04/28/12 251 W, 1 I - + 15 - 3 Raleigh Fire Department Centennial History Book Underway

To help commemorate this year's 100th anniversary of the Raleigh Fire Department, production has started on a centennial history book. Produced in partnership with Strawbridge Studios, the book will feature a text history of the fire department, 100 years of historical photos, station histories, apparatus photos, personnel portraits, and more.

Measuring 9 by 12-inches, the coffee table-sized hardcover will contain 260 full-color pages. The cost of this limited edition is $60.00 through December 1, 2012. Order forms are available at www.RFD100.com.

Over 100 years of historical photos will be featured, drawn from the archives of the Raleigh Fire Museum. "We have pictures dating to the 1880s," notes fire department Historian Mike Legeros. "That's the hand- and horse-drawn era," he adds. Plenty of modern fire photos will also be included. The book will draw upon the extensive work of the department's photo unit, which has been documenting incidents and events for over a decade and a half.

A group of firefighters are working on the book, which will be completed at the end of the year. They're collecting materials, historical information, and the hundreds of photos to be included. They're also hoping for photo contributions from both inside and outside the department. "We're still finding new old photos," says Legeros. "And you don't have to order a book to submit photos," he adds.

For more information about ordering a copy or submitting photos, visit www.RFD100.com.


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