03/13/09 317 W, 1 I - + 12 - 12 Six Forks Fire Department

For your Friday enjoyment, here's a cropped picture of Six Forks fire apparatus in the mid-1970s. Left is a 1971 Ford F-900 / American LaFrance pumper, 750 GPM and 500 gallons. Middle is a 1961 International pumper soon donated to the State. Served at North Carolina Zoo, which started construction in 1974 and opened in 1976. Was first fire engine to serve at Zoo. Right is a 1965 Chevrolet tanker, 1,500 gallons, previously (originally?) painted yellow.

SFFD was originally named Six Forks Road Fire Department. They were incorporated on June 5, 1956, and protected 600 homes in Chestnut Hills, Millbrook, Crestview, Farrior Hills, Northwood, and Belview Terrace. SFFD was the first rural fire department in Wake County not affiliated with a municipality. Click to enlarge the photo, which appears courtesy of David Ritchie:


Six Forks fire stations numbered four over time. The first was a converted barn-- or was it a lean-to?-- beside Howells Store on the west side of Six Forks Road just south of Lassiter Mill Road. Firestore Tires was later located there. Within a few years, they moved a few hundred feet north, to the east side of Six Forks Road, to a tin structure with a gravel floor and room for two trucks. In 1962, they moved to 5305 Six Forks Road, a three-bay building that presently serves as Wake County EMS Station #3. The fire department's siren, however, was located farther north on Six Forks Road, near Northclift Drive. There was also a battery powered siren (!) at the fire station.

The fourth and final location, opened in 1974, was a three-bay building at 1431 Lynn Road. Expanded a couple times since, it presently serves as Bay Leaf Station #3 and Six Forks EMS Station #1. The Six Forks Fire Department merged with Bay Leaf Fire Department on July 1, 2002. Readers, please correct or expand this information. It's been a few years since we we researched these histories. And there's a lot of history here.

Six Forks fire apparatus, from my outdated list at http://www.legeros.com/ralwake/wake/wake..

1956 Ford/American/Barton pumper, 500/500, Engine 1, sold to Falls FD
1950s ex-military tanker
1961 International pumper, Engine 2, given to state of North Carolina
1965 Chevy tanker, 1500, no quick dump
1970 Chevy 90 Series van, utility unit
1970 Ford F-900/American LaFrance pumper, 750/500, Engine 1
1977 Dodge Custom 300/American LaFrance mini-pumper, 250/250
1980 Ford C8000/EEI pumper, wrecked 1987
1982 Mack CF/EEI pumper
1985 Mack CF/EEI pumper-tanker
1986 Mack CF/EEI pumper-tanker
1991 Chevy panel van, mobile air (alternate model year 1986)
2002 American LaFrance Eagle pumper
Legeros - 03/13/09 - 07:36

ahh…good times and good memories there.
AB - 03/13/09 - 09:19

Wow, look at the length of the driveway in that picture. A far cry from the short little pad there now! Yep, the good old days!
Mike - 03/13/09 - 10:03

It’s like a bad tattoo, it becomes a part of you. And you better wear it with pride because few will understand why.
[PF] - 03/13/09 - 16:47

Back when it was Six Forks… Those were the good ole days….
Mikey H. - 03/14/09 - 11:54

and the 1982 Mack wasn’t an EEI. It was a real Mack. Unsynchronized 5 speed, 500 gal tank, 1000gpm pump. Drove like a sports car compared to those big Pumper-Tankers.
AB - 03/14/09 - 14:21

AB you and Bill Stephenson would know how they drove…Our 10-23 times reflected that.

Nothing like the sound of those big MACK engines screaming,the Q wound out and oh yeah….FF Heath spinning!

Yes those were the days.
jetexas - 03/14/09 - 19:58

So if the station still exists, why did they merge with Bayleaf after all? Couldn’t they have stayed independent if there was enough reason to keep the station there?
FF4012 - 03/15/09 - 22:11

Yeah… driving the old Mack 122 was fun… a bitch to learn… but once you got it.. it was SWEET!
Mikey H. - 03/18/09 - 09:02

As a member of bayleaf F.D, it is great to see the history of Bayleaf Sta 3 (Six Forks F.D).
Christopher Young (Email) (Web Site) - 03/18/09 - 14:58

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