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THANK YOU to the band members who ventured out on Sunday, March 25, 2012 to take part in a ceremony conducted at the Falls Fire Department at 11908 Falls of Neuse Road, to commemorate and celebrate the department’s merger with the Wake Forest Fire Department. The departments signed an operational consolidation contract on July 25, 2011.

The merger was first proposed in 2009, and originally included ideas to close the Falls fire station.  The Falls fire station will be renamed Wake Forest Station 5, and will retain the nickname “Home of the River Rats.” The apparatus will be renumbered to include Engine 5, Tanker 5, Squad 5, Brush 5, Utility 5, Boat 5, and Car 6. (Wake Forest Station 4 is in the planning stages, and mostly recently in the news regarding town officials discussing funding. It will be located on the northwest side of town.)Personnel from the Falls FD staff will serve in roles such as Asst. Chief of Volunteer Operations, Battalion Chiefs, and Captains. The response area of Falls and Wake Forest fire departments will be merged.   The result will add a ladder response to some current Falls responses.

Photos from the event from our Junior Band Photographer Hunter Mogensen can be seen here.

Photos from the legendary Mike Legeros can be seen here.

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