12/02/10 104 W, 2 I - + 8 - 8 Raleigh's Civil Defense Rescue Squad

Next question about older rescue squads, how many North Carolina cities and towns operated those 2 1/2-ton heavy rescue trucks provided by Civil Defense? The Raleigh Fire Department operated this blue and white 1954 Reo obtained with the assistance of the federal government. It was considered part of a national reserve fleet, and would be recalled to Norfolk, VA, in the event of an enemy attack. Placed in service on October 7, 1954. Placed in reserve in November 1974. Never necessarily staffed, though operated as a second-piece of Rescue 1 for many years. Read more on the truck's history.


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I know Greenville had one. Don’t know if it was a Chevrolet or a REO Chassis. Started off with the Greenville Rescue Squad and then operated by the Greenville Fire/Rescue Department when they merged. I know it survived untill the early ’90s at least. Always thought it was a beautiful truck.
Steven (Email) - 12/03/10 - 16:15

I beleive i saw this truck being towed down S Wilmington st last year. It might have been going to scrap.Last seen going Trion st toward Garner
Robby Delius (Email) - 10/05/12 - 21:17

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