9/14/21 Staten Island AH/UC Box 2061

mack

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All 3 engines (and both trucks) arrive pretty close - 3 firehouses about 2 miles away. E 159 and E 165 (L 85) could both use Midland Avenue and be right behind one another.
 

mack

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My father transferred from Brooklyn to Eng 165 when they opened the new New Dorp firehouse in 1960. It was a good Richmond firehouse to be assigned to because they were centrally located on SI. E 166 and E 167 had not been organized. They had a nice road network to get to different parts of the island. And they had a good roster of members in both the engine and the truck. A lot of hand-picked guys with good experience from other boros. They were assigned as the 3rd engine to a lot of working fires or on the 2nd alarm to much of the Island. Midland Beach was about the same run for them as it was for E 159, and he admitted that they stepped it up to try and beat 159 in to boxes in that area.

1960:
E 165 fh 0.jpg

Engine 165's first rig:
E 165 ap 1.jpg

Ladder 85's first rig:
L 85 (2).jpg
 

FDNYSTATENISLAND

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Good info. 165/85 like you said centrally located, house responds to south shore, mid island and even north shore usually on the AH. Even more so if s/c. 85 is the only 95’ on SI, for now at least.
 

jtsjc1

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I can remember going to 165/85 house when I was a kid probably early '70s and they had a Mack tiller there.
 

jlab

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How many FF's could ride on the Mack TD which only had two seats in the cab ? Did the FF's other than the tiller driver ride on the running
boards ?
 

GeoC

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How many FF's could ride on the Mack TD which only had two seats in the cab ? Did the FF's other than the tiller driver ride on the running
boards ?
You have it correct, Chauf and Officer up front, OVM in Tiller. Other guys rode the side of the ladder. We had one for a spare in winter and baby it was cold. Don’t know had guys did it way back when. Now the rigs are A/C, heated etc. 😂
The late Senior Man Harry Gillen (L131) wouldn’t accept a spare rig from shops one winter because window in cab wouldn’t go up, he said it would be too cold in cab! Shops fixed it forthwith. Love that guy.
 
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