Lights and sirens surged through downtown Raleigh on Saturday, 16 June 2012 as the city’s Fire Department celebrated its 100th year. Although the profession has come a long way in Raleigh since 1912, some things – like tradition – never change. Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums proudly marched behind the Raleigh Fire Department Honor Guard – leading the 100th Anniversary Parade through downtown Raleigh.
Hundreds of people lined Fayetteville Street to get a glimpse of the history of the department, from the 1905 antique steam engine that came back to life to more current ladder trucks and engines used today.
The Raleigh Fire Department has supported the band since our inception. Wake & District is proud to have members of the Raleigh Fire Department in our ranks (Captain Lloyd Johnson, Captain Joe Harwell (RET) and Lieutenant Jason Lane) – and we are honored to be in service to all of Raleigh’s Bravest.
CONGRATULATIONS on 100 Years RFD. Your parade and post-parade-party were amazing. Happy Birthday and we look forward to many more years together.
The above shot (by Mike Legeros) from the parade has proved popular, looking straight up Fayetteville Street as the band bears down. That’s Drum Major and Raleigh Fire Department Lt. Jason Lane in the lead. Aspect ratio 6 x 2 instead of 3 x 2. Added a bit more sharpness, and a couple other tweaks. (Canon 50D in SRAW1 format. Program AE, 1/250 Tv, 7.1 Av, 100 ISO, EF17-40mm f/4L at 40mm, flash fired with -2 compensation.) See all of Mike’s photos from the parade, which was part of the fire department’s Centennial Celebration. Exceptionally fun day.
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