Raleigh Fire Department History

2010-present



2010

Twenty-seven stations protecting 140+ square miles and 400,000+ residents.


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 through roof. 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, 2010)

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 Crews withdrawn and defensive attack started very soon.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, 2010)

Safety Officer placed in service as Safety 1 at Fire Administration. (March 8, 2010)

Three alarms at 2806 Armadale Lane.

Multiple 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.

Ladders

  • Ladder 2 on Darton Way, behind east end of houses, flowing west. Division C.
  • 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.

Deluge Guns

  • 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.

Hydrants

  1. Armadale Lane, west of Leland Drive – Engine 28 with hand lines.
  2. 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).
  3. Armadale Lane, south of Hartham Park Avenue, west side of circle – Ladder 5 with hand lines and flowing.
  4. Chilton Place, north Hartham Park Avenue - Engine 25 with hand lines (?) and ground deluge gun.
  5. Darton Way at Louisburg Road, north side of circle – New Hope engines, with hand lines and feeding Ladder 2?
  6. Leland Drive south of Darton Way – Engine 22, feeding deluge gun(s)? behind houses.
  7. Vaxley Hall Drive, east of Casper Creek Lane, laid between buildings down Chilton Place - Ladder 1? Engine 25 feeding Ladder 1?
  8. West end of Hartham Park Avenue, in construction area - Engine 27 with hand lines and deluge gun.

Alarms

  • 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.
  • Relief:
    • 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.

Coverage:

  • 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)

Apparatus deliveries:

  • 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 p.m. 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, 2010)

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, 2010)

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). (June 14, 2010)

Fire department sponsors the fourth annual Fallen Firefighters Foundation Golf Tournament. The event nets raises over $7,000. (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, 2010)

Deputy Fire Marshals start on shift. The new position is placed in service as Car 40 and is housed at Station 21. (July 3, 2010)

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 18, 2010)

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 22, 2010)


Raleigh Fire Department Historical Society changes its legal name to Raleigh Fire Museum. (2010.)

2011

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, 2011)

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 16, 2011)

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 1, 2011)

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” platoon. (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 27, 2011)

Recruit Academy 37 starts. (December 30, 2011)

2012

Capital Area Fire Investigation Task Force created. (March 2012)

Apparatus notes:

  • 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. (June)

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, 2013)

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 5, 2012)

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)

Vehicle note: 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.

Three 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
Rescue 2
Battalion 3
EMS 7

Working Fire – 10:27 a.m.

Air 1
Battalion 2
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
Ladder 3
Rescue 3
Battalion 1
Car 2, Car 3, Car 5
OFM staff
Training staff
EMS 2, EMS 31, EMS 11

Special called at 10:57 a.m.

Engine 7, Engine 11
EMS 14, M94, Evac 1

Relief companies included

Engine 23 and Ladder 1, dispatched 5:49 p.m.(December 26, 2012)

2013

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 duties.
  • 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)

Apparatus note: 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.

Reported 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

2014

Construction starts on Station 29. (February 2014)rfdn

Apparatus deliveries:

  • 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 Engine 19.
  • 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 20, 2014)mjlb

2015

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 21
  • 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

Apparatus deliveries:

  • 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

2016

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. (April 2016)rfdn

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 in fire.”

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 road.

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, mjlb

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 the Party 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.

The 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

2017

Recruit Academy 42 starts. Program starts with ~40 recruits for 32 weeks. (February 20, 2017)rfdn

Five alarms at Metropolitan apartments under construction.

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. Read more about the incident. (March 16, 2017)rfdn

Apparatus delivery:

  • 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 18, 2017.mjl

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

2018

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

Apparatus delivery:

  • 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.

Apparatus move:

  • 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 units. 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 5, 2018)mjlb

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)

Apparatus deliveries:

  • 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 October 3.
  • 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)

Apparatus changes:

  • 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 Towers.

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, 2018)

Unit relocations. 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



Abbreviations

[AA]   Aircraft accident
[AI]   Apparatus incident
[EF]   Early fire
[HM]   Haz-mat incident
[MA]   Mutual Aid
[MF]   Major fire
[RA   Railway accident
[TF]   Tanker fire
[TR]   Technical rescue
[UD]   USAR deployment
[UF]   Unusual fire
[UI]   Unusual incident
[WE]   Weather event

Sources

ar   City of Raleigh Annual Report
bd   City of Raleigh budget documents
cvh   Cameron Village: A History 1949-1999, Nan Hutchins, Sprit Press, 2001
cad City of Raleigh Auditor's Office
ccm / cm   City Council Minutes / City Minutes
ccor   1792-1892, The Centennial Celebration of Raleigh, NC, Kemp D. Battle, Edwards and Broughton, 1893
cer   Chief Engineer's Report
dah   North Carolina Department of Archives and History
dahni   North Carolina Department of Archives and History News and Observer index
fp   City of Raleigh Fire Protection Study
hr   Historical Raleigh with Sketches of Wake County and its Important Towns, Moss N. Amis, 1912
oh   Oral History
mjlr   Mike Legeros records.
mp   Morning Post
nc   North Carolinian
no   News and Observer
noi   News and Observer Index
pb   Peter Brock
pph   Pullen Park History
rla   Raleigh Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary scrapbooks
rpu   Raleigh Fire Department Photo Unit records
rr   Raleigh Register
rt   Raleigh Times
ruh   Raleigh: An Unorthodox History
yb84   Raleigh Fire Department 1984, Raleigh Fire Department, Taylor Publishing, 1984
yb02+   Raleigh Fire and Rescue: 1984-2002, Raleigh Fire Department, Taylor Publishing, 2002, plus additional historical information also compiled by the Raleigh Fire Department around 2002.
wch   Wake: Capital County of North Carolina - Volume 1, Prehistory Through Centennial, Elizabeth Reid Murray, Capital County Publishing, 1983


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