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Ambulance destroyed in Raleigh EMS station fire

Posted December 29, 2011

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— A fire at a Wake County EMS station in north Raleigh Thursday afternoon destroyed an ambulance, but the paramedics on duty were able to escape unharmed, officials said.

The fire broke out at about 12:45 p.m. inside Station 3, at 5303 Six Forks Road, EMS District Chief Jeff Hammerstein said.

Two emergency medical technicians had returned from a dispatch a few minutes earlier and found flames coming from the ambulance when they checked on noises coming from the station's garage, Hammerstein said.

Wake EMS fire Ambulance burns at Wake EMS station

"In no time at all, the ambulance itself was heavily involved in flames, as well as the station," he said. "Raleigh fire got down here and was able to knock it down pretty quickly, thank goodness. But all of our crew members got out with no problem at all. Everybody is safe and well."

Officials haven't determined the cause of the fire, Hammerstein said. Wake County will take a look at other ambulances to make sure there are no other safety threats.

The building was heavily damaged, he said, and the living quarters for the paramedics sustained some smoke damage. The crew will need to operate from a different location and with a spare ambulance for awhile, but Hammerstein said EMS response to the area will not be affected.

Police closed Six Forks Road in both directions south of Millbrook Road while firefighters put out the blaze.

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  • doodle215 Dec 30, 2011

    I am shocked by the amount of people that don't know the difference between an EMT/Paramedic and a Fireman. A quick lesson...the firemen run into the burning building to get your rear out so you don't become over cooked. The paramedic does everything to keep your sorry behind alive until they can get you to the hospital. Are there some that are both, yes. I hope this helps.

    --Proud sister of a Raleigh Fire Captain

  • PirateGrad11 Dec 30, 2011

    "What do you not get about the ems crew NOT putting out the fire at their station? If they cannot handle this. Are they qualified to be ems? I say NO."-vraptor

    "PS. Do not send these jokers to me if I am injured"-vraptor

    It is because of people exactly like you why dispatch needs to come up with some way for people to 'opt out' of receiving emergency help. Because one day you or somebody you know will need some kind of emergency assistance from fire, ems, or police..and they will be there to help you regardless of the comments you have made. Thank you for sitting at your desk job everyday while these men & women put their lives on the line for fools like you.

  • this is fdup Dec 29, 2011

    I would like to see one poster put out a vehicle and structure fire with a bucket of water it would be funny to watch he/she try ....another poster who knows how to do it better

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Dec 29, 2011

    funny, when you bring up 5303 six forks rd on google, it brings u to a bait & tackle shop way out by norwood road.
    but yet, this station is in the 5300 block of six forks road. it's right there by green year round elem, and honey baked ham & dunkin donuts!

  • vraptor Dec 29, 2011

    rtg. What do you not get about the ems crew NOT putting out the fire at their station? If they cannot handle this. Are they qualified to be ems? I say NO.

  • Fx432 Dec 29, 2011

    "Is it a chevy volt that catches on fire when plugged in???
    Where are the fire extinguisher's??? The garden hose? A bucket of water?
    PS. Do not send these jokers to me if I am injured."

    vraptor, injured or on fire? I think you are confused.

  • hodge36_ Dec 29, 2011

    I worked for Wake EMS for 9 years and I know that the ambulances all have a battery switch that turns them off when not on a call. There would be no need to disconnect a battery cable as this would cause a undue delay in responding to an emergency. Every second counts.

  • vraptor Dec 29, 2011

    Is it a chevy volt that catches on fire when plugged in???

    Where are the fire extinguisher's??? The garden hose? A bucket of water?

    PS. Do not send these jokers to me if I am injured.

  • melmika Dec 29, 2011

    All Ambulances have multiple batteries. Trying to find which one had the short in it would take time. That powder substance on the positive side of the battery where the cable connect to it needs to be removed as it will effect the battery use.

  • mfarmer1 Dec 29, 2011

    "Wake County will take a look at other ambulances to make sure there are no other safety threats"

    Were they made by ford?

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