12/22/07 214 W, 1 I - + 19 - 11 Raleigh Rescue Company Histories

Fresh from researching the old logs, here's some early history of Raleigh's rescue companies. Two Chevy/Murphy ambulances were delivered in late 1974. They were 1974 and 1975 model years. Upon their arrival, the Raleigh Fire Department expanded the number of staffed rescue units to two.

The 1974 model was placed in service as Rescue 9 on October 28, 1974. Rescue 9 was moved to Station 14 on July 24, 1978. Rescue 14 was moved to Station 6 on February 1, 1982. Rescue 6 was returned to Station 14 on July 17, 2004. The Chevy/Murphy was replaced in 1991 with a Chevy/Frontline, which was replaced in 2000 with a Freightliner/American LaFrance.

The 1975 model was placed in service as Rescue 1 in October 1974. Rescue 1 was moved to Station 3 by November 10, 1976. Rescue 3 was moved to Station 12 on July 24, 1978. Rescue 12 was moved to Station 7 on February 1, 1982. Rescue 7 was moved to Station 21 on October 14, 1998. Rescue 21 was moved to Station 19 on December 5, 1999. The Chevy/Murphy was replaced in 1991 as noted above.

The city's third staffed rescue company was placed in service at Station 7 on July 17, 2001. It operated a 1991 Chevy/Frontline, which was replaced with a 2002 International/SVI.

In prior decades, the fire department had a third rescue unit that was not staffed. The 1954 Reo Civil Defense unit was housed at Stations 1, 8, 10, 12 over the years, and removed from service in November, 1974.

More information and photos .

I wish they’d just named them Rescue 1 and 2, then added Rescue 3, and left them that way. Same with the ladders; Ladders 1 through 7. I think it would’ve aided in building tradition, as well as not having to remark equipment! Hahaha…we have equipment on our ladder that has been marked T-1 (when our existing rig was downtown), T-8, T-15 (old Seagrave), T-20 and L-20 (all on one tool).
Silver - 12/22/07 - 17:47

When you become Chief you can number them the way you want to.
firecapt - 12/22/07 - 18:36

Way to contribute to the blog. I hoped if someone were to talk smack, they’d at least have the courage to post their name.
Silver - 12/22/07 - 19:26

Great pic Mike!!!!
Duke3nc (Email) - 12/22/07 - 23:45

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