Engine 295/Ladder 144 firehouse 12-49 149th St Whitestone, Queens
Firehouse built in 1915 at 14-09 149th St. Firehouse moved 1938-1939 to 12-49 149th St.
Engine 295 organized 14-09 149th St w/Ladder 144 1915
Engine 295 relocated 150-43 14th Ave w/Ladder 144 1938
Engine 295 moved to 12-49 149th St w/Ladder 144 1939
Ladder 144 organized 14-09 149th St w/Engine 295 1915
Ladder 144 relocated 150-43 14th Ave w/ Engine 295 1938
Ladder 144 moved to 12-49 149th St w/ Engine 295 1939
Battalion 52 located at 14-09 149th St w/Engine 295 1927-1928
Bridge Chemical 64 organized 150-43 14th Ave at Engine 295 1939
Bridge Chemical 64 moved to 12-49 149th Street w/Engine 295 1939
Bridge Chemical 64 disbanded 1957
Note - Bridge Chemical Unit was a converted pumper used for bridge responses.
Engine 295/Ladder 144 firehouse 14-09 149th St (original location):
12-49 149th St approx 1940 (after firehouse moved):
12-49 149th St:
Engine 295/Ladder 144:
Whitestone fire history: Whitestone was protected by these volunteer fire companies prior to Queens becoming part of NYC (1898) and FDNY expansion in 1915:
Whitestone Engine 1 7th Avenue/17th St 1887-1915
Hose 1 Park Place/University Avenue ?-1905
Columbia Hose 2 18th St and 7th Avenue 1891-1915
Indian Hose 2 18th St and 7th Avenue 1894-1915
Whitestone Ladder 1 18th St/8th Avenue 1871-1915
Columbia Hose Company Whitestone - approximately 1900:
Columbia Hose Company - race - approximately 1901:
Engine 1 early 1900s:
Columbia Hose band early 1900s:
Whitestone, Queens: http://forgotten-ny.com/2008/02/whitestone-queens/
Bronx Whitestone Bridge:
"The idea for a crossing between the Bronx and Whitestone, Queens had come as early as 1905. At the time, residents around the proposed area of the bridge protested construction in fear of losing the then-rural character of the community. In 1929, however, the Regional Plan Association had proposed another bridge from the Bronx to northern Queens to allow motorists from upstate New York and New England to reach Queens and Long Island without traveling through the traffic-ridden communities of western Queens. On February 25, 1930, influential planner Robert Moses proposed a Ferry Point Park-Whitestone Bridge as a part of his Belt Parkway system around Brooklyn and Queens. As the 1930s progressed, Moses found his bridge increasingly necessary to directly link the mainland to the 1939 New York World's Fair and to LaGuardia Airport (then known as North Beach Airport). In addition, the Whitestone Bridge was to provide congestion relief to the Triborough Bridge.
The New York Legislature approved Moses' plan in April 1937. Moses had raised controversy when he quickly decided to demolish seventeen homes in the Queens community of Malba. Moses argued such measures were necessary to complete the bridge on schedule. The RPA had also said that the Whitestone Bridge should have rail connections, or at least be able to accommodate them in the future, but had no allies on the project, to Moses' relief." (Wikipedia) http://new.mta.info/news/2013/04/12/bronx-whitestone-bridge-celebrating-74-years
Firehouse was moved 1938-1939 to 12-49 149th St. as part of the infrastructure construction.
Ladder 144 LODDs: FF Fred Ziegler, Ladder 144, and FF William D. Austin, Ladder 144, lost their lives when a small boat on fire exploded. June 17, 1947.
Engine 244/Ladder 144 100 Year Anniversary: