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Offline vbcapt

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Engine 39 & Ladder 16
« on: September 16, 2008, 11:25:50 PM »
I recently saw a photo of Engine 39 & Ladder 16's 6 story firehouse. I know that the upper floors were used for other FDNY functions many years ago. My question is; have any of you fellas ever been assigned there and are all those floors still in use?
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Engine 39 & Ladder 16
« on: September 16, 2008, 11:25:50 PM »

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Re: Engine 39 & Ladder 16
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2008, 11:48:28 PM »
I don't know what's up there now but I was told, many years ago, that one of the floors was used as the fire alarm telegraph office; what we now call the C.O.

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Re: Engine 39 & Ladder 16
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2008, 08:09:29 AM »
I hadn't seen a picture of that house before, it sure is beautiful.  If you look at this picture: Engine 39 firehouse you could see air conditioners in 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor windows so probably those areas are used for something anyway

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Re: Engine 39 & Ladder 16
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2008, 08:22:14 AM »
saw police officers hanging out on the balcony once and i know there is a pct next door

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Re: Engine 39 & Ladder 16
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2008, 08:57:24 AM »
Capt.

I  have worked there a few times. 
There is a Mezz overlooking the Apparatus Floor.
The do have the 2nd floor. I don't remember about the 3rd floor. 
The other floors are no longer FD.  PD must use them all.
There is also a large parking garage area under the firehouse that PD uses.

There is a better story about the firehouse and it's upper floors. Has nothing to do with us but some 3 letter agency who use to use the space.

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Re: Engine 39 & Ladder 16
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2008, 10:19:51 AM »
Yeah, Isn't the Russian Mission on the same block ;) ::)

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Re: Engine 39 & Ladder 16
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2008, 10:59:10 AM »
It's right across the street. My father worked in the precinct in the late 70's/early 80's. Some of my earliest memories of the job were running next door when we went to the precinct.
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Re: Engine 39 & Ladder 16
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2008, 12:07:44 PM »
there was talk at one time the FBI used one of the floors to watch the Russian Embassy. not sure if this was true or not.

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Re: Engine 39 & Ladder 16
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2008, 12:48:17 PM »
Let's not forget that the FDNY Training Academy was right behind E39/L16 at one time.  I believe it was in the 40s and 50s.  Not exactly sure when it moved, but I am confident someone out there knows.

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Re: Engine 39 & Ladder 16
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2008, 12:49:57 PM »
I also believe it was referred to merely as "Probie School" in those days.

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Re: Engine 39 & Ladder 16
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2008, 02:46:08 PM »
Yes the FBI used the First Floor as lookout in the 70's

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Re: Engine 39 & Ladder 16
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2008, 10:11:03 AM »
worked there once on a detail. looks nice from the outside but fairly modern on the inside. it must have have been remodeled in the last 30 or so years. if you want to talk about a firehouse that is very vintage on the inside, 258/115 in LIC is the spot.

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Re: Engine 39 & Ladder 16
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2008, 09:11:26 PM »
I also believe it was referred to merely as "Probie School" in those days.
Proby School was divided into two parts in the 40-50's.  Ladder school was behind E.39's Qtrs. and admin. offices were on the opper floors.  Engine school et al was at the shops - that part of the building just past the repair shops area.  Chief James T. Ward was the chief of Training and his office was at the rear of the shops.

Oh, and the FBI had the top 2 floors and used to do surviellance on the Ruskies across the street.  Used to use these mimi-satellite dishes to eavsdrop.  It funny - when smoke would be sometimes seen coming from a window (10-26), the companies had to ask permission to enter - since it was considered Russian soil.

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Re: Engine 39 & Ladder 16
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2008, 05:03:45 PM »
The proby school and other training schools were located at 39/16 all the way back to the early 20th Century, perhaps beyond. The building was built for this purpose but the training requirements outgrew this site after WWII. Training facilties were later re-consolidated on Welfare (now Roosevelt) Island about 1960 centered around the old quarters of Engine 49 after it was disbanded.

The upper floors of 39/16 was the site of Manhattan/Bronx Communications office until the present facilities were built in Central Park and Bronx Park in the 1920's. The Fire College was also located there as well as the library and other FDNY administrative offices.

The old building and rear training yard were torn down about twenty years ago. Only the front facade of the building, because it is architecturally distinct, was left standing. 39/16 moved up the block for a few years during the construction. What you have is an entirely new building behind that facade. I have heard that there are commercial offices on the upper floors now.

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Re: Engine 39 & Ladder 16
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2008, 09:00:46 PM »
There's a nice photo of it when it was the fire academy here: http://nyfd.com/

 

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