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Re: FDNY and NYC Firehouses
« Reply #1800 on: June 19, 2017, 12:45:41 AM »
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 #1803 on: June 20, 2017, 05:56:36 PM »
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Re: FDNY and NYC Firehouses
« Reply #1804 on: June 20, 2017, 06:01:18 PM »
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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