09/29/13 301 W, 3 I - + 3 - 4 Reporting From Warrenton

Here's a preview of my photos from Warrenton, where a world's record was attemped for longest fire engine parade as part of the annual Warren County Fireman's Day. Alas, they weren't able to secure enough trucks for the thing. Hearing that about 120 pieces of firefighting (e.g., can pump or could pump) apparatus appeared, with about 144 total fire department vehicles. Was probably the event's longest parade to date, howver, and it made a splendid start to the day's activities. The parade was followed by firefighter games at the Warren County Recreational Complex.

Saw apparatus from as far away as Mecklenburg and Craven counties. Plus trucks from closer environs, including Wake, Durham, Johnston, and Nash counties. Plus an appearance by Raleigh's 1905 American LaFrance steamer, with the legendary fire service instructor Capt. Wilbert "Tramp" Dunn (retired Raleigh Fire Department) in the saddle. We'll keep an eye on FireNews.net for the inevitable recap from their area buff and photographer John Franks.

What's the story on the light blue apparatus? That's Soul City Fire Department, which we've blogged about before. (They also had a red-and-white pumper in the parade. Was bought from another department and a repaint is pending.) How many pictures did the Hawaiian Shirt Guy take? Total count was 1,376. Have reduced by half, but still culling the keepers. Give me a day or so to get those posted. See this short set of preview pictures. Watch for tons of more photos and probably a few videos from other folks, including the one below. 


And here's a twenty-eight minute video by Jason Thompson, watching the whole the thing from across the street from the fire station:

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