FDNY E-234 early 90's

nfd2004

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Thanks Jamie for posting the video. As always another Great one.

  I believe site member "69 Mets" spent some time in that firehouse on the "Truck" (123). I spent some time in the area as a buff. Pretty tough neighborhood to work. But I think the bullet holes in the rig kind of explains that anyway.
 

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nfd2004 said:
I believe site member "69 Mets" spent some time in that firehouse on the "Truck" (123). I spent some time in the area as a buff. Pretty tough neighborhood to work. But I think the bullet holes in the rig kind of explains that anyway.

I was assigned to E 234 from '81 - '84. I along with a Brother Fireman installed bullet proof lexan on the inside of the housewatch windows which faced on St. Johns Pl. as well as on Schenectady Ave. because sitting in the housewatch area made you a sitting duck. We were told by the cops in the 77 Pct. that the intersection at which our quarters was located had the higest homicide numbers in the whole city and that they were not to respond there until they had multiple units together due to it being considered a dangerous location. At times it resembled the wild West. Great house, great Firefighters, great memories.
 

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In Chicago E-4/T10 (now TL10) was located near the infamous Cabreini Green housing development. Units responding there usually requested police escort, runs were either false calls or elevator calls. The house had plexi-glass inserts but were NEVER cleaned. This was a busy house but most of their runs were BS calls. And the personnal vehicles of the members were not safe either. Now the area has undergone a complete make-over, the projects are gone replaced by "yuppie" housing, retail and supermarkets. What a change, E4/TL10 is still an active house.
 

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69 METS said:
nfd2004 said:
I believe site member "69 Mets" spent some time in that firehouse on the "Truck" (123). I spent some time in the area as a buff. Pretty tough neighborhood to work. But I think the bullet holes in the rig kind of explains that anyway.

I was assigned to E 234 from '81 - '84. I along with a Brother Fireman installed bullet proof lexan on the inside of the housewatch windows which faced on St. Johns Pl. as well as on Schenectady Ave. because sitting in the housewatch area made you a sitting duck. We were told by the cops in the 77 Pct. that the intersection at which our quarters was located had the higest homicide numbers in the whole city and that they were not to respond there until they had multiple units together due to it being considered a dangerous location. At times it resembled the wild West. Great house, great Firefighters, great memories.

  "69mets", Thanks for that story. I knew you had worked there but didn't know exactly when. And I certainly didn't know the full goings on, except that it was a very busy house in a tough area. I guess I was right about it being in a tough area.

  grump, that Cabreini Green Housing Project was known nationwide. Then I remember when it was told on the National News that it was being torn down. There's been changes to parts of NYC, and other cities similiar to the Chicago area you mention. Those 70s and 80s were really tough years in many cities. Although I don't know if too much has been changed around the area of 234/123.

  And for those interested, the video "Brothers in Battle" has a short clip from E234/L123. And if you look close, you might even see "69mets" in it. (Sorry there 69..., I just had to tell them.....but next time I'm in your neighborhood, the beers are on me).
 

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I remember when 69 Mets father worked in that house as BC in the 38th.
 
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