E10 area is larger then E4I’d say 151/76 has one of the largest first due areas. Huge chunk of southern SI. L84 as well covering first due areas with both E164 and E168. After that, other that come to mind are 257/170 in Canarsie and 313/164 in Eastern end of QNS. those are all companies that have quite long runs to most parts of their first due area…even longer for other companies 2nd, 3rd due etc.
Add 10/10 and any 1st battalion company for small first due areas. While their areas have multi-story skyscrapers in FiDi, their areas all not expansive. Just due to the geography of lower Manhattan I guess.
E*35 and 36 were practically on the same block.I'll throw out E 290 and L 103. Many Manhattan companies still have small response area due to traffic congestion. I also have to wonder about E 36 and E 35, along with E 332 and E 236, you could almost see each others firehouse back then.
Back in the days of interchange when we ( 332 ) made a left out of quarters and 236 made a left out of there quarters we would see who could beat each other in especially if the box was on Liberty AveI'll throw out E 290 and L 103. Many Manhattan companies still have small response area due to traffic congestion. I also have to wonder about E 36 and E 35, along with E 332 and E 236, you could almost see each others firehouse back then.
From what my dad told me many many years ago on some of the "class 3" runs on the firehouse block, the rig was pulled onto they apron of quarters (they officially got out of the house for the run) and the officer and back step members ran down the block with the rolled up lengths as the traffic was so bad.They don’t even make it down there block lol it’s just to much traffic E1 and E34 usually beat them
And of course we can't forget the TCU unitsBack in the day L176 & E232 in the Tin House on Rockaway Ave. were 4 blocks from L123 & E227 on Ralph Ave. and 4 blocks from L120 & E231 on Watkins St. and everybody was doing 5000 runs. And there was plenty of work for everybody, no one got cheated out of it. A time in FDNY history that probably will never be repeated.
Also remember companies get relocated due construction lose boxes & response areas & sometimes don't get them back when they get back to their qtrs... Not on purpose but happens. We had gr8 Cpt when we got sent to 270 and we lost few boxes we were 1st due & he put paperwork in to get them back. Think it's more on computer dispatch not quick enough to be put in data base than anything else but has to be done by our end still. I know i saw ticket we were 2nd due & i knew no way gng happen be 1st due easily by 2-3min cause was our original box.Still working on it maybe release soon