Glad to hear you enjoyed our museum.
I was just there today and was telling FF. Harry Magee, who is the curator of the museum that I had placed a reply to your post about the new history of the Philadelphia Fire Dept. book.
Next time you are going to be in town, drop me a line and I'll try to set up a tour of a Fire Communication Center for you if you like.
Thank you John. That would be great. I visited the old Philly fire alarm in 1974. I believe it was in city hall back then. I was only a kid and dragged my mother and sister there. I guess I've been a buff for a quarter century! Cheers.
I am a fire buff in Roanoke Virginia. I have a local question that might be of national importance. In no way am i boasting. I have been a paid ff/emt here for about 6 months and this is a very old department. It has been a paid department for a very long time. Station 1 located on Church Ave. was built around 1900. It is still used. The station has bite marks on the side brick walls from where the horses used to bite at the brick..
Anyways I was wondering if maybe it is the oldest still operating firehouse in the nation. If anyone has any information pleas let me know. I am looking into it now. Thank you....
Hello Roanoke 9B. That's neat! I just happen to be reading a great book on the history of another old career department -- St. Paul, MN -- and I believe they have some old stations too. I bet yours is one of the oldest. There's one in Arlington, VA -- Cherrydale, a combination pid and volunteer station -- that was built around 1915 or 1920. I hope you get more answers! Cheers.
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To the Firehouse.com Web Team: Thanks for starting a FIRE BUFF section! Let's keep it going. Cheers. Vinny.
Thanks for the info. hopefully i will get more. Roanoke City Fire-EMS Dept. has a couple more really old stations. 3,5,9,7,8 are all very old too. I believe most of them were built in the 1910's to 20's. I am currently looking into all of this. I don't think there are any books on this info yet. But I do know that some time ago someone contacted Roanoke about the station saying it might be the oldest operating still. I have not heard anything else yet...
There are many old stations from the 1800's still active in New England. I know New Bedford, MA has 3 active stations built in 1882, 89 & 93. Lowell, MA Gorham St. station is believed to have been built in 1871. I'm sure either Boston or FDNY must have active stations that are even older.
Boston has been a paid municipal dept. since 1678.
Good link for Boston Buff's: http://www.geocities.com/~emba/fire.html
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Thank you for the information Truckie. I am glad someone has some information on this.
Thank you for the information Truckie. I am glad someone has some information on this. I am still looking for some info around here as to when the station was built..
Roanoke 9B -- Is there a local historical society? Maybe they can provide more info. Regards.
Hi Vinny! Another good book to read if you're into the FDNY is "A DISTANT FIRE" by Paul Hashhagen. GOOD WORK, KEEP IT UP! Buster
Didja' ever want to be a firefighter when you were a child?
What are some of your earliest childhood recolections of firefighters?
Did you play with toy fire engines or perhaps even pretend games of “fireman”?
Why do you think popular American society associate young children, (especially boys), with wanting to be firefighters?
Indeed do children look upon firefighters as role models and objects of aspiration, and if so why? These are the central questions to be addresses in the traveling museum exhibition tentatively entitled "Didja' Ever Want To Be a FIREMAN?"
I am currently collecting artifacts and information for, "Didja' Ever Want To Be a FIREMAN?" and I need YOUR help. . . .
An "on-line" survey has been posted on the Fire Museum Network's web site along with more detailed information on the project and a brief summary of my research to date. Please take a moment to fill out the survey, and peruse the related information. Any comments, suggestions, questions, or ideas, would be greatly appreciated!
The info is posted at:
Didja Ever Want To Be A FIREMAN?
Thanks for your assistance. — David Lewis — email@example.com
Regarding the posts on old stations and museums... Cincinnati still operates out of many classic houses. And Cincinnati is the home of another fabulous fire museum.
Currently, Engine-49 and Engine-37 operate out of the oldest in-service houses in Cincinnati. Both houses are of a typical two bay design, and were constructed in 1900. Other classic turn-of-the-century in-service houses are, Engine 34, Engine 35, Engine 38, Engine 46; all built around 1905.
Cincinnati also has many retired houses still standing that date before 1900. Engine 16's old house, located in Walnut Hills, was constructed in 1871, and is the oldest surviving firehouse in the city. I have a complete list of all Cincinnati firehouses at the Cincinnati Fire Division Unofficial Web Site located at http://users.choice.net/~cincyfd
And speaking of museums, Cincinnati has a great fire museum located in the 45's huge house at 315 West Court Street, Downtown. There are several apparatus on display, many diaramas, kiosks, a fire pole kids can slide down, a gift shop, and much more. They also have a nice web site at: http://www.cincyfiremuseum.com
Those of you that may be in the Cincinnati area the weekend of October 2nd & 3rd, are invited to the Chili Festival held at the Fire Museum. Admission to the Museum is free this weekend, and you can fill yer belly with a warm bowl of chili!
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Great Idea for fire buffs. I just found it but will be back.
I am a Firefighter/Co Responder(Our name for EMT) in Wellington New Zealand.
My interests in the Fire Service gose back till when I was Born as my Father was a Firefighter before I came into this world.
I have a large amount of information about the Fire Service in New Zealand so anyone intrested is more then welcome to contact me and I will be more than pleased to pass it on.I am also intrested in talking to FF Fire Buffs around the world Take Care for now from Down Under
Thanks Kiwi! Would like to learn about fire/EMS in NZ and other nations. Regards.
Hi everyone. I am a firebuff in Montreal Canada. Two good sights for buffing are www.incendie.com. This sight has current news of the area and posts fireground pictures within a couple of hours of a major blaze. The other sight is my own modest sight http://firebuff.webjump.com. Our city's museum is top notch. It is located at 5100 St. Laurent Blvd. and is open Sunday's 2-5 PM.
Hello Montreal and thanks!
I am a Volunteer in Brazos County in East Central Texas. I have been A Fire buff for over 40 years. I am a collector of anything having to do with Ahrens Fox Fire Equipment. I saw the post about Philly I used to drill with the Navy Reserve at the Aviation Supply Office on Tabor. I had a friend who was a FF on Rescue 1 and then went to the HazMat unit. I have been in the Fire Museum and Fire Communications Office. I would be interested in joining a Fire Buff's Group
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Hello Hank and thank you. As far as buff clubs, I would suggest SPAAMFAA as a possiblity. Regards. Vinny.
Since there is a lot of book talk maybe someone can help. I'm looking for a book on the history of the Providence RI Fire Dept. It came out around '85. I have a search on with Amazon but it's been a while. Condition doesn't really matter just as long as I can read it. Thanks to all.
Also for reading try Dennis Smith's Firefighters, Their Lives in Their Words.
Hello Whip. Suggestions: Try FSP books in Massachusetts. They advertise on this site. Or try the Boston Fire Buff website www.firebuff.com ... It has links to Providence and is aimed at New England. Regards, Vinny
I will be visiting the Orlando and Kissimee area in Florida, specifically Disney. I was wondering if anyone could provide me with the fire department frequencies used in that area. I am a local firebuff from Rhode Island an would be interested in listening to them.
WWFD86 -- Let me check "The Visiting Fireman" 1999 edition and get back to you. In the meantime, www.firehouse.com has links to fire departments in Florida. Check those websites for frequencies. Regards.