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Title: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on September 25, 2002, 11:34:58 PM
Boston, Massachusetts
Engine 12
4th & K Streets

Unfortunately the photo that went with this post is no longer with us.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: HmaximS on March 23, 2005, 09:19:55 PM
Old Malden station. Not a good photo of the station itself, but a beatiful station and and nice shot too! According to the postcard the date of the "picture" was anywhere from 1916-1930.

Just to add to the pic posted above near the top of page 2 - of the old Manchester station with Knox. This station had the living quarters on the third floor but there was NO fire pole in the station. I worked in Manchester in a newer station built in the same location, before moving on to Danvers.

A funny story told to me a few years ago. During the late 1960's or early 1970's Manchester had a large woods fire and required extensive mutual aid. Danvers was sent to cover the station on mutual aid (which was pretty unusual). The Danvers firefighters had just arrived at the station and were giving themselves a tour to get acquainted with the place expecting to be there for quite some time. They were on the third floor when they were sent to a report of a building on fire a few doors down from the fire station. Between the three firefighters, they opened all the doors from the third floor on down looking for the pole hole, there was none to be found! I can only imagine the angst, anguish and anxiety of trying all the doors in an unfamiliar station trying to get to your apparatus for a report of a building fire. As reported, there was a small fire that needed extinguishment, but nothing too major.
Title: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on September 08, 2007, 09:51:41 PM
A really nice scene in this photo.  The hand tub and hose reel are in front of the station of "Tiger #1" in Haverhill.
Image from eBay.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: hoss on September 11, 2007, 04:37:29 AM
The buildings on the "Broverman Block" in Great Barrington have been knocked down to make way fro the new firehouse and the site work is already trucking along. I shot this back on 8/23/07
(http://www.fireservicephotography.com/08_2007/082307/images/IMG_2700.jpg)
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: hoss on September 11, 2007, 04:41:32 AM
Here's Great Barrington's current station on Castle St.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: hoss on September 11, 2007, 04:43:38 AM
An earlier post had a post card of this great firehouse in Lee, MA - sometime I'll re-shoot it in better conditions.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on January 04, 2008, 02:52:29 PM
The house at Rockport.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on July 29, 2009, 09:27:44 PM
This beautiful building was constructed in 1880 for the town of Mansfield, Massachusetts.  Notice that there are a pair of speaking trumpets above the year of construction and a fire alarm box is mounted between the apparatus doorways.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: shermanator on August 18, 2009, 11:22:48 PM
Box 2565,

I have some questions about three fire stations: Two from Boston, MA and one from Lowell, MA.
1.
Does the Boston Engine 12 firehouse at 4th and K streets still exist?
I saw three doors, what trucks were in there then, and now?
2.
Does the Boston Engine 49 firehouse the in Readville Area still exist?
What trucks were in there then, and now?
3.
The main firestation from Lowell, MA is gorgous, is it still around?
What trucks were in there then, and now?

Thanks,
Shermanator
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on August 19, 2009, 01:05:44 AM
Box 2565,

I have some questions about three fire stations: Two from Boston, MA and one from Lowell, MA.
1.
Does the Boston Engine 12 firehouse at 4th and K streets still exist?
I saw three doors, what trucks were in there then, and now?
2.
Does the Boston Engine 49 firehouse the in Readville Area still exist?
What trucks were in there then, and now?
3.
The main firestation from Lowell, MA is gorgous, is it still around?
What trucks were in there then, and now?

Thanks,
Shermanator


And if only I knew the answers!  Those photos are items that I have grabbed from eBay or other sources.  Maybe one of the other folks on this site can provide the answers to your questions....

Steve
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: shermanator on August 19, 2009, 02:01:42 PM
Thanks for replying Steve.

Matt
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: FAO25 on August 19, 2009, 08:03:10 PM
Quote from: Box2565 @ Fri Jul 08, 2005 5:00 pm
Chelsea - Station #1

Became Engine 5 at some point, then closed in the 70s.

Only station in the Great Chelsea of 1908 fireground that survived.

Question, I thought Engine 5 was on Everett Ave. and when they closed this house Engine 1 and 5 ran together from Everett Ave. untill 5 was deactivated.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: FAO25 on August 19, 2009, 08:18:00 PM
Box 2565,

I have some questions about three fire stations: Two from Boston, MA and one from Lowell, MA.
1.
Does the Boston Engine 12 firehouse at 4th and K streets still exist?
I saw three doors, what trucks were in there then, and now?
2.
Does the Boston Engine 49 firehouse the in Readville Area still exist?
What trucks were in there then, and now?
3.
The main firestation from Lowell, MA is gorgous, is it still around?
What trucks were in there then, and now?

Thanks,
Shermanator


And if only I knew the answers!  Those photos are items that I have grabbed from eBay or other sources.  Maybe one of the other folks on this site can provide the answers to your questions....

Steve

1. This is not Engine 12. There is, last I knew, still an old house that Engine 12 used at the beginning of Blue Hill Ave. and Dudley St.
This house still exists, it is the quarters of Engine 2 and Ladder  19. If memory serves me correctly Ladder 19 recieved the rebuilt ALF 125' tiller truck known without affection as the "White Elephant". After it was damaged in the tragic Maverick Square Fire where several firefighters were killed, it was rebuilt as a 100 footer. It later jack-knifed which resulted in another FF fatality.

2. Last time I was there, 49's was still active. For more info click the link and check the BFD Historical Society site. I think you'll say wow!

http://www.bostonfirehistory.org/bfdfirehouses.html

3. Jason Strunk has had Arcadia Publishing publish some of his work on the history of Lowell's Fire Dept. An excellent example of these works, with a good mix of period photos from a busy fire city. If I'm correct, I believe it was torn down some time during urban renewal and was replaced by the station at the Civic Center. 
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: shermanator on August 20, 2009, 12:04:37 AM
Thank you for the information.  If I could afford too, I have always wanted to find all of the old Boston firehouses that still exist, and restore then to how they were built.

It sucks that the Lowell Station was torn down, It is my favorite station.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: FAO25 on August 13, 2010, 10:41:21 PM
Ok. there's a story here. Developer wants to build huge Apartment/Condo Complex with some commercial space in old stone quarry. Site overlaps 2 communities. Gateway to complex is located in one community that has needed a fire station in this area for 50 years. Response to this area had been supplemented on first alarms by the other community and another adjacent community by automatic aid for about the same time. In last 25 years Malden has closed the closest station to here and deactivated that company. Closed another house further away but relocated that company to the next closest house in the Maplewood section and made it a 2 engine house by closing the truck company there. Saugus, the community adjacent, has had to close it's closest house at Essex street intermittantly during the same period. Yet both companies from Malden and Saugus were still first due before Revere companies including a multi-fatal fire not too many years ago. Malden needed a new house in this end of it's city, Revere was going through a complete reorganization and construction of new and relocation of stations. Both communities hit the developer up for linkage funds. He built a mirror image building and filled it with stuff. To get from one side to the other you have to get out and go around. And if you have a heart attack in the Malden or Revere section and that company is out, you wait for your home town comapny to respond. Well, hard times and all, the Malden engine has now been deactivated due to layoffs and budget cuts. The Revere company is closed on a rotating basis for same reasons. I have heard the developer has questioned why he was told it was essential he build this facility, because of the service demand he created, but now it's okay to close these units.  
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: FAO25 on September 05, 2010, 08:30:02 PM
Saugus Mass., Essex Street Station, Town Box # 18,  home to Engine 1 and Engine 4 (Spare). The Essex Street Express.
 Or as I prefer to call them "The "E" Street Band".
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: hoss on November 15, 2011, 12:26:12 PM
Great Barrington's "new" station has been open since the end of 2010.
(http://ruralamericanimages.smugmug.com/Fire-Service-Photography-1/2010/Great-Barrington-Fire-Station/IMG4529/1018153077_6tNgQ-L-1.jpg) (http://ruralamericanimages.smugmug.com/Fire-Service-Photography-1/2010/Great-Barrington-Fire-Station/13880220_r9R7RJ#1018153077_6tNgQ-A-LB)
Click the pic for the rest of the gallery.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on January 16, 2012, 12:28:08 AM
A couple of houses in Massachusetts.
Aquinnah Fire Dept.
West Tisbury Fire Dept. Station #1
Jennifer Hennessy photos.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on February 12, 2012, 11:14:53 AM
Millbury had a Seagrave engine and truck along with an IH/Farrar(?) booster & hose.
Image from eBay.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: bulldogboy on February 14, 2012, 09:09:04 PM
A couple of houses in Massachusetts.
Aquinnah Fire Dept.
West Tisbury Fire Dept. Station #1
Jennifer Hennessy photos.
For those not familiar with Massachusetts, Aquinnah and West Tisbury are two of the six towns on the island of
 Martha's Vineyard. The other four towns are: Chilmark, Tisbury, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown. All have their own fire
 departments.

 Prior to 1998, Aquinnah was known as Gay Head. In 1998 the name was changed to Aquinnah to recognize the
 Native Americans from the Wampanoag tribe that live in the town. Aquinnah is a Wampanoag word that means "Land
 under the Hill". This refers to the cliffs that drop off to the Atlantic Ocean.

                                                     bulldogboy
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on February 17, 2012, 06:15:34 PM
Fitchburg's Central Station.
Image from eBay.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on October 17, 2013, 12:58:41 AM
Fitchburg MA - Hose 3
Image from eBay.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on March 18, 2014, 01:10:08 PM
Chelsea MA - Station 1
Image from eBay.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on March 18, 2014, 10:24:25 PM
Chicopee Falls MA
Hose 1 & Ladder 1
Image from eBay.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on April 13, 2014, 01:32:01 AM
Waveland, Massachusetts with the "new" American LaFrance on the ramp.
Image from eBay.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: bulldogboy on April 13, 2014, 05:12:09 PM
 
 There is no Waveland, MA., there is a Wayland, MA. Perhaps it should be Waveland, MS?

         bulldogboy
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on April 23, 2014, 10:43:54 PM
South Weymouth MA
Hook & Ladder - Chemical Co. - Hose Co.
Image from eBay.


 There is no Waveland, MA., there is a Wayland, MA. Perhaps it should be Waveland, MS?

         bulldogboy
Well now that is a bit of a problem.  Mississippi sounds good but there is no record of that department having an early ALF engine.  The mystery deepens...
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: bulldogboy on June 16, 2014, 10:26:19 PM

    The former Fire Station #2 in Uxbridge, MA. It is located in the North Uxbridge section of town.

                         bulldogboy
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on July 10, 2014, 11:29:07 PM
Ipswitch MA
Classic fire station from the late 1800's/early 1900's.
Image from eBay.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: paulromano on July 11, 2014, 02:57:13 PM
Ipswich HQ, still there, still in use, doesn't look that good now.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: paulromano on July 11, 2014, 03:04:31 PM
Waveland, Massachusetts with the "new" American LaFrance on the ramp.
Image from eBay.

South Weymouth MA
Hook & Ladder - Chemical Co. - Hose Co.
Image from eBay.


 There is no Waveland, MA., there is a Wayland, MA. Perhaps it should be Waveland, MS?

         bulldogboy
Well now that is a bit of a problem.  Mississippi sounds good but there is no record of that department having an early ALF engine.  The mystery deepens...

Waveland, MA is a name for a part of the Town of Hull, MA.  Many towns in MA have neighborhoods that have names different from the Town name, some with separate ZIP codes.  I.E. the town of Wakefield, NH has the villages of:  Sanbornville, Union, Burleyville, East Wakefield and a couple others I can't think of.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: bulldogboy on July 11, 2014, 08:22:33 PM

     Paul:

     That's a new one on me, never heard of the Waveland section of Hull. I have been to Nantasket and Point Allerton sections. I just looked it up on a map of Hull
     and, sure enough, there is Waveland. The "A" Street fire station is in the Waveland section.

     A few other towns in New Hampshire with multiple villages are Conway (Center Conway, Conway Village, East Conway, North Conway, Redstone) and Plainfield
     (Plainfield, Meridan). My favorite village location name is Cowbell Corners, NH. It is a crossroads in the northern part of Salem, NH.

                                    bulldogboy
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: daysleeper47 on July 14, 2014, 12:05:09 PM
According to Ipswitch Fire, the station opened in 1908.

Ipswitch MA
Classic fire station from the late 1800's/early 1900's.
Image from eBay.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on March 08, 2015, 10:59:53 PM
Fall River MA - Cascade Hose Co.
Image from eBay
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: bulldogboy on April 14, 2015, 09:52:49 PM
        Haverhill, MA, Ayers Village Station. Haverhill, an old mill city, has a full time fire department but also has two "call" stations in outlying parts of
        the city. Engine 8 is in Ayers Village and Engine 9 is in Rocks Village. Both engines are 1987 Hahns, 1250/500.

                                               bulldogboy
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Hammer2162 on April 15, 2015, 12:18:30 AM
What year was that station built?  Great looking.  Nice Gamewell box too.  Wouldn't that station be an awesome fire museum with an early 1920's pumper staged on the pad? 
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: bulldogboy on August 04, 2015, 10:40:47 PM

         Blackstone, MA Station 2. Engine 54 is a 2006 International 7400/E-One, 1500/700.

                                    bulldogboy
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: bulldogboy on June 14, 2016, 10:33:55 PM

             Tyngsborough, MA Stations 2 (the square one) and Station 3.

                            bulldogboy
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on November 26, 2016, 01:32:50 AM
Firehouse in Lynn, Massachusetts.
Image from eBay.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: Box 2565 on August 21, 2018, 03:57:47 PM
Milton MA
Headquarters Fire Station
515 Canton Ave
Although the building has been altered quite a bit, this house is still in use as the quarters for Engine 1, Ladder 1, and Car 2 (Shift Deputy Chief).  Looks like a Gamewell fire alarm box is mounted on the station.  Also, note the firefighter wearing his high eagle helmet.  Steve Hagy collection.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: FAO25 on August 21, 2018, 08:21:41 PM
Firehouse in Lynn, Massachusetts.
Image from eBay.
Corner of Franklin and Baker Streets.
Originally built for Engine #6, for a time Ladder 3 ran from here also. The Delta side is Baker St. The door on the Delta Side is at the rear of the building and housed the Fire Alarm Office and Electrical Division Wagons which Maintained the fire and police telegraph box systems.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: brucobuff on August 25, 2018, 02:37:06 PM
Foxboro (or Foxborough) was a sleepy factory town before the N.E. Patriots came to town in 1970.
Foxboro's FD was organized in 1850, got its first apparatus in 1851, and the first permanent firehouse in 1857.
The FFD has only had 3 stations in its 168 yr. history.
These photos are of the 1857 station, it was expanded to 3 bays over its 68 yrs. of service.
By 1896, Foxboro had: an 1851 hand-tub, a 1872 Steamer, a new chemical wagon, a ladder wagon, and several hose carts, one of which had a tank and reel for forest fires. The force was still all-volunteer, FFD would lose 3 members in a 1900 fire which razed the Town Hall-high school.
Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: brucobuff on August 25, 2018, 03:45:32 PM
A new station was built in 1925 in the center of town, the FFD  would remain here until 2007.
An addition of 3 bays was made in the rear in 1964.
Photo 1: 1925, volunteer members with 1921 Maxim? city service ladder on left, and 1917 Maxim hose-chemical wagon on right.
Photo 2: WWII-era photo, FFD was reorganized in 1932 and made a town dept., with the first paid men being added.
Apparatus: L to R: 1921 ladder, 1940 Mack forestry pumper/hose wagon, 1917 Maxim hose/chemical, 1928 Maxim engine, 1938 Ahrens Fox engine, and 1939 Chevy panel van rescue/ambulance. The Ahrens Fox was the first rig in gleaming white.
Photo 3: 1966 postcard with 1965 FWD/Farrar engine, and 1948 ALF 700 series 65' aerial. The chief's car I think is a 1964 MOPAR product. The paid men were outnumbered about 3 to 1 (12-36) by the call firefighters in this era.
Photo 4: 2008 photo of station about 1 yr. after the FFD moved about 1 mile west, to be closer to the Gillette Stadium complex. This building has remained vacant to this day, and may be razed soon. Photo by Mrs. Doret M. Jenkins


Title: Re: Massachusetts Fire Houses
Post by: brucobuff on August 25, 2018, 04:01:39 PM
In late 2007, FFD moved into this massive HQ, built on part of the old Foxboro State Hospital property.
The career force has grown to almost 30 members, spread over 4 shifts. There are less than 10 call firefighters remaining.
This station in 2018 is completely filled with apparatus, the FFD has 1 aerial ladder, 2 engines, 1 rescue-engine, 1 large forestry engine, 2 small forestry/squad units, 3 ambulances, a utility pickup, and several staff vehicles.
Photos by Jenkins family.
Photo 1: 2008
Photo 2: 2012