01/31/07 184 W - + 14 - 10 Fun with Numbers

One of Mike's ongoing projects is a database of all Raleigh Fire Department members from 1912 to present. He's identified as many as 736 former members, both uniformed and civilian. Service years are known for 363 former members, with a collective total of 7,958 years. And which averages per member to 21.9.

Six members served longer than 40 years. Ten members served between 35 and 39 years. Fifty-seven members served between 30 and 34.9 years. That's 2,432 years from those 73 members alone! Alas, service years are not yet known for the remaining 373 former members.

Rank or titles are known for 393 former members, including Fire Chief (14), Assistant Chief (13), Division Chief (5), Battalion or District Chief (24), Captain (160), Driver or Lieutenant (51), First Class Firefighter (28), and Private or Firefighter (61).

The most popular first names of former members? James (40), William (39), John (25), Robert (24), Charles (23). The most popular last names? Johnson (15), Perry (15), Jones (14), Smith (14).

Assorted nicknames of former members: Ace, Bozo, Butch, Chill, Choo Choo, Cowboy, Dad, Doc, Dude, Goose, Pap, Pop, Red, Runt, Slick, Smitty, Text, Tootsie, Tramp, Woody.

The most popular months for hiring former firefighters? January (158), September (91), and February (78). The least popular? November (39), March (37), April (36), and August (35).

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