Twenty-seven stations protecting 140+ square miles and
Fire Administration offices reopen Dillon Building
after renovations. Personnel occupied offices in classroom trailers at Keeter
Training Center for several months. (January 2010)
Two alarms at 6149 St. Giles Street. Apartment
building. Dispatched 9:28 a.m. Engine 17
arriving at a three-story, brick-and-frame apartment building with 5,076
square-feet. Built 1981. Heavy smoke showing from second floor on arrival.
Interior attack commenced. Battalion 4 assumed command on arrival and requested
second alarm within a couple minutes. Fire spread through third floor and into
attic. Ladder 3 positioned in front of structure, and first utilized for roof
access. Ladder 6 positioned behind structure. Both flowed after fire broke
Ten apartments damaged, and eight people displaced. One resident transported
with smoke inhalation. Two hydrants used, and a third connected with supply line
laid but not opened. Investigators determined that unattended cooking caused the
fire. Salt truck special called for ice hazards. Fire units on scene included: E17, E16, E14, L3, R3,
B4 (first alarm), E9, C10, C20, A1, (working fire), E6, E8, E18, L6, R1, B3
(second alarm), B1, C21, C71, (also on scene), E5, E19 (special called/relief),
E13, E21 (stand by/firewatch). EMS on scene included: EMS 121, EMS 124, EMS 123,
EMS 3, D4, D1, M95, Truck 1. (January 9,
Two alarms at 4910 Arcadian Court. Apartment
building. Dispatched 3:12 p.m. Engine 19
arriving with heavy fire showing from the second story and roof in the rear of a
two-story, wood-frame apartment building with 10,356 square-feet. Built 1985.
Declared major working fire on arrival. Quickly spread across roof, with wind
conditions contributing. Heavy smoke surrounding front of structure also
obscured operations. Crews withdrawn and defensive attack started very soon.
Battalion 1 with command. Ladder 2 plus Engine 15 deck gun deployed in front of
structure; Ladder 5 deployed in rear of structure. Command post, medical
monitoring and rehab on Arcadian Court. Staging on Wallingford Drive. Dispatched
3:12 p.m. Controlled at 4:16 p.m.
Five hydrants utilized, on Arcadian Court to Engine 19, on Wallingford Drive to
Engine 21, on Pebble Beach Drive to Ladder 5, Tapers Drive to New Hope Engine 1,
and fifth location TBD. First alarm: E19, E15, E11, L2, R1, B2, New Hope E1.
Working fire: E27, C10, C20, A1. Second alarm: E21, E22, E28, L5, R2, B4. Third
alarm (manpower): E9, L1. Car 2, Car 4, Car 71, New Hope Car 1 also on scene.
Medical: EMS 16, EMS 2, EMS 10, EMS 11, EMS 121, D3, D2, M93, T1. Coverage
included E14 at Station 19, E23 at Station 15, E13 at Station 9. Overnight companies included E20, E24. No injuries. Eight units destroyed, seven
families and 19 people displaced. Cause determined as accidental, from disposal
of fireplace ashes on a back deck. Wind spread same and started fire. "A" shift
working. (March 5,
Safety Officer placed in service as Safety 1 at Fire
Administration. (March 8, 2010)
Three alarms at 2806 Armadale Lane.
homes. Dispatched 7:19 p.m. Located at
northeastern edge of city. Incorrectly cited in news reports as Wake Forest
street address. Dispatched address was two-story,
wood-frame, vinyl-sided dwelling. Built 2007 with 3,174 square-feet, and one of
seven closely spaced homes on a semicircular block. Buildings used as model
homes prior to residences. Dispatched address was second house from west end.
Engine 28 first on scene with three structures on fire. Two fully involved, and
third partially involved. Declared major working fire. Limited size-up due to
heavy smoke and poor visibility. Engine caught own hydrant, and proceeded to
last house on east side of block, the farthest exposure from the burning
structures. Crews extended hand lines to middle of the block, to protect the
first unburned exposure on the east side.
Battalion 1 assumed command on arrival, and began strategic placement of units
for defensive ops. Third alarm requested within minutes.
Steady winds also
spread flames on ground, which damaged or started fires at the other four houses
on the block. Last house on east end suffered extensive damage in rear of
structure, from flames spreading on ground. Six deluge guns operated, either on
apparatus or on ground. Three aerial streams deployed. Ladder 5 was first, and
caught own hydrant. Water pressure problems encountered and two engines boosted
pressure. Eight hydrants utilized. Gas leak detected in original structure, and
gas company used excavator to expose and close feeder line to entire block.
Three homes destroyed (one flattened, two gutted), fourth home heavily damaged,
and three others damaged. All seven homes declared unsafe to enter. That, the
six homes remaining standing. Fifteen adults and five children displaced. No
injuries reported, civilian or responder. Dispatched 7:19 p.m. Controlled 9:42
p.m. Apparatus from Raleigh and New Hope included 12 engines, 3 ladders, 4
rescues, plus 3 engines and 3 ladders for relief and fire watch. Approximately
80 firefighters on scene. Coverage at Raleigh and New Hope stations included Bay
Leaf, Falls, Rolesville, and Wake Forest units.
Investigation started Tuesday morning, with personnel from RFD, Wake County, SBI,
and ATF. Scene released by investigators about 1:15 p.m. the next day. Fire department
remained on scene until Thursday morning.
- Ladder 2 on Darton Way, behind east end of houses, flowing west.
- Ladder 5 on Hartham Park Avenue at Armadale Lane, flowing southeast onto
west end of houses. Division A/D corner, protecting Division D exposures.
- Ladder 1 on grass overlooking Armadale Lane, flowing south into middle
houses. Division A.
- Center of block, left side, ground. Division A.
- Center of block, right side, ground, Division A.
- Center of block, Engine 11. Division A.
- Behind houses, ground. Division C.
- Behind houses, ground. Division C.
- West side of block, Engine 27. Division C/D corner.
- Armadale Lane, west of Leland Drive – Engine 28 with hand lines.
- Armadale Lane, south of Hartham Park Avenue, east side of circle –
Engine 9, feeding Engine 11 on grass overlooking Armadale Lane, with hand
lines and deluge gun(s).
- Armadale Lane, south of Hartham Park Avenue, west side of circle –
Ladder 5 with hand lines and flowing.
- Chilton Place, north Hartham Park Avenue - Engine 25 with hand lines (?)
and ground deluge gun.
- Darton Way at Louisburg Road, north side of circle – New Hope engines,
with hand lines and feeding Ladder 2?
- Leland Drive south of Darton Way – Engine 22, feeding deluge gun(s)?
- Vaxley Hall Drive, east of Casper Creek Lane, laid between buildings
down Chilton Place - Ladder 1? Engine 25 feeding Ladder 1?
- West end of Hartham Park Avenue, in construction area - Engine 27 with
hand lines and deluge gun.
- First: E28, E19, E22, L5, R1, B1.
- Second: E27, E15, E11, E25, L2, R2, B2, C20, C10, A1. (Includes working
fire assignment, not separately dispatched. Integrated into same dispatch.)
- Third: E21, E7, E9, L1, R3, B4, C1, C2.
- Other: HM2, SR2, SR3.
- New Hope: E3, E8, R14, Tanker 10, Brush 7, C1, C3.
- Medical: EMS66, EMS16, EMS5, D3, D6, M92, T1, C200.
- E10, L7 (1200-0400)
- E26, L6 (0400-0600)
- Next Day:
- C20, E9
- L3 (0800-0900)
- E13 (0800-1300)
- E5 (1300-1700)
- E19 (1700-1900)
- Other Agencies: WC1, Wake EM, Red Cross, RFD explorers.
- E13 to Station 22.
- L4 to Station 11.
- L7 to Station 1.
- Bay Leaf P251 at Station 4.
- Falls P212 at Station 15. (Originally cited as Station 19.)
- Rolesville at New Hope.
- Wake Forest E1 at Station 25.(March 24,
- 2010 Pierce Arrow XT pumper placed in service as Engine 11 on May 13, 2010.
- 2010 Pierce Arrow XT pumper placed in service as Engine 13 on April 27, 2010.
Photos and more information.
Two alarms at 611 Peyton Street. Apartment
building. Dispatched 3:19 p.m. Engine 12
arriving at a three-story, wood-frame with brick veneer apartment building,
built 1969 with 9,936 square-feet, with heavy smoke showing from third floor in
rear of structure, along with civilians in or hanging from third-floor windows.
Rescued using ground ladders.
Dead hydrant at scene, and water supply delayed. Extension into attic, and
through roof. Ladder 4 positioned with second water supply, and deployed for
roof access. Battalion 2 assumed command on arrival, and requested second alarm
a couple minutes later.
Command post and medical monitoring and rehab located on Dacian Drive. Staging
on Peyton Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Latter roadway closed at
Peyton Street, due to five-inch hose. Dispatched at 3:19 p.m. Controlled at 4:02
Fire units included E12, E3, E7, L4, R2, B2 (first alarm), E10, A1, C10, C20
(working fire), E1, E5, E11, L8, R1, B3, B1, C2 (second alarm), E2, E26 (special
called). EMS units included EMS7, EMS82, EMS62, M91, D1, D5, MD20, D1. Also on
scene: C1, Red Cross. Twelve units rendered uninhabitable. No injures, about 24
people displaced. Cause determined as accidental. (March 28,
Two alarms at 221 W. Millbrook Road. Office
building. Dispatched 7:13 a.m. Engine 9 arriving at a two-story, wood-frame
commercial structure with 2,226 square-feet. Built 1978, dentist office. Heavy
smoke from front of structure. Interior attack, with fire found in attic.
Battalion 1 assumed command on arrival, and called for a second alarm within a
couple minutes. Ladder 1 backed into parking lot, and deployed in front of
building. Utilized for roof operations, with crews ventilating. Staging on both
Millbrook Road, and in parking lot across street. Medical monitoring and rehab
also located in parking lot across street. Dispatched 7:13 a.m. Controlled 7:49
a.m. Extinguished about an hour later. No
injuries. Cause determined as accidental. Outgoing "A" shift personnel relieved
by incoming "B" shift personnel. Units on scene included E9, E16, E17, E4, E15,
E11, E6, L1, L4, L_, R1, R3, B1, B2, B4, C10, C20, A1, C1, C2, EMS 3, EMS 16,
D1, D4, M9_, T1, WC1. (April 22,
Recruit Academy #36 starts. (May 26, 2010)
Shift Deputy Fire Marshal placed in service as
Car 40 at Station 21. (June 3, 2010)
Regional Response Team #4 to Greensboro, to assist at
tank farm fire. (June 13, 2010)
Two alarms at 2605 New Hope Church Road.
Apartment building. Dispatched 9:09 p.m. Engine
11 arriving at a two-story, wood-frame apartment building, with 7,920
square-feet. Built 1972. Heavy fire showing, and declared major working fire on
arrival. Heavy fire found on second floor, and in attic. Crews withdrawn from
interior attack after several minutes. Ladder 2 utilized for aerial stream,
followed by resumed interior work. Exposure protection on east side of building,
and deluge gun positioned behind building. Two hydrants utilized, both on or
near New Hope Church Road.
Command located in parking lot, in front of building. Medical monitoring and
rehab located on grassy hill, above parking lot, and in front of building.
Temperature about 80 74 degrees, with about 96% humidity. Crews evaluated for
heat exhaustion and dehydration. One firefighter transported to hospital. No
civilian injuries. Twenty-four people displaced, 12 adults and 12 children. Two
of six apartment units destroyed. Six total uninhabitable. Cause determined as
accidental. Dispatched 9:09 p.m. Controlled 10:13 p.m.
First alarm: E11, E19, E15, L2, R1, B1. Second alarm, including working fire
dispatch: E21, E9, E27, E7, L1, R2, B2, C10, C20. Special called: E13, L5.
Medical: EMS 2 (first alarm), EMS 5, EMS 4, D1, D4, M91, T1 (second alarm).
Fire department sponsors the fourth annual
Fallen Firefighters Foundation Golf Tournament. The event nets raises
(June 17, 2010)
Two alarms at 2805 Dillmark Court. Apartment
building. Dispatched 5:40 a.m. Engine 10
arriving at a two-story, wood-frame townhouse with 1,080 square-feet. Built
1986. Found fire in downstairs living area venting out of rear of structure, and
up to second floor. Dispatched 5:40 a.m. Controlled 6:06 a.m. No injuries. Three
people displaced. Cause determined as accidental. Units on scene included E10,
E26, E2, E12, E7, E3, E1, L8, L4, R2, R3, B2, B3, C10, C20, A1, C2, EMS 7, EMS
18, EMS 19, M94, D1, T1. (June 19, 2010)
Two alarms at 3800 Jackson Street. Apartment
building. Dispatched 12:44 p.m. Dispatched address of 3704 Lexington Street. Reported by passing motorist. Engine 8
arrived at a two-story, wood-frame apartment building with 4,096 square-feet.
Built 1983. Found heavy fire in front of building, in stairwell area linking
first and second floors. Upgraded to second alarm by Car 10. Engine 8 supplied
two two-inch lines, from parking lot off Lexington Street. Ladder 7 deployed for
roof access in parking lot off Jackson Street. Staging on Gorman Street. Two
hydrants. Dispatched 12:44 p.m. Controlled at 1:37 p.m. Four apartments rendered
uninhabitable. Fire damage to exposure building, second apartment building.
Nearby motorcycle with melted tires. Five people displaced. No injuries. Cause
determined as accidental. Units on scene included (first alarm) E8, E20, E5, L7,
R3, B3, (working fire) E14, C10, C20, A1, (second alarm) E1, E13, E6, L4, R2,
B2, C5, C40, (medical) EMS 4, EMS 8, EMS 31, D2, M94, Evac 1 in place of T1,
(coverage) E21, E18, L1, (relief) E13. (July 3,
Deputy Fire Marshals start on shift. The new
position is placed in service as Car 40 and is housed at Station 21. (July 3,
Apparatus delivery: 2010 Pierce Arrow XT
tractor-drawn aerial ladder, to be assigned to Ladder 4.
Photos and more information. (July 21, 2010)
Two alarms at 903 New Bern Avenue. Engine 3
arriving at a two-story, wood-frame rooming house with 2,674 square-feet. Built
1920. Size and age from tax records. Found fire showing from the rear window.
Heavy fire conditions inside. Two engines and additional ladder requested. RIT
team activated when contact lost with interior crews. Automatic second alarm
resulted, though some units apparently returned to service. Ladder 2 and Ladder
7 deployed. New Bern Avenue and Edenton Street both closed, the latter due to
(second?) supply line from Engine 7. Battalion 2 in command. Dispatched 7:02
p.m. Controlled 7:40 p.m. Three people displaced. Units on scene included E3,
E1, E13, E5, E7, E10, E6, L2, L4, L7, R2, B2, B3, B1, C10, C20, C40, A1, C2, C3,
C5, EMS 1, EMS 11, D1, T1. "B" shift. (October 12, 2010)
Two alarms at 6317 Shanda Drive. Engine 15
arriving with heavy fire showing from the roof of a one-story wood-frame
apartment clubhouse building. Built 1979, with 1,809 square-feet. Dispatched
4:45 p.m. Controlled 5:16 p.m. Units on scene included E15, E4, E9, E18, E16,
E19, E22, L1, L5, R1, R3, B1, B2, B4, C10, C20, C40, C4, A1, EMS 3, EMS 5, EMS
11, EMS 121, D4, D1, M92, T1 "B" shift. (November 9, 2010)
Two alarms at 2413 Landmark Drive. Engine 14
arriving at a two-story, brick-and-frame apartment building with 10,168
square-feet. Built 1972. Smoke showing, and visible from Western Boulevard.
Quickly upgraded to major working fire, with one unit fully involved and fire
extending up the building. Interior attack with Engine 14 with first line, and
Engine 8 with second line. Car 10 as incident command at his vehicle on Landmark
Drive. Battalion 3 as operations command in rear of building. Medical monitoring
and rehab in parking lot on other side of Landmark Drive. One hydrant utilized,
also on other side of Landmark Drive. Road closed by police. Dispatched at 1:52
p.m. Controlled at 2:27 p.m. Two units rendered uninhabitable, with five people
displaced. No injuries. Cause determined as unattended cooking. First alarm:
E14, E8, E9, E5, L3, R3, B4, C10, C20, C40, A1. Second alarm: E17, E6, E11, L7,
R2, B2, B4, C1, C2, C5. Medical: EMS 121, EMS 4, EMS 11, EMS 55, D3, M9_, T1.
Coverage: E13 and others. "A" shift. (November 21, 2010)
Two alarms at 8900 Midway West Road. Engine 23
arriving at a one-story metal industrial building with 47,225 square-feet. Built
1986. Metal fabrication facility, occupied at the time of the incident. Smoking
showing and declared a working fire. Raleigh and Durham Highway crews entered
structure to determine exactly what was burning. Machinery found on fire. Engine
23 repositioned closer to fire location, outside rear loading dock. Ladder 6
positioned in same location, and deployed for roof access. Replay pumping from
Engine 24 and extended supply line from hydrant south on Midway West Road.
Second alarm requested about five minutes into incident. Dispatched 10:09 p.m.
Controlled 11:19 p.m. Incident command located on Midway West Drive in front of
structure. Medical monitoring and rehab located in parking lot about two blocks
south. Fire apparatus staging on Westgate Park Drive, off Westgate Road. EMS
staging three blocks south on Midway West Drive. Cause determined as accidental,
with hot metal shavings from a grinder igniting, which caught the ventilation
system on fire. Units on scene included: E23, E24, E17, E16, Durham Highway E1,
E14, E9, E4, Durham Highway E3, L6, L3, R3, R1, B4, B3, B1, A1, C10, C20, C40,
C4, C5, EMS 122, EMS 4, EMS 5?, D3, D1, T1. "C" shift. (December
Two alarms on Hensley Drive. Engine 4
arriving at a two-story, wood-frame apartment building with 10,872 square-feet.
Built 1979. Communications advised multiple callers as well as power company
reporting fire showing. Engine 4 arriving with heavy venting from attic and
declared working fire. Defensive operations soon started. Ladder 1 and Ladder 3
deployed. Command located at entrance to parking lot on Hensley Drive. Medical
monitoring and rehab in parking lot beside command. Staging on Hensley.
Dispatched 3:37 a.m. Second alarm requested about 3:58 a.m. Controlled 4:51 a.m.
Cause determined as accidental due to lightning strike. No injuries with eight
units uninhabitable and 27 people displaced. Units on scene included: E4, E9,
E15, E16, E17, E19, E18, L1, L3, R1, R3, B1, B4, A1, C10, C20, plus EMS
resources including D4 and T1. "A" shift. (December 19, 2010)
Two alarms on Grinding Stone Drive. Engine 19
arriving at a two-story, wood-frame, six-unit condominium building with
approximately 12,000 square-feet. Built 1974. Fire showing through roof of end
unit. Interior operations started. Battalion 1 arrived and upgraded to major
working fire. Crews continued with interior lines until withdrawn due to
deteriorating conditions. Defensive operations started with Ladder 2, operating
reserve platform ladder, and hand lines both in front and rear of structure.
Command post in front of building. Staging on Walden Pond Drive. Medical
monitoring and rehab on Grinding Stone Drive. Two hydrants used. Ten people
displaced. One firefighter received minor burns. Dispatched 2:24 a.m. Controlled
3:30 a.m. Crews on scene through the morning. First alarm: E19, E15, E11, L2,
R1, B1, EMS 5. Working fire: E9, A1, C10, C20. Second alarm: E27, E16, E22, L5,
R2, B2, EMS 15, D1, T1. Also on scene: C40, C3. "B" shift. (December
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Two alarms at 5420 Portree Place. Engine 8
arriving at a two-story, wood-frame apartment building with 12 units and 9,990
square-feet. Built 1969. Engine 8 found a fire in Unit #12, interior attack.
Working fire, then upgraded to major working fire. Dispatched 1:58 a.m.
Controlled 2:44 p.m. First alarm: E8, E14, E5?, L7, R3, B3. Working fire: E20,
A1, C10, C20, D5, M91. Second alarm: E1, E16, E13, L4, R2, B4. Special called:
E9. Relief/stand-by: E17. Medical: EMS 4, EMS 8, EMS 19, EMS 53, D5, E1, M92,
T1. Who's missing? Move-ups E4 to Station 8, L8 to Station 1, E21 to Station 1
(canceled en route). Approximately 15 people displaced. Three units rendered
uninhabitable. One civilian transported for smoke inhalation. Caused determined
as incendiary, related to domestic dispute that police were investigating. "A"
shift. (January 6, 2011)
Two alarms at 2423 Wycliff Road. Engine 14
arriving with heavy smoke showing from a two-story apartment building with
19,636 square-feet, built 1968. Fire in third-floor apartment. Two residents
transported, including one with leg injuries, after dropping infant into bushes
and jumping from third-floor balcony. Dispatched 2:34 p.m. Controlled 4:49 p.m.
Units on scene included E14, E16, E8, E9, E17, E6, E5, L7, L3, R3, R2, B3, B4,
A1, C10, C20, C40, C2, EMS 8, EMS 11, EMS 124, EMS 121, EMS 54, M94, D1, D4, T1.
"C" shift. (January 18, 2011)
Two alarms at 9159 Wooden Road. Engine 24
arriving at a townhouse complex with a fast-moving grass fire between and behind
the two-story, wood-frame, brick-veneer structures each approximately 2,700
square-feet. Engine 24 caught own hydrant. Second-arriving Engine 23 directed to
opposite end of block, to catch own hydrant and cut off the spread of flames.
Second alarm requested within minutes. Fire controlled in about 20 minutes and
second alarm units returned to service. No extension to structures. Extensive
wet-down. One resident checked for possible smoke inhalation. Dispatched about
1:30 p.m. E24, E23, E17, L6, R3, B4, C10, C20, EMS 54. "A" shift. (February 12,
Four alarms on Falls of Neuse Road with county fire departments.
Reported as grass fire at Falls of Neuse Road near Garden Hill Drive. Wind-fed
flames quickly spread across Wakefield Plantation Golf Course, and threatened
structures on three sides: Garden Hill Drive (north), Imperial Oaks Drive
(east), and Victoria Park Lane (south). Initial requests for brush trucks,
additional engines, and full structural assignments from Raleigh. Crews and
units positioned on all three sides. Command post located on Falls of Neuse just
south of Garden Hill Drive. Apparatus staging at Wakefield Baptist Church on
Falls of Neuse Road. Police closed several roads, and evacuated citizens from
golf course. About 25 acres burned, with some exterior damage to structures.
Several citizens assisted firefighters. Golf course sprinklers activated to
assist with wet-down. Dispatched about 3:30 p.m. Controlled about 5:00 p.m.
Units included Falls - P212, pumper, brush, tanker 217, C2, C1 (incident
command). Raleigh - E25 (initial dispatch), E22, E15, E28, E4, E18, E27, E9, L5,
L2, L2, R1, R3, R2, B4, B1, C10, C21, A1, C5. Bay Leaf - P258, P122, brush. Wake
Forest - E3, two brush units, C5, C1. Stony Hill - E261, tanker 268, brush 263.
Durham Highway - Brush. Forestry - Two units plus plow. Medical - EMS 4, EMS 6,
EMS 10, EMS 68, D3, T1. Coverage - Fuquay-Varina E2 to Falls, Cary E70 (T7 crew
on spare engine) to Raleigh Station 10, Raleigh E13 to Station 15, and probably
others. "A" shift.
(February 19, 2011.)
Two alarms at 4716 Hoyle Drive. Battalion 1
arriving with heavy smoke and flames showing from the rear of a two-story,
wood-frame townhome building with 7,804 square-feet. Built 1983. Engine 19 first
engine on scene, with crews going inside structure. Dispatched 6:49 a.m.
Controlled 7:18 p.m One unit rendered uninhabitable. Other units with smoke
damage. Eighteen residents impacted. Cause under investigation Also reported as
house fire on Presley Court off Hargrove Road. Units dispatched to second fire
utilized as second alarm assignment. First alarm: E19, E15, E11, L2, R1, B1.
Second alarm/Hargrove Road: E27, E21, E22, L5, R2, B2. Working fire: E__, A1,
C10, C20, C40. Other: C2, C4. Medical: EMS 2, EMS 3, EMS 15, EMS 121, EMS 7, D4,
D1, M92, T1. "B" shift. (February 23, 2011)
Two alarms at 4724 Dansey Drive. Reported as
New Hope Road between Capital and Louisburg roads. Engine 19 arriving at a
two-story, wood-frame, multi-family apartment building with 10,356 square-feet.
Built 1985. Heavy fire visible from both floors at the rear of the building.
Interior attack utilizing a number of two-inch lines. Ladder 2 also deployed in
rear of building. Two hydrants used, on Dansey Drive (E19) and New Hope Road
(L2). Command (B1) located on northeast corner of Dansey Drive and New Hope
Road. Staging in parking lot of New Hope Baptist Church at corner of Louisburg
and New Hope roads. Rehab and medical monitoring on New Hope Road at Dansey
Drive. New Hope Road closed by police. Dispatched 2:49 a.m. Controlled 3:22 a.m.
Eight units rendered uninhabitable, 19 people displaced. Units included E19,
E15, E11, E27, E21, E22, E28, L2, L5, R1, R2, B1, B2, C10, C20, C40, A1, C1, C2,
C5, New Hope E1, B1, C1, WC1, EMS 5, EMS 2, EMS 121, EMS 18, EMS 7, EMS 15, D1,
D4, T1. Special call for CAT bus for evacuated residents. E26 for relief about
5:15 a.m. "B" shift. (March 15, 2011)
Two alarms at 5500 Reunion Point. Engine 19
arriving at a three-story, wood-frame, garden-style apartment building with
13,200 square feet. Built 1996. Heavy fire and smoke showing from the roof in
the southwest corner of the structure. Interior operations with two-inch lines.
Crews pulled ceilings in the third-floor apartments and found heavy fire in
attic. Emergency evacuation about ten minutes into operation, due to collapsing
conditions. All personnel accounted for. Defensive operations commenced, with
Ladder 2 on the west side of building on Reunion Point and Ladder 5 on south
side / front of the building. Ground monitor also deployed. Majority of fire
knocked down within 10 minutes. Aerial operations soon suspended and interior
operations resumed. Battalion 1, then Car 10 as command. Battalion 20 as staging
officer. Hydrants used in front of building for Engine 19, and across Spring
Forest Road at Reunion Point for Ladder 2. Where was staging as well as rehab?
Ladder 5 later used as platform with hand line to extinguish hot spots.
Twenty-five people displaced. Twelve apartments affected. Six units
uninhabitable. No injuries. Cause not yet determined. Dispatched at 1:24 p.m.
Controlled at 2:31 p.m. Command terminated and scene released about 6:37 p.m.
First alarm: E19, E11, E15, L5, R1, B1, EMS 2 Second alarm: E22, E4, E9, E27,
E16, L2, R2, B2, B4, A1, C20, C21, C40, C2, EMS122, EMS124, EMS63, EMS8, D3, D4,
M92, T1. Investigation assisted by WC1. Relief companies included E5, E18, E26.
(March 30, 2011)
Two alarms at 3530 Blue Ridge Road.
One-story, brick laundry building behind nursing home. Engine 14 arriving and
declared a working fire. Battalion 4 upgrading to major working fire a minute or
two later. Fire in attic space and soon through the roof. Exposures protected,
with no spread to nearby buildings. Ladder 3 positioned on opposite side of
complex, though aerial stream not needed. Patients and staff evacuated from one
section of facility. Two hydrants caught. Blue Ridge Road closed due to supply
line. Dispatched 3:34 p.m. Controlled 4:07 p.m. No injuries. First alarm: E14,
E16, E9,L3, B3, R3. Working fire: E6, A1, C10, C20, C40. Second alarm: E17, E18,
E11, L1, R1, B4. Other fire: C2, C5, plus relief companies? Medical: EMS 1, EMS
11, EMS 2, EMS 3, EMS 4, EMS 121, EMS 124, D4, D3, T1, Evac 1. "C"
(April 2, 2011.)
Tornado strikes Raleigh. The path
of the afternoon storm starts near Tryon and Lake Wheeler roads, continues
northeast through downtown and east Raleigh, and then along a parallel path east
of Highway 401. It destroys 146 structures and heavily damaged 719 others. Four
people are killed. For the Raleigh Fire Department, the severe weather brings
one of their busiest days in years. Calls for downed trees and damaged power
lines have already been received during the thunderstorms that preceded the
tornado, beginning about 2:45 p.m. The damage from the twister quickly escalates
the volume of calls. Firefighters begin responding to a wider and more severe
range of emergencies: trees on buildings, people trapped in their homes,
collapsed structures, and gas leaks. To augment their resources, the fire
department calls in off-duty members. Two additional engines and another ladder
company are placed in service. Call-back personnel also provides staffing for
additional Battalion Chief units, aides for command functions, and extra
personnel for search and rescue activities at damage sites. By 8:00 a.m. the
next morning, the Raleigh Fire Department has answered over 180 calls. (April
Two alarms at 4505 Edwards Mill Road.
Engine 14 arriving at a two-story, brick condo building with 10,440 square-feet.
Built 1972. Light smoke showing, upgraded to working fire after crews made
entry. After fire extended to attic, incident was upgraded to major working
fire. Second alarm automatically dispatched. Interior attack until collapse
conditions encountered. Defensive attic included Ladder 2 flowing in front
parking lot, and Ladder 4 readied with reserve platform on Edwards Mill Road,
pumped by Engine 6. Command located in front parking lot, Battalion 3 then Car
10 in command. Staging on Edwards Mill Road. Special request for two additional
engines. Three hydrants caught, two on Edwards Mill and one in the complex. One
resident evacuated by firefighters and checked out by EMS. Total 15 people
displaced. Eight units rendered uninhabitable. Cause determined as improperly
discarded smoking material. Dispatched 8:59 a.m. Controlled at 10:26 a.m. First
alarm: E14, E16, E17, L2, R3, B3. Working fire: E9, A1, C10, C20, C40. Second
alarm: E4, E11, E8, L1, R2, B4. Other fire: E6, E26, B2, C2, C3, C4, and WC1.
Medical included EMS 11, EMS 6, EMS 31, EMS 123, EMS 122, EMS 121, EMS 15, EMS
7, D1, D4, D5, T1, Evac 1, C200, M95. E27 to Station 14, E20 to Station 8, E26
to Station 16, then E13 to Station 16, L6 to Station 17. "B" shift. (April
Two alarms at 112 Farrington Drive. Engine 4
arriving with fire showing from the roof of a two-story, wood-frame apartment
building with 4,166 square-feet. Built 1985. Declared major working fire, which
resulted in automatic dispatch of second alarm. Interior attack, with fire in
second-story apartment and attic space. Deluge gun also utilized outside for a
brief bit. Two hydrants used. Command and medical functions on Farrington Drive,
west of building. Staging on Six Forks Road, which was closed by police.
Dispatched 3:19 a.m. Controlled 3:58 p.m. Two apartments rendered uninhabitable.
Three people displaced. No injuries. First alarm: E4, E18, E15, L1, R1, B1, EMS
3. Second alarm + working fire assignment: E16, E9, E22, E19, L5, B4, R3, A1,
C10, C20, C40, EMS 122, EMS 15, EMS 2, D3, D4, M92, T1. Other: C2, WC1. "B"
shift. (April 16, 2011)
Two alarms at 4740 Walden Pond Drive. Ladder
2 arriving with heavy fire showing from the front of a two-story, wood-frame
apartment building with 1,865 square-feet. Built 1974. Crews forced entry and
found heavy fire in the kitchen area. Ladder 2 was deployed to the roof, for
access for ventilation. Dispatched 1:50 p.m. Controlled 2:27 p.m. Two units
rendered uninhabitable. No injuries. Cause determined as accidental. Units on
scene included E11, E9, E19, L2, R3, B1, E27, A1, C10, C20, E16, E22, E4, L5,
B2, B4, C2, C3, EMS 12, EMS 2, EMS 6, D_, D4, M93, T1. (April 20, 2011)
Water supply procedure changed. First-arriving engine now lays its own supply
line. (May 1, 2011)
Two alarms at 1923 North Hills Drive. Engine
16 arriving at a three-story, wood-frame apartment building with 17,160
square-feet. Built 1974 and on an incline. Third floor accessed via North Hills
Drive. Smoke showing from along the entire roof line. Declared major working
fire on arrival. Interior attack, with fire found inside third-floor leasing
office. Contained with no extension. Engine 16 hand laid supply line to street,
with Engine 9 reverse-laying to hydrant. Ladder 2 on second alarm positioned
behind engine, but not deployed. Staging on North Hills Drive. Command located
on opposite side of North Hills Drive from fire building. Medical monitoring and
rehab located on sidewalk in front of fire building. One unit parked on
Generation Drive, behind structure. North Hills Drive closed by police. Cause
determined as accidental. Two units rendered uninhabitable. No injuries.
Dispatched 10:59 a.m. Controlled 11:29 p.m. Units included: E16, E9, E6, E17,
E18, E4, E11, L3, L2, R3, R2, B3, B1, A1, C10, C20, C4, EMS 35, EMS 3, EMS 1,
EMS 8, D4, D5, M94, T1. "A" shift. (May 22, 2011)
Emergency Fire Dispatch (EFD) starts. (June 8, 2011)
Raleigh Fire Museum holds grand opening.
The museum is located in a classroom at the Keeter Training Center. Work on the
museum starts in 2010, with the donation of the space by the fire department.
Personnel donate nearly $1,200, which is used to build fixtures and purchase
display cases, as well as print and frame photographs. Firefighters also help
prepare the trailer for occupancy by building additional walls and adding a
special sliding door. Those who helped open the museum--from preparing the space
to providing artifacts--include Steve Bartholomew, Tim Blaisdell, Ronald
Campbell, Creighton Edwards, David Freeman, Dave Godfrey, Thomas Johnson, Frank
McLaurin, Danny Poole, Brian Sherrill, Chad Shingleton, Bobby Smith, Robert
Upchurch, Kathy Walters, Steve Welch, and Lee Wilson. More than 200 items are
displayed, including helmets, nozzles, hand tools, hose tools, badges, pagers,
uniforms, radios, log books, scrapbooks, posters, and film footage. Major
artifacts include a restored 19th century hose reel, the 1870 fire alarm bell,
and a piece of steel from the collapse of the World Trade Center on September
11, 2001. In May 2012, the museum acquires its first piece of apparatus, a 1961
American LaFrance pumper that original served the city as Engine 1.
(June 14, 2011)chb
New radio procedures start. (June 15, 2011)
Two alarms at 211 Groveland Avenue.
Two-story, wood-frame, residential structure with 3,910 square-feet. Built 1917
or 1912. Operated as a bed and breakfast called the Cameron Park Inn. Both
guests evacuated safely. Cause determined as lightning. Fire damage to third
floor, which was destroyed. First and second floors with smoke and water damage.
Dispatched 1:45 a.m. First unit arriving three minutes later. Second alarm
requested at 2:17 a.m. Controlled at 3:16 a.m. Units on scene: E5, E6, E13, L7,
R3, B3, EMS 1 (first alarm), E1, A1, C10, C20, C40, EMS 8, EMS 2, D1, (working
fire), E3, E8, E20, L2, R2, B2, EMS 7, M91, T1 (second alarm). (June 20, 2011)
Two alarms at 620 W. South Street. Engine 1
arriving at a one-story, concrete-block and wood-frame building with 2,400
square-feet. Convenience store, built 1953. Jeffries Grocery & Grill, says tax
records. Heavy smoke venting from the front of structure. Interior attack, with
fire found in rear corner. Engine 3 with supply line. Battalion 3, then Car 10
as command. Second line into building. Access in rear of structure using saws,
due to metal gate. Fire subsequently vented through roof. Electrical hazard
early into incident at meter box. Seat of fire found in attic area, in rear
corner of structure. Dispatched 10:09 a.m. Additional engine requested about 10
minutes into incident. Second alarm requested about 15 minutes into incident.
Controlled 10:57 a.m. Additional engine and ladder requested about 11:20 a.m.
Heat index at time of alarm 96 degrees. No injuries, building unoccupied. Cause
determined as accidental, due to electrical failure in electrical panels. First
alarm: E1, E3, E13, L2, R2, B3. Working fire: E5, A1, C10, C20. Special called:
E2. Second alarm: E11, E8, L7, R1, B2. Relief: E26, L6? Other: Car 2. Medical
included EMS 31, D5, M94, T1. (July 13, 2011)
Two alarms at 3108 Avent Ferry Road.
Reported as smoke in area by EMS 1. Dispatched as smoke investigation with
Engine 20. Working fire found by EMS 1 at a two-story, wood-frame apartment
building. Three connected buildings, each approximately 5,000 square-feet, built
1970. Engine 20 arriving, and requesting a second alarm on arrival. Heavy smoke
showing through the roof. Rest of structure fire assignment dispatched by that
time, and already en route. Still collecting and sifting through incident
details, while sitting in a hotel room in Richmond. Dispatched 5:23 p.m. Double
double-inch lines into the building to start. Evacuation and searches
accompanied fire attack. Battalion 3, then Car 10 assuming command. Heavy fire
progressed along the roofline. Aerial operations started about a half-hour into
the incident. Ladder 7 (aerial platform) flowing on left side, and then center
of building. Crews also started/continued working inside a second building (or
second section of same building), with heavy fire in attic area. Second hydrant
sought to supplement water supply. Water plant subsequently relayed information
to command about problems with pressure on the system. Two engines special
called for manpower about 6:00 p.m. Temperature at time of fire about 92
degrees. What was the heat index, anyone know? Portable monitor from Engine 8
deployed, after they arrived special-called. That's a new piece of equipment,
preconnected. Probably other ground monitor(s) used, as well. Controlled 6:45
p.m. Twenty people displaced. One or two cats reportedly rescued. One
firefighter transported with back injury (and which news reported as smoke
inhalation). Avent Ferry Road closed between Gorman and Trailwoods during time
of fire. Cause determined as accidental, electrical. Twelve units rendered
uninhabitable. First alarm: E20, E5, E1, L7, R3, B3. Working fire plus second
alarm: E13, E14, E2 E6, L4, R2, B2. A1, C10, C20. Special called: E8, E27. Other
fire: C1, C2, C4, C5. Relief: E16, E23, E10. Medical: EMS 1, EMS 11 EMS 13, EMS
4, EMS 37, EMS 2, B1, MD1, Truck 1.
(July 19, 2011)
USAR Task Force 8 deployed ahead of Hurricane
Irene. (August 26, 2011)
Apparatus delivery: 2011 Matthews
Specialty Vehicles decontamination trailer. (Summer 2011)
Raleigh's Finest 5K race held at Station 6,
to pay tribute to members who've died on- and off-duty. (September 10, 2011)
Challenge coins created as a fundraiser for forthcoming centennial year
activities. (Fall 2011)
Portable personal monitors added to engine companies. (Fall 2011)
Two alarms on South Blount Street.
Engine 1 arriving at a one-story, wood-frame, two-family dwelling with 1,495
square-feet. Built in 1909. Heavy fire venting from the structure on arrival,
with subsequent spread to roof/attic area of 611 S. Blount Street (Exposure D).
Second structure about same size, also built 1909. Interior attack inside first
structure, with crews withdrawn and Ladder 4 (on South Blount Street) deployed,
along with Engine 1 deck gun. Ladder 2 (on South Street) also positioned for
deployment. Crews sent inside second structure, into attic area. Command on
South Blount Street. Rehab and medical monitoring at corner of Blount and Lenoir
Street. Engine 5 as Safety 1 in rear of structure(s). Hazards included basement
space in first structure, and power lines in rear of both structures. Three
hydrants used, at Blount and South, Blount and Lenoir (with Engine 13), and
South and Person (with Engine 10) streets. Dispatched 08:37 a.m. First photo at
9:09 a.m. Controlled 9:49 a.m. Cause determined as accidental. Four people
displaced. No injuries reported. First alarm: E1, E3, E13, L4, R2, B2. Working
fire: E5, A1, B3, C10, C20, C40. Second alarm: E2, E7, E10, L2, R3, B1, C2, C3,
C4, EMS 2, 11, 1, D1, T1, Chief 200. Plus relief companies, and move-ups. “A”
(October 27, 2011)
Two alarms at 1720 Canterbury Road.
Engine 6 arriving at a 1.5-story, brick, single-family dwelling with 4,704
square-feet. Built 1936. Heavy fire showing from the roof. Original dispatch
address was 2717 Cambridge Road. Address of 1718 Canterbury Road also
incorrectly cited in news reports. Hydrant caught at Cambridge and Canterbury,
with Engine 5 boosting pressure to Engine 6, which also supplied Ladder 4.
Second hydrant caught at Canterbury and Fairview, with Engine 1 for boosting
pressure. Canterbury Road also closed to local traffic on that block, with heavy
equipment on street and sections of gravel surface. Crews had to move barriers
upon arrival of initial units. Interior operations, with numerous hand lines.
Interior operations for about 30 minutes, followed by aerial operations from
Ladder 4. Crews reentered structure after short period of aerial operations.
Dispatched 2:36 a.m. Second alarm 2:54 a.m. Controlled 3:44 a.m. Command and
rehab located on opposite side of Canterbury Road. Two firefighters with minor
injuries, one transported with sprained ankle. House not occupied, being
remodeled. Cause determined as accidental. 1st alarm: E6, E5, E16, L4, R3, B3
Working fire: E14, A1, C10, C20, C40. Second alarm: E9, E1, E13, L3, R2, B4.
Also: C5, C1. Medical: EMS 2, EMS 8, EMS 11, EMS 6, EMS 3, EMS 5, EMS 22, D1,
T1. "C" platoon.
(November 16, 2011)
Vehicle delivery: Mobile, live-fire,
multi-training system delivered. (December 2011)
Responses changed for various fire and rescue call types. (December 16, 2011)
Two alarms at 2647 New Hope Church Road.
Dispatched 2:20 a.m. as 3923 Green Road. Second alarm dispatched at 2:24 a.m.
while units en route, due to multiple callers. Flames also visible from units en
route. New Hope Engine 1, then Raleigh Ladder 2 arriving at a two-story,
brick-and-frame, townhome building with 7,920 square-feet. Built in 1972, and
site of prior two-alarm fires (2010 and 2006). Heavy fire found venting from
roof of two of building's seven units. Interior attack and searches to start,
but all personnel ordered out of structure. Defensive operations started. Ladder
2 and Ladder 5 and Engine 11 (deluge) flowing in front of the building, Ladder 1
deployed (but not flowing?) in rear, and portable personal monitor in rear. Plus
numerous hand lines. Command located in front of building. Rehab located between
driveway and road, then moved to New Hope Church Road just west of Green Road.
Hydrant locations included New Hope Church Road just west of Green Road to New
Hope Engine 1, New Hope Church Road farther west, with Engine 9 boosting
pressure for Engine 11 and Ladder 2, and New Hope Church Road at Bonneville
Court, with Engine 21 boosting pressure for Ladder 5. Fire controlled at 3:30
hours. Heavy damage to entire building. All occupants escaped safely. Red Cross
assisted 15 families, with temporary shelter provided at a nearby hotel. Cause
of fire, which started outside and spread to the roof, is undetermined. Units on
scene: E11, E19, E15, L2, L5, R1, B1, New Hope E1 (first alarm); E9, E27, E21,
E7, L1, R2, B2, A1, C10, C20, C40, (second alarm), C2, C5, New Hope C1 and other
officers; EMS 2 (first alarm), EMS 11, EMS 4, EMS 63, D4, D3, M92, T1 (second
alarm). "A" platoon. (December 25, 2011)
Two alarms at 1712 Crossroads Arbor Way.
Swift Creek Engine 1 arriving at a two-story, wood-frame apartment building with
smoke and fire visible in rear of structure. Second alarm requested by Swift
Creek within a minute or so of arrival. Engine 1 caught own hydrant, in front of
the structure. Interior operations, with crews entering various apartments. Four
aerials deployed on two sides. Ladder 3 and Ladder 7 in front of building,
Ladder 2 and Ladder 4 behind building on Jones Franklin Road. No aerial streams
needed, and some ladder personnel reassigned for interior work. Three additional
hydrants caught, one on Crossroads Arbor Way and two on Jones Franklin Road.
Dispatched 11:21 a.m. Controlled at 12:10 p.m. Six units of sixteen rendered
uninhabitable. Caused determined as accidental, fireplace ashes placed in
cardboard box on balcony. Unusual dispatch circumstance/sequence, with call
originating from Cary 911. First alarm: E2, E5, E1, L3, L2, R2, B1, Swift Creek
E1, EMS 1. Second alarm: E20, E8, E14, E16, L7, L4, R3, B3, A1, C10, C20, C40,
C4, Swift Creek E3, EMS 8, EMS 51, EMS 2, T1, D5. "C" platoon. (December
Recruit Academy 37 starts. (December 30,
Capital Area Fire Investigation Task Force
created. (March 2012)
- Haz-Mat 2 moved from Station 15 to Station 27
- Ladder 7 discontinued as a haz-mat company. (April 1, 2013)
Retiree Day held at Keeter Training Center.
The event combines the annual chicken 'n' rice luncheon sponsored by the Raleigh
Professional Fire Fighters Association, with the year-long celebration of the
department's 100th anniversary. (April 10, 2012)
New office space occupied on second floor of
Dillon Building on West Martin Street. (May 8, 2012)
Apparatus deliveries: 2012 _____ foam trailer.
Apparatus note: Fire investigation team relocated
from Station 9 to Station 1. Moved are Car 20 and Car 21, and the personnel of
Engine 9. (June 1, 2013)
Centennial celebration held in downtown Raleigh,
to celebrate department's 100th anniversary. Event included an apparatus parade
down Fayetteville Street, firefighter game's near Memorial Auditorium, a
demonstration of the 1905 steam engine, and static displays. (June 16, 2012)
Recruit Academy 37 graduates. (July 13,
Two alarms at 5500 Hillsborough Street.
Metal warehouse building with 3,000 square-feet, built 1995. Located behind
second structure, with locked gate access. Heavy smoke seen while units were en
route, and working fire assignment dispatched. Car 10 and Engine 10 arriving,
with building fully involved. Hand lines pulled, hydrant caught, and portable
deluge monitors prepared. Additional engines requested, prompting second alarm.
Majority of fire knocked down before deployment of monitors. Controlled within
about 25 minutes. Second alarm companies soon returned to service. Dispatched
about 7:05 a.m. Second alarm dispatched about 7:12 a.m. Controlled about 7:30
a.m. Units on scene included: E8, E20, E14, E5, L7, L4, R3, B3 (first alarm),
A1, C10, C20, C40 (working fire), E16, E13, E1, L3, R2, B4, (second alarm), Car
2, EMS4, EMS7, EMS8, EMS11, D1, D5, M91, T1. "A" platoon, then "B" platoon.
(July 28, 2013)
Four bay apparatus storage building completed
at Services. (August 2012)
Two alarms at 4417 Pleasant Valley Road.
Commercial structure fire located next door to fire station. Engine 17 and
Ladder 3 arriving at a construction/contracting plant, with heavy smoke showing
from a one-story, three-bay, metal garage building in the rear of a gated lot.
Access made through gate, then forcible entry into structure. Single piece of
heavy equipment on fire inside structure, quickly controlled. Engine 16 with
water supply, reverse laid to Pleasant Valley Road. Extended operations for
overhaul, smoke removal, and investigation. Dispatched about 11:58 a.m. First
photo about 12:09 p.m. Units on scene included E17, E16, E18, E23, L3, L1, R3,
B4, B3, A1, C10, C20, EMS 2, EMS 13, D4. "B" platoon.
(September 9, 2012)
Two alarms at 6615 Chapel Hill Road.
Engine 8 arriving a a one-story metal warehouse building with 40,640
square-feet. Built in 1954. Heavy, heavy smoke showing. Engine 8 laid a dry
supply line from the northeast corner of Chapel Hill and Edwards Mill roads.
Fire found contained in asphalt vat inside structure. Second hydrant sought and
found close to building, but dry. Alternate hydrant sought on Chapel Hill Road,
not needed due to fire being controlled. Crews broughtlines and portable monitor
into building. Foam applied and fire fairly quickly extinguished. Dispatched
3:40 p.m. Second alarm requested soon after Engine 8 arrived and performed
size-up. Controlled 4:14 p.m. Caused determined as accidental ignition during
maintenance of gas burner. Units on scene included E8, E14, E5, E20, L7, L3, R2,
B3, A1, C20, C40, EMS 4, EMS 35, D5 (first alarm), E16, E6, E1, L4, R3, B3, C2,
C5, C72, EMS 11, D4, M94, T1. "A" platoon. (October
Two alarms at 6614 Lake Hill Drive.
Multiple callers reported smoke and flames from a second-story apartment.
Working fire assignment dispatched as units were en route. Engine 15 arrived at
a three-story, wood-frame, garden-style apartment building with 20,925
square-feet. Twelve (?) apartments. Built 1974. Fire was venting through the
second-floor window. Engine 15 confirmed a working fire, caught their own
hydrant and laid their own supply line, and parked in the front of the building.
They took a line into the structure, into a second-story rear apartment.
Battalion 1 assumed command on arrival. He struck a second alarm about ten
minutes into the incident, as Engine 15 was having difficulty finding the seat
of the fire due to heavy smoke conditions. Second line was brought inside by
this time. First arriving second-alarm company, Engine 9, was directed to take a
third line to the rear of the structure, for exterior attack and/or entry. They
were directed to catch a second hydrant, and also connected to Ladder 1, which
was positioned in the rear of the building. Fire was difficult to find and
resulted in extended overhaul, as it had spread through the floors and ceilings
of the second-story apartment. Other companies were assigned tasks of searching
and evacuating the other apartments. Plus ventilation, fire attack, etc.
Dispatched at 4:45 p.m. Working fire dispatched about 4:50 p.m. Engine 15
arrived about 4:52 p.m. Second alarm dispatched about 5:02 p.m. Controlled at
5:49 p.m. Units remained on scene for a number of hours. Photographer Mike
Legeros drove from downtown Raleigh, so his first photos were taken about 5:19
p.m. Ten apartments were rendered uninhabitable and twenty percent of the
building was damaged. Two firefighters were injured, minor knee and minor
shoulder injuries. Neither was transported. One resident suffered smoke
inhalation and was transported. Some fifty people were displaced. Units on
scene, not including relief companies, included: E15, E4, E19, E18, L1, R1, B1,
EMS 35 (first alarm); B4, A1, C10, C20, C40, EMS2, D4 (working fire); E9, E22,
E11, L2, R3, B3, C5, EMS 36, EMS 31, T1 (second alarm). "B" platoon.
(November 2, 2012)
Raleigh Fireman's Ball held at the Raleigh
Convention Center, as concluding event to celebrate department's 100th
anniversary. (November 17, 2012)
Two alarms at 4608 Brockton Drive.
(November 26, 2012)
Car 40 relocates from Station 21 to Station 16. (November 29, 2012)
Two alarms at Hibernian Pub on Glenwood Avenue.
Two alarms were struck on Wednesday morning at a popular eatery in the Glenwood
South business district. Engine 13 was first on scene to a reported structure
fire at the Hibernian Pub at 311 Glenwood Avenue. The fire was reported at 10:20
a.m. and the first alarm was dispatched at 10:21 a.m. Engine 13 found smoke
showing from the roof and the eaves of the one-story, brick veneer building.
Built in 1928, the square-shaped structure measured 2,548 square-feet. It
fronted both Glenwood Avenue and North Street. The exposures were a two-story,
23,750 square-feet office building behind the pub, separated by a narrow alley.
Crews entered the structure with hand lines, after Engine 1 laid a supply line
to Engine 13 from Glenwood Avenue and Lane Street. Ladder 4 on the corner, and
Ladder 2 on the north side both extended their aerial ladders to the top of the
building. Crews carried their saws to the roof, to begin performing ventilation.
Less than ten minutes after the first units arrived, a second alarm was
requested by the arriving Division Chief. Three engines, a ladder, a rescue, and
a Battalion Chief were added to the call at 10:30 a.m. Crews were withdrawn from
the structure about ten minutes later. The air horn on Ladder 4 was sounded, and
crews evacuated from both inside and on top of the building. Defensive
operations were started with Ladder 4 and Ladder 2 flowing aerial streams.
Ladder 3 was soon added as a third aerial stream. On the ground, portable
monitors were deployed on the east and north sides of the building. The deck gun
of Engine 13 was also used, after flames broke through the east side of the
building beside the engine. Two engines were special called at 10:57 a.m.
hydrants were used to supply the engines and ladders. At Glenwood and Lane,
Engine 1 boosted pressure to the supply line for Engine 13. The command post was
established at the intersection of Glenwood and Lane. Rehab, provided by Wake
County EMS, was located at the intersection of Glenwood and North. Staging for
incoming apparatus was North Street east of Glenwood, and Glenwood Avenue south
of Lane Street. Additional personnel responded from the Training Division and
the Office of the Fire Marshal. They assisted in duties including serving as
Accountability Officer. Medical resources provided by Wake County EMS included
five ambulances, two Advanced Practice Paramedics, a District Chief, and the
Major Operations Support unit, as well as a medical evacuation bus that was
special called for rehab. The fire was controlled at 11:35 a.m. Overhaul
operations extended into the afternoon, and crews remained on scene through the
night. Relief companies included Engine 23, Ladder 1, and Ladder 7. Move-ups
during the incident included Engine 4 to Station 5, Engine 19 to Station 7,
Rescue 1 to Station 9, Ladder 5 to Station 11, and Engine 14 in service with
Ladder 8. Only three people were in the building at the time of the fire. They
escaped unharmed and no other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was
determined as accidental, a grease fire in the kitchen area. The kitchen was
equipped with a fire suppression system that activated. By that time, noted
investigators, the fire had spread to the walls and ceilings. The building was
not equipped with a sprinkler system. The adjacent office building suffered
smoke damage, but received no structural damage.
First Alarm – 10:21 a.m.
Engine 13, Engine 1, Engine 3, Engine 5
Ladder 4, Ladder 2
Working Fire – 10:27 a.m.
Car 10, Car 20, Car 40, Car 14 (Safety Officer)
EMS 2, M94, D1, T1
Second Alarm – 10:30 a.m.
Engine 6, Engine 2, Engine12
Car 2, Car 3, Car 5
EMS 2, EMS 31, EMS 11
Special called at 10:57 a.m.
EMS 14, M94, Evac 1
Relief companies included
23 and Ladder 1, dispatched 5:49 p.m.(December 26,
Recruit Academy 38 starts. (January 31, 2013)
Fifth Battalion created. Battalion 5 housed at
Station 9. Locations of Battalions:
- Battalion 1 - Station 15 - Stations 15 15, 19, 22, 25, 27, 28
- Battalion 2 - Station 12 - Stations 3, 7, 10, 12, 21, 26
- Battalion 3 - Station 8 - Stations 1, 2, 5, 8, 14, 20
- Battalion 4 - Station 23 - Stations 17, 18, 23, 24, 29
- Battalion 5 - Station 9 - Stations 4, 6, 9, 11, 16.
(February 5, 2013)
New companies placed in service:
- Rescue 1 at Station 21. Company is a five-person rescue company,
replacing three two-person units.
- Squad 14. Companies are engine companies with rescue equipment and
- Squad 15. (February 5, 2013)
Other apparatus notes:
- Rescue 2 removed from service on January 31.
- Rescue 3 removed from service on January 31.
- Engine 14 removed from service on February 5.
- Engine 15 removed from service on February 5.
Aide positions created for the three Division Chiefs. (February 2013)
Apparatus note: Battalion 1 relocates from Station 19 to Station 15. (February 27, 2013)
SR2 renamed Haz-Mat 3. (April 10, 2013)
Centennial History Book published. (April 2013)
Two alarms at 1501 Graduate Lane. Twelve
apartments damaged or destroyed. First reported by neighbor as located at the
intersection of Gorman Street and Kaplan Drive. Arriving police units reported
flames showing. Working fire assignment was dispatched while fire units were
still en route. Engine 20 arrived with heavy fire showing from the roof of a
three-story, wood-frame apartment building with approximately 27,000
square-feet. Subsequent size-up found fire on all three floors, on the left side
of the structure. Second alarm requested by Battalion 3, upon his arrival.
Searches started as crews prepared for aerial operations. Ladder 4 deployed from
Gorman Street, on left side of structure, supplied by a hydrant on Gorman
Street, which was boosted by Engine 2. Ladder 7 was positioned in the front of
the building. It was supplied by Engine 20, which was supplied by a hydrant on
Graduate Lane, which was boosted by Engine 8. (Got that?) Crews were withdrawn
about ten minutes later, as aerial operations started. One more portable
monitors were also deployed. Command was located in the front of the structure.
Accountability was located at Battalion 3's vehicle, on Graduate Lane. Rehab
supplies were staged beside Ladder 4, on Gorman Street. Apparatus staged on
Gorman Street, east and west of the scene. Dispatched 4:11 a.m. Second alarm
4:20 a.m. Controlled 6:00 a.m. Ladder pipes extinguished the bulk of the fire in
the roof area, which also suffered a collapse about thirty minutes into the
incident. Extended operations were required to bring the fire under control.
Cause determined as accidental. Property loss and lives shattered due to
improperly discarded smoking materials. Units on scene included: E20, E8, E5,
E1, E13, E6, E2, L7, L4, L2, L3, Squad 14, R1, B3, B5, B2, A1, C20, C401, C420,
C2, C1, EMS 4, EMS 8, EMS 3, D1, T1. (EMS 11, D5, M91 returned to service.)
Raleigh fire investigators assisted by WC 1. Crews remained on scene through the
morning, with Engine 20 and Ladder 7 extinguishing hot spots. "C" platoon.
(April 27, 2013)
Vehicle deliveries: New Battalion Chief vehicles delivered, 2013 Chevy Tahoes for Battalions 2,
3, 4. (Spring 2013)
Apparatus note: Mobile ambulance simulation lab placed in service as Car 521, using a 2000
Freightliner/American LaFrance former reserve rescue. (March 6)
Two alarms at 427 Woodburn Drive. Sushi
restaurant at Cameron Village. Engine 5 arrived with smoke coming from the roof
of the one-story brick commercial building and shopping center with 25,924
square-feet. Built in 1949, it includes a full basement. Crews entered the
building, to locate the seat of the fire. Dispatched at 2:11 a.m., a second
alarm was requested about 2:21 a.m. Staging was set as a parking lot across the
street. Heavy smoke was reportedly pouring from the building by this time. Crews
worked to also gain additional access and ventilation the building. The fire was
found in the kitchen area, and quickly contained. The fire was controlled at
2:41 a.m. All second alarm companies were returned to service around that time.
The cause was determined as accidental. Half of the building was damaged. Units
on scene included (first alarm) E5, E6, E13, E1, L4, L2, R1, Squad 14, B3, B5,
(working fire) A1, C20, C401, C420, (second alarm) E3, E8, E7, L7, B2, (medical)
EMS 11, EMS 1, EMS 3, EMS 6, M91, D4, D5, D3. (May 8, 2013)
Two alarms at 3216 Calumet Drive. Fire
showing through the roof upon arrival of Battalion 2, at a two-story, brick
exterior, garden-style apartment building. Built in1973. Hydrants were caught
and lines were pulled for an interior attack, as the two arriving ladders were
positioned. As searches were performed, heavy fire was found spreading through
the attic. Crews were withdrawn at about the fifteen-minute mark. Car 20 assumed
incident command. Ladder 2 (in parking lot) and Ladder 4 (using reserve
platform, on Calumet Drive) were directed to begin aerial operations. Portable
monitors were also deployed, one in the front of the structure and one in the
rear. Command was located in the parking lot, on the left-rear corner of the
building. Staging was along Calumet Drive. Hydrants were also caught on Calumet,
with Engine 7 boosting to Engine 3, which boosted to Ladder 2 (correct?), and
Engine 11 boosting to Ladder 4. Rehab and medical monitoring was also on Calumet
Drive, at Wake County EMS Truck 1. Dispatched at 3:31 p.m., the fire was
controlled at 4:22 p.m. Seventy-five percent of the building was damaged. The
cause was determined as natural, by lightning strike. Crews remaining on the
scene into the evening. First alarm: E11, E3, E21, E9, L2, L4, R1, SQ15, B2, B5,
C420; Working fire: A1, C20, C401; Second alarm: E12, E13, E26, E10, L8, L1, B1;
Self-dispatch (?) by E7; Also Car 3, Car 4, Car 5, Car 14 (Safety); Medical; EMS
3, EMS 5, EMS 36, EMS 63; D1, D9, M92, MD2, MD20, T1. "B" platoon. (May 21, 2013)
Two alarms at 910 Tryon Hill Road.
as odor investigation. Engine 13 arriving at a five-story, multi-use structure
with a gazillion square-feet, under construction but nearly completed.
Four-story apartments above a ground-level retail/commercial space/parking deck.
Nothing showing, but with smoke conditions found inside structure. Crews began
making entry into numerous apartments, performing searches and looking for the
source of the smoke. Fire found in an exterior apartment wall on the courtyard,
the building's second story. Fire damage in wall cavity and floor/ceiling
between second and third floor. Command located in parking lot across the
street. Medical monitoring and rehab on the street, just east of building.
Operations command in the courtyard. Apparatus staging on Morgan Street, and
parking lots off Morgan Street. Equipment staging in courtyard, and on interior
floors. Multiple "rope jugs" used to raise equipment to upper floors via
courtyard. Two hydrants used, at Tryon Hill Drive and Wakefield Street (Engine
5, first boosting Engine 13, then Squad 14, which took a three-inch to the
courtyard to supply hand lines), and Ashe Avenue and Wakefield Street (Engine 3,
supplying the building's fire department connection).
Second alarm requested 20
to 30 minutes into incident. Separate radio channels for medical, and later for
operations/courtyard operations. Standpipe used, with hand lines connected
inside the building. Sprinklers subsequently activated. Construction site
personnel assisted with shutting down water to building, and assisting Duke
Energy with cutting power. Dispatched 6:47 a.m. Controlled at 8:19 a.m.
Extensive overhaul, with crews remaining on scene until about 1:00 p.m. Cause
determined as intentional. Units on scene included... First alarm/working fire:
E5, E13, E1, E3, L2 (from Station 1, moved there during earlier house fire), L3,
L4 (self-dispatched? Clearing from earlier fire?), SQ14, SQ15, R1, B2, B5, B3,
A1, C20, C420, C401. Second alarm: E6, E8, E7, L7, L8, B1. Plus: C2, C3, C4, C5,
C14 (Safety), Car 51 (Haz-Mat Coordinator), Car 52 (Emergency Services
Coordinator). Medical: EMS 11, EMS 8, EMS 4, D1, D4, Medic 92, Truck 1. Move-ups
included Cary Engine 3 to Station 8, Swift Creek engine to Station 20, Engine
123 to Station 5 (reserve with "B" platoon personnel, retained after shift
change), Ladder 1 to Station 1. (May 31, 2013)
Tropical Storm Andrew dumps over five inches of rain in Raleigh. The record
breaking rainfall brings flooding to areas including roads in northwest Raleigh.
The fire department rescues motorists and building occupants at a number of
locations. (June 7, 2013)
New fireground procedures placed in effect. (August 1, 2013)
Recruit Academy 39 graduates at Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy
Center. (August 9, 2013)
Two alarms at 5024 Manor Valley Court.
Four-story, wood-frame apartment building
with 36,408 square-feet and thirty apartment units. Dispatched at 6:37:56 p.m.
Working fire dispatched at 6:39:47 p.m., due to multiple callers. Heavy fire and
through the roof on third floor, in top rear, found on arrival of Engine 17 at
6:42:13 p.m. Battalion 4 arrived at 6:43:18 p.m. and assumed command. Second
alarm requested by Battalion 4 at 6:44:39 p.m. Crews started searching and
evacuating structure, while also pulling lines. Crews experienced what has been
described as a backdraft, which was captured in video footage as an explosion
that shot flames and smoke from the top floor and roof of both ends of the
building. That event occurred within minutes into the incident. No firefighters
were injured in the explosion. Collapse conditions soon observed, and evacuation
orders given by Battalion 4 at 6:53:09 p.m. and transmitted by Headquarters at
6:53:23 p.m. Fire traveled the entire roof line.
Three aerial streams utilized,
two on Summit Manor Lane: Ladder 1 in the A/B corner, and Ladder 3 in the B/C
corner. Ladder 2 was located Doie Cope Road on the C/D corner. Engine 17 also
deployed a deluge gun on B/C corner. Portable monitors also utilized on the
building's three exposed sides. At least three hydrants utilized, including
Engine 16 supplying Ladder 3 from Summit Manor Lane just off Grove Barton Road,
Engine 23 supplying Engine 17 (and Ladder 1?) on Summit Manor Lane just above
the building, and Engine 18 supplying Ladder 2 on Doie Cope Road, a bit west of
Bella Park Trail. Command (by Battalion 4, then by Car 20) and medical
monitoring/rehab located above the building, on Summit Manor Lane. Staging on
Grove Barton Road, with some apparatus parked on Doie Cope Road. Two additional
engines special called. Declared under control at 8:00 p.m. Two firefighters
transported with elevated heart rates due to exertion. No injuries to residents.
All thirty apartments damaged. Crews stayed on scene all night, and overhaul
continued into Sunday morning. Cause undetermined. First alarm: E17, E23, E16,
E18, L3, L1, Squad 14, R1, B4, B5, C420. Working fire: A1, C20, 401. Second
alarm: E4, E24, E9, L2, B3. Special called: E13, E10. Also C43, C2, C402, WC1.
Medical: EMS6 (first alarm), EMS 35, D4 (working fire), EMS 3, M95, D1, T1
(second alarm). Overnight companies were E20, E22, E7 (10 p.m. to 2 a.m.) and
E6, E26, E28 (2 a.m. to 6 a.m.) Coverage included E13 and L7 to Station 17, and
E10 to Station 16. Later, E20 to Station 17 and E22 to Station 16. Also Bay Leaf
Engine at Station 18, and Durham Highway P1 at Station 24.
(August 24, 2013)
Apparatus: Field Communications Unit retired. (Summer-Fall 2013)rfdn
Construction starts on Station 29. (February 2014)rfdn
- Two 2014 Pierce Arrow XT rescue pumpers, 1500/500/30, delivered February
17. New Squad 14, Squad 15.
- 2014 Pierce Arrow XT pumper, 1500/500/30, delivered February 19. New
- 2014 Pierce Arrow XT platform, 1500/300/30/102-feet, delivered February
19, 2014. New Ladder 1.
Recruit Academy 39 starts. (March 24, 2014)rfdn
New SCBA placed in service on all apparatus and units. (July 1-2, 2014)rfdn
Recruit Academy 39 graduates. (September 25, 2014)rfdn
Recruit Academy 40 starts.
(October 27, 2014)rfdn
Breathing air refilling stations added at the five battalion headquarters
stations, Stations 8, 9, 12, 19, 23. (Summer-Fall, 2014)rfdn
Land acquired for new Station 14 on
Harden Road at Nancy Anne Lane. (October 24, 2014)
Two alarms at 725 Royal Anne Lane.
Dispatched at 2:18 p.m. Ladder 1 was first on
scene, with heavy smoke and fire showing from the roof and third floor of a
three-story, twelve-unit, wood-frame apartment building with 12,924 square-feet.
Built 1994. They also had their own hydrant, in front of the structure. Rescue
1, Squad 15 (which laid in wet), and Engine 4 were next arriving. Crews entered
with a line and began searches as Ladder 1 and second due Ladder 3 prepared for
aerial operations. (Building evacuation was already underway with maintenance
alerting residents.) After about nine minutes, the last crews had exited the
building and aerial operations started. (About 2:30 p.m.) One portable monitor
and two hand lines were also used outside. A natural gas line was also burning
on the side of the structure.
The Division Chief (Car 20) arrived and assumed
command. He requested a second alarm, which was dispatched about 2:44 p.m.
Staging was located on Six Forks Road. The majority of the fire was knocked down
within, say, twenty minutes of aerial operations. The fire was contained to
second and third floors, and with much of the roof burned off. Extended
extinguishment ensued, as well as the remaining primary searches. Due to the
volume of water, the structure was deemed unsafe, and entry was minimized.
Dispatched at 2:18 p.m. Controlled at 3:23 p.m. Raleigh police, Wake County Fire
Services, and ATF assisted with investigation. Cause was determined as
accidental due to improperly smoking materials. Watch your butts! All twelve
apartments were rendered uninhabitable. Twenty-four people were displaced plus
numerous pets. Two dogs and one cat were resuscitated by Wake EMS.
First alarm: E4, Sq15, E9, E16, L1, L3, R1, B5, B1,
A1, C20, C420, C401; Second alarm: E18, E19, E17, L2, L5, B3; Plus C14 (Safety
Officer), C5; Medical EMS 3, EMS 5, EMS 6, EMS 11, EMS 38, M95, D4, T1. Coverage
included E26 to Sta 18, L7 to Sta 16, E13 to Sta 15. Companies to remain on
scene until 0800 hours the following morning, with relief companies rotated
through the night (November
Two alarms at 1914 Generation Drive.
Four-story, wood-frame, garden-style apartment
building with 17,160 square-feet. Fourteen two-story apartments. Built 1974.
Building has two addresses. Top floors are addressed as 1929 North Hills Drive
and accessed from North Hills Drive. Bottom floors are addressed and accessed
from Generation Drive. Traversing from "top" to "bottom" requires either
climbing down into a "pit" on the North Hills Side, or walking around the three
adjoining buildings. Fire was reported at 1929 North Hills Drive, the "top" side
of the building. Was also subsequently dispatched, while units were en route, as
a subject unconscious at the same address for Squad 14. Engine 16 arrived on the
"top" level of the building with nothing showing. Found a female burn victim
below them, on first floor patio in the "pit." Engine 16 crew member climbed
down to patient, and began administering care. The adult female was promptly
packaged and extracted to the Generation Drive side of the building, for EMS
personnel to begin treatment. The patient was transported to WakeMed and then
transferred to a burn center.
Engine 16 officer continued size-up, walked around
the three buildings, and found smoke showing from the fire apartment, addressed
1914-F Generation Drive. That side of the building was designated Division A.
Engine 9 was directed to Generation Drive side. Crews began primary searches as
well as fire attack, using lines from Engine 9 on the Generation Drive side and
Engine 16 on the North Hills side. Engine 6 reverse laid from Engine 16, to
opposite side of North Hills Drive (Division C). Engine 6 provided booster
pumpbing. Roadway thus blocked by five-inch hose, and alternate routes required
for some arriving units. Other hydrants were located at extended distance from
units on Generation Drive. Topographical challenges presented as well, due to
inclines and difficulty for personnel easily moving from front to rear of
building. Ladder 3 and Ladder 2 were positioned on the Generation Drive side of
the building, with Ladder 3 deployed and personnel to the roof. Upgraded to
working fire as interior and exterior conditions worsened. Third ladder company
requested, directed to the Generation Drive side.
With fire found both in attic area and between
floors, a second alarm was requested. Fire broke through roof and crews were
withdrawn from the structure. Defensive operations were prepared, but awaited
second alarm engines to bring supply line to Ladder 3, which had deployed. Three
engines' worth of hose was laid, with Engine 24 at hydrant and boosting and
Engine 11 relay pumping to Ladder 3, which would also supply Ladder 2. The
supply line was not charged, however. The ladder pipe(s) were not needed. Seat
of fire was located and crews returned to structure, after a transitional attack
from the front of the structure. No master streams were used. Interior
operations contained the fire. Dozens of residents evacuated. CAT buses special
called for shelter purposes and were staged in the parking lot of a day care
center just west of the scene on North Hills Drive. EMS personnel assisted with
the needs of displaced residents until Red Cross assumed operations. Command on
the North Hills Drive side, Operations on the Generation Drive side.
Three ladders placed on Generation Drive, two
deployed. EMS rehab locations on both sides of structure. RIT companies were
also established on both sides. EMS and fire staging on North Hills Drive. EMS
Truck 1 and one ambulance on Generation Drive. EVAC 1 also on scene for
responder rehab, but returned to service. Dispatched 7:21 p.m. Working fire at
approximately 7:30 p.m. Second alarm at approximately 7:55 p.m. Controlled at
9:30 p.m. Fourteen units rendered uninhabitable. Four units with fire damage,
and others with varying degrees of smoke or water damage. Twenty-four people
displaced. Caused determined as incendiary caused by attempted suicide. The
eighteen year-old victim died the following day.
Fire units on scene included (first alarm) E16, E9,
E6, E17, L3, L2, R1, B5, B3, C420, (working fire) A1, C20, C401, L4 (special
called), (second alarm) E24, Sq14, E11, B4, L4, plus C2, C3, C5. Move-ups
included E20 and L5 to Station 4, E13 to Station 6, E26 to Station 11, E4 to
Station 16, E24 and L6 to Station 17. Plus E20, E22, E4 for overnight fire
watch. EMS units included EMS _, EMS 3, EMS 35, EMS 4, EMS 62, EMS 36, D4, D9,
D5, D2, M95, M91, T1, vac 1, EMS 203 (PIO). "A" platoon. (January 2, 2015)mjlb
Apparatus moves. Most are Special
Operations Command changes:
- Rescue 1 moved from Station 21 to 15
- Squad 15 moved to Station 7, becomes Squad 7
- Engine 7 moved to Station 15, becomes Engine 15
- Engine 17 activated as technical rescue company (staffing only, not
added to responses)
- Engine 21 activated as technical rescue company.
- Engine 25 deactivated as same.
- USAR 801 (swift water rescue unit) and boats moved from Station 25 to
- Air 1 moved from Station 5 to Station 8. (January 16, 2015)rfdn
Scaffolding collapse at construction site on 501 Fayetteville Street kills
three workers. (March 23, 2015)rfdn
Two alarms at 4732 Courtney Lane.
Dispatched as kitchen fire about 11:10 a.m. Engine
19 arriving. Fire extended into attic and adjacent apartment building.
Controlled 11:52 a.m. One unit destroyed. First alarm: E19, E15, E11, L11, R19,
B1; Second alarm and working fire: E27, E22, E21, L16, R7, B2, C5, SR5, C1, C2,
C3, C72, C92/93, C198/E9, EMS5, EMS12, EMS16, EMS205. Afternoon relief: L26,
E21. (April 10, 2015)lw
Apparatus: New 2015 Kenworth/Pierce Pierce air truck delivered. (April 2015)rfdn
Second mobile air unit activated. Air 2 at Station 28, with a 2015
Kenworth/Pierce. (April 2015)
First electric-powered extrication tools, with Hurst eDraulics tools added on Rescue 1. (Spring-Summer 2015)rfdn
Recruit Academy 40 graduates. (May 14, 2015)rfdn
Two alarms at 2525 Sanderford Road.
Gethsemane Seventh Day Adventist Church. Reported
by passing motorist. Located three-tenths of a mile from Fire Station 10, though
Engine 10 was out of quarters on another call. (They added themselves to the
call upon clearing.) Engine 3 arrived and found heavy fire venting through the
roof of a one-story, wood-frame building with 9,114 square feet. Built 1981.
Fire in sanctuary. Interior attack using portable monitor while aerial ladders
were positioned, Ladder 4 in rear (Division D) and Ladder 8 on right side of
building (Division C). Aerial operations for about twenty minutes (?) and
contained majority of fire, with interior operations for extinguishment and
overhaul. Three hydrants used with engines boosting pressure including Engine 2
and Engine 10.
Dispatched 2:54 a.m. Controlled 4:30 a.m. Cause
determined as accidental, started by pipe soldering, as building was undergoing
renovations. Two firefighters transported to hospital with injuries, for chest
pains and injuries from fall. Included E12, Sq7, E3, E1, L4, L8, R1, B2, B3,
C420. Working fire: A1, C20, C401. Added to call: E10. Special call: E1 and E11,
E21. Plus Car 5, 4, 2. Medical: EMS 1, EMS 18, EMS 19, EMS 39, D1, D7, M92, T1.
Coverage included L7 to Sta 1, E11 to Sta 12, E21 to Sta 12, E17 to Sta 7. "A"
platoon. (June 3, 2015)mjl
Station 29 opens. (June 9, 2015)rfdn
Ninth ladder company placed in service, Ladder 9. (June 9, 2015).
Station 29 dedicated. (June 23, 2015)rfdn
Two alarms at 1426 Quarter Point.
Reported fire on balcony.
Upgraded to working fire while units were en route, due to multiple callers. EMS
35 arrived first and reported fully-involved. Engine 18 arrived about a minute
later, at a two-story, four-unit townhome building with approximately 6,600
square-feet. (Built 1987.) Heavy fire in the rear of the structure, on the end
unit. Engine 18 deployed a two-inch line to the rear of the structure, for
initial attack. Fire also active inside structure. Crews took lines into the
building, then were withdrawn as fire extended into attic space of adjoining
unit. Aerial stream was deployed into the rear of the building from Ladder 1 on
Lead Mine Road. (The building was behind the trees, on the southwest corner of
Lead Mine and Strickland roads.)
Two hydrants were caught,
with Engine 4 on Quarter Point boosting to Engine 18, and Engine 15 on
Strickland and Lead Mine boosting to Ladder 1. Ladder 9 also deployed on
Strickland. Command at the corner of Lead Mine and Strickland. Staging on both
streets. Rehab on Lead Mine and on Quarter Point at Engine 18. Dispatched 8:44
p.m., working fire at 8:46 p.m., special call for two engines at 9:09 p.m., rest
of second alarm requested at 9:16 p.m. Controlled 10:15 p.m. Cause determined as
accidental, and started on the back deck. Three people in the fire building
self-evacuated. Four people from two units displaced. One firefighter with
dislocated shoulder, transported to hospital.
First alarm E18, E4, E16,
E15, L1, L9, R1, B4, B5, working fire A2, C20, C420, C401, special call E23, E9,
second alarm E1, L2, L5, B1, C2, C1, medical EMS 35, EMS 38, EMS 12, EMS 15, D4,
D9, T1, Logistics 1. Coverage included E6 to Station 9 and E29 to Station 18. (August 22, 2015)mjl
Two alarms at 8310 Hempshire Place.
Dispatched at 10:36 a.m. to 8250 Hempshire Place.
Upgraded to working fire about a minute later, due to multiple reports. Engine
18 arrived at 10:38 a.m. at a two-story, wood-frame townhome building with six
occupancies. Each unit about 1,300 square-feet. Built 1995. Heavy fire in the
rear of unit 102, at the corrected address 8310 Hempshire Place. Engine 18
caught their own hydrant, and laid in wet. They pulled a line to the rear of the
building, for an exterior attack. The officer also requested a second alarm,
which was dispatched at 10:42 a.m. After knocking down the bulk of the fire,
crews went inside for interior attack. WRAL photo Second due Engine 4
boosted pressure for Engine 18.
First due Ladder 1, operating the reserve 1988
Pierce Snorkel, was positioned at the front of the building, and prepared for
aerial operations (which was not needed). Engine 23 established the water supply
for the ladder. Crews also entered each adjoining unit, for exposure protection.
Vertical ventilation was performed. The fire was controlled at 10:53 a.m. Two
additional engines were special called to help with overhaul and investigation.
No injuries were reported. The cause was undetermined. Believe the fire was the
fourth second-alarmer for the year. Building included townhomes belonging to a
Raleigh police officer and a Raleigh firefighter.
First alarm: E18, E4, E23, E16, L1, L3, R1, B5, B1,
C420; Working fire: A2, C20, C401; Second alarm: E29; E15; E9; L6; L5; B4.
Special called Sq7, E1. Medical: EMS 22, EMS 35, D4, T1. (September 19, 2015)mjlb
- 2015 Pierce pumper, 1500/500/20. New Engine 29. Delivered October 20. Placed in
service after November 15.
- 2015 Pierce Arrow XT tiller, 1500/300/100-foot. New Ladder 9. Delivered October
19. Placed in service November 12, 2015.
Task Force 8 activated after Hurricane Joaquin. (October 2, 2015)rfdn
Two alarms at 5020 Atlantic Avenue.
Dispatched as a fire alarm just before 3:00 a.m.,
upgraded to a structure fire response. Engine 11 arrived with heavy smoke
showing from a large warehouse building. Specifically, a 60.000 square-foot
structure of steel construction with a metal exterior, built in 1957. Two alarms
requested. Fire found in dumpsters, started by overheated conveyor belt.
Extinguished by sprinkler system. Overhaul with foam flowed, with Engine 11
hooking to a hydrant. Heard that much on the radio, before returning to bed.
Controlled at 3:22 a.m. Most second alarm companies returned to service.
Units on scene: E11, E7, E6, E3, E1, E13, E9, L2,
L4, R2 (with R1 canceled), B2 (and B1 canceled), A1, C10, C10, C40, C2, EMS 2,
EMS 1, EMS 7, D1, T1. (November 6, 2015)mjlb
Second triennial Raleigh Firefighter's Ball. (November 21, 2015)rfdn
Two alarms at 3812 Western Boulevard.
Sushi Nine restaurant. Engine 5 arriving at a
one-story, brick-and-wood commercial structure with 5,885 square-feet. Built
1985. Fire showing through roof on the left side/center of structure. Defensive
operations started, as water supplies were established. Second alarm requested
within about five minutes. Three hydrants caught: Western and Whitmore,
supplying Engine 5 and boosted by Engine 1; Whitmore and Lexington, supplying
Ladder 7 and boosted by Engine 13; Western and Gorman, supplying Ladder 4 and
boosted by Squad 14. Master streams from Engine 5 in front of building, and
Ladder 7 on front/left corner. Portable monitor deployed in front/right corner,
but wasn’t utilized.
Engine 6 positioned in rear of building, in
Bojangle’s parking lot, for exposure protection if needed. Command located on
left side of building, on far end of parking lot. Medical also located there,
along with EMS Truck 1 on Whitmore. Staging on Western Boulevard and in parking
lots of businesses on Western. Master streams stopped and interior operations
started, including roof work on the right side of the building, using gables and
soffits for access. Extended overhaul. Most companies returned to service toward
shift change, with Engine 5, Engine 8, and Ladder 7 retained with incoming “A”
personnel for remaining overhaul. Dispatched 4:32 a.m. Controlled 5:30 a.m.
First alarm: E5, E1, Sq14, E13, L7, L4, R1, B3, B5.
Working fire: A1, C420, C401. Second alarm: E20, E6, E2, L3, L2, B2. Plus E8,
C1, C2, C3, C5. Medical: EMS 2, EMS 6, EMS 18, M9_, D1, T1. Coverage included L9
to Sta 1, E4 to Sta 1, Sq7 to Sta 1, E17 to Sta 14. (January 8, 2016)mjlb
Recruit Academy 41 starts. The program
starts with 38 recruits for 39 weeks. (January 25, 2016)rfdn
Station 5 closes for renovations, Engine 5 relocates to Station 6.
Two alarms at 5034 Edwards Mill Road.
Two alarms were struck and many additional units
were dispatched at an apartment fire early Saturday evening, located behind
Crabtree Valley Mall. And alarming quite a few folks who saw the column of smoke
rising from the area of the mall. Most of the state was under a “red flag” fire
warning. In Raleigh on Saturday, the high was 52 degrees, with 10 mph winds
during the day. Max wind speed was 25 mph, with 43 mph gusts. Dry conditions all
around, with 0.35 inches of rainfall since April 1. Reported multi-residential
structure fire at 5034 Edwards Mill Road. While units were en route, first-due
Engine 16 reported seeing a smoke plume from Lead Mine Road, and then thick,
black, pushing smoke, as they crossed Glenwood Avenue. Headquarters, meanwhile,
dispatched a working fire assignment as well, due to multiple callers. Engine 16
arrived at a two-story (on stilts), wood-frame, garden-style apartment building
with twelve-units and 12,024 square-feet. Built in 1980 and “L shaped.” Was
cited as “two buildings” in radio traffic. Entire building was “heavily involved
Engine 16 connected to a hydrant upon arrival, and
“laid in wet.” They deployed their portable monitor to the rear of the building,
for a brief period of offensive operations. Within minutes, the first collapse
of the building was observed on the “D” side. (They also observed fires on the
ground advancing toward an adjacent building. Police officers assisted, bring a
number of dry chemical extinguishers they located on premise, and helping to
halt the spread on that side.) The second alarm was requested within minutes,
with a total of seven engines, two ladders, a rescue, and three battalion chiefs
soon on scene. Command was located about halfway into the complex on the main
Battalion 3, then Car 20, then Car 2 assumed
command. Ladder streams, ground monitors, and hand lines (including using a
manifold valve) were deployed, and additional water supply sources were
established. As well as alternate sources, as some of the hydrants were
inadequate for pressure. Defensive operations were soon initiated, with crews
protecting exposures from the fast-moving, wind-driven flames. Sections of the
building continued to quickly collapse. The entire structure was “on the ground”
within an hour. Two passenger cars were also consumed, and a couple others were
damaged by heat. Additionally, a tractor-trailer in the parking lot was also
damaged. (April 9, 2016)mjlb
Two alarms at 2420 Pumpkin Ridge Way.
Two duplexes damaged.
Engine 21 was dispatched 2420 Pumpkin Ridge Way at 5:21 p.m. for an outside
fire. Within a minute it was upgraded with a structure fire response dispatched
at 5:22 p.m. and adding E27, E11, E19, L2 (operating reserve Ladder 125), L8,
R1, B1, B2, and Car 420 (Deputy Fire Marshal). While units were en route, it was
upgraded to a working fire, with Air 1, Car 20 (Division Chief), and Car 401
(Investigator) dispatched at 5:26 p.m. Engine 21 arrived at 5:28 p.m., with
smoke and flames showing from the left side (Division B) and extending to the
attic of a two-story, brick duplex with ~2000 square feet. Built 2001. The
officer requested a second alarm almost immediately, as a second structure
became involved, with siding catching fire and soon extending to the attic at
2424 Pumpkin Ridge Way. That’s a two-story, vinyl-sided duplex with ~2,8000
square feet. Built 2003. The second alarm was dispatched at 5:29 p.m. for E12,
Sq7, E3, L5, L4, B5. The Assistant Chief of Operations, Car 2, also responded.
Initial operations were
interior attacks along with a “blitz nozzle” (portable monitor) outside in the
front. Ladder 2 was positioned for master stream operations in Division B/C on
Pumpkin Ridge Way, while Ladder 8 was readied in Division C, on the parallel
street Blackwolf Run Lane. Evacuation tones were sounded at 5:43 p.m., crews
were withdrawn from both structures, and both aerial streams began flowing.
Command was located on the south side of the intersection of Pumpkin Ridge and
Linville Ridge Drive. Staged apparatus utilized Linville Ridge Drive and Bay
Harbor Drive. At least two hydrants were tapped. Medical monitoring and rehab
was conducted in driveways on Pumpkin Ridge, across the street from Division
B/C. The fire was controlled at 6:44 p.m., and some second alarm companies were
soon released. The cause was determined as accidental, due to smoking materials,
and presumably improperly discarded. Watch your butts! Three families were
displaced, and Red Cross provided assistance. One pet was reportedly killed.
Fire response included
E21, structure fire: E27, E11, E19, L2, L8, R1, B1, B2, C420; working fire: A1,
C20, 401; second alarm: E12, Sq7, E3, L5, L4, B5. Also C2. Medical response: EMS
34 (first alarm), EMS 62, D9 (working fire), EMS 63, D6, M92, T1 (second alarm). (May 28, 2016)rfdn
Flooding strikes city. On Saturday evening, line of storms produce
concentrated rainfall and significant localized flooding in Raleigh. Between
three and seven inches of rain fall within a few hours. The Raleigh Fire
Department is dispatched to dozens of emergency calls and requests for service,
including at least thirteen reported structure fires, three of which are
simultaneous working fires. There are also numerous water rescues. Ten water
rescue calls are dispatched between 9:15 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. Firefighters
rescue, remove, or assist about forty people. The most significant are flooded
roads and apartments on Dana Drive. Six people are rescued by boat from swift
water conditions above a normally shallow creek. Two others are walked out of
high waters. Several apartments are also affected, and crews assisted the
residents. (July 16, 2016)rfdn
Raleigh's receives a Public Protection Classification (PPC) Class 1 rating
from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). For the past eighteen months, ISO has
evaluated the city’s ability to prevent, respond to, investigate, and extinguish
fires. The city's prior rating was Class 3. The new raging is announced on July 19.
It takes effect on August 1. (August 1, 2016)rfdn,
Fire and Life Safety Division expanded, with second Deputy Fire Marshal
added. (May 2016)rfdn
Raleigh Firefighters United organized. The social organized is formed in
early June, and with a mission to enrich the lives of members of the Raleigh
Fire Department and the communities they serve through education, fellowship,
and outreach. They’re working on several projects, including planning a family
outing or picnic and developing a discount card for local businesses. They’re
also raising money to fund billboards and other marketing materials, to raise
awareness about the need for higher firefighter salaries. (June 2016)rfdn
Station 7 damaged after sport-utility vehicle crashes through bay doors,
after a vehicle collison on Raleigh Boulevard. Squad 7 was out of quarters at
the time of the incident. The driver and their occupants were transported to the
hospital. (June 29, 2016)rfdn
Fire hydrant color changes start in city, from red to yellow. Public
Utilities begins changing the color of public fire hydrants from red to yellow.
The caps will remain painted chrome silver. The new color aligns with NFPA
requirements, and matches the color in neighboring communities that also use the
City of Raleigh water system. Private fire hydrants will remain red. There are
over 27,000 hydrants in the city, including over 20,000 public fire hydrants.
The change will take several years to complete. New yellow hydrants are already
being installed around the city. Public Utilities is responsible for maintaining
the city’s public fire hydrants. (Summer 2016)rfdn
Recruit Academy 41 graduates. The 37
recruits complete a 39-week program. (August 18, 2016)rfdn
City receives official notification of SAFER grant award, to fund ten
firefighter positions for two years. (August 26, 2016)rfdn
Fleet services receives eight additional vehicle lifts. They greatly expanded
the capability and efficiency for working underneath vehicles.
Two pumpers or
ladders can be raised at once, or one of the tillers can be lifted, using six of
the eight lifts. (Spring-Summer 2016)
Multi-patient incident at Crabtree Valley Mall, after reported shooting
near food court.
Gunshots were reported on the second floor, near
the food court, just after 2:30 p.m. The mall was placed on lockdown, and then
evacuated as law officers secured each location. The mall occupants (employees,
shoppers) were evacuated to the lawn and parking lot of the Marriott hotel,
across the street. No victims with gunshot wounds were located, but other
medical emergencies were reported both during and after the evacuations. None
were reported as life-threatening. Wake County EMS managed the resulting
multi-patient incident over a number of hours, with resources including over
twenty paramedic ambulances, four district chiefs, a special operations unit,
and a medical ambulance bus. They also performed responder rehab, and assisted
with helping the evacuees stay hydrated. The heat index was over 100 degrees.
The shooting was reported just after 2:30 p.m. The
first EMS call was dispatched at 2:40 p.m., for a fall. Additional units were
soon added. At 2:52 p.m., an obstetrics call was dispatched. More additional
units were dispatched to the mall. At 3:14 p.m., an EMS box alarm added Truck 1.
At 3:28 p.m., an EMS Alarm 4 was dispatched. By the ninety-minute mark (when
Yours Truly arrived), EMS and other command branches were located on Marriott
Drive, in front of the hotel. They later moved inside into a conference room.
EMS staging was located in the parking lots near the Best Buy and Barnes &
Noble. The three engine companies had also relocated to Marriott Drive or nearby
Glenwood Avenue. The roadway was closed between Lead Mine and Creedmoor roads.
Nine people were transported to hospitals, with an
additional eleven patient contacts by EMS personnel. The medical evacuation bus
Evac 1 was also utilized for rehab. Bottled water was also brought to the scene
by the Wake County Fire Marshal, with supplies coordinated by Wake County
Emergency Management. Additional rehab supplies were furnished by a State
Medical Assistance Team unit out of WakeMed. They brought canopies, fans, and
misters to the scene. Mall employees, hotel employees, and many others helped
the incident remain manageable. As were the positive attitudes of the hundreds
of evacuees over the course of an uncomfortable afternoon outdoors. The first
press conference was held just before 6:00 p.m., with Raleigh police and Wake
EMS providing updates. With the hour, evacuees were being escorted by to their
vehicles, in small groups either on foot or by bus. Fire and EMS units began
clearing after 7:00 p.m. The mall remained closed through the evening. Google
for numerous news stories for more information about the incident.
Twenty-one paramedic ambulances from Wake County:
EMS1, EMS3, EMS4, EMS5, EMS6, EMS7, EMS8, EMS10, EMS13, EMS14, EMS15, EMS18,
EMS31, EMS 34, EMS35, EMS 36, EMS39, EMS51, EMS55, EMS62, EMS63. Two
convalescent ambulances and ambulance mini-bus from Samaritan. Two paramedic
ambulances were also requested from Durham County, but were unavailable. Plus
M93, M95, D1, D3, D4, D5, Truck 1, EVAC1, Chief 203 (PIO), Chief 500 (Cary EMS
Chief), MD-1 (Director), WakeMed/SMAT with two rehab units. Plus E16, E9, E5,
E24, B4, C20, Wake County FM with cargo trailer with bottled water, Wake County
Emergency Management, North Carolina Emergency Management. (August 20, 2016)rfdn
Land acquired for new fire station at
1514 Ronald Drive off Old Wake Forest Road. (September 15, 2016)
Construction starts on new Station 12 at
Bus Way and Poole Road. (September ?, 2016)
Task Force 8, Regional Response Team 4, and HART
resources deployed for Hurricane Matthew. On October 4, one Type II Water
Rescue team is sent New Bern, NC, for standby during Hurricane Matthew, with 14
members including six Raleigh firefighters. Over the next nine days, the team is
repositioned to Pamlico and then Pitt counties. They perform four missions,
including evacuating people and pets, performing welfare checks, and assisting
EMS. Task Force 8 communications assets are also deployed, and assist the
Eastern Branch of operations in Kinston for nine days. They provided such
services as VoIP phones and internet at a base camp. Also in Kinston, Raleigh
firefighters provide responder and patient decontamination support as part of
Haz-Mat Regional Response Team 4. They also assist with early patient triage.
Haz-Mat 4 is deployed October 11-19, with two personnel operating, and a total
of six rotated through the deployment. Local NC HART resources are also
deployed: a State Highway Patrol helicopter with Raleigh Fire Department rescue
technicians. They perform daily operations from October 9-15, and provide air
support to the National Guard and other HART assets as needed. They perform
rescues of five people. (October 4-19, 2016)rfdn
Hurricane Matthew causes flooding in Raleigh.
Heavy rain and high winds pelt the city as Hurricane Matthew passes along
the eastern edge of the state. At the airport, a new daily record of 6.45 inches
of rain oss observed. Heavy rains start in Raleigh after 10:30 a.m. and continue
until about 6:00 p.m. High winds start rising in the 8:00 a.m. hour and continue
strong (32 mph maximum with 47 mph gusts) until about midnight. From 8:00 a.m.
to 8:00 a.m., the fire department answers 437 calls. Peak volume is around 3:00
p.m. There is widespread flooding throughout the city, and numerous calls for
assistance from stranded drivers. And from people who see cars in flood waters,
and are unsure if they are occupied. Raleigh Fire Department units answer 30
water rescue calls, included three outside the city. They rescue or removed at
least 21 people, including a driver washed away in flood waters in Zebulon.
Squad 7 and Squad 14 are expanded into two-piece companies, each operating their
mini-pumper and boat trailer as a separate unit, with two or four firefighters.
Each squad is then filled from Engine 17 and Ladder 3, Special Operations
Command companies with specially trained firefighters. Mutual aid is also
provided by Apex and Chapel Hill fire departments, and South Orange Rescue
Squad, for two water rescue incidents on Saturday night each involving trapped
firefighters, on Old Stage Road in Garner and Rose Lane in Raleigh.(October 8-9, 2016)rfdn
Station 5 reopens after renovations. The
seven-month, $950,000 "down to the walls" renovation replaces all systems in the
1969 building, including electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. Other changes include
the installation of individual showers, instead of communal showers. New
furnishings are installed, as well as a fire sprinkler system. (November 10, 2016)rfdn
Station 2 relocates to temporary station at old city radio, sign, and signs
shop on South Wilmington Street. A modular dwelling is installed on the site as
living quarters. The former sigh shop houses Engine 2, exercise equipment, and
other supplies. For several weeks, haz-mat apparatus--Haz-Mat 2, Haz-Mat 5, and
the foam trailer--are housed in the former bus depot, behind the temporary
station. They are later moved to the temporary station site, and parked
outdoors. (November 30, 2016)rfdn
Raleigh firefighters respond to western North Carolina, to assist with
Rock wildland fire. They join dozens of other Wake County firefighters, who were
all requested by the State Office of the Fire Marshal. The 7,142-acre fire
brings hundreds of firefighters from across North Carolina to the Lake Lure
area, to assist with structural protection, due to the many buildings in the
town, and in Chimney Rock, Bat Cave, and surrounding communities. The Raleigh
Fire Department tales its commercial bus to Lake Lure, along with a passenger
van, and a mini-pumper. Raleigh firefighters were deployed for four days, and
assists wildland crews as well as standing by for any structural fires. The
Party Rock Fire was announced 100% contained as of December 1. (November 2016)rfdn
Two alarms at 1505 Blount Street.
slow-burning fire takes hours to extinguish, and brings nearly every engine and
ladder company to the scene over the course of the 20-hour operation. Dispatched
12:12 p.m. Engine 1 arriving at a one-story block warehouse building with 24,008
square-feet. Built 1960. Nothing initially showing, but with smoke soon seen
venting from various points. Fire found in bales on paper stacked inside.
Extended suppression operations, including interior hand lines, exterior
portable monitors, and various attack and ventilation techniques. Access
difficult due to the many bales of paper. They had to be removed, a lengthy
operation itself, to complete extinguishing. Fire controlled at 4:58 p.m. Crews
remained on scene for overhaul through the night. Last units cleared after 10:30
a.m. on following day.
Run card: ~12:13 p.m. – Dispatch – E1, E3, E13,
E10, L4, L7, R1, B2, B3, C420 ~12:19 p.m. – Working fire - C401, A1, C20 ~12:25
p.m. – E2 ~12:30 p.m. – L8 ~12:48 p.m. – Second alarm – E6, L9, E12, B5 ~2:50
p.m. – E21, Sq14 ~4:19 p.m. – E9, L9, E5 ~4:39 p.m. – L1 ~6:15 p.m. – E19, E23,
A2 ~6:48 p.m. – E12, L6 Plus additional overnight and morning companies. Plus
move-ups. Plus EMS.(December 27, 2016.)rfdn
Recruit Academy 42 starts. Program starts
with ~40 recruits for 32 weeks. (February 20, 2017)rfdn
Five alarms at Metropolitan apartments
Brings 130 Raleigh firefighters to the scene
that night, including 24 engines, seven ladders, one rescue, five battalion
chiefs, two division chiefs, three assistant chiefs, and the Fire Chief. The
274,959 square-foot, block-long apartment building is completely destroyed. Nine
other buildings receive significant damage, including two high-rise residential
structures, where over 257 residents are displaced. Ten hydrants supply four
aerial streams, five portable monitors, a deck gun, and numerous hand lines.
Plus, connections to sprinkler systems in two neighboring high-rise buildings.
The fire is controlled in three hours, and the fire department personnel remain
on scene for several days.
about the incident. (March 16, 2017)rfdn
- 2017 Pierce pumper #1 of 2, 1500/500/20. New Engine 10. Delivered May
25. Played in service on July 13, 2017 .
- 2017 Pierce pumper #2 of 2, 1500/500/20. New Engine 17. Delivered June
2. Placed in service on July 13, 2017 .
Two alarms at 9511 Prince George Lane.
Multi-residential building. Dispatched ~12:07 p.m.
First-due Engine 4 was out of quarters, on another call. With multiple callers
reporting the fire, the dispatcher upgraded the incident to a working fire,
while the fire department was still en route. Engine 4 also cleared their other
call, and responded. They arrived about a minute ahead of second-due Engine 18.
Engine 4 arrived with heavy fire showing from a brick-and-frame, garden-style
multi-unit apartment building. 10,440 square-feet, built 1986, say tax records.
The middle units of the building were fully-involved. They “laid in wet”,
stopping first at the fire hydrant, and laying their own line to the building.
With the volume of fire and reports of subjects possibly trapped, the Engine 4
officer requested as second alarm within about a minute. As the fire department
was arriving, two men were going door-to-door as the fire was spreading. They
kicked in doors, and called for anyone inside to come to safety.
Engine 4 continued evacuation of the building with
the two civilians, as their water supply was established. Crews then started an
interior attack with hand lines, but were soon withdrawn to start aerial
operations. Evacuation tones were sounded on the radio, and air horns were
sounded on scene. Ladder 1 (platform) and Ladder 3 (straight stick) flowed. They
were positioned on the front right (L1 supplied by E18) and front left (L3 with
own hydrant) corners of the building. They knocked down the bulk of the fire,
and crews resumed suppression, and then salvage and overhaul. Battalion 5 had
command, then assumed by Car 20, then assumed by Car 3, the Assistant Chief of
Services. Wake County EMS provided medical monitor and rehab. The fire was
controlled in just under an hour. Three additional engines were called for
manpower, starting about ninety minutes into the incident.
Nineteen residents were displaced. At least eight
units were damaged by fire, and at least four were damaged by smoke and water,
said officials. (The Red Cross reported eleven occupied units were destroyed.)
There was a firewall between each apartment, they noted. The fire started on the
porch of a rear, second-floor apartment, burned through the porch to the first
floor, and spread from there, said officials via news reports. The cause was not
determined. No residents were injured.
Run Card ~12:07 – First alarm – E18, E16, E15, E9,
L1, L3, R1, B5, B4, C420. ~12:10 – E4 added to call, after clearing another.
~12:11 – Working fire – A1, C20, C401. ~12:13 – E4 arrived. ~12:14 – Second
alarm – E17, E29, E6, L9, L5, B1. ~12:29 – E13 to Station 18, move-up. ~12:29 –
E3 to Station 9, move-up. ~13:00 – Fire under control. ~13:31 – E13, E23,
special called. ~14:51 – E24, special called. (May 26, 2017)mjlb
Two alarms at 4830 Parkville Drive.
Engine 19 reporting reported a heavy column of
smoke visible, while en route. Headquarters upgraded to a working fire, prior to
their arrival. Engine 19 arrived at a two-story, wood-frame, multi-family
residential building (townhouses) with about 7,500 square feet and six units.
Heavy fire in the end unit on the first floor, extending to second floor. The
Engine 19 officer received reports of people possible trapped inside, and
jumping from open windows. He requested a second alarm, and the engine and
arriving Ladder 2 took a line inside, and began searching. Engine 21 brought the
supply line to Engine 19. Battalion 5 arrived, and assumed command.
Firefighters were called out of the fire building,
as conditions intensified. Defensive operations started using a portable monitor
on the exterior of the building. Crews also took lines into the adjoining
townhouse, to protect the attic and its firewall. The fire was soon contained,
and controlled within 35 minutes of the first unit’s arrival. Extended salvage
and overhaul brought two additional companies to the scene, special called for
relief, due to the high outdoor temperatures. (High of 91 degrees that day, with
70 degree dew point.)
Dispatched 11:13 a.m. Working fire dispatched
~11:15 a.m. Second alarm dispatched ~11:19 a.m. Controlled 11:53 a.m. First
alarm: E19, E27, E21, E4, L2, L5, R1, B5, B2. Working fire: A2, C20, C401.
Second alarm: E9, Sq7, E28, L1, L3, B3. Special called: E17, L7. Plus EMS units.
The townhouse was destroyed, and the firewall prevented the spread into the
adjoining home. The second townhouse sustained water damaged. Six adults and two
children were displaced. No injuries were reported. (June 15, 2017) mjlb
Apparatus: 2017 Pierce Arrow XT tiller,
1500/200/100-feet. New Ladder 4. Delivered July 10. Placed in service August
Station 6 closed and demolished. Engine 6
relocated to Station 5. Construction to start soon on rebuilding the fire station. (August 2017)rfdn
Task Force 8 deployed after Hurricane Harvey. (August 31, 2017)rfdn
Platoon Fire Marshal (Car 420) removed from service.
The program is
discontinued, and an on-call Deputy Fire Marshal is added to the daily staffing
sheet for operational needs. They are requested through the Division Chief's
office, similar to the procedures for requesting the on-call mechanic. Company
officers are also given guidelines for resolving various fire system and life
safety issues. (September 2, 2017)rfd
Fire Investigators reorganized. Full-time platoon investigators, one per
platoon, are discontinued. One full-time investigator is added, working day
duty. Two part-time investigators are added, per platoon, and assigned to Engine
1. (September 2, 2017.)rfd
Apparatus: Third tiller placed in
service, Ladder 8 with 2010 Pierce Arrow XT. (September 8, 2017)
Recruit Academy 42 graduates. (September 27, 2017)rfdn
Station 2 reopens after renovations. The
"down to the walls" renovation replaces all systems in the building, including
electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. The former maintenance shop space is also
reconfigured, and two drive-through bays are added, along with additional dorm
rooms and an exercise room. Bi-fold doors are also added, the first for a
Raleigh fire station. (October 23, 2017)rfdn
New annual hiring process begins, with applications accepted during the month
of November. (November 1, 2017)rfdn
Fifth haz-mat station added. Engine 18 activated as haz-mat company. Haz-Mat
5 and foam trailer relocated from Station 2 to Station 18. (January 6, 2018)mjlb
- 2017 Ford F-550/Knapheide/CET mini-pumper #1 of 2, 250/250/10. New Mini
2. Delivered _____. Placed in service February 22
- 2017 Ford F-550/Knapheide/CET mini-pumper #2 of 2, 250/250/10. New Mini
3. Delivered _____. Placed in service February 22, 2018.
- 2005 Ford mini-pumper from Station 7 to Station 28. (February 22, 2018)
Two alarms on Dansey Drive.
The reported structure
fire was dispatched at 7:55 a.m. for Engines 19, 15, 27, 11, Ladders 2, 5,
Rescue 1, Battalions 1 and 5, and New Hope Engine 1, as automatic aid for
closest engine. Headquarters advised that callers reported a fire on a back
deck. While en route, New Hope Engine 1 upgraded to a working fire. They arrived
at 7:59 a.m. and reported heavy fire and smoke from the rear of a two-story,
garden-style apartment building with 6,514 square-feet. Built 1983, say tax
records. Engine 1 crew stretched a 1.75-inch hand line into the structure, and
started an interior attack. Engine 19 then arrived, secured a water supply, and
began assisting the interior crews with fire attack. Battalion 1 arrived,
assumed command, and requested a second alarm. Dansey Drive and New Hope Road
were designated at staging area. With multiple reports of people still inside
the building, Rescue 1 was assigned search and rescue, and to assist with
evacuating any residents. Also by this time, Wake County EMS requested a second
alarm, to bring additional EMS resources to the scene.
At 8:10 a.m., all
firefighters were ordered out of the second story, and soon out of the entire
structure. Evacuation tones were sounded and a Personal Accountability Report
(PAR) was conducted. By this time, Ladder 5 was ready for aerial operations,
positioned in front of the structure and with a supply line from Engine 27. The
aerial stream was used for several minutes, to knock down heavy fire in the
attic. A ground monitor, also supplied by Engine 27, was also used for exterior
fire attack. After the bulk of the fire had been extinguished, crews went back
inside the structure to extinguish hot spots. The fire was placed under control
at 8:42 a.m. No injuries were reported. Four of the eight apartment units were
damaged. Five people were displaced. The cause was determined as accidental.
Run card: First alarm:
NHFD E1, RFD E19, E15, E27, E11, L2, L5, R1, B1, B5. Working fire: C20, A2, C402
Second alarm: E21, E22, E28, L1, L4, A1. EMS first alarm: EMS 3. EMS working
fire: EMS 15, D3. EMS second alarm: EMS 19, EMS 6, EMS 4, EMS 63, D1, D9, M95,
M96, T1. (March 8, 2018)rfdn
Land acquired for new Fire Station 3 on
Rock Quarry Road at Raleigh Boulevard. (April 12, 2018)
Recruit Academy 43 starts. Program starts
with 31 recruits for 32 weeks. (April 30, 2018)rfdn
Two alarms at 2925 Settle In Lane.
Dispatched 10:08 a.m. for city companies plus Wake
Forest Engine 5 as auto-aid. Wake Forest Engine 5 and B1 were first-arriving at
a two-story multi-family residential building, with 1,648 square-feet in unit,
and six units in building. Built 2007. Heavy fire showing from the roof and the
rear. Engine 5 laid their own supply line, and was assisted by the
first-arriving Raleigh company, Engine 22, arriving less than a minute behind
the Wake Forest engine. Raleigh crews assisted Wake Forest crews stretching the
first attack line, to the rear of the building, for an exterior attack on the
flames that were extending from the deck to the attic, and across two townhome
Another crew entered unit 2927 and took a line inside, and into the attic
for fire attack. Wake Forest Battalion 1 was command and requested two
additional engines about 10:17 a.m., and then a second alarm about 10:22 a..m.
When Raleigh Battalion 1 arrived, he assumed
command. Other companies performed primary and secondary searches for occupants,
and checked for extension. Controlled at 10:35 a.m., though companies remained
on scene for a few hours, performing salvage and overhaul, along with air
monitoring and ventilation in all of the building units. Due to the high heat,
heavy rotation of personnel was performed, along with two sets of relief
companies requested, each with two engines and one ladder. Four people
displaced. No injuries to occupants. Two firefighters were injured with heat
exhaustion and minor neck burns. Caused determined as accidental, likely started
on deck. Also longer-ish response times for the Raleigh units, as the building
is located on the east side of the Falls River subdivision, and just about as
far-removed from the main roads as possible. Lots of twisty streets, etc.
Run card: 10:08 – E22, E15, E28, E4, L1, L2, R1,
B1, B4, WFFD E5, EMS 36, EMS 31, D9, M93 10:18~ – EMS T1 10:19~ – E18, E27
10:21~ – A2, C20, C402. Note: B5 also on dispatch, though that’s an automatic
notification, so they can handle move-up. No response. 10:24~ – E23, E9, E16,
L9, L6, A1 10:38~ – EMS 33 (July
New Station 12 opens at 807 Bus Way.
Engine 12 and Battalion 2 are relocated, along with Ladder 8 from Station 26 and
Car 20 from Station 8. (August 27, 2018)
Company and unit moves:
- Ladder 8 from Station 26 to 12
- Car 20 from Station 8 to 12 (August 27, 2018)
- 2018 Pierce Enforcer pumper #1 of 2, 1500/500/20. New Engine 6. Delivered July 12.
Placed in service August 2.
- 2018 Pierce Enforcer pumper #2 of 2, 1500/500/20. New Engine 28. Delivered July 12.
Placed in service August 2.
- 2018 Pierce Arrow XT heavy rescue. New Rescue 1. Delivered August 24. Placed in service
- 2018 Pierce Arrow XT tiller, 107-foot. New Ladder 4. Delivered September 19.
Placed in service October 10, 2018.
Station 12 address changed to 4306 Poole Road.
(October 5, 2018)
- Ladder 8 changed to 2017 Pierce Arrow XT tiller.
- Ladder 9 changed to 2010 Pierce Arrow XT tiller. (October 12, 2018)
Three alarms at 509 Glenwood Avenue at Glenwood
Dispatched 12:55 p.m. as
fire alarm. Heavy smoke on ninth floor, heavy fire found in single apartment.
Working fire at 1:02 p.m. Second alarm at 1:03 p.m. Third alarm at 1:12 p.m. Two
additional engines at 1:20 p.m. Additional alarms and personnel for manpower
needs, for evacuation and rescue of some 10 to 12 occupants, some that called
911 to report their locations. Water on fire at 1:38 p.m. Extended operations
for overhaul, air monitoring, and assisting residents with returning. Six
residents transported, one treated and not transported. Over 100 evacuated.
Total 28 units damaged, 26 [?] residents displaced.
Fire response: E1, E2,
E3, E5, E6, E8, E10 (relief), E11, E13, E17, E20, Sq 7, Sq 14, L1 (relief), L3,
L4, L7, L8, R1, C20, C401, C402, C1, C2, C3, C4, C14, B2, B3, B5 A1, A2
(relief), Training Division Chief, Training Captains, recruit academy members.
EMS response: EMS15, 16, 22, 3, 33, 4, 52, 54, 6, 62, 63, 68, 7, 8, plus
[single?] units from Franklin, Johnson, Harnett, Granville counties; District 1,
3, 4, 5, Medic 91, 92, 93, 95, CH 101, 102, 200, Evac 1, EMS PIO. (October 26, 2018)mjlb
Apparatus relocation: Rescue 1
from Station 15 to Station 16. (October 8, 2018)
Apparatus: Fourth tiller
placed in service as Ladder 2 with 2015 Pierce Arrow XT tiller. (October 27,
Including haz-mat changes:
- Ladder 2 from Station 11 to 15
- Ladder 9 from Station 29 to 23
- Battalion 4 from Station 23 to 18
- Haz-Mat 2 from Station 27 to 29
- Haz-Mat 5 from Station 18 to 27
Personnel also shifted, for crews that cross-staffed the haz-mat
units: Engine 18 personnel to Station 27, Engine 27 personnel to Station 29, and
Engine 23 personnel to Station 18. (October 27, 2018)mjlb
Two alarms at 4906 Brook Knoll Place.
Dispatched 6:43 a.m.
Upgraded to working fire and second alarm, while units were en route, based on
number of callers. Engine 15 arrived at a three-story townhouse with 1,780
square-feet. One of eight units, built 2004. Heavy fire showing in front and
rear of structure, on two of the three floors. Crews initially performed an
interior attack, including a courtyard lay in the rear of the structure, with a
two-inch line from Engine 9. The fire building was soon evacuated, and exterior
operations were started, using Engine 15 deluge gun, Ladder 1 from northwest
corner of complex, and Ladder 2 in front of the fire building.
Exterior hand line was also deployed from behind the
fire building, from a second-story balcony opposite the fire building. Crews
climbed onto the balcony using a roof ladder.
The main body of the fire was knocked down in about
ten minutes. The fire was controlled at 7:30 a.m. Ladder 2 continued to flow
into the building, while Ladder 1 was demobilized, along with the second-alarm
companies. Engine 15, 19, 9, Ladder 2, and Battalion 5 remained on scene, and
“C” platoon personnel were relieved by “A” platoon members. They remained on
scene into the morning.
First alarm: E15, E19, E11, E9, L2, L1, R1, B1, B5;
Working fire: A2, C20, C402, B2; Second alarm: E16, E4, E22, L5, L3; Plus C2,
C3, C4. Two residents were injured, and transported to the hospital. One later
died, a 71 year-old woman. Six people were displaced. (October 28, 2018)mjlb
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||City of Raleigh budget documents
||Cameron Village: A History 1949-1999,
Nan Hutchins, Sprit Press, 2001
||City of Raleigh Auditor's Office
|ccm / cm
||City Council Minutes / City Minutes
||1792-1892, The Centennial Celebration of
Raleigh, NC, Kemp D. Battle, Edwards and Broughton, 1893
||Chief Engineer's Report
||North Carolina Department of Archives and
||North Carolina Department of Archives and
History News and Observer index
||City of Raleigh Fire Protection Study
||Historical Raleigh with Sketches of Wake
County and its Important Towns, Moss N. Amis, 1912
||Mike Legeros records.
||News and Observer
||News and Observer
||Pullen Park History
||Raleigh Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary
||Raleigh Fire Department Photo Unit records
||Raleigh: An Unorthodox History
||Raleigh Fire Department 1984,
Raleigh Fire Department, Taylor Publishing, 1984
||Raleigh Fire and Rescue: 1984-2002,
Raleigh Fire Department, Taylor Publishing, 2002, plus additional
historical information also compiled by the Raleigh Fire Department
||Wake: Capital County of North Carolina -
Volume 1, Prehistory Through Centennial, Elizabeth Reid Murray,
Capital County Publishing, 1983
Copyright 2018 by Michael J. Legeros