10/12/10 80 W, 1 I - + 8 - 2 Beacon and Raleigh Rescue

Reader Travis Loy shares this vintage photo of a Beacon ambulance and a Raleigh Fire Department rescue squad. Dates to the seventies, and with a mystery location. Old-timers, where was Fass Brothers (?) Fish House located? Wonder how many other color prints and slides survive from that era, and can be found around time. As the fire department's 100th anniversary approaches in 2012, we'll probably have a call for photos or two or three. Click to enlarge:

Google brings up the possibility of Fass Brothers Fish House being located in Mission Valley.
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 10/12/10 - 20:40

This is one of the best retro photos I have seen – Love it!! I wish we could have a “retro day” where we suddenly went back for just one day and had the opportunity to ride those trucks! Thanks for sharing!!
Jason Thompson (Email) - 10/12/10 - 20:54

I cannot remember the name of the shopping center, But it was located near WRAL Tv
rnln (Email) - 10/12/10 - 21:52

Very nice photo! My opinion… The intersection appears to be Western Blvd. and Avent Ferry Rd. The photo appears to be taken from Avent Ferry Rd. in the “outbound” lane (note the slope of the roadway); with the Mission Valley Inn on the immediate left and the Mission Valley Shopping Center is on the right.
A.C. Rich - 10/12/10 - 23:12

AC is correct. And Fass Bros was at Mission Valley. Good stuff! The Oldsmobile is one of two that Beacon had of this model. They were number #12 and #14. They were 1974 or so Oldsmobiles with Cotner-Bevington conversions, complete with 54” of headroom. The four mini-beacons on the corners of the roof were Grimes lights, of the same variety on aircraft in the day.

The way to tell the two cars apart, aside from #12 and #14 on them. was that one of them had little flashers mounted near the winshield. Can’t remember which one that was though.

The rescue is the newer of the two that RFD had and about that time it was at station one, hence it has to be RESCUE 1. Also note the RPD Ford Galaxie behind R-1.
DJ - 10/12/10 - 23:22

Wonder what happened to that Beacon? Now that would be a beauty to restore!
CJ - 10/13/10 - 06:43

I believe it was a lease car, so when Beacon closed it went back to wherever. I know that it did was not there with Beacon’s successor- Medical Transport Service.
DJ - 10/13/10 - 09:24

When Beacon closed they lost both units and two oldsmobile autos as well as all radio equiptment. All ofwhichwas leased by G-E Finance
Fred Loy (Email) - 10/24/10 - 19:41

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