Classic fire-fighting action photos

FAO25

Captain
OLDWFD said:
I don't know if these are classic or not, but they're from the early '90's. These are some photos of North Braddock, PA's pumpers in action at a fire on Lobinger Ave. I have some more of the fire itself, but they are slides and are a little more time consuming to scan. I'll post them as soon as I can.

I believe the pump operator of No. 3's pumper was known as Pee Wee. Anybody out there remember him? I heard he died a few years ago.
Hmmm, are these classic photos? Well, IMHO, any fire pics that have a FWD, WLF Ambassador and Mack CF pumper in them qualify as classics. The apparatus sure do.
 
I have the bell with the odd looking bracket, that was once attached to North Braddock's old Ward LaFrance, pictured in the previous photo. I was told it probably was originally mounted on a horse-drawn piece. I will have to get a photo of it posted here.
 

MFDPhoto1

USAF-SAC/Vet.
Massillon, OH.
July 27, 1963 - $40,000 damage - 29 firemen were at the scene

Corner of S. Erie St. and W. Tremont was known as the Crone Bldg., built in 1837
The lady in white (carrying the tray) was a Salvation Army worker serving coffee, and numerous citizens assisted with outside help with hoses, etc.
 

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It's only a drill, but the firefighters at the Lake Placid Club sure can throw a ladder!
Image from eBay.
 

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hfdcap

Probie
I went to the Kent State Fire School after getting hired in Liberty in Aug. 1977. During our ladder week, we would walk through the back alleys in Downtown Warren carrying those 50" bangor extension ladders. Chief Neimi would say, "stop, you 6, throw it here"! Sometimes we would put up between buildings and he would climb to the top and shake it saying " better not fall. We used the ladders from the old tiller truck they had stored at the closed Palmyra Rd. station. When I saw this picture and the fifty thrown against the building with the FF on top, it brought back the memories..........
 

jk

Firefighter
hfdcap said:
I went to the Kent State Fire School after getting hired in Liberty in Aug. 1977. During our ladder week, we would walk through the back alleys in Downtown Warren carrying those 50" bangor extension ladders. Chief Neimi would say, "stop, you 6, throw it here"! Sometimes we would put up between buildings and he would climb to the top and shake it saying " better not fall
NICE to hear this short story of Chief Niemi, he was my relative. You could read my story about him from here:

http://yngfire.com/index.php/topic,8225.msg55036.html#msg55036
 

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hfdcp - here's one for you.
1960's Cincinnati at 201 Broadway before that entire neighborhood was torn down. Taking a line up to the fourth floor....
 

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LAFD - Classic fire-fighting action photos

Los Angles, CA.

1 & 2 - Newmark Building - Nov. 29, 1928

3 - Bradbury Building - Broadway & 3rd - May 4, 1947

4 - Central Library - April 30, 1986

photos courtesy UCLA Digital collection
 

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daysleeper47

Deputy Chief
Holy cow. I count no fewer than 9 firefighters on that 50' ground aerial ladder at the Newmark fire. I think a Safety Officer would lose their sh*t if that happened today.

MFDPhoto1 said:
Los Angles, CA.

1 & 2 - Newmark Building - Nov. 29, 1928

3 - Bradbury Building - Broadway & 3rd - May 4, 1947

4 - Central Library - April 30, 1986

photos courtesy UCLA Digital collection
 

photoman475

Lieutenant
And did you see how the hose was being held in place by those nine men?

I also noticed that the ladder was supported at the tip-the ladder is resting against the building. Given the fact that you don't have the guys wearing air packs and everything else that gets worn today, there is probably less total weight on that ladder than you might imagine at first.

Now, given the apparent fire load in the building, I still wonder about the total number of guys on a wooden aerial. Perhaps the fire department still has the report in the archives someplace. There wudl be some interesting reading!
 

mgk110

Captain
OLDWFD said:
Here are some photos from a train wreck on the North Braddock - Braddock, PA border between 4th and 6th Sts. This would be in the late '70s. I thought the last one was interesting because of the cop standing on the overturned tank car. Ah, the good old days!

All photos by my dad.
Wow memories. I heard the derailment from my grandparents house at the 300 block of Hawkins Ave. It was after 13:00, maybe 13:30. I ran down the block to see that. I believe 9 propane cars left the tracks. Early April 1979 I believe.
 

squad546

Assistant Chief
Indy has saved some pretty good old photos to say the least! I like the old technique of wearing the helmet backwards when subjected to high-heat, not something you can do anymore.

This one is listed as "Smulyan Poultry, 1950s"

The W.T. Grant fire, November of 1973. One of the bigger fires the city had seen in many years.

Unknown fire and description only says "Station 22", anyone have any idea what that rig is in the foreground?

Another "unknown" fire from the 1950s.
City Archive photos
 

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squad546

Assistant Chief
Found these 3 photos in the South Carolina State archives collection. It only states it was a fire at the state hospital in Columbia, SC sometime 1949-1951. I think it may have been a drill, no signs of there having been an actual fire from what I see.
 

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