10/09/08 103 W - + 12 - 10 Raleigh Fire Department To Add Two Aerial Ladder Trucks To Fleet

At its meeting on Sept. 2, the Raleigh City Council agreed to waive competitive bidding requirements in order to piggyback on a bid from New Hanover County for the purchase of two new fire trucks. By piggybacking on New Hanover County’s purchase, the City is able to purchase the trucks at a reduced rate. The new vehicles are 100-foot aerial platform ladder fire trucks. Constructed by Pierce Manufacturing, Inc., the trucks will cost more than $844,000 apiece. The trucks are capable of pumping 2,000 gallons of water per minute. Read entire press release.

That’s great. It’s about time. Raleigh needs to be building fire stations in between their current ones, to catch up with growth and construction.
AB - 10/09/08 - 18:22

I doubt you’ll see any new fire stations between the current ones…at least not anytime soon. After they build the stations in the outline areas, I think you can expect to see renovations to many of the current stations that are in need of updates or repair.
fire dude - 10/10/08 - 06:34

Here’s what is going around….can anyone verify this? Ladder 16 relocating to #17, Ladder 23’s apparatus going to #4 and in service and the company of Ladder 23 relocating to 24 putting a reserve in service temporarily. One of the new platforms will then go to #24 and the second platform going in service at #27…..anyone?
Truth? - 10/10/08 - 10:29

Who cares really
False - 10/10/08 - 18:01

Ladder 17, Ladder 4 with Ladder 23’s truck, Ladder 24 with reserve. Ask about platform in twelve months.
Consequences - 10/10/08 - 19:38

Those that work for the city, I would think, care. But, there are some that are there just for the check, which is nothing new.
Silver - 10/11/08 - 12:25

It appeared that RFD had moved away from the platform aerials as of late. I think it is a good thing to add some new platforms to the fleet to remain diversified with the types of aerials.
Water can - 10/12/08 - 08:36

Couldn’t agree more…sticks and platforms both have their pro’s and con’s, as long as they’re placed strategically according to the territory they serve (tillers in tight areas).
Silver - 10/12/08 - 10:18

I heard that the second platform was going to be a replacement ladder to replace Ladder 20 and not a new ladder with staff. Can anyone tell me if this is true or just rumor. There are FF’s out there dropping some false rumors.
firebug - 10/15/08 - 19:59

This is true. However, when the current L-20 goes to reserve status it’s placement there would only be temporary. When the 2nd additional ladder company is added, it will go back in service.
RescueRanger - 10/15/08 - 21:09

We on L-20 have been told that we AREN’T receiving a new piece….that might change, but that’s the latest we’ve heard.
Silver - 10/16/08 - 00:21

The current lifespan figured into budget for fire vehicles is 10 years/100K miles which ever comes first. Obviously it’s hard to keep up with the engines so there are a few out there over 10 years old but I’m sure the mileage is below 100K. L-20 is a ’99, correct?
RescueRanger - 10/16/08 - 08:42

Yup yup…
Silver - 10/16/08 - 12:54

E-20 is a ’97….
Silver - 10/16/08 - 12:55

Any rumors of where Batallion 4 will relocate to, yet ? Be a wee crowded at 17.
Jon C - 10/16/08 - 19:02

we’ve heard 23…
Silver - 10/16/08 - 20:12

So, if Ladder 23 is moving to Station 4, where is the mini-pumper being relocated to?
Wondering - 10/16/08 - 23:08

Who knows?
Silver - 10/17/08 - 04:08

Mini Pumpers could go anywhere. Just look back at their history.
Station 16 would be logical, as it would be closer to the Malls at Crabtree and North Hills with their parking decks. By the way, where is Ladder 23 ?. Old Ladder 16, the reserve platform, has been their for about a month, unless it came back this week.
Jon C - 10/17/08 - 07:31

If this is true about the platform then the LT’s list will be ran out or close to it next year. If my calculations are right then there will be 16 LT’s promoted by January 09’ if everyone leaves that said they were going to. Can you say BIG transfer list!
firebug - 10/17/08 - 15:15

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