Twenty-one stations protecting 118 square miles and 286,834 residents.
Two alarms struck at 6605 The Lakes Drive. The
Lakes Apartments. Dispatched 3:39 a.m. Code 3 fire. Twelve units affected by fire, smoke, and water. Two minor
injuries treated and released on scene. Two displaced adults. E15, E19, E9,
E4, E6, E11, E21, R19, R6, T11, T16, C51, C52, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5. (January 1,
Two alarms struck on Forest Lawn.
Code 3 fire. E16, E17,
E9, others. [MF] (January 23, 2000)rfd
Fire department becomes first in state to operate permanent fitting station for child safety seats. (February 14, 2000)yb02+
Station 23 opened at 8312 Pinecrest Road,
utilizing building leased from and continuing to share apparatus bay space with Durham Highway Volunteer Fire Department. Engine 23 placed in service with 1981 Mack pumper.
Photos and more information. (February 15, 2000)yb02+
Two alarms struck at Meredith College. Holleman residence
hall. Code 3 fire. Starts in trash can, extinguished with 1.5 inch line.
No injuries. E5, E14, E8, T8, R6, C51, E2, E6, T1, C52, C5. [MF] (April 10,
Apparatus delivered: Pair of 2000 Freightliner / American LaFrance rescues, placed in service as Rescue 6 and Rescue 19. Photos and more information. (May 3, 2000)lw
Two alarms struck at 6208 Shanda Drive.
Apartments. Dispatched 4:45 p.m.
Starts in downstairs storage room and quickly spreads to second floor and
attic. Contained to attic space above four of the eight-unit building. First
alarm: T15, E19, E4, E16, R19, C53, SR5. Second: E11, E6, T16, R6, C51, C3, C5.
[MF] (May 16, 2000)lw, rfd
Three alarms at 2423 Wycliff
Road burned. Meredith Village Apartments. Dispatched 8:20 a.m. Controlled by 9:20
a.m. First alarm: E14, E6, E17, T16, R6, C53, SR5. Second: E16, E8, T8, R19,
C52. Third: E3, E21, T1, C1, C3, C4. Special called: E5, E13, E7,
E1, E23. [MF] (May 21, 2000)lw,
Recruit academy #24 graduated 10 firefighters. The academy started on March 27 and lasted 10 weeks. The graduation ceremony is conducted at the City Council Chambers. (June 2, 2000)rfd
Unit note: Car 198 moved to Station 9 from Station
1. (by June 3, 2000)oh
Two alarms struck at 7300
Stonehenge Apartments. Dispatched 12:30 a.m. One apartment fully-involved with fire through roof.
Controlled by 1:37 a.m. Two units with total loss, third unit with 50 percent loss. Started by teenagers
playing with fireworks. First alarm: E18, E4, E23, T16, R6, C51. Second: E17,
E16, T15, R19, C53, C5, C2, C3, C4, C10, C198, SR5. [MF] (July 7, 2000)lw,
Simulated chemical weapon attack conducted on North Carolina State University Centennial Campus. Involves Raleigh police, fire, Wake EMS, campus police, and area hospitals. Raleigh becomes 49th city to conduct such test, chosen for the training as one of the 120 largest cities in the United States by the U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command. The drill starts at 8:30 a.m. (July 9, 2000)
Two alarms struck at 99 N.
Salisbury Street. First Baptist Church. Fire found in two different areas and contained to those
(August 12, 2000)rfd
Two alarms struck at 113 S. Wilmington Street.
New York Deli. Dispatched 5:25 a.m. Two-story, masonry building houses pizzeria and
sandwich shop downstairs, and vacant apartment upstairs. Three ladders operating
as aerial streams. One firefighter injured. First alarm: E5, E7, E20, R19, T8,
C51. Second: E13, E8, T11, R6, SR5, C53, C52, C1, C2, C3, C4, C10, C12, C198.
Special called: T1. Relief that afternoon: E14, E18, T16. [MF] (September 6, 2000)yb02+, lw
Two alarms struck at 8321 Hempshire. Heavy fire found
in attic over units 104 and 204. Multiple hand lines used to contain, control,
and extinguish. E23, E17, E4, E15, E18, E16, T16, T15, R6, R19, C1, C3, C4, C5,
C51, C53, SR5. [MF] (December 18,
Two alarms struck at 3021 Farrior road. Code 2 duplex
fire. Heavy fire found on first floor leading to attic. Engine 14 reports
possible fire in the basement/crawlspace. As crews move hoses to the basement,
Rescue 6 and Engine 5 personnel partially fall through the first floor. Several
firefighters are trapped for above five minutes. Second alarm is struck. Crews
are sent into the basement and into the first floor to assist the trapped
firefighters. They are rescued, with no injuries, and suppression efforts resume.
E14, E6, E5, T8, R6, C5, C53, SR5, E16, E8, T16, C51, C1, C2, C3, C10. [MF] (December 23,
Standard Uniform Regulations revised to allow the wearing of "golf shifts." Regular "blue" or "white" shirts are relegated to dress uniform use only.
- 2000 Quality/ Spartan MetroStar pumper, placed in service as Engine 11
- 2000 Quality/ Spartan MetroStar pumper, placed in service as Engine 20 (by October 10, 2000)
- 2000 Ford Excursions, placed in service as Car 52, 53, and 195
Photos and more information.
Recruit academy #25 graduates 15 firefighters.
The academy started on November 6, 2000 and lasted 10 weeks. The graduation
ceremony is conducted at the City Council Chambers. (January 5, 2001)rfd
2001 Quality / Spartan Gladiator quint, placed in service as Engine 23.
Photos and more information. (by January 31, 2001)lw
Two alarms struck at 834
Gastonwood Court. Townhouse building. Dispatched 2:50 a.m. First: E5, E13, E1, T1, R6, C52, SR5, C5. Second: E2, E6,
T8, R19, C51, C2, C198. [MF] (February 8, 2001)lw, rfd
Two alarms struck at 2901 Trawick Road
Capital Roller Skating Center. Dispatched 4:45 p.m. Fire found in rear storage room, forcing evacuation of
facility. Difficult to control due to building design and caution with
steel-beam roof. Controlled 5:52 p.m. First alarm: E11, E21, E7, T11, R19, C51,
C5, SR5. Second: E15, E19, T1, R6, C52, E4, C1, C3, C10, C198, Special called:
T15. [MF] (April 13, 2001)no, lw, rfd
Recruit academy #26 graduates 28 firefighters.
The academy started on November 6, 2000 and lasted 27 weeks. The graduation
ceremony is conducted in Hall #1 at the Raleigh Conference and Convention
Center. (May 7, 2001)rfd
Tropical Storm Allison strikes Raleigh. Remnants
of hurricane brings heavy rain. Fire department assist residents of apartment
complexes when water surrounds properties. [WE] (June 16, 2001)no
Apparatus note: Third rescue unit placed in service as Rescue 7 with 1991 Chevrolet/Frontline. Photos and more information. (July
exploded at East Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.
Dispatched 5:35 p.m. Thick smoke is visible for miles during afternoon rush hour. The explosion and fire brings hundreds of spectators, as well as a crash truck from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, summoned to spray foam on the burning transformers. About 75 residents are evacuated from the area and nearly 20,000 customers are left without electricity on one of the hottest nights of the year. Durham Highway, Wendell, and Six Forks sends foam concentrate as Raleigh's supply dwindles.
Controlled 7:31 p.m. Foam pumped again next day, after rekindling. E3, E1, E13, T1, R7, C52, C53, C1, C3, C5, C10, C72, C73, E5, E7, E12, F12, Durham Highway Squad 6, RDU CFR2, E11, E16, R14, R19, E7, HM20, SR20, E8, E10, R7, E15.
[UF] [HM] (August 7, 2001)lw
Station 25 opened at 2740 Wakefield Crossing Drive. Engine 25 placed in service with 1982 Mack pumper. Photos and more information.
(August 2, 2001)
Apparatus note: Truck 15 moved to Station 22.
(August 14, 2001)
Station 24 opened at 10440 Fossil Creek Court. Engine 24 placed in service with 1981 Mack pumper. Photos and more information. (August 24, 2001)rfd
Two alarms struck at 5509 Creek Ridge Lane Drive.
Apartments. Dispatched 4:32 a.m. Fire in third
floor apartment, contained to unit of origin. Truck 8 flowing. Extensive
water damage shuts down power in six units. Occupants displaced. First alarm:
E8, E14, E5, T8, R14, C53. Second: E9, E6, T1, C51, C5, C2, C3, C4, C10, SR5.
[MF] (August 26, 2001)lw, rfd
Two alarms struck at 1515 Tivoli Court burned.
Tivoli Gardens. Two
alarms. Fire discovered shortly after 1:00 p.m. in second-floor apartment.
Extends into third-floor apartment and attic. Forty residents displaced. [MF] (August 31, 2001)lw
Apparatus delivered: 2001 Quality / Spartan MetroStar pumper, placed in service as Engine 3.
Photos and more information. (September 20, 2001)lw
Two alarms struck at 3461 Sumner Boulevard burned.
Triangle Towne Center. Dispatched 8:31 p.m. Shopping center under construction. Fire on roof of of new
insulation on roof ignited by welding torch.
Multiple county units also respond for manpower and water supply. Defensive
operation uses aerial stream to extinguish the fire. Some hydrants
at site are dry. Controlled by 10:10 a.m. E15, E19, E22, T22, R19, C51, E11, E9, E21, T11, R7, C53, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C10, C71, SR5, T16, SR20, special call E18 relief, Six Forks 126, Wake Forest E63, Falls E211, Rolesville
Tanker 157, 158, New Hope E1, Tanker 10, Tanker 11, Tanker 12, Hopkins Tanker
227. [MF] (September 21, 2001)lw,
Two alarms struck at 1716 St. Albans Drive. One
firefighter briefly trapped, resulting in second alarm and shift to defense
operations. Three firefighters transported to hospital, one held for
observation. E9, E11, E19, E15, E17, E6, T11, T8, R19, R14. [MF]
(September 21, 2001)rfd
Century Station Post Office
and other federal offices at 300 Fayetteville Street Mall closed and
evacuated after "powdery substance" is found among arrived mail. Field tests
for anthrax are negative; substance is collected by haz-mat team and sent to
lab. Substance confirmed innocuous. [HM] (October 23, 2001)no
Recruit academy #27 graduated 15 firefighters.
The academy started on September 10 and lasted 10 weeks. The graduation ceremony
is conducted at the City Council Chambers. (November 14, 2001)rfd
Light plane crashes into house at 7609 Stone Horse Court. See
Raleigh-Durham Airport Emergency Services history
(December 12, 2001)lw
- Car 53 moved from Station 14 to Station 17
- Car 51 moved from Station 9 to Station 15
- Car 5 moved from Station 1 to Station 9
Three alarms at 115 Salem Circle. North Hills
Dispatched 3:20 a.m. Fire through roof on arrival.
Multiple occupants trapped on balconies and requiring rescue. One elderly
occupant reported missing in a second floor bedroom, and three or four rescue
attempts are made. Fire collapses roof and third floor onto second.
At least one aerial deployed. Third alarm called for relief personnel. One fatality,
body later found. Crews remained on scene after shift change. First alarm: E9,
E11, E15, R9, 11, C51. Second: E16, E19, T22, R14, C52. Third: E10, E18, T1.
Also: SR5, C1, C3, C4, C5, C10, C12, C71. [MF] (February 28, 2002)lw, rfd
Two alarms struck at 7913-15 Condor Court.
Townhome building. Dispatched 2:31 p.m.
Code 2 fire. Second alarm for manpower. E18, E4, E17, E23, E16, E14, E9, T16,
T22, R14, R19, SR5, C53, C51, C5, C2, C10. [MF] (March 8, 2002)lw, rfd
Two alarms struck at 4603 Nesbit Court.
Apartments. Dispatched at 3:00 a.m. Code 2 fire. Fire contained to one apartment. One
family displaced. First: E11, E9, E21, T11, R19, C51, C5. Second: E9, E15, E4,
T22, R7, C52. [MF] (May 3, 2002)lw, no03may02, rfd
- 2002 Quality/ Spartan MetroStar Pumper, placed in service as Engine 5 on April
- 2002 Quality/ Spartan MetroStar Pumper, placed in service as Engine 7 on April
- 2002 International / SVI medium rescue, placed in service as Rescue 7 on April 15
- 2002 Quality/ Spartan MetroStar Pumper, placed in service as Engine 9 on April 25
- 2002 Quality/ Spartan MetroStar Pumper, placed in service as Engine 12 on April 25
- 2002 International / SVI mobile air, placed in service as SR 5 on April 25.
Photos and more information.
Two alarms struck at 4749-A Courtney Lane.
Courtney Square ApartmentsDispatched 1:36 a.m. Fire on second floor and through roof.
Starts in attic of vacant apartment. Fire contained to two units with water
damaged in two other units. Five families displaced. E19, E11, E22, T11, R19,
C51, E15, E21, T22, R7, SR5, C2, C3, C4, C5, C10, C52. [MF] (July 21, 2002)lw
Two alarms struck at 3308 Ocean Key Place.
Apartments. Dispatched 1:30 a.m. Code 3 fire. Units dispatched again at 7:00 a.m.
for rekindle. First: E20, E2, E13, T8, R14, C52, plus Swift Creek FD. Second:
TBD. [MF] (July 31, 2002)lw,
FireWatch premiered on Raleigh Television Network.
The monthly series is hosted by Fire Educator Jan Parker,
and produced by RTN staff. Each episode is 30 minutes in
length. The concept for the series is suggested by the
Public Affairs Director, who often featured Ms. Parker as a
guest on the The City Show. (September 2002)oh
Flash floods struck city.
Five inches of rain falls, with three inches falling in a two-hour period. The
ten-year storm event occurs in the Crabtree and Walnut Creek Basins and a 25-year
storm event occurs in the Marsh Creek Basin. Damage occurs particularly in
Pigeon House Basin. Apartments and living areas are flooded in Marsh Creek area.
Seven areas of roads are closed temporarily due to flooding. City receives 2,618
emergency calls in a 24-hour period. Fire Department responds to 121 incidents
including four rescues of people in distress either in houses or vehicles. Fifty
six people were evacuated from different areas of the City. [WE] (October 2002)ccm
Two alarms struck at 5720-L Capital Boulevard. Two alarms.
Yolanda Nails Salon. Business contents completely destroyed with smoke damage to
businesses on both sides. Damage approximately $150,000. No injuries. First
alarm: E19, E15, E22, T22, R19, C51. Second: E11, E4, E9, T11, R7, C52,
C5, SR 5. [MF] (October 22, 2002)lw, rfd
Confined space rescue at Thomas Concrete, 1100 West Street.
One fatality. [MF] (October 23, 2002)lw
Two alarms struck at 1305 E. Millbrook Road.
Quail Corners Shopping Center. Two alarms.
Fire contained to attic space over shoe store. No injuries. Caused by electrical
fault in store front sign. First alarm: E15, E9, E4, T22, R19, C51, C5. Second: E19, E6, T11, R14, C52, C1, C2, C3, C10, C71. [MF] (October 23, 2002)lw,
Two alarms struck at 1400
S. Blount Street. Cargill plant. Dispatched as fire alarm at 9:52 p.m. Top portion of grain dryer fully involved.
Difficult to extinguish. Two ladders deployed for containment and exposure
protection. Hose stretched across railroad lines and two trains are stopped, but third
passenger train allowed to pass after crews momentarily clear their
equipment. E2, E13, E1, T1, E3, E7, T8, R7, R14. [MF] (October 24, 2002)lw, no24oct02,
Two alarms struck at 3260
Lynn Ridge Drive.
Sailboat Bay Apartments. Dispatched 5:15 p.m. Engine
18 first arrived. Three apartments with heavy fire damage. Contained about 6:30
p.m. Six apartments destroyed. First alarm: E18, E23, E17, T16, R14, C53.
Second: E4, E16, T22, R19, C51. [MF] (October 30, 2002)lw, no31oct02, rfd
Three alarms at 111 Friendly Drive.
University Towers. Dispatched 1:00 p.m. Fire contained to single room.
Extensive search and smoke removal operation. Limited damage. No injuries. First: E5, E8, E14, T8, R14, C52, C5, SR1. Second: E13, E6, T1, R7, C53,
C3, C4, C10, C71. Third: E2, T11. [MF] (November
Recruit academy #28 graduated 10 firefighters.
The academy started on October 7 and lasted 11 weeks. The graduation ceremony is
conducted at the City Council Chambers. (December 30, 2002)rfd
Apparatus note: 1988 GMC step van placed in
service as Haz-Mat 15. Photos and more information.
(January 10, 2003)rfd
Three alarms at 2815 Capital Boulevard burned.
Old Holiday Inn.
Heavy fire on first and second floors of two-story hotel building. Units
remain on scene through the night. E11, T11, T1, E21, E19, others. [MF] (March 1, 2003)lw,
Two alarms struck at 1222 Carlton Avenue. [MF] (March
Two alarms struck at 300-A Greenlief Street. House
fire. First: E8, E20, E5, T8, R14, C53. Second: E13, E6, E14; T1, R7, C52. [MF]
(March 5, 2003)rfd
Two alarms struck at 2
Broughton Drive. D. H. Hill Library at North Carolina State University.
Dispatched 3:30 a.m. Fire contained to ground floor kitchen on west wing. First: E5, E13, E1, T1, R14, C52.
Second: E14, E6, E8, T8, R7, C53, C5. [MF] (April 22, 2003)lw,
Recruit academy #29 graduated 28 firefighters.
The academy started on October 7, 2002 and lasted 26 weeks. The graduation
ceremony is conducted in Fletcher Hall in the BTI Center. (April 7, 2003)rfd
Apparatus note: 2002 Volvo tractor and 2002 Great Dane trailer placed in service as Decon 1. Photos and more information. (April, 2003)
Station 26 opens at 3929 Barwell Road. Engine 26 placed in service with 1986 Pemfab / EEI pumper. Photos and more information. (June 9, 2003)
Station 27 opens at 5916 Buffalo Road. Engine 27 placed in service with 1985 Pirsch pumper. Photos and more information. (June 9, 2003)
Two alarms struck at 1 E. Edenton Street. State
Capitol. Dispatched 1:50 p.m. Fire on roof under construction, quickly
contained. Second alarm for heat stress. First alarm: E1, E13, E3, T1, R7, C52.
Second: E2, E11, T11, R19. [MF] (July 9, 2003)lw, rfd
Three alarms on Penmarc Drive.
Warehouse building. Dispatched 9:00 a.m. First alarm: E2, E1, E13, T1, C51, R7.
Second: E5, E7, T8, R14, C5. Third: E8, E9, T16, C51. [MF] (August 22, 2003)lw, rfd
Two alarms (?) on Salem Court. [MF] (August 25, 2003)rfd
Hurricane Isabel struck eastern North Carolina, eye of Category 1 storm striking southeastern coast with 92 mph winds at 3:00 p.m.
"B" shift, on four day break, is recalled to work 24-hour shift from noon Thursday (September 18)to noon Friday (September 19), to staff the following:
- four personnel minimum for all engines and trucks
- aides assigned to all chief officers
- two firefighters staffing both mini-pumpers
- spare engines placed in service, one per district: Station 2 (E101), Station 6 (E102), Station 10 (E103), Engine 15 (E105)
- spare ladder company placed in service at Station 21 (T111)
- spare rescue company placed in service at Station 7 (R113)
- fourth district chief placed in service at training center (C12).
Twelve member "B" shift Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team staffs USAR 1 and
USAR 2 at training center for deployment as needed to eastern North Carolina.
Second team from Thomasville also deployed at training center, primarily for
swift- water rescue capabilities. Third team from Charlotte proceeds directly to
Kinston, NC. Call volume for "A" shift, Rom 8:00 a.m. Thursday to 8:00 a.m.
Friday, is 235 runs. Normal call volume is 75 rums per 24 hours. Specific calls
of "tree down" not answered during this period. Engine 5 is busiest engine
company, with 32 runs. [WE] (September 18, 2003.)pb
New computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system placed in service at Emergency Communications Center. (September 24, 2003).
North Carolina Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task
Force 8 placed in service.
Team is comprised of members and equipment from
Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Cary fire departments. Two tractor-drawn USAR
units are placed in service at the Keeter Training Center: USAR 1, a 1979
International tractor pulling a 1974 Hackney converted beverage trailer, and
USAR 2, a 2002 Volvo/Great Dane transfer truck. Earlier in the decade, the
Raleigh Fire Department had identified the need for a Type I USAR team capable
of continuous technical rescue operations at man-made and natural disasters for
extended periods and without the need for outside resources. They conceived of
a task force with the four fire departments.
After the events of September 11,
2001, Ederal money was made available through North Carolina Emergency
Management to develop a statewide USAR program to respond and assist impacted
communities when local resources were taxed beyond their capabilities. The
Raleigh Fire Department received $100,000, which set into motion the
development of Task Force 8. In May 2002, Raleigh firefighters attended a
structural collapse exercise in Asheville. In August of that year, thirty-six
firefighters from the four departments attended a Structural Collapse
Technician (SCT) school in Charlotte.
In April 2003, Task Force 8 completed
construction of a USAR training facility at the Keeter Training Center. Also
that year, Atlas Engineering joined Task Force 8, to provide engineers, heavy
equipment, and operators as needed for training and deployments. In September
2003, almost immediately after becoming operational, Task Force 8 was
pre-deployed to the Keeter Training Center for Hurricane Isabel. Twelve task
force members staffed USAR 1 and USAR 2 for deployment to eastern North
Carolina if needed.
Subsequent missions included September 2004, to Macon
County to assist with Hurricane Ivan damage; December 2005, to Harrison County,
MI, to assist with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts; September 2007 to
Clayton, for an aircraft into a building; June 2009 to Garner, for a building
explosion and fire; and April 2011 to Raleigh, for tornado damage. On January
1, 2007, Wake County EMS joined Task Force 8. They began providing medical
specialists for training and deployment. On August 1, 2007, thirty haz-mat
technicians were added from the Raleigh Fire Department, which completed the
NIMS criteria for a Type I USAR team. In November 2009, the North Carolina
State Highway Patrol joined Task Force 8 to provide helicopter rescue support,
and began training with task force members as a helicopter rescue team. (September 2003)chb
Two alarms struck at 6516
Lake Hill Drive.
The Lakes Apartments. Dispatched 7:41 p.m. Fire contained to two apartments. First alarm:
E15, E9, E4, T22, R19, C51. Second: E6, E16, E19, T16, R7, C52. [MF] (October 11, 2003)lw,
Radio procedures changed. Plain talk replaces ten codes. Specific words replace Code I / II / III arrival codes. (November, 2003).
District chiefs reorganized from three divisions to four divisions.
The battalions are organized as:
||9, 15, 19, 22, 25, 27
||3, 7, 10, 11, 12, 21, 26
||1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 14, 20
||4, 6, 17, 18, 23, 24
Battalion Chief positions renamed Division Chief, or Shift Commander. District Chief positions renamed Battalion Chief. (January 10, 2004)
Apparatus note: Foam 12 moved to Station 26. (January 10, 2004)
Apparatus note: Mini 4 moved to Station 24, for improved response to airport parking decks and Umstead State Park. (February
Two alarms struck on Quarter Cove Court. Engine 18
arrived. Two-story, triplex townhome. First: E18, E4, E23, T16, R14, B3.
Second: E16, E13, others? Plus E17, E10, E2, E18 for fire watch. [MF] (February
Recruit academy #30 graduated 13 firefighters.
The academy started on February 5 and lasted 9 weeks. The graduation ceremony is
conducted at the City Council Chambers. (March 5, 2004)rfd
Two alarms struck on S. Wilmington Street.
Adult bookstore. Two alarms. E2, E1, E13, E3, E20, T1, R7, B2, B3, C5, C3, C198, and SR 5 respond
to early morning fire. [MF] (April 3, 2004)lw
Apparatus note: Sixth truck company placed in service as Truck 24 with 2001 Quality / Spartan Gladiator. Photos and more information. (April 6, 2004)
Two alarms struck at 9530 Lumley Road burned.
Abandoned warehouse. Dispatched shortly after 4:00 p.m., controlled in about 30 minutes. First: E24,
E23, E18, T24, R14, B4. Second: E17, E16, E4, T16, B1, R7, C5, C198. Also E26,
E25, E8 for fire watch. RDU CFR also responds. [MF] (April 17, 2004)no18apr04, lw,
Two alarms struck at 1002 Lake Boone Trail. Two
alarms. Home under construction, 90 percent finished. $2.2 million, 11,179
square-feet. Reported at 10:35 p.m. Fire through roof on arrival. Interior
operations changed to
defensive attack, then resumed after roof extinguished. Two companies stand by, relieved every two hours. First: E14, E16, T16, R14, B3, C5, SR 5.
Second: E5, E8, T8, R7. [MF] (April 21, 2004)lw, rfd
Apparatus note: Mini 24 moved to Station 23. (April
Two alarms struck at 4660 Tournament Drive.
Apartments. Dispatched 10:15 p.m. Reported as small fire on porch, also inside the wall, and
moving up the apartment building. Reported as fire covering the second floor.
Controlled at 10:53 p.m. E17, E14, E18, E16, E23, E9, T16, T24, R14, R19, B4, B3, C5, SR
5. Overnight with E10 and E4 in shifts at the scene. [MF] (April 29, 2004)lw,
Two alarms struck at 313 Roselle Court burn.
Pines of Ashton Apartments. Dispatched 8:29 p.m. Flames through roof of three-story
building on arrival. Controlled by 9:45 p.m. Top floor of
apartment building destroyed. B1, B2, B3, C198, FC3, C5, C72, E1, E10, E11, E12,
E21, E3, E7, R19, R7, SR5, SO1, T1, T11. [MF] (June 11, 2004)lw, no12jun04
Two alarms struck at 6300 Oak Brook Circle.
Townhouse building. Dispatched 4:12 a.m., controlled by 5:30 a.m. First alarm: E9, E15, E4, T16, R9,
B1. Second: E16, E19, E18, T11, R14, B4, SR5, C5. (June 14, 2004)lw,
Two alarms struck at 1746 Quail
Ridge Road. Apartments. Dispatched 8:05 a.m. Engine 15 arrives with heavy fire in the middle of the
building. Upgraded to major working fire. First alarm: E15, E19, E11, T11, R19,
B1. Second: E16, E4, T16, C5, SR5. [MF] (June 27, 2004)lw, rfd
Three alarms at 3101 Kings Court burned.
Apartments. Dispatched 3:03 p.m. Heavy fire on arrival. Heat index of 100 degrees. Fire
contained to two apartments. First alarm: E8, E20, E5, T8, R14, B3.
Second: E2, E1, E14, T1, R7, B2. Third: E6, E13, E17, T11, SCFD R1.
[MF] (July 7, 2004)lw,
Two alarms struck at 6600 Glenwood
Avenue. Wal-Mart Garden Center. Two alarms. Fire contained to garden center. Dispatched 1:13 a.m.
First alarm: E18, E23, E17, T16, R14, B4. Second: E14, E6, E9, T24, R19,
B1. [MF] (July 8, 2004)lw
Two alarms struck at 3817 Brentwood Road burned.
Brentwood West Apartments. Two
alarms. E10, E11, E13, E15, E19, E21, E27, E4,
E6, E7, E9, R14, R19, R7, SR5, SO1, T1, T11, T16, B1, B2, B3, C10, C198, C5, C71. [MF] (July 14, 2004)lw
Apparatus note: North Carolina Hazardous Materials Regional Response Team (RRT) 4
placed in service, after relocated from Parkwood Fire Department in Durham County. Assets include:
- 1995 International / Hackney tractor-drawn haz-mat unit
- six-wheel decontamination fifth-wheel trailer
- four-wheel support trailer.
The primary unit is placed in service at Station 15. The decontamination trailer is housed at Station 22, and towed by a 1979 International tractor. The support trailer is housed at Station 8 and
later Station 15, before being moved to Station 22.
Photos and more information. (July 16, 2004)rfd
Apparatus note: Rescue 14 moved to Station 6.
(July 17, 2004)rfd
Two alarms struck at 4900 Lancashire.
Started by lightning strike in attic. First: E23, E18, E17, T16, R14, B4.
Second: E16, E4, T24, R19. [MF] (July 18,
Two alarms struck at 1001 Brighthurst Drive. Two
alarms. [MF] (August 10, 2004)rfd
Three alarms at at 214 E. Martin Street
burned. Greenshields Brewery and Pub. Dispatched 4:00 a.m. Fire ignites in the kitchen
hood and vent system on first floor and spreads through ceiling and into roof.
Controlled in about an hour. First alarm: E1, E3, E13, T1, R7, B2, SR5, C5.
Second: E2, E5, E7, T8,
R14. Third: E6, E12, T16, C1, C2, C3, C10. Built in 1914 as the City
Market, the structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
[MF] (August 17, 2004)lw, no18aug04
Recruit academy #31 graduated 18 firefighters.
The academy started on April 5 and lasted 24 weeks. The graduation ceremony is
held in Memorial Auditorium. (September 27, 2004)rfd
- 2004 American LaFrance Eagle pumper placed in service as Engine 6 on August 26
- 2004 American LaFrance Eagle pumper placed in service as Engine 14 on August 28
- 2004 Pierce Arrow XT tractor-drawn aerial ladder placed in service as Truck 1 on September 11.rfd
Photos and more information.
Services and Shop begin moving into new facility at 4120 New Bern Avenue, a 13,018 square-foot expansion of the City Heavy Equipment Depot. The $1,117,123 building includes a six-bay garage, storage rooms, and office space. Photos and more information. (October 8, 2004)
Two alarms struck at 1900 Pepsi Way.
Pepsi Bottling Company plant. E1, E10, E12, E2, E26, E3, E7, R19, R7, SR5,
SO1, T1, T11, B2, B3, C5, C71. [MF] (October 18, 2004)rfd
Two alarms struck at 1625 Capital Boulevard.
Capital Inn. Dispatched about 4:50 p.m., controlled in about five minutes. Three
rooms gutted, more damaged. [MF] (October 20, 2004)no21oct04, rfd
- Truck 8 moved to Station 20
- Haz-Mat 20 moved to Station 2
- SR20 moved to Station 2 (November 5, 2004)
Two alarms struck at 6913 Springcreek Cove.
Apartments. Engine 18 arrived. Large amount of fire found in two
apartments. Heavy fire damage in two apartments, smoke and water damage in two
more apartments. E11, E16, E17, E18, E20, E23, E24,
E6, E9, Mini 23, R14, SR5, SO1, T16, T24, B3, B4, C198, FC2, C5, C71. [MF] (November 9, 2004)rfd
Commercial building at 1400 Diggs Drive burned.
Three alarms. Four units fully involved on arrival. Eventually eight to ten
units involved. No injuries. First: E2, E1, E13, T1, R7, B3. Second: E20, E10,
E3, T20, R14, B2. Third: E5, E6, E12, T11. Plus: C2, C5, C72, SR5. [MF] (November 12, 2004)rfd
Battalion Chief 3 moves from Station 1 to basement of Station 8. The former Services site is renovated to include a kitchen, sleeping quarters, and a meeting area. The construction takes several weeks and is performed by firefighters. (November 19, 2004)
Two alarms struck at 1405 Hardimont Road.
Monticeito West Apartments. Fire starts in bathroom of unit and rapidly spreads to
attic. Major damage contained to unit or origin. Four adults displaced. First:
E11, E9, E15, T11, R19, B1. Second: E19, E6, E16, R14, B4. [MF] (November 22, 2004)rfd
Two alarms struck at 220 W. Davie Street.
Morts Trophies and/or current/former tire company. Dispatched as fire alarm. Major working fire, then downgraded. Truck on fire inside
E1, E13, E2, E3,
E5, E6, E7, R14, R19, SR5, SO1, T11, T20, B1, B3, FC4, C5, C71. [MF] (December 20, 2004)rfd, lw
Trench rescue in Wakefield subdivision. One
fatality. [TR] (December 23, 2004)lw
Two alarms struck at 7304 Bryn Athyn Way.
Apartments. Dispatched just before 5:00 a.m. Flames venting through windows on arrival at
two-story apartment building. Controlled by 5:30 a.m. One apartment gutted. E15, E16, E18, E19, E4, E9, R14, R19, SR5, SO1, T11, T16,
B1, B4, C198, C5. [MF] (December 30, 2004)rfd
Apparatus note: Mass- Casualty Incident (MCI)unit placed in service. Photos and more information.
Surprise snowfall sends fire units scrambling to multiple medical calls, vehicle accidents, and single-engine response fire alarms.
Though only about an inch accumulates in the Capital City, melting snow on the roadways soon refreezes due to the low temperatures. Early-closing schools and businesses soon clog the slick streets with a record number of cars and buses. The resulting congestion stalls traffic and slows emergency responses on both major thoroughfares and popular cross streets. Gridlock also hampers the efforts of crews clearing snow and applying sand. Tire chains are ordered onto fire apparatus about 2:30 p.m. Gridlock persists on major roads into the early evening and increasingly poor road conditions affect response times to some incidents. Dozens of abandoned cars litter roadways and firefighters assist some stranded motorists with finding shelter. Routine commutes take as long as ten hours for some drivers. Multiple-vehicle accidents occur throughout the afternoon, though no serious injuries are reported.
The Raleigh Police Department responds to 422 vehicle accidents between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., with another 60 reported accidents pending. By midnight, officers are taking information over the phone for minor wrecks. Units also respond to a working apartment fire at 1209 Holman Street around 8 p.m. Car 72 and Truck 1 are first on scene and report fire showing from a second floor window.
Engine 1, Engine 13, Engine 2, Rescue 7, Battalion 3, and SR 5 also respond. Both the room and its contents are destroyed.
By 10 p.m., approximately 350 school buses are still on the road. Another 3,000 children around the county re being sheltered at 56 schools for the night. Major arteries including both the Beltline and New Bern Avenue remain stalled into the late evening. By 11 p.m., Governor Mike Easley has declared a state of emergency for Wake County, allowing state government buildings to be opened as shelters. Other motorists sleep overnight in their cars. The fire department answers 152 calls between 0800 hours Wednesday and 0800 hours Thursday, nearly a 50% increase over the average volume of 82 calls per day.
[WE] (January 19, 2005)
- 2004 American LaFrance Eagle pumper placed in service as Engine 1 on January 19
- 2004 American LaFrance Eagle pumper placed in service as Engine 13 on January 26.rfd
Photos and more information.
Two alarms struck at 4711 Walden Pond Drive.
Engine 15 arrived with working fire. Upgraded by Battalion 1 moments later as
major working fire. E11, E15, E16, E19, E27, E9, R19, R7,
SR5, SO1, T11, T16, B1, B4, C10, C5, C71. [MF] (February 7, 2005)rfd
Two alarms struck at 1205 Angelus Drive.
Apartments. Battalion 3 first arrived. Major working fire with two units involved. E1, E10, E12, E2, E3, E7, Mini 3, R14, R19, R7, SR5,
SO1, T1, T11, B1, B2, B3, C10, C198, C5, C72. [MF] (March 19, 2005)rfd
Major natural gas leak on Fayetteville Street Mall.
[HM] (April 5, 2005)lw
Training tower demolished. The 51 year-old structure is reduced to rubble within two hours using heavy machinery. The demolition is performed on a Saturday morning. The debris is removed over the following week and transported to a storage area for later USAR training. (April 16, 2005)
Classroom trailer added at Keeter Training Center.
The double-wide structure subsequently houses a tabletop simulator constructed later that year by firefighters. (April 2005)
Two alarms struck at 2411 Dunn Avenue.
Reynolds Coliseum. Dispatched about 10:20 a.m., controlled by 11:40 a.m. Fire sparked by a
malfunctioning electrical transformer spreads into two rooms and spreads smoke
damage through entire structure. [MF] (May 23, 2005)lw, no24may05
- 2005 Pierce Enforcer pumper placed in service as Engine 2 on May 28
- 2005 Pierce Enforcer pumper placed in service as Engine 11 on May 28
- 2005 Pierce Dash aerial ladder 75' placed in service as Truck 11 on June 4
- 2005 Pierce Arrow XT aerial ladder 105' placed in service as Truck 22 on June
Photos and more information.
Apparatus note: Foam 26 removed from service. Foam canisters are moved to Station 2, with SR 2 designed as the transport vehicle. (June 8, 2005)
Two alarms struck at 8405 Leesville Road.
Leesville Middle School. Roof under construction. E16, E17,
E18, E23, E24, E4, FOPS1, R19, R7, SR5, SO1, T16, T22, T24, DHE3, B1, B4, C5. [MF] (June
Two alarms struck at 620 Weathergreene Drive.
Townhouse building. [MF] (July 20, 2005)lw
Apparatus note: Seventh truck company placed in service as Truck 26 with 1988 Pierce Arrow snorkel. Photos and more information. (August 6, 2005)
Recruit academy #32 graduated 24 firefighters.
The academy started on February 7 and lasted 27 weeks. The graduation ceremony
is held in Fletcher Hall in the BTI Center. (August 8, 2005)rfd
Two alarms struck at 3712
Amana Auto Care Center. New Hope and other county departments also respond to the
evening fire. E11, E15, E19, E21, E22, E4, FL210,
FLE212, FLTA217, R19, R7, SR5, SO1, T11, T22, B1, B4, C198, FC3, C5, C72, NHE1, NHE2, NHE8, NHT14, NHT6,
NHTA11. [MF] (August 9, 2005)lw, no10aug05
Three alarms at Colonial Carton Company in Clayton.
Raleigh Fire Department haz-mat team responds.
[HM] (August 15, 2005)lw
Two alarms struck at 220 Mountain Mist Court. Apartments. E1, E10, E13, E2, E20, E5, E9, R14, R7,
SR5, SO1, T1, T20, B2, B3, C198, C5, C74, C75. [MF] (September 9, 2005)rfd
Two alarms struck at 4113 and 4417 Cobble Court. Two
Dispatched about 8:15 a.m. Second alarm called as two houses found on fire. Caused by discarded cigarette in rear. First alarm: E27 E19 E21 T11 R19
B1. Second: E11 E15 E7 T22 R7 B2. Also on scene: C5 SR5 C72 C73 C75 C198
EMS16 EMS5 AND EMS2. [MF] (September 11, 2005)rfd
Major natural gas leak in 100 block of Fayetteville Street Mall.
[HM] (October 18, 2005)lw
Fire department ends single-engine response to fire alarms after several weeks of fuel conservation that started after August 29 when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana and impacted Gulf Coast fuel suppliers. (October 20, 2005)
Two alarms struck at 456 Dorothea Drive.
Apartments. Firefighters encountered heavy fire at 456 Dorothea Drive on Monday morning.
Located in the Hertiage Park housing project, the two-story wood-frame apartment
building had fire on both floors. A second alarm was soon requested. The 7:28
a.m. incident was marked under control at 7:56 a.m. Three units were damaged or
destroyed. Units on scene: E1 E13 E2 R7 T1 B3 E3 E5 E8 T20 R14 B2 C2 C3 C5 C10
C73 SR5 EMS11 EMS 13 EMS203. [MF] (October 31, 2005)rfd
Two alarms struck at 5509 Homewood Banks Drive.
Dispatched just after 3:00 a.m, to another restaurant location above Crabtree
Valley Mall. Correct location quickly confirmed as first-due Engine 16 spots flames from Lead Mine Road. After
arrived firefighters discover a dead hydrant in front of the 8,826 square-foot hilltop structure, Engine 17 empties its hose bed along the 1,000-foot driveway to a hydrant at the street. Truck 16, operating reserve Truck 112, prepares an elevated master stream and Engine 16 stretches two hand lines. Battalion 4 requests a second alarm several minutes after the approximate 3:13 a.m. dispatch. Firefighters operate in defensive mode from the beginning with Engine 17 supplying Truck 16 and Truck 16 supplying the hand lines off Engine 16.
Two additional engines and a mini-pumper are
special called as a precaution against the fire extending into the excessively
dry wooded areas. The blaze does not spread beyond the building. Apparatus are
staged at the intersection of Homewood Banks Drive and Blue Ridge Road. Most of
the fire is knocked down by 4:30 a.m., though the remains of the structure
continue to burn for another hour or so. The split-level wooden structure was
built in 1956 as the residence of Kidd Brewer, developer of Crabtree Valley
Mall. In the mid-1980s, the structure was converted into the Crossroads
Restaurant. Most recently operated as It's Prime Only, the building had been
abandoned for a number of years. First Alarm: E16, E17, E9, T16, R14, B4,
Second: E14, E6, E18, T11, R7, B3 Special Called: E13, E11, Mini 3, Other
Units: C5, C3, C4, SR5, C72, EMS 4, EMS 203, Six Forks EMS. [MF] (November 6, 2005)lw,
Nine firefighters depart for Harrison County, Mississippi, to assist with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. Debris removal from demolished buildings is the primary focus of the USAR team members. The crew return to Raleigh two weeks later, and are greeted at the Keeter Training Center by family members, fire officials, and other fire department members.
[UD] (December 9, 2005)
Division Chief moves from Station 9 to basement of Station 8. The former Services site and present Battalion 3 quarters are renovated to accommodate an additional office and living area. The construction takes several weeks and is performed by firefighters. (December 10, 2005)
Two alarms struck at 12241 Oakwood View Drive.
Dispatched 4:53 a.m. Engine 25 first on scene and report major working
fire. Three hydrants used with five-inch lines to Engine 25, Truck 22, and Truck
16. Master streams utilized from Truck 22 and Truck 16. Six hand lines also
deployed. Ten apartments destroyed and another ten apartments damaged. The
23,000 square-foot, three-story wood frame building fire is brought under
control at 6:25 a.m. First alarm: E25, E22, E15, T22, R19, B1, along with Falls
E211 E212 and chief units. Second: E4, E18, E19, T16, R7, B4. Also: C3,
C4, C5, C10, C72, C198, EMS10, EMS12, EMS16, EMS205. Two sand trucks also
special called for iced surfaces from 20 degree temperature. [MF] (December 22, 2005)lw,
Two alarms struck at 1508 Gorman Street.
Dispatched about 12:00 a.m. Engine 8 first on scene. Battalion 3 reports
working fire, then upgrades to major working fire. Two-story wood-frame
apartments well-involved in rear units. Companies: E8, E20, E5, T20, R14, B3,
E1, E13, E14, T1, R7, B4, SR5, C5, C3, C10. [MF] (December 23, 2005)lw,
Fire Chief Earl Fowler retires. City Manager Russell Allen announces his replacement one week prior as John T. McGrath, a Deputy Chief from Philadelphia. (December 31, 2005)
Apparatus delivered: 2005 Ford F-550 mini-pumper with Reading utility body and Slagle firefighting equipment. To be placed in service as Mini 9. Photos and more information. (December 2005)
Community Emergency Response Team created. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Association, the program educates citizens on disaster preparedness and provides training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. About 18 volunteers comprise the initial team.
Vehicle delivery: Two 2005 Ford Excursions placed in service as Battalion 1 and Car 5. Photos and more information.
Two alarms struck on Sandy
Apartments. The two-story, wood-frame condominium building was reported
ablaze about 1:30 p.m. First-due Engine 4 declared a major working fire on E15, E16, E18, E19, E27, E4, E9, R14, R19, SR5, SO1, T16, T22,
B1, B4, C5, C72. [MF] (January 7, 2006)lw, rfd
John T. McGrath appointed sixteenth Fire Chief. He is the third Raleigh Fire Chief from outside the department, a 32-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department. (February 1, 2006)
Fire department changes radios to 800mhz digital trunked radio system.
(February 1?, 2006)
Two alarms struck at 3201 Clark Avenue.
House. The llarge two-story residence in West Raleigh challenged firefighters Friday
evening. The 3,251 square-foot brick structure at 3201 Clark Avenue was
declared a working fire upon arrival by Engine 5 around 6:45 p.m. Crews worked
to control flames in roof and attic areas, with both interior operations and
exterior attacks from at least three sides. A second-alarm was dispatched about
20 minutes into the incident, and a full assignment of relief personnel
responded to the scene a couple hours later. Staging for the second alarm was
Clark Avenue. Staging for the relief assignment was Dixie Trial. The call was
reported by motorists who spotted smoke trailing from the building. The fire
reportedly started in an unoccupied front room on the second floor. Built in
1931, the house was the home of an elderly couple. All occupants escaped
unharmed, including one person in a wheelchair. Fire units remained on the
scene through the evening. Raleigh Fire Department investigators returned to
the scene Saturday morning. Units on Scene: First alarm: E3, E6, E8, T20, R14,
B3, C5, SR5. Second: E14, E13, E20, T1, R7, B4, C3. Move-ups: E7 to
Station 8, T11 to Station 1. Relief: E7, E9, E17, T11, R19. [MF] (February 17, 2006)rfd
Apparatus note: Truck 24 moved to Station 23 after facility renovations and expansion completed. (March 4,
Two alarms struck at 610 E. Martin Street. Dispatched
about 10:40 a.m. Engine 3 arrived 1.5 story rooming house well-involved.
Upgraded to Major working fire. Special call for Engine 7 at 11:03 a.m. E1, E13, E16, E26, E27, E3, E5, E7, Mini 2, R19, R7, SR5,
SO1, T1, T11, T23, B1, B2, B3, C198, C5, C75. [MF] (March
Fire department teams with Community Services Department for new smoke alarm installation program targeting seniors and homeowners with disabilities. (March 2006)
Diversity plan implemented to increase the number of women and minorities hired by the fire department. (March 2006)
Two alarms struck at 3903 Green Road.
Severe weather taxed fire department resources late Monday morning as a series
of severe thunderstorms passed through the Capital City. The largest incident
was a two-alarm apartment fire on Green Road. Reported about 10:30 a.m. at 3903
Green Road, Engine 19 declared a working fire on arrival. They also requested
the second-due engine bring in a second hand line. As interior crews reported
difficulty accessing the seat of the fire, a second alarm was requested about 15
minutes later. Crews fought heavy fire in three ends units and an aerial
platform was raised for a possible defensive attack. Engine 27 stretched a
five-inch supply line across Green Road to Truck 11, operating the reserve Mack
tower. Green Road was also used for staging and rehab units and Raleigh police
officers closed the roadway north of the New Hope Church Road intersection. With
the staging area depleted about 11:20 p.m., another engine and truck company was
called. At least two relief engine companies were sent to the scene. Three
apartments were destroyed, and a fourth was damaged. The fire is believed to
have been caused by lightning. First-alarm: E19, E27, T1, R19, B2, SR5, Car 5,
EMS 7, and EMS 205. Second: E11, T11, E7, R7, E9, B4, and Car 74. Other
units on scene included E13, T16, E16, E17, E21, BC 3, Car 10, Car 2, Car 1, EMS
16, and MD 1. Barry's Cafe's Feed the Firefighter unit also brought lunch to
the scene. . [MF] (April 3, 2006)rfd
Two alarms struck at 10811 Hamilton Club Drive.
Twenty-four units were destroyed at the Carrington Apartments at
10600 Lanier Club Drive near the Brier Creek Country Club early Saturday
afternoon. Located off Alexander Drive just south of Highway 70, the fire was
one of several suspected arson fires. Units: E14, E18, E19, E23, E24, E9, SR5,
T23, Parkwood FD. Bethesda FD, Bay Leaf E121, Tanker 125, T25, Durham Highway
E1, E2, E3, E4, Durham City FD, B3, C198, C5. [MF] (April 22, 2006)rfd
Apparatus delivered: 2006 Freightliner / Hackney tractor-drawn haz-mat unit, to replace Haz-Mat #2. (April 28, 2006)
Eight fire inspectors from Inspections Department moved to Fire Department.
- 2006 Pierce Arrow XT aerial ladder 105' placed in service as Truck 26 on May
- 2006 Pierce Enforcer pumper placed in service as Engine 8 on June 7
- 2006 Pierce Enforcer pumper placed in service as Engine 15 on June 7
- 2006 Pierce Enforcer pumper placed in service as Engine 12 on June 8
- 2006 Pierce Enforcer pumper placed in service as Engine 3 on June 9
Photos and more information.
Drill tower dedication at Keeter Training Center. The five-story structure replaced a 1954 tower demolished last year. (May 2, 2006)
Two alarms struck at 1800 Summerdale Drive.
alarms. E11, E12, E21, E27, E3, E7, R19, R7, SR5,
SO1, T11, T26, B1, B2, C198, FC2, C5. [MF] (May 25, 2006)rfd
North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation memorial dedicated.
Personnel assist with event and provide use of Station 1 for participating
firefighters and family members. (May 6, 2006)
alarms struck at 10700 World Trade Boulevard.
Warehouse. E14, E16, E17, E18, E19, E22, E23, E24, E4, E9, R14, R19, T16,
T23, Bethesda FD, Durham Highway E4, B1, B4, C198. [MF] (June 7, 2006)rfd
Tropical storm remnants cause worst flooding in ten years. Firefighters perform numerous water rescues and evacuations.
[WE] (June 14, 2006)
Two alarms struck
at 8311 Hempshire Place.
Apartments. Occurred during severe thunderstorm activity. Two-story, six-unit, wood-frame
townhouse with fire through roof on arrival of Engine 18. Master streams
operated by both Engine 18 and Truck 23. E14, E15, E16, E18, E4, E6, E9, R14, R19, R7, SR5, SO1, T22, T23, T26,
Bay Leaf Tanker 125, B1, B4, C5, C75. [MF] (June 23, 2006)rfd
Bicycle team created for special events. Two-person team is equipped for rapid response to medical emergencies. (June, 2006)
Last Mack pumpers retired from service. (July 2006)
Water treatment plant building at 10301 Falls of Neuse Road
burned. Hazardous-materials incident.
[HM] (July 1, 2006)
New administrative positions added:
Facility Manager, Planner I, and Systems Analyst Programmer. (July 1, 2006)
Two alarms struck at 2008 Poole Road.
Commercial building. Flowers Et Cetera. E7 E3 E12 E10 E1 E13 T1 T11 R7 R14 B2 B3 C5 C3
C198 SR5 EMS7 EMS13 EMS203. Special called T26 for evening fire watch. [MF] (July 27, 2006)rfd
Two alarms struck at
410 Cutler Street. House fire. E1,
E13, E2, E20, E5, E7, E8, R14, R7, SR5, SO1, T1, T20, B2, B3, C5. [MF] (August 1, 2006)rfd
Two alarms struck at 4300 Hickory Ridge Drive.
House fire. E11, E15, E16, E19, E4, E9, R14,
R19, T11, T16, B1, B2. [MF]
(August 2, 2006)rfd
Three alarms at 2200 Banks Hill Row burned. Second alarm dispatched prior to arrival. Engine 22 arrived with heavy fire
conditions in rear of two-story, four-unit apartment building. Truck 22 with
aerial operations. Two hydrants. First: E22 E25 E4 T22 R19 B1. Second: E18 E19
E9 T11 R7 B4. Third, for relief: E10 E27 T20 R14 B3. SR5 C5 C1 C3 C71; Six
Forks 1272 EMS3 EMS5 EMS10 EMS15 EMS205. Additional relief companies and fire
watch: E17 T23 E21 E16. Also Emergency Management and Red Cross on scene.
Temperatures around 98 degrees. [MF] (August 4, 2006)rfd
struck at 536 Rose Lane burned. One fatality. Dispatched about 6:00 a.m.
Engine 12 arrived with second alarm on arrival. One-story dwelling
well-involved. Multiple reports of subjects trapped. Crews extended hand lines
from Engine 12, and Engine 7 laid 800 feet of five-inch supply line. Defensive
operations, with fire extended into yard and a van in driveway. One male found
inside, one female found outside, transported to UNC burn center. Third alarm
requested about 6:40 a.m. E12 E7 E3 T1 R7 B2, E10 E1 E13 T11 R14 B3, E2 E11 E5
T26 R19 B1, C5 C1 C3 C4 C198 SR5, EMS7 EMS11 EMS1 EMS13 EMS203. Also several
ATF, CCBI, RPD investigators. Special called E7 T26 R14 back for relief. Command
terminated about 2:40 p.m. [MF] (August 6, 2006)rfd. lw
struck at 1700 Calypso Court.
House fire. E1, E10, E12, E2, E20,
E26, E3, E7, E9, R14, R7, SR5, SO1, T1, T26, B2, B3, C5. [MF] (August 14, 2006)rfd
Truck Company nomenclature changed to Ladder Company. (August 21, 2006)
Two alarms struck at 12220 Jasmine Cove.
House under construction. Dispatched
about 6:30 a.m. Engine 25 arrived. Major working fire. Two-story house with
3,300 square-feet, well-involved. Interior, then defensive operations. E15, E18, E19, E22, E25, E4, L22, L23, R19,
R7, SR5, SO1, Falls E211, Falls E212, B1, B4, C198, C5. [MF] (September 3, 2006)rfd
Two alarms struck at 4617 Mill
Village Road.Apartments. Two alarms. First alarm: E16, E14, E17,
L16, R14, B4, C5, SR5, B3. Second: E9, E6, E18, L11, R7, B4. [MF] (September 26, 2006)rfd
Chemical fire and extended haz-mat incident in Apex. Raleigh haz-mat units are requested by the Apex Fire Department at an explosion
fire at a hazardous waste storage facility near US 1 and Highway 55. Regional
response teams from Raleigh and Fayetteville are subsequently
summoned. Nearly 17,000 residents are requested to evacuate, and the command
post is relocated three times. Some 300 firefighters are on scene
at the height of the incident, including personnel from Wake, Harnett, Orange,
and Durham counties. Command is terminated 43 hours and
32 minutes later.
See Apex Fire Department site for more information. [HM] (October 5, 2006)
Apparatus note: Field Comm 1 placed in service. Built by firefighters, its first working fire is a multi-day haz-mat incident in Apex. (October 2006)
Two alarms struck at 3621 Cum Laude Court.
Apartments. Two alarms. Heavy fire conditions in three-story apartment building. E1, E13, E2, E20, E5, E6, E8, L1, L20, R14, R7, SR5, SO1,
B3, B4, C198, C3, C5, FC1. [MF] (November 10, 2006)rfd
Extreme Makeover Home Edition films in Raleigh for eight days. Personnel and equipment provided for 24/7 protection and assistance. (November 30, 2006)
Two alarms struck at 1600 Poole Road.
Apartments. Dispatched about 1:30 a.m. Engine 3 arrived. Working fire at two-story
apartment building, with fire in first floor unit. Flames extended to second
floor and through roof. Upgraded to major working fire about 1:40 a.m. E1, E10, E12, E13, E3, E7, L1, L11,
Mini 3, R14, R7, SR5, SO, B2, B3, C198, C2, C5.
[MF] (December 2, 2006)rfd
Two alarms struck
at 4732 Courtney Lane. Apartments.
Dispatched about 11:10 p.m. Originally reported as a kitchen fire. E19 arrived,
reporting Major Working Fire. E11, E15, E19, E21, E22,
E27, L11, L16, L26, R19, R7, SR5, SO1, B1, B2, C198, C5, FC1. [MF] (December 11, 2006)rfd
Two alarms struck at 2433 Wesvill Court.
Meredith Village Apartments.
Dispatched at 2:02 p.m. First-due Engine 14 spotted heavy smoke en
route and found fire through the roof on arrival. Crews commenced an aggressive
interior attack, with Engine 14 supplied by Engine 8. A second alarm was struck
within minutes by Battalion 3. Command was assumed by Car 5 upon arrival. Ladder
16, operating reserve Ladder 110, was positioned on the northeast corner of the
three-story building. The articulating platform was raised, but was not placed
into use. The fire was contained within 20 minutes and extinguished 45 minutes
into the incident. Additional companies were special called for manpower, with
crews remaining on scene until late that evening. Barry's Cafe provided
emergency food service for personnel. Eighteen units were damaged and at least
ten families were displaced. No injuries were reported, despite initial reports
of subjects still inside. The cause of the fire was believed to be a clogged
flue from a first-floor water heater. Units on scene included: E14, E8, E16,
L16, R14, B3, EMS 8 (first alarm), E9, E6, E17, L11, R7, B4, Car 5, Air 5, Car
72, Car 3, Car 2, EMS 4, EMS 203, EMS 204 (second alarm), E1, E10, E27, L20, R19
(special called). [MF] (December 20, 2006)rfd
Raleigh Fire Department Photo Unit
expanded with second photographer. Longtime lenser Lee Wilson is joined
by former firefighter Mike Legeros. That year, both are also organized into an
official Wake County EMS photo unit. (2006)chb
Two alarms struck at 7311 Brookmont Drive burned.
Cumberland Cover Apartments. Fire showing from second floor on arrival of Engine 18. Two-story
wood-frame residential structure. Second alarm for manpower. First alarm: E18, E23, E17, L16, R19,
B4, B1, Air 8, Car 5, EMS 1272. Second: E9, E15, E16, L27, R7. [MF] (January 5, 2007)rfd
alarms struck at 2800 Cates Avenue. E1, E13, E20, E3, E5, E6, E8, L1, L20, R14, R7, A8, B2, B3, C5. [MF] (January
Two alarms struck at 305 Roselle Court.
Three fatalities. Two homicides and one suicide. Dispatched shortly before
Pine Knoll Townes fire, on same side of city, and that escalated to six alarms.
First: E12, E11, E3, L11, R7, B3. Second: E1, E10, E26, R14, L1, B3, C5, A8.
[MF] (February 22, 2007)rfd
Six alarm fire destroys Pine Knoll Townes townhomes.
[ Alarm levels revised May 2012, upon examination of
additional documentation. ]
Located off 3500 block of Capital Boulevard, Pine Knoll Townes is a new townhouse community. Streets include Oneonta Avenue, Londonville Street, Pine Knoll Drive, Landsman Drive, Binghampton Lane, and Manhasset Lane. The newly constructed structures include 20 occupied and five completed but unsold. Originally dispatched as brush fire at 3:03 p.m. to 3525 Oneonta Avenue. Engine 27 first on scene. Second alarm requested upon arrival of BC due to extension to other buildings. Third alarm requested within two minutes of second alarm. Command at corner of Oneonta and Manhasset. Staging at corner of Manhasset and Pine Knoll. Apparatus staging on Pine Knoll and on Old Buffaloe. Rehab and medical monitoring at corner of Pine Knoll and Old Buffaloe.
Wind-fed flames quickly spread between buildings and across Oneonta. Weather conditions: 73 degrees, 8% humidity, winds around 30 MPH with gusts to 37 MPH. Engines pump on Manhasset (E9), northern end of Oneonta (E27, E19), and Pine Knoll at Landsman (E22). Four aerial streams using Ladder 16 on Pine Knoll, Ladder 22 (operating reserve platform) and later Ladder 23 on Pine Knoll at Landsman, and Ladder 26 on Londonville. Two additional aerials are positioned on Pine Knoll, Ladder 1 and Ladder 20 (operating reserve ladder). Brush units and tankers, requested via mutual aid, are positioned at end of Pine Knoll. Twenty-seven homes destroyed, and 11 damaged. Twelve separate four-unit structures involved. Average square footage of home: 1,428.75. Average square footage of four-unit building: 5,715. Total square footage of buildings burned, partially burned, or had to be protected: 68,580.
Twenty-nine families with 72 people displaced. Embers spread as far as a
quarter-mile from the scene and sparked at least one brush fire. New Hope
and Falls special called for brush fires. Thick smoke spreads across Capital
Boulevard and caused delays. No injuries reported. City, state, and federal
investigators on scene. Cause identified as discarded smoking materials.
- L20 (w/reserve ladder)
- L22 (w/reserve platform)
- BC 1
- BC 3
- BC 4
- Car 1 (Command)
- Car 4
- Car 5 (Operations)
- Car 10 (PIO)
- Car 12
- Car 72
- Car 198 (Investigator)
- Air 8
- Haz-Mat 15 (returning from Franklin
County, after standing by
during Presidential visit)
- Field Command 1
- New Hope Car 1
- New Hope Brush 7
- New Hope E1
- New Hope E2
- New Hope Tanker 10
- Falls E219 (brush)
- EMS 2
- EMS 5
- EMS 12
- EMS 15
- EMS 16
- EMS 32
- EMS 100
- EMS 102
- EMS 103
- EMS 104
- EMS 203
- EMS 205
- WC 3
- WC EM
- Red Cross
- Bay Leaf engine at 9
- Bay Leaf L25 at 16
- Bethesda E421 at 24
- Cary E10 at 8
- Cary L1 at 8
- Durham Highway engine at 4
- Falls engine 4
- Garner E11 at 1
- Garner L1 at 1
- Knightdale squirt at 12
- New Hope at their station, covering 19 and 27
- Rolesville engine at 15
- Swift Creek engine at 20
- Wake Forest engine at 19
- Wake Forest ladder at 25.
Largest Raleigh Fire Department structure fire in decades. Resources
challenged by second major working fire off New Bern Avenue, initially
dispatched nine minutes earlier. Haz-mat training was also in progress at the training center at the time of the two calls. E2, E8, E15, L20, and L22 were out of service. Raleigh firefighters numbered 150 including off-duty "B" and "C" shift personnel and 29 recruits who graduate from the fire academy in two weeks. Firefighters from New Hope, Falls, and other departments also assisted. Prevention, Inspections, Training, and Administration personnel also present.
Barry's Cafe serves 90 hamburgers and 90 grilled chicken sandwiches to personnel. BBQ Lounge also provides food, both to personnel and displaced residents. Twelve departments from Wake and Durham county fill in at fire stations. Move-ups initiated by 3:30 p.m. Last engine company clears Saturday at midnight, Engine 26. Fifteen engines, 6 ladders, 2 rescues, 3 Battalion Chiefs, 2 brush trucks, 1 tanker, 2 pumper-tankers, 8 outside engines at Raleigh stations, 4 outside ladders at Raleigh stations, 1 outside squirt at Raleigh stations. Eight engines and 1 ladder overnight, in shifts. [MF] (February 22, 2007)
Two alarms struck at 335 Sherwee Drive.
Commercial structure. Dispatched just after 8:00 p.m. Virginia Hardwood Flooring. Engine 2
arrived. Vehicle fire inside rear of building, extended to structure. E2, E1, E13,
L1, R7, B2, E10, E3, E20, L20, R14. [MF] (February 23, 2007)rfd
NC Task Force 8 purchases Base of Operations (BOO) equipment, adding the
ability to self-shelter during deployments. (March 2007)
Recruit academy #33 graduates. The academy
starts in September 2006 and lasts 27 weeks. The graduation ceremonies are held
in Fletcher Hall at the BTI Center. (March 12, 2007)rfd
Progress Energy substation on Glen Eden Drive burned.
Haz-mat and airport apparatus special called. Dispatched 7:25 p.m. as
transformer fire. Had reports of large area power outage. Engine 14 arrived
with power substation on fire. Requested first-alarm response, then haz-mat
response. Airport crash truck and additional resources also requested. Glen Eden
shut down between Blue Ridge and Edwards Mill roads. Controlled in about two
hours. E14 E16 E18 E8 L16 L20 R14 R19 HM2 SR22
FC1 A8 B3 B4 C5 C72 C1 C3, CFR2, EMS31 EMS32 EMS3 EMS4 EMS203, WC3. Coverage
with E21 and
E10 to 17, E13 to 16, E7 to 2, Western Wake E191 to 14. [UF] [HM] (March 16, 2007)rfd,
Two alarms struck at 9109 Meadow Mist Court. House.
Dispatched shortly after 2:30 p.m., controlled within about an hour. Two-story,
wood-frame single-family residence threatens other structures. Heavy fire on
arrival. Ladder stream utilized in addition to hand lines. Units on scene
included: E24, E23, E17, E18, E16, E14, L23, L16, R14, R19, B4, B1, Car 5, Air
8, Bethesda engine, Six Forks EMS 1272, 1271, 1268, Wake EMS 203, 205. [MF] (April 9, 2007)no10apr07, rfd
Station 28 opens at 3500 Forestville Road. Engine 28 placed in service with 1995 Pierce Dash pumper. (April 25, 2007)
First Retiree and Media Day held at the Keeter
Training Center. Over 100 retirees, retiree widows, and family members
attend. (May 19)
NC Task Force 8 is deployed to Holly Springs for trench rescue. [UD] (May 20, 2007)
Wake County EMS honors Raleigh firefighters involved
in cardiac arrest resuscitations in 2006. (May 21, 2007)
Fire department sponsors the first annual
Fallen Firefighters Foundation Golf Tournament. The event raises $17,000.
(June 14, 2007)
Haz-mat crews spend 11 hours at an industrial plant on
Capital Boulevard after the accidental release of 15,000 gallons of
sulfuric acid. [HM] (June 28, 2007)
Two alarms struck at 4806 Hargrove Road.
Commercial structure. Two alarms. Capital Office Supply and Atlantic Countertop. Dispatched about
12:45 a.m. as fire alarm. Engine 19 arrived with smoke visible, upgrading to
working fire. Upgraded to second alarm about 12:57 p.m. First: E19, E15, L11, B1.
Working fire: E11, E27, R19, C5, A8. Second: E22, E21, E9, L22, R14, B4. Also C2, C3, C198, EMS5
EMS203. [MF] (July 11, 2007)rfd, lw
Passenger bus overturns on I-440 at New Bern Avenue.
Mass causality incident. [UI] (August 1, 2007)
Two alarms struck at 1419 Nottingham Road.
House. Two alarms.
Early morning fire. Rescue 14 arrived with working fire at a two-story, 4,300
square-foot house under construction. Well-involved. Immediately upgraded to
Major working fire. Defensive operations with two hydrants, deluge gun, and
several hand lines. Controlled about 5:00 a.m. Exposure damage to adjacent house.
Crews remain on scene all day, hitting hot spots and investigating. E6, E14, E5,
L16, R14, B3, E8, E1, E13, E16, L1, R7, B4, C5, FC1, A8, C198/E9, EMS4, EMS8, EMS203. RPD,
CCBI, SBI also on scene. [MF] (August 1, 2007)rfd, lw
Mini 9 moved to station 4. (August 17, 2007)
note: Fleet Services converts a former rescue unit into a mobile service
Full-time fire investigators placed in
service at Station 9, one per shift. (August
Three alarms at 3833 Bonneville Court burned.
Apartments. Reported at 3:56 a.m. Dispatchers advised that multiple calls were being
received, and occupants were reportedly trapped. Police were first on scene, and
also reported that people were trapped. Officers were later credited with going
door-to-door to awaken residents. Three occupants were transported, at least one
of which jumped from a balcony. Two firefighters also sustained minor injuries,
and were transported and soon released. Some of the companies responded from the
scene of an earlier working fire with Engine 21. Battalion 1 reported smoke
showing from Atlantic Avenue. Engine 11 arrived at 4:01 a.m, reporting a major
working fire and resulting in an automatic second-alarm dispatch at that time.
Crews had heavy fire showing from a three-story, 11,898 square-foot, apartment
building. Flames were showing through the roof, with at least two of the three
floors involved. The third alarm was requested after several minutes.
1 assumed command, then Car 5. At least two supply lines of several hundred feet
were laid along narrow, congested roads and parking lots. Two aerial streams
were started, first Ladder 16 and then Ladder 22. Apparatus staged in parking
lots, and on both Bonneville Court and New Hope Church Road. Police closed
access to Bonneville Court at New Hope Church Road. The building's four
hour-rated firewall reportedly prevented the fire from spreading into the
adjoining second structure. Occupants were evacuated from both buildings. The
fire was reported under control at 5:55 a.m. Damage was sustained to 14 of the
22 apartments, and with a partial collapse of the structure. Fire damaged 6
apartments. About 70 people were displaced, though some news reports cited a
higher number. The fire was suspected as starting on the balcony.
units included E6, E7, E9, E11, E12, E13, E15, E19, L1, L11, L16, L22, R7, R14,
R19, B1, B2, B4, C2, C4, C5, C198, A8, FC1, M4, EMS3, EMS5, EMS7, EMS8, EMS16,
EMS1271, EMS101, EMS200, EMS203, EMS T1. "C" shift brought relief companies, who
remained on scene until Friday evening. Other agencies on scene included RPD,
SBI, Emergency Management, Red Cross, and Barry's Cafe. Newspaper cites 90
people displaced, Rom 22 units, with 36 families staying in shelters.
[MF] (August 20, 2007)rfd
Haz-Mat team members win second place
at the annual Haz-Mat Challenge at the South Atlantic Fire Expo in Winston-Salem.
(August 25, 2007)
Firefighters raise $12,079 for the Muscular Dystrophy
Association during the International Association of Fire Fighter's (IAFF)annual
Fill the Boot campaign. (August 31-September 1, 2007).
Two alarms struck at 4708 Fargo Court. Dispatched about 4:10 p.m. Single-story, wood-frame duplex. 2,278 square-feet.
Smoke visible across city. Heavy fire through roof of structure on arrival of
Engine 16. Supply line laid by Engine 14. Primarily exterior attack, due to
unstable roof conditions. Second alarm requested for manpower. First alarm: E16,
E14, E9, L11, R14, B4, E23, L23, E17, C5, A8, FC1. Second: E6, E18, E13,
L16, R7, B3. Other units: C3, C198, EMS4, EMS1, EMS203, EMS T1, SFEMS 1274.
Evening/overnight: L26, E22, E8, E26, E21, E25, E4. [MF] (September 5, 2007)rfd
Three alarms at 1201 Trillium Court burned.
Wildwoods of Lake Johnson Apartments. Dispatched about 10:40 p.m. First-arrived Engine 8 finds heavy fire in the rear
of the three-story, twelve-unit, wood-frame apartment building. Battalion 3
establishes command in the front of the structure and directs defensive
operations. Ladder 20 is positioned in the front right of the structure and is
utilized as an aerial stream. Apparatus is staged on Wood Aisle Road. Six units
are heavily damaged. No injuries are reported and 21 residents are displaced.
The blaze apparently starts in a second-floor exterior storage closet. Companies
remain on the scene into the next day. E1, E2, E3, E5, E6, E8, E10, E13, E14,
L1, L16, L20, R7, R14, B3, B4, C5, C71, C198, A8, EMS 4, 7, 8, 13, 203, 572,
602, T1. [MF] (September 16, 2007)rfd
NC Task Force 8 is deployed to Clayton for an incident
involving a building struck by an aircraft. [UD] (September 21, 2007)
Apparatus note: Station 16 receives a 2007
Pierce Enforcer pumper and a 2007 Pierce Arrow XT 105-foot aerial ladder.
High-level rescue performed on W. Martin Street, when
an injured construction worker is lowered from the 21st floor. [TR]
(October 15, 2007)
Haz-mat teams from Raleigh and Greensboro respond
outside Siler City for a chemical leak after
a motor-vehicle accident involving a tanker. Personnel spent 30 hours mitigating 2,200
gallons of leaking anhydrous ammonia. After exhaustive efforts at off-loading,
the tanker is moved to a remote landfill. The roadway is reopened and the
off-loading continues uninterrupted. [HM] (November 2, 2007)
Structural Collapse Technician School #5 concludes at the Keeter Training
Center. This is the first SCT school offered to students statewide. (November 9,
Two alarms struck at 1400 S. Blount Street.
Cargill plant. Vehicles and trash. E1, E10, E13,
E19, E2, E21, E3, E4, E5, E7, L1, L20, R14, R7, A8, B1, B2, B3, C198, C5. [MF] (November 9, 2007)rfd
Two alarms struck at 4808 Six Forks Road.
E11, E14, E15, E17, E19, E4, E6,
E9, L11, L16, R14, R19, A8, B1, B4, C198, C5. [MF]
(November 20, 2007)rfd
Apparatus note: 2007 Ford F-350 Super Duty
swift-water rescue truck placed in service as USAR 801. Three others are
subsequently delivered to the other NC USAR Task Force #8 member departments.
USAR 801 is subsequently parked at Station 14. (November, 2007)
Responses to automatic fire alarms are changed to one engine and one ladder.
Company-level accountability is enhanced with new helmet fronts and
reflective markers mounted to breathing apparatus. (November-December, 2007)
Three alarms at 6904 River Run burned.
Apartments. Dispatched about 6:55 p.m. Contained around 8:00 p.m. Two-story structure with
16 units. Residents living in 13 of the units. About 12 units damaged or
destroyed. Flames through roof on arrival. About 75 firefighters. 12 engines, 3
ladders, 3 rescues. A8, B1, B3, B4, C1, C198, C5, FC1, E1, E14, E15, E16, E17,
E18, E23, E24, E4, E6, E9, L11, L16, L23, R14. [MF] (December 5, 2007)rfd
Apparatus note: 2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty truck
with camper shell and equipment tray plaed in service as Car 198. (January 1,
Fire department suffers third line-of-duty
Lt. Herman S. Jones, 58, dies after suffering an apparent
heart attack. He's on duty Friday, January 18, at Station 10, when he begins to
experience chest pains. He's transported to WakeMed and then to UNC Hospital in
Chapel Hill. He dies at the hospital on January 22. Lt. Jones began his service
with the Raleigh Fire Department on May 5, 1980, and was promoted to the rank of
Lieutenant on June 16, 2001. He's buried following a church service on Saturday,
January 26, at Juniper Level Baptist Church in Raleigh. Captain Ronald Ricks,
Firefighter Joseph Callender, Firefighter Patrick Canady, Lieutenant Gregory
Buxton, Senior Firefighter George Jones Sr., and Senior Firefighter Michael
Barnes serve as pallbearers. (January 22, 2008)
Apparatus note: Car 198 renamed Car 20. (January 30, 2008)
Apparatus note: Station 9 receives a 2007
Pierce Enforcer pumper.
Two alarms struck at 3211 Shoreview Road.
Dispatched 5:56 p.m. Engine 18 is first on
scene at the 2.5 story wood-frame apartments. Engine 16 personnel are briefly
trapped after an interior ceiling collapsed. They sound a mayday, and escaped
unharmed. Controlled 6:52 a.m. E4, E6, E9, E10, E16, E16, E17, E19, L16, L20,
L23, R14, R19, B1, B2, B4, C5, C20, C1, A8, FC1. "B" shift. [MF] (February 2, 2008)cadSTOP
Two alarms struck at 7013 Woodbend Drive. Two
alarms. Two-story, wood-frame, 10,672 square-foot apartment building. Engine 4
is first on scene and reports a major working fire. Battalion 1 arrives and took
command. Ladder 16 and Ladder 11 are positioned, but not needed. The interior
attack contains and controls within about 20 minutes. Four units are damaged,
two with major smoke and fire damaged. Dispatched 10:00 p.m. Controlled 10:34
p.m. Units include E4, E9, E15, E17, E19, E11, E18, L16, L11, R19, R14, B1, B4,
C5, A8, C20, C2, EMS 121, EMS 16, EMS 11, EMS D1, EMS T1. "B" shift is working.
[MF] (February 9, 2008)cad
High winds spark several brush fires.
The fire department answers over 80
calls between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Late in the 3:00 p.m. hour, a fast-moving grass fire at 12424 Cilcain Court brings Raleigh and Falls units to Wakefield.
Heavy fire threatens and slightly damaged several homes. Units include E25, E22, E15, E18, E19, L22, R19, Falls 212, Falls 219, and Falls Brush 1.
A major brush fire erupts in 300-400 block of Newton Road. At 4:20 p.m., Engine 4
is dispatched to a woods fire, and finds flames threatening a three-story
apartment building. Engine 4 requests a full working fire assignment. Engine 9
is second on scene and upgraded to a major working fire. Three sides of the structure
are threatened. An automobile is also fully involved in the front of the building. A second brush fire
is burning about a block east, on the south side of Newton Road. Ladder 16 is
directed to that, and subsequently supplied water by Engine 23. A third brush fire
is also discovered. Units on scene include E4, E5, E9, E11, E14, E16, E17, E23, R7, R14, L16, L23, B2, B3, B4, C5, C2, Mini 4, EMS 12_, EMS 12_, EMS 1280, and Wake MD 1.
About 5:00 p.m., a brush fire on the east side of Glenwood Avenue near Lake Boone Trail
is reported. The fire is started by a tree limb touching a power line, which ignites
debris in a ditch. Flames climb an embankment, and spread onto the 17th hole of a golf course. About five acres of the course
are burned. The fire is controlled after 9:00 p.m. Units on scene include E14, E6, E5, E13, E8, Mini 3, B2, B3. About 5:25 p.m., a dumpster fire
is reported at a restaurant at 8011 Brier Creek Parkway. Arrived units find flames
have spread to the building. The fire is quickly contained. The building is safely evacuated. Units on scene include Bethesda T421, Raleigh E24, Durham Highway E1, Raleigh Battalion 2, two EMS units, and EMS D2. Other companies, including Raleigh Ladder 26 (!)are canceled. [UF] (February 10, 2008)rfd, cad
Ammunition explodes at a metal recycling facility at
2310 Garner Road.
Personnel at Station 2
hear the explosion about 10:45 a.m. The explosion is the result of live ammunition exploding in a compactor. Two workers
are transported with injuries. Garner Road is closed and the area evacuated. Nearby rail traffic
is also halted. The incident appeared to be winding down by noon, and most fire and EMS companies
are released around that time as officials await the arrival of demolition experts from Fort Bragg. "C" shift
is working. That afternoon, subsequent identification of the ordinance causes an escalation of the incident. Three 90 mm rifle rounds and 18 anti-tank projectiles
are found in the bales of scrap metal, reported media the next day.
Several fire companies and EMS units
are recalled to the scene, with many other agencies soon arrived. A larger area
is evacuated, with fire companies assisting with evacuating residents. Plans
proceeded to begin exploding some of the ordinance, instead of moving same
off-site. The first controlled explosion occurs at approximately 11:05 p.m., the sixth and last one at 2:40 a.m. The Beltline
is closed for the first explosion, for approximately 30 minutes. The incident continued
for two more days, with continued demolitions.
Participating agencies and units on Tuesday include:
Raleigh Fire Department
E2, E10, E1, E13, L26, R7, B2, B3, C5, C20, C2, C92, FC1, fuel truck, IT staff. Later L1, C1, E19, E6, R19, B1, B4, and recalled off-duty personnel.
Wake County EMS
EMS 1, EMS11, EMS13, EMS D1, EMS T1, MD1, MD20. Later EMS C200, EMS 15.
Wake Emergency Management,
Wake Fire Marshal,
Raleigh Police Department,
State Highway Patrol,
Wake County Sherriff,
North Carolina ATF,
Department of Defense, and
Barry's Cafe. [UI] (February 12, 2008)
Two alarms struck at 1309 Corporation Parkway.
Commercial structure. Dispatched 12:05 p.m. E3, E7, E11, E12, E19, E21, E27, L11,
L26, R7, R19, B1, B2, C5, C20, C1, A8. [MF] (March 25, 2008)rfd
Two alarms struck at 3917 Knickerbocker Parkway.
Dispatched 1:30 p.m. Three-story, wood-frame apartments with 13,896 square-feet. Rescue 14 first on scene, reporting major working fire. Ladder 16 and Ladder 20 operating, after interior crews brought out. Engines 14, 17, 16, 8, 23, 6, 9, 18, Ladders 16, 20, 23, Rescues 14, 7, Battalions 4, 3, Air 8, and Cars 195, 20, 5, 4, 2, 1 among the fire units initially on scene. EMS units include EMS 2, 1, 11, 14, 123, DC-1, Truck 1, and Chief 200.
News & Observer reports 29 people displaced from 12 units. Controlled
after an hour. Crews still on scene, and extinguishing hot spots into evening.
[MF] (March 26, 2008)rfd
Two alarms struck at 4702 Bayridge Crossing.
Dispatched 4:48 a.m. Controlled 5:35 a.m. E7, E11, E15, E21, E22, E27,
E28, E11, E12, R7, R19, B1, B2, C5, C20, A8, New Hope E2. [MF] (March 30, 2008)cad
Two alarms struck at 2241 Stonhenge Drive.
Dispatched 10:36 p.m. Controlled 11:43 p.m. E4, E5, E9, E13, E15, E16,
E17, E18, E26, L16, L22, L23, R14, R19, B1, B2, C5, C20, C1, A8. [MF] (April 5, 2008)cad
Two alarms struck at 2311 Byrd Street.
Dispatched 6:19 p.m. Extinguished 7:02 p.m. E1, E3, E5, E6, E9, E13, E16, L1,
L16, R7, R14, B2, B3, B4, C5, C20, A8, FC1. [MF] (June 8, 2008)rfd, cad
Two alarms struck at 7721 Harps Mill Road.
Dispatched 5:19 p.m. Engine 15 first on scene at a two-story residence
with 2,828 square feet. Built in 1978. Engine 15 reporting major working fire
with flames through roof. Controlled 5:35 p.m. "C" shift companies on scene
include E15, E4, E22, E19, E25, E11, E9, L22, L16, R19, R7, B1, B2, B4, C5, C20,
A8. EMS units include EMS 122, EMS 33, D3, MD20, T1. [MF] (June 12, 2008)rfd, cad
Fire department sponsors the second annual
Fallen Firefighters Foundation Golf Tournament. The event raises over
(June 12, 2008)
Apparatus note: Haz-Mat 8 placed in service
with a 2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty haz-mat recon vehicle. (June 19, 2008)
Two alarms struck at 100 Lake Front Drive.
Apartments. Dispatched 7:16 p.m. Controlled 7:33 p.m. E4, E9, E16, E17, E18, E23,
L16, L23, R14, R19, B1, B4, C5, C20, A8. [MF] (June 19, 2008)rfd, cad
New procedures take effect for reported
fires in high-rise buildings. Five engines, two
ladders, one rescue, a Battalion Chief, and a Division
Chief comprise the initial dispatch. The EMS response
includes three EMS units, two District
Chiefs, a Major Operations Support Unit, and a Logistics
Arrived companies have pre-designated duties
based on the order of dispatch, including fire attack,
fire floor support, lobby control, elevator control, and
Rapid Intervention Team (RIT). (July 1, 2008)
Three alarms at 11705 Dellcain Court.
Dispatched 2:14 a.m. Engine 24 arrived with second floor fully involved of
frame residence with 2724 square feet. Built 2006. Defensive operations to
protect threatened structures on either side of fire building. Ladder 23
operating. Extensive spread of firebrands in neighborhood. Under control at 3:43
a.m. Units on scene include E24, E23, E17, E4, E16, E22, E9, E15, E8, E6, Durham
E13, Durham Highway P4, Bethesda E421, L23, L16, L22, Bethesda L413, B4, B1, B3,
C5, C20, A8, E7 for relief, Six Forks EMS 122, 121, Wake EMS T1, and Cary EMS
D5. Coverage includes E13 (at 16), L1 (at 17), L11 (at 15). "C" shift, with "B"
shift following. [MF] (July 6, 2008)rfd, cad
Recruit academy #34 graduated 24 members. The academy
starteds in January 2008 and lasted 26 weeks. The graduation ceremonies are held
in Fletcher Hall at the BTI Center. (July 14, 2008)rfd
Two alarms struck at 434 Westcliff Court.
House. Dispatched 10:25 p.m. Controlled 11:56 p.m. E1, E6, E8, E13, E14, E16,
E20, L1, L20, R7, R14, B3, B4, C5, C20, A8. [MF] (July 19, 2008)rfd, cad
House at 3718 Rivermist Drive burned. Dispatched12:15 a.m. Engine 10 reports column of fire visible while en route,
and declares a major working fire upon arrival at a two-story, wood-frame house
with 3,030 square-feet. Heavy fire in rear, with crews performing offensive
attack. Adjacent residence damaged. No injuries. Controlled 12:56 a.m. "B"
shift units include E10, E26, E12, E7, E3, E11, L26, L11, R7, R19, B2, B3, C5,
C20, A8, EMS7, EMS11, EMS13, EMS D1, EMS T1. [MF] (July 23, 2008)rfd, cad
Two alarms struck at 6308 Shanda Drive.
Apartments. Dispatched 2:55 p.m. Controlled at 3:44 p.m. E4, E6, E9, E10, E15, E16,
E18, E19, E22, L22, L23, R14, B1, B2, C5, C20, C27, C1, A8. [MF] (July 29, 2008)rfd,
Gas tanker overturns and explodes on the Beltline. Fully loaded gas tanker overturns on inner loop of Beltline just before Rock Quarry Road. Exiting from I-40, rig reportedly loses control, rolls,
and catches fire. Driver ejected, then pulled to safety by passers-by. Transported to WakeMed, then transferred to UNC burn center. Garner initially dispatched,
and requests Raleigh E10. Incident also dispatched as house fire at the end of Rose Lane. Alarm time about 12:34 a.m. Engine 10 first on scene. Units include Raleigh E10, E12, E2, E7 (off Rose Lane), B2, C5, Garner E1, T_, B1, plus tankers from Eastern Wake,
Garner New Hope, Swift Creek, and Western Wake. Tanker shuttle operates from water point on Rock Quarry Road. Beltline closed as fire
burned itself out. EMS
present with two units, supervisor, and Truck 1. Crews cleared by 5:35 a.m. [UF]
(August 26, 2008)
Ceremony conducted at Smokehouse, unveiling
bronze plaque commemorating that the building was constructed with bricks from
old Station 5. (September 9, 2008)
Two alarms struck at 5063 Tall Pines Court.
Condominiums. Dispatched 6:12 p.m. Engine 9 first on scene at a two-story, wood-frame
condominium building with 1,546 square-feet (in one unit). Working fire with
interior attack. Second alarm requested by Battalion 4, approximately 10 minutes
into incident. Kitchen fire that extended into attic and through the roof.
Ladder 16 set up, and utilized for roof access. Fire controlled 7:17 p.m. Three
units damaged. No injuries. Cause determined as unattended cooking. Red Cross
assisted several displaced residents. First alarm units: E9, E15, E16, L16, R9,
B4, C5, C20, A8. Second alarm units: E19, E11, E17, L11, R7, B1. Also EMS 3, EMS
5, EMS 15, EMS 33, EMS D3, EMS D1, EMS T1. [MF] (September 18, 2008)rfd, cad
Explorer Post reactivated after two-year hiatus.
The first meeting is held at Station 23, with meetings schedule every other
Wednesday at a different station. (September 18, 2008)
Three alarms at 1022 Hammell Drive.
Commercial building. Engine 1 first on scene at 1022 Hammell Drive, with heavy smoke showing from a two-story concrete-block warehouse building with a metal roof. They request a second alarm upon arrival.
The 31,634 square-foot building, heavily partitioned and occupied by several businesses, also serves as a residence for two individuals. They
are off-site and located later, though additional resources are dispatched for search and rescue. An additional ladder
is also requested at the time of the second alarm.
Crews encounter heavy fire inside the structure and defensive operations are initiated within minutes. Engine 1 and Ladder 1 start master streams in the front of the building, as the fire vents through the roof. Ladder 20, operating a reserve articulating platform,
is positioned in the rear of the structure. Ladder 11 is later raised at the southeastern corner of the building. Ground monitors, and two-inch hand lines
are also operated.
At least four hydrants supply operations, including from South Saunders Street and Lake Wheeler Road. Crews
are challenged by the distance to the nearest hydrants, which required lays as long as 1,500 feet. One supply line,
Rom the corner of Lake Wheeler Road and Fuller Street,
is hand-laid through two yards, over a fence, and down an embankment.
Police close sections of both Lake Wheeler Road and South Saunders Street during operations. Command is located in the northeast corner of the building, conducted by Car 2 and assisted by Battalion 3, Battalion 2, Car 5, and Car 1. Rehab
is conducted by EMS crews at EMS Truck 1, a major operations support unit position at the corner of South Saunders Street and Hammell Street.
Dispatched 5:34 p.m., the first unit arrives at 5:38 p.m. The working fire and second alarm units
are dispatched at 5:39 p.m. The third alarm is dispatched at 6:26 p.m. The fire
is declared under control at 9:35 p.m. Crews save half the building. No injuries
Relief companies re present at the scene through the night. County units assist with coverage at city stations during the first hours of the fire, with Garner FD at Station 2 and Western Wake FD at Station 5.
Barry’s Café brings their rehab unit to the scene and fed firefighters. “B” shift
First alarm at 5:34 p.m.: E1, E2, E13, L1, R7, B3.
Working fire at
5:39 p.m.: E10, C5, C20, A8.
Second alarm at
5:39 p.m.: E8, E5, E20, L20, R14, B2.
Special call at 5:40 p.m.: L11.
Special call at
5:42 p.m.: R19.
Third alarm at 6:26 p.m.: E22, E4, E6, L16, B4.
Coverage between second and Third: E4 to E2,
E22 to E1,
L16 to L1.
Coverage after Third: E27 to E1,
L26 to L1,
Garner E3 to E2,
Western Wake E191 to E5.
9:46 p.m. - B1,
10:06 p.m. - L26,
10:15 p.m. - E27, E16,
2:38 a.m. - L23,
2:44 a.m. - E14,
2:55 a.m. - E7, 8:00 a.m. - E20, L1, B3.
EMS resources: EMS 1, 11, 13, 31, D1, D2, T1, 20 (relief personnel), Chief
200 (rehab supplies). [MF] (September 21, 2008)rfd, cad
Two alarms struck at 925 E. Lane Street.
8:28 p.m. Engine 3 arrived with a working fire at a two-story, masonry
apartment building with 2,688 square-feet. One subject in upstairs window,
rescued. Second alarm requested, dispatched, but units quickly returned to
service after fire controlled. First alarm: E3, E1, E7, E13, L1, R7, B2, C5,
C20, A8. Second: E5, E10, E6, L20, R14, B3. One victim with smoke
inhalation. Cause determined as deliberately set. [MF] (October
Raleigh Fire Department Historical Society holds
first organizational meetings, with a group of active and retired
firefighters and civilian supporters. The group begins as the idea of Historian
Mike Legeros and Battalion Chief Alan Waters in 2007. Regular meetings soon
start with a core group of participants: Legeros, Walters, Gary Amato, David
Barefoot, Jan Chamblee, Jeff Harkey, Tim Henshaw, and Tim Wall. In February
2010, they are incorporated as a non-profit charity. Early activities included
dedicating a plaque for the historic smokehouse in 2008, creating a log book
library at Station 23 in 2010, and helping with planning and fundraising for the
fire department’s centennial in 2012. (October 2008.)chb
Two alarms struck at 2208 Fox Ridge Manor Road.
Apartments. Dispatched 12:11 p.m. Engine 10 arrived at a two-story, brick apartment
building with a working fire in a second-story apartment, fire venting through
window. Eight units, 8,596 square-feet, built 1972. Second alarm requested
several minutes later, just before control gained of fire. Second alarm units
returned to service. Controlled 12:22 p.m. Units included E10, E12, E26, L26,
R7, B2, C5, C20, A8. [MF]
(November 4, 2008)
Engine 9 overturns on St. Albans Drive
while responding to call. The early evening accident occurs just west of Hardimont Road,
while Engine 9 is responding to a reported structure fire on Navaho Drive. The
four firefighters aboard are not injured. Units on scene include E11, E15, E19,
L11, R7, R19, B1, B2, B3, C20, C5, C2, C1, EMS D1, EMS 21. The 2008 Pierce
Enforcer pumper is driven from the scene, after being righted. [AI] (December 17,
Two alarms struck 4951 Tall Timber Drive.
Apartments. Dispatched 2:26 a.m., with the Emergency Communications Center
reporting multiple calls. Engine 16 (B shift) arrives at a three-story,
wood-frame apartment building with heavy fire showing through the roof. Crews
make an initial interior attack, and also evacuate other residents. Two hydrants
are caught and several hand lines are utilized. Battalion 4 is the Incident
Commander. As the fire progresses, defensive operations re started using Ladder
17. The fire is controlled two hours later. Twelve apartments are rendered
uninhabitable and 19 people are displaced. The cause is determined as started by
discarded smoking materials on the second-floor rear deck. E4, E6, E9, E14, E16,
E17, E18, L4, L17, L24, R7, R14, B3, B4, C5, C20, SR2 as A8. [MF] (February 13, 2009)rfd,
Two alarms struck 1405 Lofton Place. House. Dispatched 2:28 p.m. Controlled 3:01 p.m. E1, E2, E3, E10, E12, E20,
E26, L1, L20, R7, R19, B2, B3, C5, C20, C72, SR2 as A8. [MF] (February 13, 2009)rfd
Two alarms struck at 5321 Evergreen Forest Way.
Apartments. Dispatched 5:58 a.m. Controlled at 6:44 a.m. Engine 22
arrives with heavy fire in the rear of a two-story building. Five apartments are
render uninhabitable, and 30 people are displaced. E11, E15, E19, E22, E25, E27,
E28, L11, L22, R7, R19, B1, B2, C5, C20, SR2 as A8, C1, C2, C5. [MF] (February 25, 2009)rfd,
Apparatus delivered: Two 2009 Pierce Arrow
XT pumpers. Placed in service as Engine 1 (May 21)and Engine 20. Photos and more information. (April 13, 2009)
Recruit academy #35 graduated 27 members. The academy
started September 29, 2008 and lasted 28 weeks. The graduation ceremonies are
held in Exhibit Hall A at the Raleigh Convention and Civic Center. (April
- 2009 Hackney USAR trailer.
- 2008 Chevy/Isuzu USAR logistics truck. (May 2009)
- Two 2009 Pierce Arrow
XT 100-foot aerial platforms. Placed in service as Ladder 22 (July 2)and
Ladder 7 (July 15). Photos and more information. (May
Two alarms struck at 8809 Stockbridge Circle.
Apartments. Dispatched 3:24 a.m. Engine 4 first on scene at a two-story, wood-frame
apartment building. Declared major working fire on arrival, with interior attack
utilized. Battalion 1 as command. One apartment heavily damaged by fire, another
damaged by water. No injuries. Command terminated 5:59 a.m., with Engine 11
remaining on scene. Units include E4, E18, E16, E15, E23, E9, E22, E11, L22, L4,
R19, R14, B1, B4, C5, C4, C20, A8, EMS3, EMS2, EMS4, EMS 122, M92, D2, D3, T1.
Explosion and building collapse at 4851 Jones Sausage
Road in Garner.
Engine 26 and Garner fire units are dispatched at 11:30
a.m. to an explosion and fire at the ConAgra Foods processing plant. Arrived
units find a 50,000 square-foot industrial building partially collapsed, with
fires inside, and numerous victims evacuating the structure. Command is
established by the Garner Fire Department, and the command post is located in
the front of the plant. Raleigh Fire Department technical resources are
requested as mutual aid, along with haz-mat units, due to leaking ammonia. Task
Force 8 is mobilized, and Raleigh USAR units are dispatched along with personnel
and equipment from Cary, Chapel Hill, and Durham fire departments. Construction
engineers and heavy equipment are also sent to the scene.
Fire and EMS personnel
treat and transport 46 patients including three firefighters. Another three
employees are still trapped inside. As haz-mat personnel perform recon, Task
Force 8 began planning for an extended search and rescue operation. The first
search teams enter the building at 8:00 p.m. They operate for 30 to 35 minute
periods, and then change air bottles. During periods of severe weather,
operations are halted due to the possibility of a secondary collapse. A base
camp is also established, with climate-controlled shelters for sleeping, eating,
and sanitation. The mission concludes on June 10 at 4:00 p.m., with the recovery
of the third victim. The total haz-mat and USAR personnel number 93, including
off-duty members. Just over 600 man hours are spent in the debris pile for
search and recovery. [HM] [UD] (June 9, 2009)
Fire department sponsors the third annual
Fallen Firefighters Foundation Golf Tournament. The event nets $8,238.
(June 11, 2009)
Two alarms struck at 1316 S. Blount Street.
Commercial structure. Dispatched 1:31 a.m. Engine 1
arrived with heavy smoke showing at a one-story, wood-frame structure with
6,217 square-feet. Quickly upgraded to major working
fire. Interior operations at first. Defensive operations soon started. Deluge
guns and ladder pipes used. Ladder 1 and Ladder 20 operated. Water supply
problems requiring multiple hydrants. Command by Battalion 2, then transferred
to Car 5. Blount, Person, and several cross streets closed. Fire units included
E1, E13, E3, E2, E5, E7, E10, L1, L20, R7, R14, B2, B3, C5, C20, A8, C4, C3, C2,
C1. EMS units included EMS_, EMS_, EMS_, District 1, Truck 1.[MF] (June
Two alarms struck at 6305 Shanda Drive.
Apartments. Dispatched 4:47 a.m. Engine 15
first on scene with heavy fire and smoke showing at a two-story, brick and frame
apartment building with 10,872 square-feet. Declared major working fire on
arrival. Interior attack to start, then defensive operations with Ladder 4,
deluge gun, and hand lines. Controlled by 6:30 a.m. Four
units reportedly damaged, started in laundry room. Cause determined as discarded
smoking materials. Units included E15, E4, E9, E16, E19, E18, E22, L4, L22, R19,
R14, B1, B4, C5, C2, C10, C20, A8, EMS7, EMS3, EMS5, EMS16, EMS121, D1, D3, M92,
T1. "A" shift working.[MF] (June 25,
Apparatus notes: Unit numbers are changed from
station numbers to sequential numbers for ladder companies, rescue companies,
mini-pumpers, haz-mat units, and the mobile air unit. The change enhances
fireground safety by reducing the number of duplicate unit numbers at an
incident. For example, Engine 1 and Ladder 1 to the same response. The change
also eliminates equipment renumbering when apparatus is moved to another
station. Reserve ladders and rescue units are not affected. Car 5 (Division
Chief)and Car 10 (Training Chief)also swap unit numbers. This change aligns
Car 5 with the other Assistant Chiefs: Car 2 (Operations), Car 3 (Services), and
Car 4 (Prevention). (July 7, 2009)
Ladder 4 overturned at intersection of Dawson and
South streets while responding to call. Three firefighters are injured in
the crash, that occurs while Ladder 4 is responding to a house fire at 1020 Mark
Street. The 2004 Pierce Arrow XT tiller overturns at 10:50 a.m., while turning
east on South Street from southbound South Dawson Street. Units are dispatched
to the accident at 10:52 a.m., including Engine 13, Ladder 8, Rescue 3, EMS 11,
EMS 81, EMS 16, Medic 95, and District 1. Four firefighters are aboard the
truck, and three are transported to WakeMed. Two of the three firefighters
receive serious, but not life threatening injuries. Capt. Stephen R. Page, Lt. Jason R.
Lane, and Firefighter Kelly Lamotta are released that afternoon. Other units on scene
include Engine 1, Rescue 2, SR 2, Car 10, Car 4, Car 3, Car 2, and EMS 1. Fleet
Services personnel respond and provided assistance to the towing company, and
assist with removing equipment from Ladder 4. Dawson Street is closed for over
an hour, and South Street for over four hours, while the accident is
investigated and the damaged apparatus removed. [AI] (July 10, 2009)
Two alarms struck at 2408 Paula Street.
Commercial structure. Dispatched 4:55 a.m. Engine 11 arrived at a one-story, metal
commercial building with heavy fire showing through the roof in the rear.
Building with 6,856 square-feet, built 1971. Used as entertainment facility.
Declared major working fire on arrival. Controlled 5:44 a.m. Units on scene
included E11, E9, E6, E7, E3, E13, E1, L2, L4, R2, R1, B2, B1, C10, C20, A1, EMS
11, EMS 1, D1, D5, T1. [MF] (August
Two alarms struck at 1001 E. Millbrook Road.
House. Dispatched 2:54 p.m. Callers reported explosions and possibly people
trapped. Car 73 and then Engine 9 arrived at a two-story, wood-frame residence
with heavy fire conditions. Building with 1,890 square-feet, built 1970. Second
alarm quickly requested. Interior attack, with defensive periods. Ladder 1
utilized for aerial operations. Millbrook Road closed in both directions. Two
hydrants caught. Several pets rescue. Adult male victim located that evening,
deceased. Two firefighters transported, one with burned, one with dehydration.
Both released Tuesday evening. Controlled at 5:29 p.m; command terminated 11:18
p.m. by Engine 6. First alarm fire: E9, E4, E19, L1, R1, B1. Working fire: E11,
C10, C20, A1. Second: E22, E18, E7, L2, R2, B2. Other: C1, C2, C4, C73,
B4. Special called: E15, E16, E1, HM2, E6, L5. EMS units included EMS 5, EMS 13,
EMS 31, EMS 121, EMS 1210, M94, D3, D6, T1. [MF]
(September 15, 2009)
Fire Prevention Division restructured. Four positions are reclassified as
Asst. Fire Marshal, directly reporting to the Fire Marshal / Asst. Fire Chief.
Ten additional inspector, plans examiner, and captain positions are reclassified
as Deputy Fire Marshal. (September 2009)
Two alarms struck at 4508 Wingate Drive.
House. Dispatched 5:05 a.m. Engine 9 arrived at a two-story brick residence with heavy
fire showing through the roof and second-story windows. Building with 2,733
square-feet, built 1985. Second alarm requested within minutes. Interior attack
through garage and into kitchen. Subsequent defensive attack including aerial
stream from Ladder 2 and deck gun from Engine 9. Residents safely escaped. No
injuries. Second alarm companies released within about an hour. Salvage and
overhaul continued through change of "A" shift to "B" shift. E9, E15, E11, E19, E16, E4, E6, L2, L1, R1, R2, B1, B2, C10, C20, A8,
EMS16, EMS3, EMS121, D4, D1, M91, T1. [MF]
(October 15, 2009)
Aviation Rescue Program started.
Program is a partnership with the Raleigh Fire Department and the North Carolina State
Highway Patrol. Program is created in 2009, after the General Assembly mandated
that the Highway Patrol purchase a rescue-appropriate helicopter and establish a
24-hour, seven day-a-week rescue resource in the state. The Highway Patrol
paired with the Raleigh Fire Department, to provide equipment for the fire
department’s personnel. The program is a component of the North Carolina
Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART), a statewide search and rescue program
under the direction of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. They
become operational in 2010, and the program significantly reduces the deployment
time for airborne rescue in central and eastern North Carolina by having
helicopter rescue technicians on duty at all times. Helicopter rescue teams
consist of a pilot, co-pilot and two technicians. Their operations are limited
to rescue, extrication, and delivery of patients to ground crews for further
medical treatment and transport. Their capabilities include but are not limited
to rescues from vehicles, swift water, flood water, and victims in trees or any
location where access would be delayed or difficult for land crews to access.
Between 2010 and 2012, the team has been deployed three times: on October 1,
2010, for flooding in Bertie County; on August 26, 2011, as pre-deployment for
Hurricane Irene; and on May 30, 2012, to assist with locating fishermen in
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