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Offline SQDBOSS

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Re: SQUAD COMPANIES
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2008, 01:45:34 PM »
The Squads of yesterday operated primarly in a "support" function that you see todays Rescues and Squads operate without the additional training.   Due to the heavy call/work volume; a BC/DC was fortunate to have a Rescue or Squad assigned.  If you think about it, they got to see and do alot do to there assignment.

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Re: SQUAD COMPANIES
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2008, 01:45:34 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2008, 09:25:22 PM »
I have a few old WNYF magazines; in the "taking up" & the "In Memoriam" sections thay list the last assignment of the member. They are all pretty much self explanatory for me however, I've noticed an assignment abbreviation that has baffled me for years. What does L.S.S stand for? ???
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« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2008, 10:02:39 PM »
The simplest explanation of "LSS" I could find is permanent light service...basically a desk job if I'm not mistaken.

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« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2008, 07:17:41 AM »
LSS = Limited Service Squad. It is a duty status for members on long term light duty. members assigned to LSS are usually on their way to retire with a disability.

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Re: SQUAD COMPANIES
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2008, 07:30:49 AM »
Thnaks!
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« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2008, 07:39:35 AM »
The original Squads in the FDNy used a big van called a "Bread Truck". They were a 24 hour a day unit and assigned to respond on all boxes in their district. They carried hose ( roll ups) and Truck tools. These Squads were used as stated, primarily as manpower. They could be assigned to operate as an Engine or truck by the Chief in charge.
Sometime in the late 60's early 70's the Squads gave up the Bread truck for Pumpers. Around this same time, the Squads were than used as the 1st section of different Engine Companies to augment them due to the very busy times. For example Sq 1 would act as E45, during the tour. E45 would of course still operate as there was plenty of work to go around. At midnite, Sq 1 would return to its home Qts (E43) and only respond to working fires.
After the budget hits in 73,74 all the squads were disbanded. An end of an era of some very busy units that produced some very good firemen.
Alot of Fire companies were disbanded during that time including E269 in park slope. When the community fought to reopen it the job created SQ1 which would respond to E269's 1st due boxes and than respond as a Squad (special unit) in certain Battalions in Brooklyn. It was a win win situation, the community got its Engine back and the boro of Brooklyn gained an additional Special Unit.
When E41 was disbanded, it was also re opened in 1990 under a similiar situation. In that case the Job caved into political pressure and opended it as E41 which would respond to 1st, 2nd and 3rd due Engine Boxes and as a Squad to certain Battalions in the Bronx.
The Squads of the FDNY have a colorful history and have always been very active units.

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Re: SQUAD COMPANIES
« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2008, 02:03:01 PM »
Squad 1 ran out of E176 st with L58 than moved to E45. The were not at E43

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« Reply #22 on: March 18, 2008, 05:53:14 PM »
Thanks for that info , than it must have been TCU 512. One of them use to be housed at E43.

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« Reply #23 on: March 18, 2008, 07:42:08 PM »
Squad 1 was organized in Harlem at Engine 59 in 1955. Moved to the Bronx to Ladder 58 in 1972, to Engine 45 in 1975 and disbanded in 1976. Squad 1 was re-established in Brooklyn at the former quarters of Engine 269.

 



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« Reply #24 on: March 18, 2008, 07:56:28 PM »
Thanks for that info , than it must have been TCU 512. One of them use to be housed at E43.

OTJ...TCU 512 was at E-45 at 925 E. Tremont Ave. from Nov. 15, 1969 to Nov. 27, 1971. There was never a TCU in with E-43. TCU 513 was with E-94.  :)

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« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2008, 01:29:21 PM »
TCU 712 was stored in E-43 and operated out of E82 then with E85 @ the tin house. Members reported for duty there, then drove to response area then returned at end of TCU tour.

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« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2008, 01:31:07 PM »
TCU 512 was stored @ E90 and operated out of E45, TCU 513 was stored @E96 and operated out of E94

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« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2008, 04:34:05 PM »
Boys boys, get a grip. i know who what and where. I made a little mistake. At one point I remember Sq 1 going to different Engines and acting as their 1st section. Than they returned to the Qts of E43 and responded after midnight to just working fires.
I know everyone wants to be right and show how much they know.... :o ::) ::)
Back than, there were alot of changes and things changed fast from one day to the next. At least thats when the job use to try different stuff. Not like today. :'( :'( :'( :'(
Thanks for the history lessons ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Offline johnd248

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« Reply #28 on: March 19, 2008, 10:47:28 PM »
Right on.  It was certainly a different time.  The fire load was unlike any other.  Manpower to put the wet stuff on the red stuff anyway they could.  Matching manpower to time of the fire load was a great strategy.

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Re: SQUAD COMPANIES
« Reply #29 on: March 20, 2008, 11:27:47 AM »
Can anyone post a photo of one the old "bread trucks".  I have only a vague memory of them.