Axes & Ales | About Axes & Ales Party Tours
Axes & Ales Party Tours is a veteran and firefighter owned business bringing the big red fire engine experience to everyone in Raleigh, North Carolina. Learn more about us today.
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About Axes & Ales Party Tours

Axes & Ales is veteran owned and operated by two local firemen. We offer a party experience like no other around the Triangle. It is ultimately the goal of our company to bring out the firefighter in everyone.  Whether you’re having a beer with friends during a pub crawl, bachelor/bachelorette party, tailgate or concert you can ride the fire truck like the professional’s in a fun and safe environment.  We intend to make this BIG RED FIRE ENGINE experience last a lifetime.

Anthony Battaglia

Axes & Ales Party Tours Owner

Anthony is originally from Chicago but after his 12-year minor league hockey career joined Raleigh’s great Fire Department and made this city his home.  He also made his reality tv debut in 2013 where he competed in a race around the world, traveling 30,000 miles, navigating 5 continents and 10 countries where he and his brother won The Amazing Race.

Ryan Nelson

Ryan Nelson, an Arizona native, now calls Raleigh, North Carolina home. He served his country as a Paratrooper with the distinguished United States Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. Ryan’s time in the military included a month-long mission to New Orleans in 2005. Here his unit was tasked with Search and Rescue in the city during the catastrophic aftermath of the most devastating hurricane in modern history, Katrina. In addition, he served a 15-month deployment in Iraq earning various combat medals, including the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. After an honorable discharge he enrolled at North Carolina State University and graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Interpersonal and Public Communication. Ryan’s passion for service coupled with his desire to make a difference has led him to the Raleigh Fire Department where he currently serves the Brier Creek community as a firefighter on Engine 24.

The Engine

Axes & Ales Partycat

Axes & Ales Engine #1 is a 1989 Grumman Firecat. The engine was originally purchased by the town of Belmont, North Carolina and served with the Catawba Heights Volunteer Fire Department until their merger with the Mount Holly Fire Department in 2000. Catawba Heights VFD and the Mount Holly Fire Department used the Firecat for fire suppression for nearly 26 years until it was retired from service in 2016. Ryan and Anthony purchased the Firecat in early 2017 and transformed the Firecat into a Partycat as Axes & Ales Engine #1.