07/12/09 114 W, 1 I - + 9 - 10 Rescue 1

This is a picture of Rescue 1, a 2007 Pierce Enforcer previously known as Rescue 19. It's the Raleigh Fire Department's first Rescue 1 since the mid-1970s. The history of Rescue 1 begins with a 1954 GMC panel truck, the original unit of the two-piece Raleigh Emergency Rescue Squad. The all-white vehicle was placed in service by July 16, 1954. The second Rescue 1 was a 1966 Chevy panel truck, also all-white. It was purchased from Sir Walter Chevrolet on August 18, 1966, and presumably placed in service soon thereafter. The third Rescue 1 was a 1975 Chevy/Murphy ambulance, placed in service in October 1974. This red-over-white unit was moved to Station 3 by November 10, 1976. Read more rescue unit history.

Hey Mike. I heard from a Raleigh guy that rescue 1 will be out of station 7 soon with full staff and will be a heavy rescue. Also there will be squad 14 and squad 19 and will be rescue engines but will still act as a true engine also. They will be using two of the lafrances cause they have more compartment space until they can approve to buy two spec out rescue engines. Also heard they are adding a fifth battalion and that ladder 3 will now be the technical rescue company. Can you start a thread so we can learn about this?
jg - 09/01/12 - 16:13

JG, thanks for the thread request. The department is making those plans, with implementation targeted around the New Year. I am working on a story for the RFD newsletter about the project, and will report back soon enough.
Legeros - 09/01/12 - 16:18

Copy that thanks.
jg - 09/01/12 - 16:31

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