Ladders 126 & 127 spent time with Sq. 270.
Eng. 277 spent nights on Himrod St. in the 70s, 1/2 in with Eng. 271 and 1/2 with Lad 124.
Both Eng. 277 & Lad 112 spent a few years with Eng. 222 and the 37 Batt.
Most pictures of old apparatus show a spare tire on the side running board. The members would change the tire. I don't remember that but I remember the job of the MPO included tightening the lug nuts weekly. (On Sundays, if I remember correctly)
Many or most of the 2nd sections were back and front. The only time it slowed things down was the first run after 9 AM every morning when the rear section was now responding alone or due before the front section on the box.
There were times when the apparatus remained in quarters but now a mechanic picks it up and and the rig undergoes inspection, oil change, and minor repairs. We used to do some training at the academy while the rig was being worked on.
They had covering relief officers. The four regular officers covered their unit 24 of the 25 days and night tours. A covering relief officer was assigned to the unit for 1 day and one night tour every 25 days. The job worked the groups out so that most of these relief officers worked in the same...
Just to take the lack of personnel for positions a step further, I remember a story from my father about being detailed to an engine in the mid forties. The was no true retirement age then and he was on the back step with one other fireman who he had to hold onto because the other man suffered...
Not the same subject but close. My uncle was in a truck during the mid fifties and knew that I had an interest in the FDNY.
He told me more than once that I should have been in the firehouse the other night. The bell was under the ladder, rung by a member riding the side. That particular tour...