10/03/12 157 W, 1 I - + 12 - 6 Police Dispatcher, Not Fire Dispatcher, 1960

Here's a historical image that will be excluded from the Raleigh Fire Department Centennial History Book, that's currently in production. Thought this pictured a fire department dispatcher in the watch room of Station 1. Instead, it's Officer Charles Schweikert at the police department switchboard. (And which explained why the consoles weren't matching other images of fire department dispatchers. Now need to check and see if it appears anywhere as fire department historical image.)

The picture is dated March 30, 1960, and appeared in a Raleigh Times story of the same date. Some 14,000 residents were about to be annexed into the city, and the article featured a few tips. Such as dialing Temple 3-1611 for service. That was the number of the city's central switchboard. For police, call TE 4-5261. In case of fire, dial TE-2-7733. And to reach the fire department for general information, call TE-2-7735. Click to enlarge:

Raleigh Times photo

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