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paulromano

Captain
I know from personal experience that FDNY firefighters love a good practical joke. That said, I cannot explain the below photograph. You can make out Battalion 31 on the station sign, Company 4 on the steamer's seat and the back of the photo is stamped: "Official photograph New York Fire Department". And the biggest part of the puzzle: Milwaukee Extra Beer??

Someone out there must know the story on this one!

Photo from the L. Murray Young collection
 

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bulldogboy

Lieutenant
You know how modern fire trucks are equipped with refrigerators, coffee makers, kitchen
sinks, etc. Perhaps this is an early "rehab" unit; instead of steam they are delivering
liquid replenishment to the troops. Everything old is new again.

bulldogboy
 

Jeff_Christner

Lieutenant
This is obviously one of the first RAC (Recuperation and Care Units) units placed in service in the FDNY. ;D

Jeff

P.S. As I was previewing my post, I got a message a reply had just been posted, Bulldogboy beat me to it! Heh.
 

alvin201

Firefighter
A photo of this event was in WNYF, 2nd/1972. A commercial being shot at the landmark old Brooklyn Fire Head-Quarters on Jay Street. Last units quartered there were FDNY Engine 207, Ladder 110, Battalion 31. Over the years it had been home to a number of other units including Water Tower 6, Rescue 2, and Ambulance 2. 207-110-31 moved to their current quarters on Tillary Street in 1971-1972. Photo with personnel courtesy www.nyfd.com, picture from unknown archival clipping.

Plaque photo by Al Trojanowicz
 

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Bklyn Phil

Lieutenant
343 and Counting

Yearly, just after July 4th celebrations, FDNY provides a great amount of assistance to a four-day adaptive aquatics event in the Rockaway Beach portion of NYC. Injured and recuperating armed-services members come to NYC from Walter Reed Army Medical Center. They travel from Rescue 5 in Staten Island along the Belt Pkwy to the Rockaway Point Yacht Club where they meet the families who will be their hosts during their stay. Here are some pictures of one of the FFTF support vans.

Freightliner transport van in memory of FDNY Fireman Ray Pfeifer: IMG_8111, 8114, 8116

More info on Ray Pfeifer here
Web search url
https://tinyurl.com/ybgcbr33

FDNY Fire Family Transport Fdn
http://www.firefamilytransport.org/

Another Pfeifer, Bn Chief (at the time) just retired. More info on Joe Pfeifer here
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/10/nyregion/joseph-pfeifer-fire-chief-retires.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

It contains an embedded link to an interview from 2002 where he recounts what happened on 9/11/011
https://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/05/nyregion/nyregionspecial/chief-joseph-pfeifer-of-battalion-1.html

Phil, Bklyn
 

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Bklyn Phil

Lieutenant
This is at Breezy Point NY during the annual wounded servicemen recognition weekend. Heavy rain was forecast so the outdoor mass and reception were moved to the church and church hall. But part of the weekend is a visit to the Breezy Point 9-11 memorial to those 27 members from Breezy Pt who did not come home that day.

An auxiliary police patrol car parked under a tent that's usually set up for the guests and community residents to shield them from the morning sun. This picture is taken just after the skies opened. I chose to be smart and wait under the tent until the rain let up. As soon aa everybody was back on the buses, the convoy left the area. I caught the roof lights of the APD car on the underside of the tent.

In the background are two 28-passenger buses donated to FDNY by the organizers of the 2011 World Police and Fire Games that were held in NYC that year. Those games had a pause called at noon of the opening ceremonies due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene. (The next year saw Superstorm Sandy arrive and do damage to NYC and other parts of the East Coast.) The organizers of the WPD&FD Games donated two 28- passenger buses to FDNY. Here is what one of them looks like going to the memorial.(8208)

The other pix show another Fire Family Transportation Foundation van dedicated to FDNY Capt Graziano. The back door has a "343" decal.(8219) Finally, a side view as it waits for the rain to end. (8226)

Bklyn Phil
 

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Bklyn Phil

Lieutenant
They do look alike. The Ray Pfeifer van is a Ford Transit, but the Graziano van is a Freightliner Sprinter. Here is a front end shot. FDNY likes Freightliner Sprinter. Here's the Division 13 van.

Several of the Fire Family Transport vans are privately purchased and then donated to FDNY.

Freightliner Sprinter website: https://www.freightlinersprinterusa.com/freightliner/home

Phil, Bklyn
 

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Bklyn Phil

Lieutenant
FDNY BFU Trailer Eng154

2015 Haulmark trailer lettered for Staten Island brush fires assigned to Eng 154. Seen at the 2018 T2T (Tunnel to Towers) Run. No one around to answer any questions. Pulled by a 2016 Chevy Express van lettered for Staten Island Boro Command. (Older BFUs can be seen at Mike Martinelli's site - http://www.fdnytrucks.com/files/html/statenisland/e154.htm) They now have full size Freightliners.

Flash used on last pic to highlight the stripes.

Phil, Bklyn
 

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