11/18/11 85 W, 2 I - + 6 - 9 Brother Can You Spare a Pumper?

That's a Bay Leaf pumper at Western Wake today, where the west-side fire department is two-down on first-out units. Their rescue truck developed engine problems this week, and their other second engine is in Greensboro for transmission work. They're thankful for the assist. What other short- or long-term apparatus loans are remembered around Raleigh and Wake County, either in recent years or back in the day?

Seems like I remember a couple of Garner engines that were used by several departments over the years. At the time, they were reserve in Garner, and they were willing to share.
Chris - 11/18/11 - 19:54

A few years back, DHFD was down 2 or 3 front line pumpers. Bay leaf lent a former Six Forks Mack CF pumper/tanker? It ran second out and Bethesda lent a Supthen pumper which ran first out.
Spot - 11/18/11 - 20:21

I can remember Garner sending engines to Cary at one point, and somebody buying magnets that said Cary FD on them.. only to realize the magnets wouldn’t work on the doors!

And Parkwood lent Morrisville their Quint a couple years ago. I remember arriving at a working apartment fire in Morrisville and seeing an aerial up and reading Parkwood on it. Took me a second!

Thanks to the brothers at Bay Leaf for their help! I look forward to getting familiar with this truck on Sunday.
shevais - 11/18/11 - 21:04

Garner has also lent them to Holly Springs or Apex to stand by at Sheron Harris when the fire pumps have been down.
Mike - 11/18/11 - 21:41

This is what the fire service is all about!! I know of NO Wake Co. fire department that will not offer to assist another in a time of need!!
A.C. Rich - 11/18/11 - 22:09

I remember driving Garner E-10 at Fairview for a few weeks
Scooter - 11/18/11 - 23:19

New Hope sent a tanker to Six Forks many years ago. It’s all about the brotherhood, but that seems to be forgotten sometimes.
AB - 11/18/11 - 23:24

Years ago when RDU #3 went down for some sort of work, we got Yrac #3 (the lime green machine) for a couple of days and we also had the Six Forks Ford/LaFrance for a few days, as well. That was around 1984 or so…dang I’m old.
DJ - 11/18/11 - 23:43

I borrowed my neighbors lawn mower last week. You could actually ride on it and everything. It was great.
cut grass - 11/19/11 - 00:49

Thanks for that, CG. Keep us updated…
Legeros - 11/19/11 - 10:33

Holly Springs recently barrowed Fairview Engine 2 for a week or so.
079 - 11/20/11 - 12:10

Chapel Hill borrowed carrboros 971(ladder truck) for several months while Tower 73 was OOS.
CHFD - 11/20/11 - 16:13

Bay Leaf loaned Stony Hill a truck on at least two occasions. Anyone think it is a good idea for Wake Co. to have at least one reserve pumper/tanker? There are times when a lot of us are having bad luck and do not have anything to loan. It is good that we support each other to the degree possible.
BE - 11/21/11 - 12:19

Back in ’98 DFD Rescue 1 borrowed the Highways rescue truck, which is now in Apex possession.
BullCity - 11/21/11 - 18:28

@BE: if you could get a report on the actual mileage on many of the pumpers in Wake Co. you will see that there are plenty of reserves.
SSideFF - 11/23/11 - 00:25

The Apparatus Committee of the Fire Commission has investigated the use and/or maintenance of a spare pumper and tanker for reserve use. It is still on the burner, but there are no final decisions yet. There are apparatus acquisition options as departments decrease their fleet and/or potential closures occur. Also, MANY THANKS to Bay Leaf VFD for their generosity over the years. Stony Hill only has three pumpers and one tanker (for 2 stations); therefore when one is out of service for an extended time, the relief is very helpful!
A.C. Rich - 11/23/11 - 11:37

Not sure if this counts here, but I recall Raleigh loaning Zebulon an engine plus crew to assist during a tornado…around 1996 I think.
John T. - 11/23/11 - 19:24

John T, you are correct. RFD E-13 was in Zebulon after two tornados came through town. A very much welcomed sight.

Also, lots of credit to the apparatus committee for their work on this. Although each department puts their own unique twists on their trucks, many of the vehicles are fundamentally the same. Sure minimizes the training curve when you’re using a neighbor’s ride, when either borrowing or on joint responses.
Zeb101 - 11/24/11 - 11:04

Thanks to Bay Leaf for the loaner! We put E191 back in service Tuesday and returned 252 to its house.
Duda (Email) - 11/24/11 - 14:33

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