11/22/08 169 W - + 10 - 12 History by the Numbers

Merely 138 years have passed since the 1870 fire bell was placed in service at Metropolitan Hall. Below are some fun facts about that time period, between then and now.

Over 2000 people have been members of the Raleigh Fire Department, including:

 1450+ full-timers
   400+ volunteers before 1912
   150+ volunteer auxiliary firefighters during World War II

The above includes:
   34+ fire chiefs, volunteer and paid
   16   full-time fire chiefs 
   10   volunteer fire companies
Facilities and apparatus:

  45   fire station buildings
    3   training towers
    9+ hand-drawn rigs 
    8+ horse-drawn rigs (includes 2 steamers, though the 1870 steamer was also drawn by hand)
   75  engines (including 2 rebuilds and 1 used)
   17  aerials (including 2 tiller tractor replacements)
     5  service ladders (including 1 rebuild)
   12  rescues

  75+ chief cars

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