08/26/12 137 W, 2 I - + 8 - 5 When The Training Center Was Young

Some new old color slides of the Raleigh Fire Department have surfaced. They're dated October 1990 and are part of a series that was scanned and shown a couple years ago. They show stations and apparatus, plus a few surprises, such as this sparse lower-level of the Keeter Training Center. That facility was but eight years old at the time. Nice vintage shop pictures as well. Particularly good memories for myself and my academy-mates, who had graduated the summer of the year before. (Was assigned to Station 5 at this time, and rode the new Engine 5 shown in the set.) Alas, most of the shots are overexposed. They've been corrected to the best of this schlep's ability. See the photos.

Brings back some memories Mike. Emil Burris and Fred Noble are on the two poles at #1 (B-Shift). Burris was a new boy and Fred (as with us) were only “1 year old” new boys! I was at #1 on A-Shift during that time and was so relieved when the 1990 academy graduated – the “newboy stigma” was passed to another group (whew!).
A.C. Rich - 08/26/12 - 13:10

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