12/23/12 200 W, 2 I - + 6 - 5 Raleigh's Old Light Truck

As referenced in this thread, here's a vehicle that we don't have a lot of pictures of. This is Raleigh's old Rescue 1, a 1966 Chevrolet  C3605 panel truck. It was purchased from Sir Walter Chevrolet on August 18, 1966 for $2,728.47. It was replaced by a 1975 Chevrolet/Murphy ambulance on December 2, 1974.

From there, my notes get a little weird. Was it placed in reserve? Did it serve as Rescue 12, Rescue 3, and Rescue 14, as the above web page indicates? That doesn't seem right, though there are photos of the thing parked at Station 12 circa 1974 to 1976. Maybe it was a combination reserve truck and, say, towing unit for boat trailers? Don't know.

Then in the eighties, the thing was converted to a light truck and air bottle transport unit. It was repainted red, and spotlights were mounted on the roof, and wooden racks for air bottles were added in the rear. Some remember an open trailer pulled behind the thing, also equipped with lights and maybe a generator? Service period was as early as June 23, 1983, and as late as July 16, 1988. By February 1989, if memory serves, it was parked at the Keeter Training Center. Click to enlarge the top photo:


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