Historic Firehouses - National/International Departments

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johnd248 said:
Bridgeport: Truck 3 did move from Norman Street to the new station on Wood Avenue, and then was subsequently closed.  Strange to have a firehouse with two engines (3 and 4) and no ladder.
Correct, John. I believe Truck 3 was closed in '95. I believe they were still very busy when they were closed down, much like BFD Engine 2. It is surprising that the Truck Co. out of Wood Ave. was closed when the firehouse houses 2 Engines. Usually, in the case of New Haven and Hartford, whenever 2 Engines are moved into one firehouse, 1 Engine usually is disbanded. In this case, it was the Truck.

At one time in Bridgeport, there were several firehouses with multiple companies. Back in the early '70's, I believe, the following companies were running:

Engine 1, Engine 5, Truck 5, Squad 5, Car 1(Chief of Department), Car 2(1st Battalion) - Downtown
Engine 2 - Lower East Side
Engine 3, Engine 4, Truck 3 - West Side
Engine 6, Engine 8, Truck 6, Car 3(2nd Battalion) - East End
Engine 7, Engine 11, Truck 11 - Black Rock(Engine 11 was closed in '76)
Engine 9, Engine 16 - North End(There were plans for a Truck 16, but they never came about, not sure when Engine 9 was closed)
Engine 10, Truck 10 - Upper East Side
Engine 12, Truck 12(City Service) - Brooklawn
Engine 14 - North End
Engine 15 - North End

New Haven had a similar system from the '60's into the '70's(excluding the Emergency Units):

Engine 1, Engine 11, Truck 2 - Hill
Engine 2, Engine 4, Truck 1, Car 32(Deputy), Car 35(Central Battalion) - Downtown/Wooster Square
Engine 3, Engine 6, Truck 4 - Dixwell/Newhallville
Engine 5 - Annex
Engine 7, Engine 10, Truck 3, Car 33(East Battalion) - Fair Haven
Engine 8, Engine 14, Truck 6 - East Rock/Newhallville
Engine 9, Car 34(West Battalion) - Ellsworth
Engine 12 - Downtown(Not sure when Engine 12 closed)
Engine 15, Truck 5 - Westville
Engine 16 - Lighthouse Cove
Engine 17 - Fairhaven Heights

mack said:
Bridgeport FD HQ 1876:


BFD HQ 1900:

Ladder 2

Engine 10/Ladder 10 Putnam St:
http://www.bptfirehistory.org/Putnam%20Street%20Project.htm
Thanks Mack! BFD Headquarters was originally located on Middle St. near Gold St. in Downtown Bridgeport, before they moved to Congress St. where they are now. I believe back in the '30's or '40's, maybe earlier, BFD Truck Companies were renumbered to coincide with the Engines they were stationed with, similar to the way the LAFD does it. Truck 1 became Truck 3, Truck 2 became Truck 5, Truck 3 became Truck 6, Truck 4 became Truck 11, Truck 5 became Truck 12 and then there was Truck 10 formed with Engine 10. Truck 3 was closed in '95 and Truck 12 in '91.
 
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Here's a bunch of photos of former/historic firehouses in New Jersey, including Hoboken, Newark, Bayonne, North Hudson Regional, and Jersey City: http://www.btfirephotos.com/Firehouses/Former-Firehouse/20021586_vxgxFF#!i=1642082521&k=wFmJDNn

A little bit of additional info on the Hoboken and Newark Fire Departments.

The Hoboken Fire Department currently protects 50,000 people living in 1 square mile. The HFD currently runs 3 Engines, 2 Ladders, and 1 Rescue out of 4 Fire Stations located throughout the city. Companies do, on average, around 3,500 runs annually. At one time, the HFD ran with 6 Engines and 3 Ladders. Recently, HFD Engine 4 was disbanded due to budget cuts. The Hoboken Fire Department is an ISO Class 1 fire department and each firehouse in the HFD is on the National Register of Historic Places, including their Fire Museum and two former firehouses.

Active HFD Firehouses:

Engine 1, Ladder 1 - 1313 Washington St.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engine_Company_No._2)
Engine 2, Ladder 2 - 43 Madison St.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engine_House_No._3,_Truck_No._2)
Engine 3, Rescue 1 - 801 Clinton St.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engine_Company_No._6)
Fire Headquarters, Battalion Chief, Special Operations - 201 Jefferson St.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engine_Company_No._3)
Fire Museum - 213 Bloomfield St.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assembly_of_Exempt_Firemen_Building)

The Newark Fire Department is currently the largest fire department in New Jersey and protects the state's largest city, serving 277,000 people living in 24 square miles. The NFD currently runs 15 Engines, 8 Ladders, and 1 Rescue out of 16 Fire Stations in 3 Battalions, under the command of 3 Battalion Chiefs and 1 Deputy Chief per shift. There is also a Safety Battalion(Battalion 6) which responds to all Signal 11's(Working Fires). If manpower permits, Battalion 2 is staffed to make up a 4th Battalion. In 2010, the NFD lost Engine 12, Engine 16, Ladder 1, and Battalion 1 due to budget cuts. The NFD responds to around 45,000 emergency calls annually with a pretty large fire load.

Active NFD Firehouses:

Engine 5, Battalion 5 - 65 Congress St.
Engine 6, Deputy 1 - 344 Springfield Ave.
Engine 7 - 241 W. Market St.
Engine 9, Battalion 3 - 197 Summer Ave.
Engine 10, Ladder 5 - 360 Clinton Ave.
Engine 11, Ladder 11, Rescue 1 - 345 S. 9th St.
Engine 13, Ladder 6 - 718 Mt. Prospect Ave.
Engine 14 - 71 Vesey St.
Engine 15, Ladder 7 - 271 Park Ave.
Engine 18, Battalion 4 - 395 Avon Ave.
Engine 19, Ladder 8 - 528 Frelinghuysen Ave.
Engine 26, Ladder 12 - 420 Sanford Ave.
Engine 27, Ladder 4 - 89 Elm Rd.
Engine 28 - 691 N. 6th St.
Engine 29, Ladder 10 - 1028 Bergen St.
Special Operations, Maintenance Division, Battalion 2, Battalion 6(Safety Battalion) - 191 Orange St.

Former NFD Firehouses still standing:

Engine 4, Ladder 2 - 241 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Engine 5 - 56 Prospect St.(Engine 5 moved, now NFD Special Services/Fire Alarm Line Division)
Engine 8 - 296 Ferry St.
Engine 10 - 33 Astor St.(Engine 10 moved)
Engine 12, Ladder 5 - Irvine Turner Blvd. & Muhammad Ali Ave.(Engine 12 and Ladder 5 moved)
Engine 13 - 743 Summer Ave.(Engine 13 moved)
Engine 16, Ladder 8 - 473 Ferry St.(Engine 16 closed and Ladder 8 moved)
Engine 17 - 86 Clinton Pl.
Engine 18 - 18th Ave. and S. 12th St.(Engine 18 moved)
Engine 23 - 44 Mt. Prospect Ave.
Engine 24, Rescue 1 - 77 Academy St.(Rescue 1 moved)
Engine 32 - 270 Port St.
Ladder 2 - 55 University Ave.(Ladder 2 moved and was closed)
Ladder 4 - Lafayette St. and Prospect St.(Ladder 4 moved)
 
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Some info in the Jersey City Fire Department.

The Jersey City Fire Department currently runs 14 Engines, 9 Ladders, 1 Squad, and 1 Rescue out of 15 Fire Stations, located throughout the city in 4 Battalions, commanded by 4 Battalion Chiefs and 1 Deputy Chief per shift. There is a also an on-duty Safety Officer known as the Safety Battalion staffed by a Captain. When manpower permits, an additional Engine, Engine 18, is staffed. The JCFD responds to around 53,000 calls annually with, like Newark, a heavy fire load in the state's second largest city. The JCFD currently protects 254,000 people living in 14 square miles. There are many historic/former firehouses located throughout the city.

Active JCFD Firehouses:

Engine 2 - 160 Grand St.
Squad 4, Rescue 1 - 582 Communipaw Ave.
Engine 5, Ladder 6, Battalion 1, Safety Officer - 355 Newark Ave.
Engine 6, Ladder 2, Deputy 1 - 465 Marin Blvd.(Fire Headquarters)
Engine 7, Engine 18, Ladder 3, Battalion 3 - 715 Summit Ave.
Engine 8 - 16 Orient Ave.
Engine 9, Battalion 4 - 697 Bergen Ave.
Engine 10, Ladder 12 - 283 Halladay St.
Engine 11 - 152 Lincoln St.
Engine 13 - 152 Linden Ave.
Engine 14, Ladder 7 - 595 Palisade Ave.
Engine 15, Ladder 9 - 200 Sip Ave.
Engine 17, Ladder 11 - 255 Kearney Ave.
Engine 19, Ladder 8, Battalion 2 - 2 Bergen Ave.
Engine 22, Tower Ladder 4 - 486 Ocean Ave.
Marine 1, Marine 2 - Audrey Zapp Dr., Liberty Landing Marina
Car 26(Gong Club Canteen Unit) - 244 Bay St.(Gong Club)

Former JCFD Firehouses still standing:

Engine 1 - 153 Morgan St.
Engine 3 - 38 Mercer St.
Engine 4 - 324 1st St.
Engine 5 - 278 6th St.(Engine 5 moved)
Engine 7, Ladder 4 - 666 Summit Ave.(Engine 7 and Ladder 4 moved)
Engine 8, Engine 15, Engine 16 - 93 Belmont Ave.(Engine 8 moved, Engine 15 moved, Engine 16 moved and was closed)
Engine 9 - 75 Tuers Ave.(Engine 9 moved)
Engine 11 - 139 South St.(Engine 11 moved)
Engine 11, Ladder 3 - 560 Palisade Ave.(Engine 11 and Ladder 3 moved)
Engine 12 - 103 Webster Ave.
Engine 13 - 246 Danforth Ave.(Engine 13 moved)
Engine 17 - 110 Boyd Ave.(Engine 17 moved)
Engine 18, Ladder 10, Water Tower 1 - 520 Palisade Ave.(Engine 18 moved, Ladder 10 closed, Water Tower 1 closed)
Engine 18, Ladder 3 - 218 Central Ave.(Engine 18 and Ladder 3 moved)
Ladder 5 - 29 Seidler Ave.(Ladder 5 moved and was closed)
Ladder 7 - 46 Irving St.(Ladder 7 moved)
Passaic Hose Co. 4(Volunteer) - 14 Bright St.
Volunteer Firehouse - 322 1st St.
 
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fdny1075k said:
Some info in the Jersey City Fire Department.

The Jersey City Fire Department currently runs 14 Engines, 9 Ladders, 1 Squad, and 1 Rescue out of 15 Fire Stations, located throughout the city in 4 Battalions, commanded by 4 Battalion Chiefs and 1 Deputy Chief per shift. There is a also an on-duty Safety Officer known as the Safety Battalion staffed by a Captain. When manpower permits, an additional Engine, Engine 18, is staffed. The JCFD responds to around 53,000 calls annually with, like Newark, a heavy fire load in the state's second largest city. The JCFD currently protects 254,000 people living in 14 square miles. There are many historic/former firehouses located throughout the city.

Active JCFD Firehouses:

Engine 2 - 160 Grand St.
Squad 4, Rescue 1 - 582 Communipaw Ave.
Engine 5, Ladder 6, Battalion 1, Safety Officer - 355 Newark Ave.
Engine 6, Ladder 2, Deputy 1 - 465 Marin Blvd.(Fire Headquarters)
Engine 7, Engine 18, Ladder 3, Battalion 3 - 715 Summit Ave.
Engine 8 - 16 Orient Ave.
Engine 9, Battalion 4 - 697 Bergen Ave.
Engine 10, Ladder 12 - 283 Halladay St.
Engine 11 - 152 Lincoln St.
Engine 13 - 152 Linden Ave.
Engine 14, Ladder 7 - 595 Palisade Ave.
Engine 15, Ladder 9 - 200 Sip Ave.
Engine 17, Ladder 11 - 255 Kearney Ave.
Engine 19, Ladder 8, Battalion 2 - 2 Bergen Ave.
Engine 22, Tower Ladder 4 - 486 Ocean Ave.
Marine 1, Marine 2 - Audrey Zapp Dr., Liberty Landing Marina
Car 26(Gong Club Canteen Unit) - 244 Bay St.(Gong Club)

Former JCFD Firehouses still standing:

Engine 1 - 153 Morgan St.
Engine 3 - 38 Mercer St.
Engine 4 - 324 1st St.
Engine 5 - 278 6th St.(Engine 5 moved)
Engine 7, Ladder 4 - 666 Summit Ave.(Engine 7 and Ladder 4 moved)
Engine 8, Engine 15, Engine 16 - 93 Belmont Ave.(Engine 8 moved, Engine 15 moved, Engine 16 moved and was closed)
Engine 9 - 75 Tuers Ave.(Engine 9 moved)
Engine 11 - 139 South St.(Engine 11 moved)
Engine 11, Ladder 3 - 560 Palisade Ave.(Engine 11 and Ladder 3 moved)
Engine 12 - 103 Webster Ave.
Engine 13 - 246 Danforth Ave.(Engine 13 moved)
Engine 17 - 110 Boyd Ave.(Engine 17 moved)
Engine 18, Ladder 10 - 520 Palisade Ave.(Engine 18 moved, Ladder 10 closed)
Engine 18, Ladder 3 - 218 Central Ave.(Engine 18 and Ladder 3 moved)
Ladder 5 - 29 Seidler Ave.(Ladder 5 moved and was closed)
Ladder 7 - 46 Irving St.(Ladder 7 moved)
Passaic Hose Co. 4(Volunteer) - 14 Bright St.
Volunteer Firehouse - 322 1st St.
  Former Ladder 10 and Water Tower #1 firehouse at 520 Palisades Ave. was bought by Queen Latifah a while back. It still has the circular stairs and brick interior.
 
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mack said:
Some info on the Waterbury FD:

The Waterbury Department currently runs 8 Engines, 3 Trucks, and 1 Rescue out of 9 Fire Stations, located throughout the city in 2 Battalions, commanded by a Battalion Chief and a Deputy Chief per shift. The WFD responds to around 18,500 calls annually with a heavy fire load. The WFD currently protects 109,000 people living in 28.5 square miles.

Active WFD Firehouses:

Engine 1, Truck 2, Rescue 9 - 1979 N. Main St.
Engine 2, Truck 3 -  519 E. Main St.
Engine 4 - 823 Baldwin St.
Engine 5 - 1956 E. Main St.
Engine 6 - 431 Willow St.
Engine 7, Battalion 2 -  315 Walnut St.
Engine 8 - 197 Bunker Hill Ave.
Engine 11 - 740 Highland Ave.
Truck 1, Car 5(Deputy Chief) - 26 Field St.(Fire Headquarters)

Former WFD Firehouses still standing:

Engine 1, Truck 2 - Burton St. & Beacon St.(Engine 1 and Truck 2 moved)
Engine 3 - 904 Bank St.
Engine 9 - 1551 Thomaston Ave.(Engine 9 moved and was closed, now WFD Union Hall)
 
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Thank you 'mack" for posting all the photo info for these fire houses. It's a great thread and one that I have put into my "saved files favorites".

And "fdny1075", what can I say but "thank you". I don't know how you do it, but you get alot of information and take the time to post it for us. Thank you and a Great job. And I know this might be a little off track here, but I know him personelly. A young guy who goes to college in New Rochelle, NY and is a volunteer member of the Shelton, Ct Fire Dept. (work wise, the Shelton Fire Dept is the busiest volly dept in the state). A young guy who I feel is a credit to his generation. 
 
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