10/11/11 192 W, 1 I - + 7 - 6 Raleigh-Durham Airport Fire Department, 1977

And we can't talk about the airport's history without also talking about the airport fire department's history. Here's a nifty picture from June 1, 1977, from the Raleigh Times. The fire station is the twice-prior location from today, since moved into airport multi-purpose building #3 (in 1980) and then into the present location on Rescue Court (in 1986).

The siren on the station summoned the firefighters, who worked part-time with other duties that included working as ramp personnel. The department was revamped that year, with the first full-time staffing starting in the fall of 1997. That's Fire Chief Terry Edmundson pictured, formerly Fire Chief of the Cary Fire Department.  Read that history.

The trucks from left to right: 1973 Walter CB3000 as (3000/500, dual 750 GPM pumps), 1959 Walter Class 1500 (see close-shots of a 1958 model used in Minneapolis), 1969 International/Ansul Magnum 480 (1350 pounds Purple-K, 200 gallons light water), 1946 International/Bean pumper (500 GPM, ex-military crash truck from the airport's Army airfield days). Wonder where they are today! See photos of those trucks. And Walter trucks are singular, not plural. Need to correct the labels on my web pages. Memo to self: Do that. Click to enlarge:

Raleigh Times photo

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