Durham is a growing city, and that poses new developing dangers.
Those dangers could lead to emergencies in tall buildings and to rescues in confined spaces. A new specialized rescue company has been recommissioned to be ready to help in those situations.
On Saturday, Durham firefighters, along with members of the community, pushed the recommissioned Rescue 1 Unit into service. The ‘housing’ tradition dates back to a time before engine-powered trucks.
"You used to have to push the truck back into the station because horses do not go in reverse," said Durham assistant fire chief Andy Sannipoli.
Sannipoli said this rescue unit will serve a very modern purpose.