04/20/12 112 W, 1 I - + 12 - 6 Eno Brush Truck

Here's a sharp-looking remount, Eno Fire Department Brush 355. The body of their old brush truck was remounted on a 2011 Dodge chassis. Lee Wilson photographed same during this week's Orange County roamings. See more photos. And did you know EFD operates a second station? It opened in 2009 and is located on St. Mary's Road.

Also, Carrboro Station 2 is in operation. It opened in September 2010. Here are a couple pics from Lee via Firenews.net. (He also spent some time in Chapel Hill, photographing their famous blue rigs. Good shots. Go State.)

Who else has opened new stations lately? Or is preparing to open a new station?

Lee Wilson photo

That’s an interesting looking rig. You don’t see too many Rams being used.

Cary has broken ground on Firehouse 8, and the land has either been purchased or is being purchased for the new Firehouse 2 to be located at 601 E. Chatham St.
shevais - 04/20/12 - 09:37

I’m digging the front bumper! Reminds me quite a bit of Brush 69 from Wake Forest. Oh how I miss that truck.
Drives a Ladder - 04/21/12 - 00:50

Station 2 relocation to Chatham Street! Great for train watching and lunch at the Circus…
Legeros - 04/21/12 - 10:26

Wish Raleigh had these… Any new apparatus in the near future?
Will - 04/21/12 - 22:53

At last check, everything is on hold for now.

Raleigh doesn’t use the brush trucks much, and to me, for as much as we use them, what we have works fine. The one at 16’s has insanely low mileage, and if it gets scratched up, no biggie. For a brush truck, you’re designing something that you know will be scratched up and take a beating. Throw a skid in the back of a red or white heavy duty pick-up (lights and siren too) and let it ride.

Love the bumper on the above though!
Silver - 04/21/12 - 23:08

if Raleigh gets funding for a new ladder truck, hopefully it is the personnel for the truck, although another apparatus might be nice too.
charlie - 04/25/12 - 17:40

I agree Charlie….funds for a Ladder COMPANY and a Ladder TRUCK are two different things. It would be great to see Ladder 9 added to the city, let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Silver - 04/25/12 - 23:07

The city’s reserve fleet of ladders is presently:

1999 American LaFrance / LTI Aerial Platform, 93’ with pump
1988 Pierce Arrow platform, 85’
1995 Simon Duplex/LTI aerial platform, 100’ with pump

I still remember the first time that I saw the 1995 truck, which is old Truck 16. That was the first ladder truck in a few years, and the first platform ladder. I almost drove off the road, doing double-takes as I passed the station on Lead Mine Road. Maybe that’s why I bought a house a block from the place!
Legeros - 04/26/12 - 07:39

@Jon I can imagine that Ladders 1 and 2 might be involved if it’s apparatus only; I could be wrong though
Will (Email) - 04/26/12 - 17:11

L1 does a little something but really not much of anything. I imagine if a replacement ladder were ordered it would be slated for L2 due to the call volume and the amount of fire that truck has. Current L2 would make a great replacement for L1.
Rescue Ranger - 04/26/12 - 21:49

I wonder the cost of a new tiller; no pump, no tank. NOT trying to start the pump/tank versus no pump/tank debate, just wondering the cost. I know it is attractive in the long term, because as long as the ladder passes annual testing you can still use it, only replacing the tractor as needed.

I agree RR, L-2 is a workhorse and should get a new rig. The only problem I see is that it is pretty tight with any tandem axle truck in and out of 4’s. I’m sure the can make it work though….
Silver - 04/27/12 - 09:28

RR, not to mention that E4’s current truck is L2’s former stablemate
Will - 04/27/12 - 13:50

You are correct, Bob. We have a host of smaller-sized stations that won’t accommodate modern ladder trucks. Plus a couple have other restrictions. Station 8 has a weight limit, due to the basement space. Station 6 has a turning radius restriction, I think.

(There’s a great story that the retirees tell of the 1950 Mack, old Engine 6. Around 1952, it had an accident, and the front axle was inadequately repaired. So the thing couldn’t make the right turn. They’d have to stop, back up a hair, and turn more. Finally one of the firefighters figured out the problem, and fixed it themselves (or helped the mechanic fix same.)

(When the engine was out of service for the aforementioned accident, one of the old 1920s LaFrance pumpers served as reserved. That was the truck that wrecked in 1952, injuring Driver Vernon Smith. Brake cable broke, I think. He died from his injuries four years later, and was the first duty death for the Raleigh Fire Department. But I digress as usual…)

Most of our smaller stations are the single-story, two-bay variety that we’ve seen all through the region. Greensboro, Durham, Burlington, etc. Big bay block space, and some living quarters on one or both sides.
Legeros - 04/28/12 - 08:31

nothing says that L1 has to remain at station 4. they could put it at another station in its first due area. or customize a new ladder truck to fit in station 4, perhaps something like a single aixle suthphen ladder like Durham uses at stations 7 or 16.
charlie - 04/28/12 - 10:42

Moving L1 to another firehouse in its’ current first due would then re-adjust all of the other Ladder’s first due areas as well. There comes a time when you just have to add Ladder Companies (which is trying to be done but the economy is hurting the chances) instead of constant re-aligning.

The reason I brought up a tiller sans pump and tank is because they are noticeably shorter, and the tiller-man gives you the tight steering ability.
Silver - 04/28/12 - 13:26

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