" shift. [MF] (October 15, 2009)

Aviation Rescue Program started, as a partnership with the Raleigh Fire Department and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Program is created in 2009, after the General Assembly mandated that the Highway Patrol purchase a rescue-appropriate helicopter and establish a 24-hour, seven day-a-week rescue resource in the state. The Highway Patrol paired with the Raleigh Fire Department, to provide equipment for the fire departments personnel. The program is a component of the North Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART), a statewide search and rescue program under the direction of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. They become operational in 2010, and the program significantly reduces the deployment time for airborne rescue in central and eastern North Carolina by having helicopter rescue technicians on duty at all times. Helicopter rescue teams consist of a pilot, co-pilot and two technicians. Their operations are limited to rescue, extrication, and delivery of patients to ground crews for further medical treatment and transport.  Their capabilities include but are not limited to rescues from vehicles, swift water, flood water, and victims in trees or any location where access would be delayed or difficult for land crews to access. Between 2010 and 2012, the team has been deployed three times: on October 1, 2010, for flooding in Bertie County; on August 26, 2011, as pre-deployment for Hurricane Irene; and on May 30, 2012, to assist with locating fishermen in Tyrell County.



Abbreviations

[AA]   Aircraft accident
[AI]   Apparatus incident
[EF]   Early fire
[HM]   Haz-mat incident
[MA]   Mutual Aid
[MF]   Major fire
[RA   Railway accident
[TF]   Tanker fire
[TR]   Technical rescue
[UD]   USAR deployment
[UF]   Unusual fire
[UI]   Unusual incident
[WE]   Weather event

Sources

ar   City of Raleigh Annual Report
bd   City of Raleigh budget documents
cvh   Cameron Village: A History 1949-1999, Nan Hutchins, Sprit Press, 2001
cad City of Raleigh Auditor's Office
ccm / cm   City Council Minutes / City Minutes
ccor   1792-1892, The Centennial Celebration of Raleigh, NC, Kemp D. Battle, Edwards and Broughton, 1893
cer   Chief Engineer's Report
dah   North Carolina Department of Archives and History
dahni   North Carolina Department of Archives and History News and Observer index
fp   City of Raleigh Fire Protection Study
hr   Historical Raleigh with Sketches of Wake County and its Important Towns, Moss N. Amis, 1912
oh   Oral History
mp   Morning Post
nc   North Carolinian
no   News and Observer
noi   News and Observer Index
pb   Peter Brock
pph   Pullen Park History
rla   Raleigh Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary scrapbooks
rpu   Raleigh Fire Department Photo Unit records
rr   Raleigh Register
rt   Raleigh Times
ruh   Raleigh: An Unorthodox History
yb84   Raleigh Fire Department 1984, Raleigh Fire Department, Taylor Publishing, 1984
yb02+   Raleigh Fire and Rescue: 1984-2002, Raleigh Fire Department, Taylor Publishing, 2002, plus additional historical information also compiled by the Raleigh Fire Department around 2002.
wch   Wake: Capital County of North Carolina - Volume 1, Prehistory Through Centennial, Elizabeth Reid Murray, Capital County Publishing, 1983


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