06/17/12 408 W, 7 I - + 2 - 5 Scenes From Saturday's Parade

Still working on the photos from Saturday. Gonna take a while...

The first photos from Saturday have been posted. Partial collection from Legeros, and a full series from Lee Wilson. More to follow...

Seeing Double

That's Division Chief Garry Spain (left) and Battalion Chief Barry Spain (right). The brothers marched behind the honor guard. Barry is a graduate of the 1989 recruit academy, or Academy #13 for those counting at home. Training officers Gattis and Dunn worked some serious magic that year. The academy has produced (to date) four Battalion Chiefs, a mess of Captains, some Lieutenants, and, ahem, one Historian. Click to enlarge:

Driver Cam

Did the participants have as much fun as those who were watching? By all accounts they did. Here's a view from behind the driver's seat of Old Engine 1, with Lt. Jan Chamblee at the wheel of the 1961 American LaFrance pumper that was recently purchased by the Raleigh Fire Museum through firefighter donations. Click to enlarge:

Horse Tales

Raleigh has an old steam engine? Yes, the 1905 American LaFrance Metropolian later pumped in a demonstration. Did Lee Wilson really provide the horses? Yes, it's a little-known fact that the prolific photographer is also secretly a horse-trainer. In Johnston County. Click to enlarge:

Crazy Lights

What the heck is the spinning thing with three lights? That's a Roto-Ray. Best viewed at a distance, or with a helmet if you get really, really close.


Taking Care of Business

Did Elvis make an appearance? No, but one of his catchphrases appeared on the side of Mar-Mac's monster rescue rig. They came from Wayne County, which is a fair hike. Also saw trucks from Brunswick, Durham, Johnston,  and Mecklenburg counties (to name a few). Had at least one out-of-state attendee, a former Baltimore Salvage Corps truck from Virginia. That Pennsylvania ladder truck that you saw, however, is locally-owned.

The Big Turn

Why did some of the trucks turn on Davie Street, instead of continuing to the end of Fayetteville Street? That's because there's a weight limit in those last couple blocks, because there's a parking deck underneath. Thus the heifers were routed to Salisbury Street, and some of which were parked as displays at Lenoir and South streets. Click to enlarge:

Tiller Time

Finally, is the best job in the fire service driving the back of a tiller truck? That's what they say...  Click to enlarge:

Congrats to the entire committee for their hard work and dedication with this project! I was blown away by the turnout; fist bumps to everyone that made this event the success that it was!!
Silver - 06/18/12 - 15:48

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