12/30/10 181 W, 2 I - + 12 - 8 Behind Station 1

Here's a rare sight behind Station 1 in downtown Raleigh, the incoming parking spaces vacated way before nightfall. The reason? Ice removal. See, there's limited parking behind the station. So every night, the outgoing shift moves their private vehicles to the other side of the lot. Off-camera to the right. The incoming shift takes the area shown below. (Station 1 is home to three fire companies, one administrative person, and three information technology people.)

The building in the back is the 1942 alarm house. It was the first structure constructed on the Dawson Street site and completed eleven years before Station 1 was built. It originally housed the equipment of the electric telegraph fire alarm system, cost $3,500 to build, and used materials from old Station 1 on West Morgan Street. The garage housed the fire alarm repair truck. Later uses of the structure included housing the fire department dispatchers, storage space for the Services Division, and office space of the Data Management team. See past and present photos of that building. Or read more about its history.

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