12/12/08 307 W - + 10 - 9 Firefighting Bond Issue, 1942

As the city of Raleigh mobilized for civilian defense after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the fire department expressed expansion needs to city officials. They sought two new fire stations, a replacement for Station 1 on West Morgan Street-- an 1896 structure condemned by the city and already sold to the State, but not yet vacated, and with a new site already purchased on Dawson Street-- and a sixth station to serve newly annexed areas to the northwest.

Fire officials also sought three new pieces of apparatus, an aerial ladder, a service truck and a pumper. The current aerial ladder was a 1939/1919 model, the current service truck a 1922 model, and the newest pumpers were built in 1936, 1926, and 1925. The fire department also sought extensions to the fire alarm system. In January, a bond issue was approved that included $162,000 for these items. In March, voters approved the firefighting funding as well as money for water system improvements.

What happened next? To be determined in subsequent research. Station 1 was not constructed for another 10 years. Restriction on building materials likely impacted this. Instead, it relocated to old Station 2 in 1942. The fire department did construct a new alarm house on the Dawson Street lot that year, however. Station 6 was opened the following year, though in a rented property. A new Station 6 was opened in 1948. (The new station took longer than expected. When first put to bid, maybe in 1946, there were no takers, if memory serves.)

None of the planned three pieces of new apparatus were purchased. Again, wartime restrictions likely impacted this. Later that year, a 1919 American LaFrance pumper was purchased used from Farmville, NC. The first new pumper wasn't purchased until 1949. The first new aerial ladder appeared in 1958, and the first new service truck (built by firefighters) was placed in service in 1963. More to follow, as it's uncovered.

Remember personal info?

/ Textile

Comment moderation is enabled on this site. This means that your comment will not be visible on this site until it has been approved by an editor.

To prevent spam we require you to answer this silly question

  (Register your username / Log in)

Hide email:

Small print: All html tags except <b> and <i> will be removed from your comment. You can make links by just typing the url or mail-address.