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    We have been operating out of the same fire station since 1913. We have had a full-time fire department since 1891 and joined the IAFF in 1959. It has been speculated that this is one of the oldest operating stations in Canada. Up until a few years ago we occasionally would have snow blow in through the corners of our watch room. This is the station that was used to film the movie "Roxanne" with Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah.

    My question is this. How old is the station that you are operating out of? (Museums don't count) If it is a volunteer station and you're in this forum please indicate that.

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    Professional, built in 1894.

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    Check this thread out ...

    http://forums.firehouse.com/showthre...dest+firehouse

    or this one ...

    http://forums.firehouse.com/showthre...dest+firehouse

    or this one ...

    http://forums.firehouse.com/showthre...dest+firehouse

    Hope that helps you find what you're looking for.
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    Halifax Regional Fire And Emergency Station #2 I believe holds the title of oldest operatings firehouse in canada with construction beginning in 1900 and completed in 1903.

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    Thanks, I should have thought to look for previous posts on this topic...

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    You're welcome. I hope your thread will still get some more responses though, because those other threads don't have a lot of replies about Canadian firehouses in particular.
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    Well, it doesn't beat yours by a longshot, bu the house I run out of has been in operation since 1921...very few changes have been made (mostly just to house the newer apparatus over the years)

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    Marlborough Fire Dpartment, Station 2, built in 1895 at the whopping cost of $17,000.

    Originally housed Hose Company 2 and Union Ladder Company 1.

    Station 2 is said to be haunted by the ghost of an old volunteer fireman.. I have heard the footseps in the halls at night when everyone was in the rack...

    The living areas were renovated 10 years ago.

    Engine 2 still runs out of Station 2 known as "The Hill"
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    1880 Floors reinforced, third floor burned of in 1913, still have tin ceilings, 1 foot clearence on either side of ladder, Bridle rings still attached to the wall drop water balloons thru old hay hole. love the old station as drafty as it is

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    We're not in Canada, but we're close.....

    My firehouse is one of our newer ones, being built in (I think) 1956.

    These guys www.engine16.net are in our oldest operating house.

    I lived near York, PA for a while, and the Rex and Laurel house was built in 1878. http://www.yorkcity.org/pubsafety/fire/stations.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by upstater
    I lived near York, PA for a while, and the Rex and Laurel house was built in 1878. http://www.yorkcity.org/pubsafety/fire/stations.htm
    Wow! I can see why they still use it. Thats more then a firehouse, thats art.
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    I have been to two stations that claim to be the "oldest" pro in the US...
    Eng. 7 in Louisville
    Boston --Sta. 33

    Anyone actually know?
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    Engine 18, 1873 is the oldest here still in operation.
    I am a complacent liability to the fire service

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    Princeton Hook and Ladder [Princeton NJ]was incorperated in 1788. i think it started a few years before that.

    www.princetonfiredepartment.com

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    Oldest houses, still in service in Lexington, Kentucky:
    Sta.4, the Vogt Reel House on Jefferson St. began service in 1904, and
    Sta. 5 on Woodland Ave. in 1905

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    Im not sure. Ours I think was 1917, down the street at P50 they were built in 1901. We got a few old ones left but not many.

    Old one of the top of my head, but dont know the date.
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    Organized in 1896 from the Vollies who were organized in 1841. The original house was build in 1881....and still stands today, but as a auto repair shop. Our current quarters were build in 1903.....the truck still has the original cobble stone floor, but the engines floor has been replaced.....and is do for another replacement.

    The oldest house has to be someplace in Lower Manhatten.....I know E-15 on Grand St is amongst the oldest, but it been under repair and the company relocated. E-5...might be the oldest.....1881 I think. Possibly L-3....they moved in 1865 from the volley house....which may have been rebuilt and requartered there in 1920 something......

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    Quote Originally Posted by VinnieB
    Organized in 1896 from the Vollies who were organized in 1841. The original house was build in 1881....and still stands today, but as a auto repair shop. Our current quarters were build in 1903.....the truck still has the original cobble stone floor, but the engines floor has been replaced.....and is do for another replacement.

    The oldest house has to be someplace in Lower Manhatten.....I know E-15 on Grand St is amongst the oldest, but it been under repair and the company relocated. E-5...might be the oldest.....1881 I think. Possibly L-3....they moved in 1865 from the volley house....which may have been rebuilt and requartered there in 1920 something......
    Engine Co. 15 is on Henry St. (supposedly temporarily in Fort Pitt with Ladder Co.18) Engine Co. 5 is pretty old...although rehabed in the Late 1990s. Engine Co. 26, or Engine Co. 14,47,65,33,39. all in the Late 1800s. Most rehabed. Engine Co. 201 and formerly 204 were very old for the BFD.

    Other old houses in Manhattan... Eng 6,7,Lad 8,squad18, 23,34, Lad 3, Lad 25, Engine 39,44,91,55,80,84,69,93,95,67, 74,(a moment of silence for E36)

    Many of the former houses are still standing. E-9,17,72,24,37,54,58 Lad 8,13,22,40

    On a related note... Fire Patrol No. 1 still has a wooden floor and Fire Patrol No. 2 has a brick floor.


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    Roanoke City VA 1906 Station 1. Oldest working station in VA.

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    StLFD Engine House No. 34 is located at 8227 S. Broadway, and houses Engine 34. Opened it's doors in 1895.

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