1971, Town board agrees to replace 20-phone alarm system with 36-phone system and enters cost-sharing agreement with rural fire department.

1972, apparatus delivery:  1973 Bean pumper equipped with high-pressure fog, purchased by Southeastern Seminary and given to Town . It is named Engine 63 (February 1972) 

1973, Stewarts Cafe, Linda's Hair Stylin' Shop, and the Masonic Lodge Hall in downtown Youngsville burn. Fire department assists Youngsville and Forestville at 8:55 p.m. fire. (May 1973)

1973, Town fire department moves into leased service station on 300 block of South White St., next to rural fire station.  Building is renovated by firefighters who clear inside of building and install four new bay doors. (April 1973) ww

1974, Amtrak train detrains on curve behind Athey Products plant at about 8 p.m., minutes after passing through Wake Forest  Eight cars of the Silver Star, traveling from New York to Miami, jump the track, injuring 28 of 270 passengers.  Rescue squads respond from Wake Forest, Youngsville, Franklinton, Bunn, Zebulon, Louisburg, Cary, New Hope, as well as ambulances from Raleigh and Wake Forest. Only one of the injured passengers is hospitalized. The cause of the derailment is not immediately known. (August 1974) 

1975, freight train caboose catches fire. Seaboard Coast Line train stops behind Howard Mangum's house on US1A. Fire spreads to adjoining freight car. (November 1, 1975)

1976, home economics building at Wake Forest-Rolesville Junior High School destroyed by fire. Interior damage estimated at $10,000. Falls and Wake Forest fire departments spend two and a half hours battling blaze. (May 6, 1976)

1977, fire department purchases 25 pagers.  Each Motorola unit, including pager, charger, and amplifier, costs $285.00.  Firefighters use money from fundraising projects to purchase pagers.  Wake County matching grant program provides 35 percent of the funds.  Firefighters are currently alerted using special phone system in which a single phone call made at police station reaches 36 firefighters simultaneously. (November 1977)


1978, Bruce Keith appointed acting Fire Chief of Rural department. (September 1, 1978)
1978, third annual Northern Wake Fire-Rescue Day held.  Wake Forest Rural, Stony Hill, Falls, Rolesville, and Wake Forest Rescue sponsor the event.  Events include parade of 85 fire and rescue vehicles and 26 bands, starting at 10:30 a.m. (September 7, 1978)

1978, Jerry Carter elected Fire Chief of Rural fire department. (October 23, 1978)

1978, Great American Mercantile Building in downtown Wake Forest burns.  Firefighters contain fire and damage to two of three stories.  Building is located at corner of White Street and Roosevelt Avenue.  Wake Forest Fire Departments #1 and #2 respond along with Rolesville Fire Department. (November 27, 1978)

1978, duplex on Nelson Street burns.  Handicapped resident rescued by firefighters. (December 3, 1978)

1978, fire alarm siren discontinued.

1979, Sanctuary of Oak Grove Baptist church just north of Franklin County line burns. Eleven rural fire departments and 125-150 firemen on scene.

1979 apparatus delivery: FMC / Bean pumper, 1000 GPM, 750 gallons delivered to Rural department.  Replaces 1964 pumper. It is named Engine 61 (February 12, 1979)

1979, Bruce Keith appointed acting Fire Chief of Rural department when Chief Jerry Carter steps down. (November 18, 1979)


Fire Station #1
420 Elm Ave.
Wake Forest, NC 27587