04/10/13 222 W, 1 I - + 6 - 2 UPDATED: Cary Adds Engine 8

April 10
Lee Wilson photographed the new engine company this week. It's shown beside Station 8. See a few more photos from his explorations around town that day.

April 7
The Cary Fire Department tomorrow places Engine 8 in service at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, April 8. The company will be quartered at Station 7, and relocate during daytime hours to the territory of Station 8, which is nearing completion at 408 Mills Park Drive. It will operate a 2002 Pierce Dash pumper, the former Engine 1, shown below in a photo by Lee Wilson from 2008. The ranks of line personnel were recently expanded with the graduation of a recruit academy about a week ago.

Let's see, the last time a Station 8 was opened in our area was on April 1, 1960. The Raleigh Fire Department rented a house on Kent Road (now Method Road) at Western Boulevard. The second engine at Station 1 was relocated to the building, and the crews prompty erected a concrete addition to house the engine and one of two new tankers that had entered service. The city was 33.7 square miles, with 93,931 residents. Forty-eight years had passed since their full-time fire department was placed in service. The town of Cary has 43.5 square miles (Wikipeida) and 143,728 residents (town web site). Thirty-one years have passed since the fire department became a fully full-time department.

Lee Wilson photo

So during the daytime hours does the crew from Engine 8 stage at the construction site of the new firehouse, or do they have a temporary daytime station?
Watson - 04/10/13 - 15:38

They were out riding around in their district but I had them meet me at station 8 for the picture.
lee - 04/11/13 - 13:17

Thank you so much for your response to my inquiry. I have been in Cary for 25 yrs and never heard of Eng. 8 or knew where it is. (Still don’t know where that street is…...
Jerry Darrow (Email) - 06/14/13 - 22:16

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