05/20/11 166 W, 1 I - + 1 - 8 Vintage Haz-Mat Action

Albeit staged action and as photographed by Gary Knight, probably in the late 1980s. The first hazardous materials unit of the Raleigh Fire Department was placed in service in 1984. That was a 1977 Chevrolet panel van housed at Station 2. The number of haz-mat companies was expanded in 1990 to three: Engine 2, Engine 13, and Truck 8. Then expanded again in 1992 with the addition of Engine 15 and Truck 15.

The haz-mat unit was moved to Station 20 in 1990 and back to Station 2 in 2004. The haz-mat van was replaced in 1991 with a Simon/Duplex/E-One custom-cab apparatus.The panel van was retained as a support unit. Those trucks were upgraded in 2006 with a tractor-drawn Freightliner/Hackney. In 2003, a second haz-mat unit was placed in service at Station 15, using a 1988 GMC extended panel van.

Let's see, other bits of history: Wake County first contracted with Raleigh for haz-mat response in 1992. And North Carolina Hazardous Materials Regional Response Team 4 moved to Raleigh from Durham County in 2004. Click to enlarge:

Gary Knight photo

“ the little truck always follows the big truck “
RFD HAZMAT - 05/20/11 - 18:21

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