10/20/12 236 W, 6 I - + 14 - 12 UPDATED: Raleigh's Civil Defense Rescue Truck Found... and Lost

October 20
We have learned to our regret that this truck was indeed headed to TT&E scrap metal on Garner Road. The old rescue rig sat for a spell on site, and was then recycled. Thanks to the readers who inquired and investigated. On the up side, these trucks were utilized nationally. There's an opportunity, perhaps, for someone to find one and relocate the thing to Raleigh. (Now there's a project!) Don't believe any others were used in North Carolina. For that matter, don't know how many were produced period. Might've been a modest number. Below are a couple more photos that Robby found. They're certainly good additions to our Raleigh Fire Department historical archives.

October 18
Reader Robby Delius caught on camera last year what looks like Raleigh's original heavy rescue, a 1954 Reo Civil Defense rescue truck (see posting from two years ago) that's shown below in a vintage photo. He snapped these shots on October 8, 2011, on Wilmington Street between the Beltline and Tryon Road. Here's more information and photos about the rig. Sure looks like a match. Would there be another such truck stored locally? And, more importantly, where the heck is this thing now!?! Surely someone knows someone who knows something. Even if they're name isn't Shirley... Thanks Robby! Click the color photos to enlarge:

News & Observer photo


Robby Delius photos

I think the truck went to TT&E scrap metal based on the direction it was heading on Trion.There are other things that direction such as the Hwy Patrol .
r delius (Email) - 10/18/12 - 20:39

One of Raleigh’s old firetrucks is/was at the scrap metal yard on Garner Rd last week. It’s probably been squashed or demolished at this point. My blackberry was DOA and didn’t have enough life left to snap the pic I was trying to get. It was a very sad site to see as it was one of the really really early historical models. It would have required a whole lot of $ to restore it tho as it was only rusty panels. Only way I knew it was Raleigh’s was because it still very clearly read “Raleigh Fire Dept” on it’s doors.
Brandi - 10/20/12 - 09:22

Thanks Brandi! Sounds like we need to post a watch at local scrap yards!
Ledger is (Legeros, ha) - 10/20/12 - 09:36

Greenville Fire-Rescue had one, don’t know if it was on a Chevrolet or REO chassis. Don’t know where it is now, heard it might be in a junkyard near Gardnerville NC.
Steven (Email) - 10/22/12 - 18:11


Ok, Greenville F/R was obiviously a GMC. Pretty sure it was a CD truck. I remember it being painted all white in the 1980s.
Steven (Email) - 10/22/12 - 18:20

Vance County Rescue Squad had a Civil Defense, 1965 GMC Panel truck that sounds like it was equipted very similar to what the REO that Raleigh had, they got rid of theirs in the 1980’s and not sure where it ended up, and it had been painted solid white prior to them getting rid of it.
rnln (Email) - 10/22/12 - 19:16

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