03/14/13 153 W, 2 I - + 3 - 2 Wilson's Squad 5

Here's what a squad (or at least one of them) looks like in Wilson. This is Squad 5 at the Airport Boulevard fire station, what looks like a dry-chemical slash foam transport unit. Photographer Lee Wilson was poking around town this week. Station 5 is one of a couple equipped with slides, which we've talked about before. He also photographed their old Station 1 on Douglas Street, which he reports is being turned into a fire museum. Google doesn't find any news on that one, do any readers have updates? That's one of the few (if memory serves) classic Central Fire Stations still surviving in our state. (Extra credit if you can list those still standing and without consulting my web site.) See more photos from Lee, including his archive apparatus photos of Wilson rigs. That's right, Wilson on Wilson. A cat so cool they named a town after him.

Lee Wilson photo

The Douglas St. station served as “Hope Station”, a men’s shelter and support facility from the late 80’s to a few years ago when they moved a block or so over into newer and more functional space. No other agencies were interested in the facility so it reverted back to the city. Wilson Fire/Rescue Services has always hoped to get it back and now the fire museum will become a reality. The department has some great items to display and this will be a wonderful place when it is done.
D.Cates - 03/14/13 - 11:03

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