05/02/14 85 W, 2 I - + 9 - 7 New Engine 128, New Training [Engine] 1

Fleet changes in Raleigh. Old Engine 19 is now reserve Engine 128, a 2000 Quality/Spartan MetroStar 1250/500. One of two delivered that year. Previously served as Engine 20, then Engine 20. Read that history. Old Engine 128 is now Training [Engine] 1, a 1990 Pierce Lnace 1500/500. One of two delivered that year. First closed-cab apparatus for the city. My ride when delivered to Engine 5. Later served as Engine 19, Engine 26, and Engine 128. Read that history.


Amazing Raleigh now has a reserve pumper in it’s fleet that is newer than 2 of it’s online pumpers excluding E24 & E25 which I understand will be replaced with former Sq.14 & Sq.15. E10 & E17 are both ’98 models!
Rescue Ranger - 05/03/14 - 10:37

The best place for old E19 is reserve. Hopefully the apparatus replacement continues and they can phase out more. It all takes a 5 year plan though, not just buying a few trucks a year.
Reserves - 05/04/14 - 02:33

@RR: I’m just guessing here, but I would think more goes into the decision of whether or not to convert an apparatus to reserve than just the age. Perhaps the Quality has a higher out-of-service time or higher maintenance costs? Instead of constantly criticizing, maybe you should first ask the basis behind decisions first.
Snoop - 05/06/14 - 07:22

@Snoop – I believe you mistook my post. I wasn’t criticizing anyone or any decision. I just found it amazing how far Raleigh has come that it now has apparatus in it’s reserve fleet that is newer than at least 2 of it’s online fleet. Having ridden former E19 I definitely understand why it is in the reserve fleet.
Rescue Ranger - 05/09/14 - 11:02

I fought a lot of fire on that training engine when I was stationed at 19. As a matter of fact that was what I drove first after having made first class. The Quality was the only Engine I was assigned to as a Lt. Prior to being transfered to R1 (@19). Pumped a lot of fire on that Quality….. lots of good memories and great crews rode those trucks…..
Brandon - 05/12/14 - 14:52

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