02/22/12 126 W, 1 I - + 10 - 5 Raleigh Fire Department Personnel Proposal, 1959

My favorite place to research Raleigh (and Wake County) history is the Olivia Raney Local History Library. Among their resources is the fabulous Elizabeth Reid Murray collection. Within same are three boxes of research and records on the Raleigh Fire Department. Found this yesterday, a personnel proposal dated March 25, 1959. The author is probably (certainly?) Fire Chief Jack Keeter (1955-1973). This document caught my attention as it contains perhaps the first reference to Engine 9. That was originally the second company at Station 1. (Later renamed Engine 10, then Engine 15, then Engine 13.) To date, we haven't found the date they were placed in service at Station 1. But this citation gets us closer! Did Chief Keeter gets his requested pesonnel? More later. Click to enlarge:

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