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History / Re: FDNY and NYC Firehouses
« Last post by mack on Today at 02:43:59 PM »
Engine 212 (Engine 12 Brooklyn Fire Department)  Firehouse 136 Wythe Ave  Williamsburg, Brooklyn  11th Division, 36th Battalion   DISBANDED

     Engine 12 BFD organized 136 Wythe Ave  former volunteer firehouse    1869
     Engine 12 BFD became Engine 12 FDNY                                              1898
     Engine 12 became Engine 112                                                            1899
     Engine 112 moved to stables on Wythe Ave vic. N. 9th St                     1908
     Engine 112 moved to new firehouse 136 Wythe Ave                             1908                                       
     Engine 112 became Engine 212                                                          1913
     Engine 212 disbanded                                                                        1975
     Engine 212 reorganized                                                                      1975
     Engine 212 disbanded                                                                        1975
     Engine 212 reorganized                                                                      1978
     Engine 212 disbanded                                                                        2003

     Hi-Ex Foam 82 organized 136 Wythe Ave at Engine 212                        1978
     Hi-Ex Foam 82 became Hi-Ex Foam 91                                                1988
     Hi-Ex Foam 91 moved to 75 Richardson St at Engine 229                      1996
     Hi-Ex Foam 91 moved to 136 Wythe Ave at Engine 212                         1998
     Hi-Ex Foam 91 became Foam 212                                                        1998
     Foam 212 disbanded                                                                           2003

     Utility 1 organized 136 Wythe Ave                                                        1977
     Utility 1 disbanded                                                                              1978

     Note:  Original Engine 5 BFD firehouse at 136 Wythe Avenue was quarters of volunteer "Northern Lights Engine 5

Engine 12 Brooklyn Fire Department history:

     "Engine Company No. 12 was organized on Sept. 15, 1869, and since that time has occupied its present quarters on Wythe Avenue near the corner of North Eighth Street.  The house was built in 1861, and prior to its occupation by Engine Company No. 12 was tenanted by "Northern Liberties" No. 5 of the Volunteer Department.  The house, with the
exception of a few small repairs, is in a very comfortable condition.  It is located in the center of a district which comprises all the large sugar refineries, oil works and factories which turn out goods of an inflammable nature, and make the hottest kind of fire when ignited.  Many of the buildings are eight ten and twelve stories high, and by reason of their real altitude, and the large area of ground covered by some of them, the firemen meet a difficult task when called upon to battle with a fire in one of them.  The members of No. 12 know whereof they speak when they say that
they are located in the heart of the worst fire district in Brooklyn, for they have many times had experiences which confirm their belief.  The company is equipped with a second-class Amoskeag engine, and a four wheeled tender,
and four kind, young, serviceable horses.  On a first-alarm they cover the entire territory lying between Kingsland Avenue  on the east and Kent Avenue on the west, and from the Hunter's Point jute works to South Ninth Street."
     - from "Our Firemen - the Official History of the BFD"

Engine 6 BFD initial firehouse 136 Wythe Avenue:


Engine 212 firehouse 136 Wythe Avenue:











Engine 212:




Foam 212:


Engine 212 LODDs:
     FF Charles McHugh, August 8, 1889

          Engine 12 was responding to an alarm for fire at 129 Kent Street.  FF McHugh was driver of Engine 12's horse-drawn hose tender.  The tender wheels struck car tracks in the street and FF McHugh was thrown from his seat on the tender.  He died from his injuries.

     LT Thomas F. Kain, January 12, 1931

          LT Thomas F. Kain of Engine 212 was overcome by smoke while operating at a fire at 152 India Street. In his forty-nine years as a fireman this was his first injury. He was taken to St. Catherine’s Hospital. Several hours after completing his fiftieth anniversary he passed away. Knowing he was slipping, his only wish was to see his fiftieth anniversary. He was a member of Engine 212 for the past twenty years and was seventy-one years old at his death. He lived in the Howard Beach section of Queens.  - From "The Last Alarm" by Boucher, Urbanowicz & Melahn



     RIP.  Never forget.

Engine 212 closure - the "Peoples Firehouse":






Queens / 9/20/2017 Queens All Hands - Under Control Box 4151
« Last post by firephish on Today at 11:41:54 AM »
Address: 74-13 64 Street - off 75 Avenue

Fire in a 1 story 40x20 detached garage.

0427 - Bn. 28 - Using 2x2 for a rubbish fire in the garage.

0437 - Bn. 28 - All Hands - Under Control

E-286, S252, 277
L-135, 112
History / Re: DC Jonas's Division 7 Newsletter September 2017
« Last post by tem217 on Today at 11:21:43 AM »
very nice newsletter chief
thank you
History / DC Jonas's Division 7 Newsletter September 2017
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History / Re: FDNY Chief Officer Cars and Vehicles
« Last post by nfd2004 on September 19, 2017, 11:21:30 PM »
Looking at some of those pictures today, "YES, those were the days".

 I can remember when the first two tower ladders had come out. Chicago FD had been the first to put the Snorkel truck in service. That was a bucket with a two piece articulating boom. Many cities followed.

 But the FDNY came out with a new type of ladder with a bucket at the end that could extend out. I think there was a cartoon in WNYF Magazine showing a couple of guys in the bucket calling it a new amusement park ride. But those new Tower Ladders sure proved themselves over many years as the FDNY War Years really took off. Eventually I guess about one third of all ladder trucks in the city became Tower Ladders. Tower Ladders then became the choice of operations whenever a elevated master stream was required as well. They could also remove several occupants at a time without them climbing down ladders.

 Several years had passed and the use of an aerial ladder using a master stream seemed to be history. That is until one day I buffed a Fifth alarm on Waverly Place (?) in Brooklyn in a large warehouse. Ladder 108, a tiller ladder truck had their ladder pipe master stream in operation. I think "68jk09" was assigned to that unit at the time. Seeing that for the first time in several years to me, was one of the highlights of buffing that job. Something that only a few years earlier was a routine operation.

 Same thing with Rear Mount Ladder Trucks with the turntable on the back of the truck rather than mid mount. As far as I know, it was also the first that the FDNY put a ladder truck in service without a tillerman. Again that was during the same time period, the FDNY War Years, as I remember.

 Any piece of fire apparatus that had passed the test during those very busy War Years, had proven itself without a doubt.

 The picture of Battalion 27s rig on those cobble stone streets of Intervale Ave and 169th St in the Bronx. The very famous firehouse used by the busiest fire company in the world at the time, Eng 82/Lad 31. In addition at the time there was Engine 85, and every third night Squad 2 would come over from its assigned quarters with Engine 73. Also a TCU would be manned I believe between the hours of 3 pm and 1 am. Maybe it was TCU 712 (?).

 Seeing those pictures here, can certainly be appreciated by the many guys who made the FDNY a part of their lives. Whether it was the Greatest Generation of Firefighters or the many buffs that watched these guys do what they did best - fight fires.

 Thanks to all who contributed. It's a long time ago but many of us will always remember seeing some of these rigs performing their act.

 "69 METS", good to hear from you. I hope things are okay after being hit with that Hurricane. If we can help, and you, or the other Brothers down there need anything, let us know. I can tell you that when I was down there, "you guys were good to me'.

 I would also like to pass on a story that I learned about that fire I mentioned on Waverly Place in Brooklyn.
 If you were to look closely at one of the last pages of Al Donchins book, you will see a firefighter at the end of a ladder. That is Ladder 132 and the firefighter at that end is Retired B.C. Jack K, aka "68jk09". At the time he was assigned to Rescue 2, not Ladder 108 as I thought. He was working to free a trapped worker from behind a steel casement window.

 But in addition to that, later he had to testify in court regarding that incident and the owner of that building. I guess a little lesson learned for all firefighters. At some point while performing your duties you may someday be required to also testify on what you did and saw. So not only is it important for firefighters to do the job, but it might be possible that you may have to explain in court on how you did it, and why you did it. I think that certainly holds very true today.   
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