Raleigh Fire Museum
Preserving yesterday for tomorrow

1989 Pierce Pumper

Parked in Storage


Mike Legeros photo

On June 6, 2017, the Raleigh City Council approved a resolution authorizing the donation of a 1989 Pierce Arrow pumper to the Raleigh Fire Museum. The apparatus was recently retired, after serving the training division following its service as a frontline and reserve pumper.

Pierce job number E-5145-3 was delivered in the summer/fall of 1989, one of three identical pumpers placed in service as Engine 1, Engine 13, and Engine 9. This truck placed in service as Engine 9 around November 22, 1989.

It subsequently served as Engine 18 until June 8, 2005. Placed in reserve status, it served as Engine 104 and Engine 124.

In 2012, some exterior components were restored by Capt. Tim Duke, including the original front-facing mechanical warning lights. This work was done for the fire department's centennial anniversary, for an appearance in the centennial parade.

Around 2013, the reserve engine was retired and transferred to the training center. Around the spring of 2014, it was retired from training , and added to the department's fleet of antique apparatus at Station 28.

In the fall of 2017, ownership of the apparatus was transferred to the Raleigh Fire Museum. The pumper is presently parked in private storage.

This page was last updated on November 21, 2017


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