Squad 61/Battalion 20 firehouse 1518 Williamsbridge Road Westchester Square, Bronx Special Operations Command “Taking in a job near you”
Engine 61 organized Club Stable, Morris Park Race Track 1896
Engine 61 moved Main Street and Thomas Street former volunteer firehouse 1896
Engine 61 moved Clara Butler Stables, Main St. 1896
Engine 61 moved Club Stable, Morris Park Race Track 1896
Engine 61 became Combination Engine 61 1896
Combined Engine 61 moved 1518 Williamsbridge Road 1899
Combined Engine 61 became Engine 61 1518 Williamsbridge Road 1904
Engine 61 moved 1214 Castle Hill Avenue at Engine 64 1929
Engine 61 new firehouse 1518 Williamsbridge Road 1929
Engine 61 disbanded 1998
Squad 61 organized 1518 Williamsbridge Road 1998
Battalion 20 organized 2283 Jerome Avenue at Combined Engine 75 1903
Battalion 20 moved 491 E 166th Street at Combined Engine 50 1903
Battalion 20 disbanded 1904
Battalion 20 reorganized Intervale Avenue at Combined Engine 82 1906
Battalion 20 moved 1518 Williamsbridge Road at Engine 61 1930
Battalion 20 moved 1454 Astor Avenue at Engine 97 2003
Battalion 20 moved 1518 Williamsbridge Road at Engine 61 2004
Welcome to Squad Company 61, the greatest Squad company in New York City. We have the pleasure of fighting fires and operating at emergencies with some of the best firefighters, officers, and companies in the world. We respond to working structure fires, major emergencies, technical rescues, and...
- The squad is manpower tool that the IC can draw from as fireground needs arise. In conjunction with the normally assigned positions of the engine company, the squads also operate under conventional ladder company positions designated as: Squad officer, chauffeur, can, irons, hook, and roof.
- The squad may be deployed as an intact unit, or broken up into two, three-person teams, or three, two-person teams. One or more of these teams may be deployed, with the balance of the unit available for other tasks.
- When the squad arrives on scene and reports to the command post (CP), the IC assesses the proper assignment for utilizing the squad’s capability.
- Having the squads’ versatility at the IC’s disposal allows the IC to essentially “fill the gaps” when fireground operations require additional coverage.
- The squad company will perform engine company duties outside of their assigned response area(s). If an engine company is delayed for any reason, or if another hoseline is needed, the squad is ready to fill another gap.
- The squad can be used for any task the IC determines regardless of traditional engine and ladder company assignments.
- The squad has the unique operational capability to operate as either an engine or ladder company; seamlessly transitioning between these two distinct tactical assignments requires that each assigned position have a well-defined role so that operational efficiency is maintained and maximized on the fireground.
- During mayday situations, the squad company will work in conjunction with the rescue company and firefighter assist and search team (FAST) ladder company; as long as the squad was not performing a role crucial to the outcome and safety of the incident.