04/04/10 183 W, 6 I - + 4 - 7 State Run Fire Departments?

Discussion or perhaps trivia topic for the day. What fire departments or fire suppression agencies are operated by the state of North Carolina? Couple come to mind. Butner Public Safety. North Carolina Division of Forest Resources. Who else? Does the North Carolina Air National Guard staff their fire apparatus in Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, Salisbury, etc?

We can expand our question to include state agencies with fire apparatus, though not necessarily staffed. Such as, say, the Highway Patrol training center on Tryon Road, which has a mini-pumper. Or, say, the skid-mounted units that rangers operate at Umstead Park and other facilities.

Lee Wilson / Mike Legeros photo

Looking back, there are former state-run fire departments to note. Broughton Hospital FD in Goldsboro Morganton (shown below in the 1920s, though they operated through the 1960s). Caledonia Prison Farm FD in Tillery. Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro. McCain Prison Hospital FD in Aberdeen.

Courtesy Broughton Hospital

Even the North Carolina Zoo had a pumper (and a department?), a 1961 International from Six Forks Road FD here in Wake County. 

Updated with photos and graphics. That really improves the posting, don’t you think?
Legeros - 04/04/10 - 09:05

Mike, one minor correction… Broughton Hospital is in Morganton, not Goldsboro.
Barrett - 04/05/10 - 15:21

I wouldn’t necessarily count the NC Parks’ units in this. All rangers and maintenance staff receive some sort of fire-suppression training, but are not geared toward that. Now, we *do have a Burn Boss and fire crew that actually *starts fires. They do “prescribed burns” across the state to mimic the natural effects of, say, lighting-initiated forest fires et al, that would burn the underbrush and seasonal debris, allowing the woods and its ruminants to flourish. but I guess since they have a water tank, pump, and hose reel (and some indian packs), sure.
Duda - 04/06/10 - 08:51

You are correct about the Air Guard. Salisbury is exclusively staffed by NC Air Guard firefighters. Charlotte Station 17 has Charlotte City FFs for the structural engine, one blaze truck, and a command pickup. The Guard staffs at least one blaze truck at station 17 and station 41 only has Guard FFs for for the time being during the daylight hours(Blaze 41).
BFD1151 - 04/07/10 - 23:47

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