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    FDNY and NYC Firehouses and Fire Companies - 2nd Section

    1472 Bergen St was the original firehouse for Brooklyn Engine 34 (234) until 1979. Battalion 38 was also there for almost 30 years.
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    FDNY and NYC Firehouses and Fire Companies - 2nd Section

    243 Lafayette and 87 Lafayette St Present address 253 Lafayette
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    Ladder/ Rescue Companies

    In January 1991, Ladder Companies 7, 14, 15, 27, 42, 45, 47, 77, 84, 86, 117, 126, 131, 136, 146, 169, and 175 were designated as Rescue Support Ladder Companies carrying certain rescue and extrication tools beyond that carried by other ladder companies. They could be special called to...
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    FDNY and NYC Firehouses and Fire Companies - 2nd Section

    In the evolution of pumping apparatus, the hand tubs did not have an operator but a Foreman. Steam engines had an Engineer to operate the engine with less emphasis on the pump. Motorized pumpers had a Motor Pump Operator, emphasis on the motor to keep the pump running. Only later did the...
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    FDNY and NYC Firehouses and Fire Companies - 2nd Section

    Think about lighting a charcoal grill. The steamers were already belching smoke as they were leaving the firehouse!
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    FDNY and NYC Firehouses and Fire Companies - 2nd Section

    And a horse hospital in Brooklyn.
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    FDNY and NYC Firehouses and Fire Companies - 2nd Section

    You can see the crews riding the hose wagon in the videos Mack posted. Also, Chief and Driver riding in the chief's buggy. Hostler drives the steamer with the Engineer on the back step.
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    FDNY and NYC Firehouses and Fire Companies - 2nd Section

    Close up, the 55 could easily be 65, considering the angle of the shot and the film clarity. Or the shot was staged.
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    FDNY and NYC Firehouses and Fire Companies - 2nd Section

    243 Lafayette Street, at different times had: Engine 13, Engine 20, Rescue 1, Squad 8, Squad 22, Division 1, Division 2, Battalion 3, Air Compressor 1, Tank Wagon 1, and Searchlight Engine 1
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    FDNY and NYC Firehouses and Fire Companies - 2nd Section

    Specifically, it was cannel coal, an easily ignitable, hot burning coal. Steamers had a fuel box as the rear step, in front of the firebox. If you have ever seen a fire engine steamer pumping or a steam railroad engine pulling up hill, you will see the fireman shoveling coal like crazy...
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    FDNY and NYC Firehouses and Fire Companies - 2nd Section

    243 E 233rd Street, Bronx Built 1899 Quarters of Combination Engine 69 1899 - 1916 Quarters of Ladder 39 1916 - 1981 Renovated 1982 Quarters of Ladder 39 1982 - 2006 Demolished 2008 New Building 2011 EMS Station 27 2011
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    2 5 alarm fires

    https://nycfire.net/forums/threads/9-8-10-staten-island-box-3613-5th-alarm.6977/ https://nycfire.net/forums/threads/9-08-2010-sixth-alarm-originally-box-3069-box-8480.6983/ 9/8/2010 Staten Island, Arden Heights Box 3613 Location: in Arden Heights Woods at approx. Ilyssa Way and Woodrow Rd...
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    2 5 alarm fires

    Jersey City had six engines and a BC in Richmond on mutual aid. Then JCFD had a fire in a block long warehouse, fully involved, requiring a general alarm. They requested mutual aid from FDNY but Manhattan already had 29 engines in Richmond and could not spare any more companies. The NJ...
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    2 5 alarm fires

    04/23/1962 Staten Island Pleasant Plains 15 engines and 10 ladders already working E151/L76, E152, E153/L77, E154, E155/L78, E156, E157/L80, E158, E159, E160, E161/L81, E162/L82, E163/L83, E164/L84, E165/L85, L79 0930 88-100 South Ferry Terminal Manhattan – Respond by ferry to Richmond...
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    Ladder/ Rescue Companies

    The history timeline shows that Ladder 27 and Ladder 42 were assigned to assist Rescue 3 with the Structural Collapse Utility. When the Collapse Unit program expanded to Rescue 1 and Rescue 2 in 2004, then to Rescue 4 and Rescue 5 in 2005, additional Ladder companies were assigned (primary and...
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