12/27/07 165 W, 1 I - + 15 - 11 Raleigh District Chief Histories

More findings from a week of holiday research, and a bit tougher nut to crack this time. Raleigh's Battalion Chief system was implemented on August 6, 1971. Two districts were created, and seven Chiefs were named. They were called District Chiefs, and six of the seven were assigned to Station 1 (Car 5) and Station 4 (Car 6). After July 13, 1975, Car 6 was moved to Station 6. The third district was created around January 1, 1977.

The third District Chief was placed in service at Station 4 (Car 4). Around July 24, 1978, Car 4 was moved to Station 9. The three cars were renumbered Car 51 (Car 4), Car 52 (Car 5), and Car 53 (Car 6) in April 1983. In late 1984 or early 1985, or even later, Car 53 was moved to Station 14. Still researching that. In 2001, Car 51 and Car 53 were moved to Station 15 and Station 17, respectively.

On January 10, 2004, the District Chiefs were renamed Battalion Chiefs, and a fourth district/battalion was created. The four chiefs were located at Station 15 (Bat 1), Station 12 (Bat 2), Station 1 (Bat 3), and Station 17 (Bat 4). On November 29, 2004, Battalion 3 moved to Station 8.

Stretching my memory, but when I moved to Raleigh in May of 1988, Car 51 was at station 9, Car 52 and Car 5 were both at station 1 and Car 53 was at Station 14, I think. There was no Car 54, and there was a mini pumper in that bay at Station 17.

Maybe that will help your time line.
Jon C - 12/28/07 - 22:15

Here’s some more info – In 1988 there was no Car-5 (yet). The “Battalion Chief” (as it was originally called) was not implemented until around 1992 and was stationed at #1. The remainder of the info is correct: C51 at #9, C52 at #1, and C53 at #14. No Car 54 assigned, however in the late 1990’s there was a reserve chief’s vehicle labeled Car 54 (for inventory tracking), but not radio #‘ed at ECC.

Thanks and Happy Holidays !
A.Rich - 12/29/07 - 09:17

Car 5 was returned to service as a “shift supervisor” in 1992, or perhaps December 1991. Still researching that. This person was called a Battalion Chief. They supervised the three District Chiefs, and were supervised by an Assistant Chief. In 2001, Car 5 was moved to Station 9. It occupied the space vacated by Car 51, which moved to Station 15 at the same time. On January 10, 2004, the Division Chief was renamed Battalion Chief, and District Chiefs were renamed Battalion Chiefs. On December 10, 2005, Car 5 was moved to Station 8.
Legeros - 12/29/07 - 10:40

One more piece of the puzzle. Car 53 was moved from Station 6 to Station 14 on January 1, 1988. Considerably later than suspected. Tracking this particular nugget required consulting both log books and retiree memories. Initial passes at the books for both the station and chief’s car didn’t yield obvious results. Asking around, one retiree remembered the time frame as 1985 or 1986. Another remembered the red car arriving after he’d been transferred from Station 14. Looking again at the station logs, the person wasn’t transferred until early 1987. Also around that time, Station 18 opened. This was a possible data point. One reason for the chief to have been moved was an expanded district. With the station logs in hand, I paged forward into late 1987 and early 1988. Working backward, a late December entry answered the question. Effective January 1, 1988, Car 53 would be housed at Station 14. Mystery solved.
Legeros - 01/12/08 - 11:45

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