07/01/08 178 W, 2 I - + 10 - 12 Looking Back on Station Closures

There appear to be exactly two simliar station closures in county history. Wake Forest Fire Department #2, a separate department formed in 1942 by black members of the town, ceased operation in 1982-83. Their station was located on Taylor Street. Their members and assets were incorporated or partially incorporated into WFFD. (That's an oral history waiting to be recorded!) And WFFD being the town department, as Wake Forest Rural Fire Department was a separate entity at the time, with separate members and equipment.

Western Boulevard Fire Department, formed in 1958, ceased operation in 1960. (On April 1 of that year, the city annexed a bunch of land in west Raleigh, and Engine 8 was placed in service at Western Boulevard and Method Road.) The WFFD station was located on Powell Drive, on the northwest corner with Western Boulevard. Some of their equipment was designated surplus, and was later transferred to the newly formed Swift Creek Fire Department. WBFD members reorganized as Fairground (singular) Fire Department in 1961. These history pages, though a bit outdated, tell more. Click to enlarge images:

The WBFD pumper pictured was in service at Fairground as late as 1974. It was typical of many fire trucks built by American Fire Apparatus in having the rear windshield for the tailboard personnel. The paint job was also typical of many American Fire Apparatus products. At least one other in Wake County alone (the original Six Forks Road pumper) had the same basic paint. I remember seeing numerous others throughout NC and VA.

Trivia- while I do not know if it was delivered with it, in later years the Fairground pumper sported a Buick engine. Around 1975 it was replaced with another American Fire Apparatus pumper, on a Chevrolet chassis, but according to several members there at the time it was woefully underpowered. They did not keep it long.
DJ - 07/01/08 - 10:24

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