02/08/13 211 W, 1 I - + 5 - 2 Air 1 at Station 5

Lee Wilson photographed this sunny shot of Engine 5 and Air 1 on Wednesday. The 2002 International/SVI mobile air unit was moved to Station 5 from Station 8 on January 29. This is the department's second air truck. The first was a 1988 GMC/Union City extended panel van, with a cascade system/compressor and a command module. (And a nice set of halogen lights on the sides.) Previously, the Six Forks Volunteer Fire Department was requested for mobile air service in Raleigh. (The same thing was done in Wilmington, if memory serves. The Winter Park Volunteer Fire Department had an air truck that responded into the city. The department has since disbanded. What other city/county mobile air arrangements have folks seen around our state?)

Here's the history of Raleigh's units. Special Risk and Incident Command Unit 1, shortened to SR 1, was placed in service at Station 1 on August 9, 1988. Because of it's length, the unit responded without lights and sirens to working fires, major working fires, and haz-mat incidents. It was moved to Station 5 on December 14, 1991. It was renamed SR 5 around April 6, 1992 on April 25, 1992. It was moved to Station 8 on January 1, 2007. It was renamed Air 1 on July 7, 2009. And it was moved to Station 5 on February 5, 2013. Read more unit histories (PDF).

Lee Wilson photo

Apex had one at one time….not sure if it’s still around though.
Silver - 02/08/13 - 08:50

Rowan County purchased a similar air rig and houses it at Rowan County Rescue Squad; dispatched to all working fires in the county, including cities of Salisbury, Grantie Quarry, Rockwell, Spencer, etc.

Former air rig was a trailer mounted job, purchased about 1985, and was also housed at Ro. Co. RS, and similarly assigned to working fires. Excellent working relationship within City and County emergency service agencies.
Bob Parnell - 02/08/13 - 14:13

I know Wendell’s rescue has the capability to fill bottles, not sure if the system has a compressor or just a fill station. Thanksgiving FD in JoCo has a cascade system with compressor, and Archer Lodge’s new truck will have a cascade fill station.
D. McKay - 02/08/13 - 16:58

Here in Cumberland County we have 4 mobile air systems that are owned by the Cumberland County Fire Chiefs Association. These units are staffed by the respective dept they are stationed at. The trucks here are located at Vander Sta 2 (281), Stoney Point Sta 13 (1361), Gray’s Creek Sta 24 (2461) and City of Fayetteville Sta 3 (Squad 3). Our air trucks are on a rotation for and can go anywhere in the county so as to prevent one truck from getting used more than another. We used to have a zone we ran in but due to higher call volumes in different parts of the county we are on rotation now. The air systems here are owned and maintained by the Chiefs Assoc. but the vehicle itself belongs to the respective depts. There are also numerous depts with mobile cascade systems but the four listed above are ones with cascade and compressors.
2406 - 02/08/13 - 17:47

Wilmington currently has an Air truck, Air 1, at Station 15. When Winter Park disbanded they gave the truck to the city.
M.C.Nelson (Email) - 02/13/13 - 10:05

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