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Who rode the tailboard?

Started by Chris Weber. Last reply by SMOKEnPipesJim Jun 27, 2016. 28 Replies

Who all rode the tailboard?

Howe Fire Apparatus

Started by Chris Weber. Last reply by Rob Wesley Sep 12, 2014. 8 Replies

How many of us had/have Howe apparatus?We still have our first new truck,a 1964 IH Howe heavy 1 ton,that is currently our brush truck.

Navy nozzles

Started by Chris Weber. Last reply by SMOKEnPipesJim Mar 15, 2014. 12 Replies

Anybody else remember using navy nozzles w/applicator pipes?We still have one on our brush unit.

"Keeping Tradition Alive" Pride in ownership, and other fancy College terms

Started by SMOKEnPipesJim Jan 25, 2013. 0 Replies

The  Yellow Oak was  hose  bed  from  Engine 4 in the house   all the tools …Continue

rules n regs circa 1907

Started by SMOKEnPipesJim. Last reply by SMOKEnPipesJim Jan 25, 2013. 10 Replies

Heres a couple of Pages from The Rules & Regulations as set forth BY The Board of Fire Commisioners City Of Bridgeport Connecticut

Jet Axe

Started by Russ. Last reply by Timothy John Dodson Jan 24, 2013. 1 Reply

Anybody rememeber the jet axe?...(and do you still have it?)...."and do the feds know-LOL"did you use it?i saw the episode of emergency when they used it on a ferry fire- cool to see it after all these yearsContinue

nice to see that somebody remembers the old days

Started by Russ. Last reply by larry cooke Jun 25, 2012. 3 Replies

I first got into the fire service on long island in 1979. i was hired as a full time dispatcher by my volunteer department-(good because i had a job-bad because i missed some calls). we had a trunking telephone system between our 5 firehouses and if…Continue

John Bean High pressure pumps

Started by Chris Weber. Last reply by Russ Jan 12, 2012. 4 Replies

Who had the John Bean high pressure units?We had an FMC Ford pumper but it wasn't a John Bean.Would like to hear any opinions.

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Comment by SMOKEnPipesJim on January 25, 2013 at 7:57am

Cleaning the pipe..Brass was kept clean By The Company "Johnny" (during this era thats what they called the Probie, Rookies, etc.
FDNY Hook & Ladder Company 150 Note The "Scaling Ladders" aka Pompier Ladders, and Dietz Keroscene Lamps the Ladder Trailer was drawn BY horses By this man's Grandfathers generation and Many of these trucks survived into the 1960's and the "War Years" of the early 70's

Comment by SMOKEnPipesJim on January 25, 2013 at 7:46am

                     Wooden Sticks & Iron Men

Comment by SMOKEnPipesJim on January 25, 2013 at 7:38am
Comment by SMOKEnPipesJim on January 24, 2013 at 1:29pm

House Watch 1938 World fair In yellow it saus  Worlds  Fair Box Locations  Truck only response. FDNY hired  Firefighters   temporary and  manned  5  Ahrens Fox engines (like in the Photo below of streams in various levels) the guy on watch was assigned to  count all  incoming bells and  alert  the companies  OF responses 1, 2 , 4  due or 3rd due on the 2nd  alarm writing  each  signal in the Company Journals this also included  5-5-5-5  which is  FDNY  for LODD,   boxes  1234 ,   2-2-1234 (2nd  alarm) 3-3-1234...back in the before Radio days, the  1st due  Officer Captain  or Batt Chief or higher  would "key"  (Morse code)  back to  dispatch  7-5-1234  was a working fire for the assignment, 9-2 --1234  was  nothing found  false alarm... 2-2-2-2  was recallthey had   bells  that  the Paychecks were  at  Division  to be picked up by the  Battallions for  distribution

Comment by Jim Vieira on November 8, 2012 at 8:02pm

Every time I look at these pictures from the late 1800's and early 1900's, I see so much pride and determination in their faces. That is something unfortunately that we seem to have lost today

Comment by LIMA CHARLY on November 8, 2012 at 5:39pm

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Save the other is its North
Dying, Saving Someone. Is this his joy
Life By Life. Despising Death.
  Old School 1970s Phrases

Comment by LIMA CHARLY on November 8, 2012 at 5:18pm

Beautiful Photos Honoring the old school. Wonder in our evolution
How Today's Firefighters

Comment by SMOKEnPipesJim on November 8, 2012 at 5:10pm

Comment by SMOKEnPipesJim on November 8, 2012 at 5:06pm

Headquarters Bridgeport, Ct. Chemical 1, Chief Engineer, Engine  5 and its  hose wagon Batt Chief & Truck 2's Cross 2 wheeled Tractor  Circa 1918

Comment by SMOKEnPipesJim on November 8, 2012 at 4:56pm

Bridgeport Chemical # 2 circa 1917

 

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