07/05/09 96 W, 1 I - + 8 - 7 Raleigh Fire Department Mutual Aid by Train

For your Sunday reading, here's a short history of "mutual aid by train," when the Raleigh Fire Department assisted cities and towns while apparatus and personnel transported by rail. Corrections and additional information is welcome. The three-page document is PDF format.1 Learn more about the history of RFD.

1Yeah, yeah, the inconsistency of document and page formats is a bit annoying. There are also style differences on the history site. Fonts in Goudy, Tahoma, or Arial. Footnotes here, but not always there. Etcetera. Work in progress.

I thought they also came here to New Bern when we had our big fire.
joel - 07/08/09 - 19:39

Did Raleigh respond to the Great Fire of New Bern in 1922? Good question. Looking through my files, in transcriptions of an oral history program in 1992, it appears that town officials sent letters of thanks to Kinston and Washington fire departments for their assistance. (They also voted to replace 450 feet of hose that Washington lost.) Town officials also received a letter of apology from Greenville, whose fire department did not respond, due to factors including poor roads and the unavailability of a railroad flatcar. (Kinston’s pumper was driven some 30+ miles to New Bern, while Washington’s apparatus arrived by train in reportedly record time. Distance? Probably 40ish miles.) I’ll check our newspaper archives at my next opportunity, and see what was happening on our end at the time of the fire.
Legeros - 07/08/09 - 20:01

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