02/18/14 409 W - + 8 - 3 History of Wake County Fire Service Governance (And More)

The Garner-Cleveland Record last week posted this story about the annual retreat of town council and staff. Among the things they're discussing moving toward making the fire department a town-run organization. This has inspired some good discussions on the Facebook side (my private page, alas), and led me compile a quick (ha) history on "how we got here."

How did Wake County arrive at the current system of fire departments and funding and governance therein? The short version goes like this:

Here's the long version (PDF):


Can you help fill in the blanks? Lots of room for improvement. What's the history of paid and career members in "county" departments, for example? When did the Chief's Council begin? Does it date back to 1963? What was Wake County Fire Districts Commission, mentioned in the 1970s? Etcetera.

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