Raleigh Fire Museum
Learn About Our History
Virtual Exhibits & Online Resources
Last update August 23, 2017
Welcome to a page with hand-picked
resources about the history of the
Raleigh Fire Department. These represent
just a few of the many sites and pages
about our history. Use this page as
starting point on your journey!
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The Fire of 1851
About the city's great conflagration, the volunteer firemen and their hand
engines, and the improvements that resulted. 33 pages.
Birth of a Fire Department
The story of the transition from
Raleigh's volunteer firefighting force to
the career fire department in 1912. 37 pages.
Raleigh Fire Department History - 1792
to 1925 (pdf)
Color chart of the
fire department's history and its
milestones, both volunteer and career
Rules and Regulations Booklet
Undated booklet of fire department
rules and regulations, likely circa
1920s or 1930s. 18 pages.
For more detailed reading, consider
Fires of Raleigh (61 pages),
Raleigh FD 1880-1899
(PDF, 37 pages).
For stories of famous fires, read
Martin Street in 1915 (new!),
Dorothea Dix in 1926,
Yarborough House in 1928 (new!),
The Mangel Building in 1981
Store in 1992 (new!),
Pine Knoll Townes in 2007, and the
Metropolitan in 2017.
Photos from 1900 to 1984
of 85 images, including a few from the
Photos from 1910 to 1999
of 473 images from the North Carolina
State Archives, with 1939 and later
images courtesy of the News & Observer,
Raleigh, N.C. Used with permission.
100 Years of Fire Apparatus
Gallery of 119 images, showing Raleigh
fire apparatus from the 1900s to the
Faces of the Past
337 retired members, and those who
died on- or off-duty, through 2012.
Gallery of 111
images, with detailed photos of the
antiques owned by the city and the
For more galleries, see
Narrated history of the Raleigh Fire
slides and spoken commentary from
our historian, recorded in 2016. 63
Color film footage, circa 1950
Silent footage of activities
and training at various locations,
including old Station 1, old Station 2,
and the Dorothea Dix campus. 31 minutes.
IGA Grocery fire, 1992
VHS video footage of a three-alarm
fire at the IGA Grocery on Person Street
on December 20, 1992. 33 minutes.
High-Level Rope Rescue 1995
News video footage of the rescue of two
window washers, trapped after their
scaffolding collapsed on May 3, 1995. 27
Steam engine in action, 2014
Short clip of the 1905 steam
engine in operation at the
South Atlantic FIRE RESCUE Expo. 57
For more videos, see our
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