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Re: FDNY and NYC Firehouses
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Engine 49   Firehouses   Blackwells Island (later Welfare Island)   4th Division 10th Battalion 

     Engine 49 organized Blackwells Island                            1882
     Engine 49 new firehouse Blackwells Island                      1882
     Engine 49 new firehouse Welfare Island (name change)   1949
     Engine 49 disbanded                                                     1958

Engine 49 Blackwells Island firehouse built 1882 (pictures taken approx 1962 - new FDNY Fire Academy location)):

     

     

     
   
     


Engine 49 new firehouse Welfare Island built 1949 (pictures taken approx. 1960 and 1971):

     

     

     Notes:

     - Description of new firehouse: "On the west side was a modern fire station housing Manhattan Engine Company No. 49, just relocated to Welfare Island. The new firehouse, the first to bless the island, featured a unique brick and glass hosedrying tower, a lounge terrace, recreational facilities, a well-lit bunkroom and generous locker and washroom facilities." - "Blackwells Almanac" Roosevelt Island Historical Society

     - Firehouse used by Mask Service Unit after Engine 49 disbanded in 1958)


Engine 49 apparatus:

     1918 hose wagon:
         

     1928 hose wagon:
         

     1938 Ahrens Fox pumper:
         

     1939 Shop-built pumper (after use by Engine 324):
         


Engine 49 LODDs:

     Engineer William H Rush, Engine 49, November 14, 1906

          - Thrown from apparatus responding to alarm.


     FF Bernard Delmar, Engine 49, October 6, 1951

         


     RIP.  Never forget.



Blackwells Island fires:

          - 1904 laundry building fire:

               

          - 1906 greenhouse fire:

               

          - 1921 cottage fire:

               

          - 1951 hospital fire:
               
               


Engine 49 assigned to 4th Division 10th Battalion (1948):

         

          - Note:. Engine 49 listed having 2 pumpers and 1 65-ft ladder apparatus.


Engine 49 housewatch journals:

      - 1912:

         

         

         


     -1921:

         

               - Notes:  Engine 49 had 2 platoons - 1 officer/1 engineer/8 FFs per platoon; 5 inmates assigned - waiter/cook/kitchen help; apparatus - 1 Christer tractor steamer/1 combination chemical hose unit/1 city service ladder   

         

         

         


Blackwells Island/Welfare Island/Roosevelt Island history:

     - Called Hog Island, Manning's Island, Blackwells Island (named after Robert Blackwell, a farmer), Welfare Island (1921-1971) and currently Roosevelt Island (1971-present)

               

               http://collections.mcny.org/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&VBID=24UAYW644DD9&SMLS=1&RW=1280&RH=909

     - Purchased by NYC in 1828.  City and state built prisons, hospitals, mental health asylum, lighthouse and other medical buildings. 

     - Island was accessible by ferries from Manhattan and Queens

         
 
     - Island accessible by elevator from Queensboro Bridge (1930):

         


     - Welfare Island Bridge was built in 1955.

         

               - Note: bridge made island accessible to Queens FDNY units response; Engine 49 disbanded 3 years after bridge opened

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roosevelt_Island_Bridge


     - Additional history:

          - http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/nycdoc/html/blakwel1.html

          - https://4girlsandaghost.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/new-york-city-lunatic-asylum/

          - http://www.nyhistory.org/community/blackwells-island

          - http://gothamist.com/2012/05/12/blackwells_island.php

     - Blackwells Island originally protected by volunteer fire company and hospital firefighters

          - February 13, 1858 fire destroyed hospital which was rebuilt

          - Engine 49  - a combined (engine/truck) company - was organized in 1882 in temporary quarters until a new firehouse was available later that year.

     - Welfare Island (1921-1971):

          - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2177073/Welfare-Island-Black-white-photos-1940s-use-New-York-City-island.html

          - Home of FDNY Fire Academy 1962-1975

               - https://www.flickr.com/photos/fdnyhome/sets/72157629548038400/

               - https://www.flickr.com/photos/95364995@N00/sets/72157604056697044/

     - Roosevelt Island - renamed 1971

          - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt_Island
   
          - FDNY SOC firehouse current location:
 
               

               
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Re: FDNY and NYC Firehouses
« Reply #1805 on: June 20, 2017, 06:04:55 PM »
Bronx firehouses sites:

     https://www.flickr.com/photos/jag9889/sets/72157605325874002/

     

     

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Re: FDNY and NYC Firehouses
« Reply #1806 on: June 23, 2017, 05:17:58 PM »
Engine 163/Ladder 83  Firehouse   875 Jewett Avenue  Westerleigh, Staten Island   Division 8, Battalion 22


     Engine 163 organized 875 Jewett Avenue w/Ladder 83                 1932

     Ladder 83 organized 875 Jewett Avenue  w/Engine 163                1932

     Thawing Unit 3 located at 875 Jewett Avenue at Engine 163     1957-1963, 1983-1987

     Purple K Unit 163 organized 875 Jewett Avenue at Engine 163      2007



875 Jewett Avenue firehouse:

     

     

     

     


Engine 163:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


Ladder 83:

     

     

     


Purple K Unit 163:

     


Engine 163/Ladder 83 Auxiliaries World War II:

     


Engine 163/Ladder 83 videos:

     

     
   

Engine 163 FDNY Medal:

     FF Edward R Fanuzzi, Engine 163, September 3, 1963    1964 Hugh Bonner Medal

     LT Louis C Ambio, Engine 163, March 3, 1986    1987 DeFranco Medal


Engine 163 LODD:

     FF Michael Gurumba, Engine 163, heart attack at fire, August 28, 2001

         

          http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/rookie-fireman-27-dies-collapses-battling-s-fire-5th-perish-job-year-article-1.928985

          http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/29/nyregion/heart-attack-kills-new-firefighter-during-a-blaze-on-staten-island.html


     RIP.  Never forget.


Volunteer history:  Engine 163 and Ladder 83 replaced volunteer company Defender Hook & Ladder 7, located at 1721 Victory Blvd Castleton Corners, Staten Island

     Defender H&L 7 organized at 1721 Victory Blvd           1899
     Defender H&L 7 disbanded                                         1932   

     Notes:  - Victory Blvd originally called Richmond Turnpike.
                - Nearest engine or hose company was 2 1/2 miles away
                - H&L company also purchased hose cart
                - Operated as ladder and hose company using hydrant pressure until engine arrived
                - Disbanded when FDNY Engine 163 and Ladder 83 were organized in 1932 in Westerleigh

     Members in front of firehouse 1721 Victory Blvd:

         

     1721 Victory Blvd firehouse:

         

     1721 Victory Blvd firehouse 1916:

         


Westerleigh, Staten Island:

     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westerleigh,_Staten_Island

     http://forgotten-ny.com/2000/06/westerleigh-staten-island/

     https://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/realestate/westerleigh-si-built-on-temperance.html






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Re: FDNY and NYC Firehouses
« Reply #1807 on: June 23, 2017, 06:22:06 PM »
Spent my first year on the job there.....sheer torture

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Re: FDNY and NYC Firehouses
« Reply #1808 on: June 25, 2017, 11:20:59 PM »
Engine 27   Firehouse    173 Franklin Street    Tribeca, Manhattan   Division 1  Battalion 5   DISBANDED

     Engine 27 organized 173 Franklin Street former volunteer firehouse                  1865
     Engine 27 moved 304 Washington Street former quarters Engine 29                 1881
     Engine 27 new firehouse 173 Franklin Street                                                   1882
     Engine 27 disbanded (July 2)                                                                         1975
     Engine 27 reorganized 173 Franklin Street  (July 4)                                         1975
     Engine 27 disbanded  (November 22)                                                             1975

     Engine 27-2 organized 173 Franklin Street at Engine 27                                   1884
     Engine 27 disbanded (May 24)                                                                       1893
     Engine 27 reorganized 173 Franklin Street  (September 29)                             1893
     Engine 27 disbanded  (January 15)                                                                1921

     Tank Wagon 1 organized 173 Franklin Street at Engine 27                               1884
     Tank Wagon 1 moved to 243 Lafayette Street at Engine 20                Unknown Date

Volunteer history 1804-1865:

     Engine 30 Tompkins organized unknown location                                            1804
     Engine 30 Tompkins new firehouse Rivington Street near Forsyth Street           1813
     Engine 30 Tompkins new firehouse 199 Chrystie Street                                   1830
     Engine 30 Tompkins new firehouse E 22nd Street near 2nd Avenue                  1847
     Engine 30 North River new firehouse 153 Franklin Street                                 1858
     Engine 30 North River new firehouse 173 Franklin Street                                 1864
     Engine 30 North River disbanded Engine 27 FDNY organized 173 Franklin St     1865
   
     “No. 30. -- Tompkins. -- This, the first company of that name and number, was organized in 1804, and in 1813 was located in Rivington Street, between Forsyth (then Second) and Eldridge (then Third) Streets, and in 1830 moved to 199 Chrystie Street near Stanton, the same location that Lafayette engine Company 19 used in later years. The greatest rivals of 30 Engine Company were Engine Companies 15, 40 and 37. No. 44 Engine Company was also a rival of 30 Engine, and during a race in 1841 the companies became seriously engaged, and charges were preferred against both companies. John P. Teale, a ship carpenter, was foreman and he called the company together, and tendered his resignation as an officer and also as a member of the company. The members were taken by surprise and asked the reason why. Teale said the company could not bear the blame of all the disasters, and the members thereupon sustained their foreman and resigned as a body with the exception of Mr. John Boyd. He was for retaining the organization and fighting down all opposition. He was, however, prevailed on to go with the rest, and the engine was left without members. The trial went on before the Fire and Water Committee, and Frederick R. lee, alderman of the Seventeenth Ward, well known as the foreman of old No. 3 Engine, was the chairman of the committee. No. 30 Engine Company was exonerated, and the blame placed principally on 44 Engine Company. Alderman Lee waited on Mr. Teale, and endeavored to get the company to resume duty but in vain. The engine was taken out of the house and given to Engine Company 20, and the doors of the house locked up on October 6, 1841. William Rainier, afterwards of Engine Company 40 and Engine Company 31, and William lamb, afterwards of Engine Company 25 and an assistant engineer from 1862 to 1865, were members at the time of disbandment, as was James R. Mount, afterwards of Atlantic Hose Company 14.”
               - “Our Firemen, the History of the NY Fire Departments”

“North River Engine Company 30, B.F. Grant, Foreman, made a very fine appearance.  Their engine, which is second class, was painted, the box a dark red, the wheels a dark blue, the whole heavily gilded.  On each side of the engine is painted on the panels, ‘North River 30’.  They paraded about 50 men.”
              - “The Story of the Volunteer Fire Department of the City of New York”


173 Franklin Street firehouse:

     

     

     

     


Engine 27 1894:

     


Engine 27/Engine 27-2 1905:

     

     

     

     


Engine 27 1938 Ahrens Fox pumper:

     


Engine 27 1940 Mack hose wagon:

     

     


Engine 27 1954 Mack pumper:

     


Tank Wagon 1 1880s:

     

     - Note: Tank Wagon Unit responded to fireboat, ran line to fill water tank, steamers used water supply from water tank to fight fire


Engine 27 fires:

Engine 27 working at fire with Fire Patrol:

     

Engine 27 2nd alarm factory fire - 10 members overcome by smoke March 27, 1904:

   

Engine 27 factory fire - 5 members overcome by smoke June 29, 1904:

     

Engine 27 early 1900s:
 
     


Engine 27 FDNY Medals:

     Captain Arnot M. Spence, Engine 27, 1884 Stephenson Medal

         

     FF James M. Simonette, Engine 27, July 18, 1921 Crimmins Medal

     Captain Thomas J. O'Toole, Engine 27, January 20, 1924 James Gordon Bennett Medal

         

 
Engine 27 LODD:

     FF James H. Shute, Engine 27, August 23, 1891  Died advancing line into factory fire.

         

     RIP.  Never forget.


Histories of Engine 27:

     http://tribecacitizen.com/the-history-of-tribeca-buildings/173-franklin/

     http://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/2016/09/engine-company-27-no-173-franklin-street.html


Tribeca
     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribeca

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Engine 27   Firehouse    173 Franklin Street    Tribeca, Manhattan   Division 1  Battalion 5   DISBANDED

     Engine 27-2 organized 173 Franklin Street at Engine 27                                   1884
     Engine 27 disbanded (May 24)                                                                       1893
     Engine 27 reorganized 173 Franklin Street  (September 29)                             1893
     Engine 27 disbanded  (January 15)                                                                1921

     Tank Wagon 1 organized 173 Franklin Street at Engine 27                               1884
     Tank Wagon 1 moved to 243 Lafayette Street at Engine 20                Unknown Date

Engine 27 was part of the 2nd Battalion when disbanded although they had been in the 5th Battalion for many years.

Engine 27-2 was disbanded on January 15, 1921 and Engine 301 was established on that day.

Tank Wagon 1 was moved to a firehouse in the 4th Battalion (Engines 9, 11, 15, 17, Ladders 6, 9) in 1894 before it was disbanded at a later date.
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Re: FDNY and NYC Firehouses
« Reply #1810 on: Today at 09:53:05 AM »
Engine 27 was disbanded November 22, 1975 during a period of financial crisis for NYC - the 1970s - even though the FDNY War Years work load was continuing to increase and neighborhoods were being incinerated.

History - Companies disbanded in the 1970s:

     1970:  M 7, M 8
     1971:  M 4,
     1972:  E 2, E 31, E 32, E 208, E 215, E 267, E 88-2, L 27-2, E 217-2, Sq 6
     1974:  E 13, E 203, E 256, E 272, E 50-2, E 91-2, L 26-2, L 103-2, Bn 5
     1975:  E 27, E 154, E 167, E 205, E 212, E 218, E 232, E 269, E 306, L 8, L 171, Bn 29, Bn 60, Dv 16, Dv 17 
     1976:  M 5

     - Some companies were re-organized, most were not.

FDNY Statistics - 1960 to 2015:

Year Uniform Force   Fires    Emergs      MFA's   Total Alarms  Serious Fires Civilian Deaths   
1960      11,766      60,941   16,868     16,326      94,135          1,630                 207
1961      11,578      61,644   17,509     18,530      97,683          1,696                 166 
1962      12,301      69,991   18,719     20,279    108,989          2,064                 153 
1963      12,817      74,680    20,836    21,961    117,477          1,912                 175 
1964      12,953      79,477    22,173    26,759    128,409          1,606                 180 
1965      13,288      85,592    24,305    32,814    142,711          1,905                 196 
1966      13,231      90,290    27,084    37,414    154,788          2,135                 243 
1967      13,059      91,161    33,231    48,106    172,498          2,275                 218 
1968      13,764    127,826    39,249    60,945    228,020          3,156                 302 
1969      14,031    126,204    41,054    72,060    239,318          3,312                 307 
1970      14,325    127,249    45,999    89,432    263,659          3,508                 310 
1971      13,896    125,306    49,543   104,958   279,807          3,573                 292 
1972      13,558    118,297    49,610   106,878   274,785          3,410                 270   RAND Study, Firehouse closures
1973      13,394    129,106    55,247   115,802   300,155          3,261                 295   FDNY strike
1974      13,091    130,324    59,733   164,401   353,458          3,852                 273   Firehouse closures, FDNY layoffs
1975      11,548    137,478    59,478   203,851   400,096          4,307                 245   Firehouse closures, 40K NYC lay offs
1976      10,662    153,263    64,524   207,227   425,014          4,880                 289   Closures
1977      11,271    129,619    66,950   262,998   459,567          4,640                 290 
1978      10,979    210,792    66,323   285,290   472,405          3,445                 272 
1979      11,466    114,370    72,243   162,529   349,142          3,095                 244 
1980      11,252    127,876    76,327   185,500   389,703          3,303                 289 
1981      11,720    122,261    75,653   164,118   362,032          3,090                 246 
1982      11,990    111,799    77,132   152,147   341,078          2,782                 248 
1983      11,908      96,276    76,772   139,083   312,131          2,320                 228 
1984      12,096      94,329    78,769   142,224   315,322          2,148                 206 
1985      12,080      97,454    81,553   132,522   311,529          2,240                 213 
1986      12,202      94,157    81,848   128,793   304,798          2,126                 206 
1987      11,943      89,751    93,557   140,957   324,205          2,134                 245 
1988      11,433    105,229    99,175   139,408   343,812          2,775                 229 
1989      10,630      95,126  114,168   136,862   346,156          3,187                 246 

1975 NYC Financial Crisis:

     "New Yorkers continue to debate what drove the city to the brink of bankruptcy in 1975.  Some argue that New York City’s liberal officials borrowed money freely to spend on social programs, while powerful municipal unions forced them to agree to obscenely generous contracts. Others say that a variety of outside factors were a driving factor -- the city was increasingly tied into a world economy that was in shock from the 1973 Arab oil embargo; it was victimized by the banks upon which it relied to buy bonds; the federal government left the city in the lurch...

     "The banks had lent too much and checked too little; the unions took more than the city could afford; the city cooked the books, and borrowed; and the state encouraged this whole exercise,"...

     Whether or not they were the root cause of the crisis, New York City’s financial practices were out of control at that time, say experts. The city was relying excessively on debt; ... its short-term debt had risen from about zero in 1970 to $6 billion in 1975. The city relied increasingly on budgetary tricks to balance the budget“- reclassifying operating expenses as capital investments; continuously pushing expenditures onto the following year’s budget; or simply not keeping good enough records to know what was really going on.

     ... "The Streets Were Paved With Gold"- one of numerous books written on the topic -... the city acted as if it wasn’t bleeding to death when in fact it was hemorrhaging severely. But when first the banks, and then the federal government, declined to bail the city out (the latter prompting one of the most famous tabloid headlines in New York history: "FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD"), it became apparent that something needed to be done.

The answer ... was “fiscal martial law.”"  - http://www.gothamgazette.com/economy/3016-the-fiscal-crisis-after-30-years

Results:  In November 1975 Mayor Abraham Beame presented a deep cut of another $200 million from the NYC budget to the Emergency Financial Control Board, which had taken control of the city's finances. 40,000 NYC employees were laid off.  NYPD and FDNY had massive layoffs and firehouses were closed.  Sanitation workers conducted crippling garbage-collection strike.  Cuts were desperate measures to keep New York City fiscally afloat after inept mayors and poor leadership destroyed BYC financial solvency. 


Rand Study:

     Computer experts of the RAND Institute were hired by the administration of Mayor John V. Lindsay to make FDNY more efficient.  The RAND Study, based primarily on theoretical response times, were used to justify deep FDNY cuts and firehouse closures.



Engine 27, and many other FDNY companies, were eliminated when their services might have saved lives and neighborhoods.   

Gone but not forgotten.


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