01/01/10 272 W, 1 I - + 10 - 10 Happy Birthday Station 7!

On December 30, 1959 at 12:00 p.m., the city of Raleigh placed its seventh fire station in service at 1300 Glascock Street, later renumbered 2100 Glascock Street. As the story goes, construction started on the wrong lot. The intended site was on the opposite side of Raleigh Boulevard, and the city had to purchase a second lot. Need to to verify that story. The $65,000 station opened with a five-man engine company and two-man squad truck. Engine 7 operated a 1953 American LaFrance pumper. The squad was a 1948 Ford with a pump and tank.

Truck 7 was placed in service on October 25, 1960, and the squad relocated. They operated a 1922 American LaFrance service ladder truck, which was replaced three years later with a 1963 Ford built by firefighters and with the old truck's ladder rack. Truck 7 operated until 1982. The station also housed a rescue unit from 1982 to 1998, and again from 2001 to present. Rescue 7 was placed in service with a 1975 Chevrolet/Murphy ambulance. Rescue 7 was renumbered Rescue 2 this year.

Engine 7 presently operates a 2002 Quality/Spartan pumper. Rescue 2 operates a 2002 International/SVI rescue. Both Engine 7 and Rescue 2 personnel are members of NC USAR Task Force 8, and three-pieces of tractor-drawn USAR apparatus have been parked behind the station.

Station 7 was the first of a type of single-story design that was repeated some two dozen times over the next forty years. However, Station 7 is unique in a couple regards. It's only one of that design with separate sleeping quarters for officers. It also has two front doors, one on each side of the bay. Others can tell about other "features" and associated stories. Happy birthday, Station 7!  See more photos.

The first personnel:

“A” shift

Capt. C. T. May
V. H. Marshburn
C. B. Dixon
J. S. Warren
W. K. Beasley

M. D. Williams
C. C. Narron

“B” Shift

Capt. O. Summers
A. S. O’Neal
G. S. Harrison
W. L. Mitchell
L. A. Wood

N. S. Conyers
K. B. Smith
Legeros - 01/01/10 - 00:55

Mike don’t forget that the radio room or “watch room” is located on the dorm side not the living room kitchen side of the station. The locker room is not private it is open to the watch room! An last it is the only station of it’s design that has a bathroom in the bay area! Happy New Year! Brothers be safe in 2010!
Jason Lane - 01/01/10 - 02:51

It’s amazing how ‘spacious’ those bays looked back then…
DJ - 01/01/10 - 08:13

Mike, What year did raleigh stop useing the open can Fire Trucks?
What was the reason for doing away with the open cab apparatus?
Chris King (Email) - 01/02/10 - 14:19

Still wishing I knew why there were ever open cab Engines. Trucks I understand, but Engines?
KOM - 01/03/10 - 08:33

Guys loved the feeling of the wind in their hair as they cruised down the street…I kid, I kid. I wonder the same thing. My brothers department up north had one (Hahn) years ago, with an aftermarket wooden cab. Yes, that’s right, they built a wooden roof and cab to protect the crew due to rioting in Plainfield, NJ back in the 70’s.
Silver - 01/03/10 - 11:37

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