ATTENTION E231 L120 & THE CHIEF: ON 08/27/20 THE FDNY WISHED RETIRED 44 BATTALION CHIEF ORLENCE "DAN" ORVIS A HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY, RETIRED CHIEF ORVIS IS THE DEPARTMENTS OLDEST LIVING CHIEF.
TO E231 L120 BN44: UNFORTUNATELY, I DONT HAV INFO FOR A SPECIFIC SALVAGE UNIT, BUT HERE IS SOME INFO IN REGARDS TO THE FIRE PATROL WHICH MAY BE HELPFUL. IN THE CITY THAT NEVER SLUMBERS, THE NEW YORK FIRE PATROL WAS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE FDNY. FROM COMMERCIAL TO RESIDENTIAL FIRES, THE FIRE PATROL RESPONDED, THE PATROLMEN WHO WERE ISSUED RED HELMETS INSTEAD OF BLACK ONES, WERE DEDICATED AND EAGER TO PERFORM PROFESSIONAL SALVAGE DUTY. IT WASNT UNTIL 1867 WHEN THE PATROL BECAME CHARTERED AS A PAID SALVAGE SERVICE MANAGED BY THE BOARD OF FIRE UNDERWRITERS. THE CHARTER REQUIRED COMPANIES INSURING PROPERTY IN NEW YORK TO PAY A YEARLY TAX WHICH WAS USED TO PAY ALL SALVAGE MEMBERS. FOR A QUICKER RESPONSE TIME, THE PATROL STEAM ENGINES WERE PUT OUT OF SERVICE AND REPLACED BY GASOLINE POWERED VEHICLES BETWEEN 1910 AND 1916. EXTRA SALVAGE COMPANIES WERE PUT INTO SERVICE, THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 10 COMPANIES AND APPROXIMATELY 400 PATROLMEN. SALVAGE UNITS WERE BEING PLACED OUT OF SERVICE IN THE 1930'S, BY 1960 ONLY THREE CITIES HAD ACTIVE PATROL COMPANIES. THE BOARD OF FIRE UNDERWRITERS OF NEW YORK UNFORTUNATELY ORDERED LOCAL CHAPTERS TO END FIRE SALVAGE SERVICES AND LET NEW YORKS BRAVEST HANDLE SALVAGE WORK. ON OCTOBER 15TH, 2006, THE REMAINING PATROL COMPANIES WERE NO LONGER IN SERVICE BEING THE LAST OF THE PATROLS IN THE UNITED STATES.
HEY NOW! ATTENTION E231 L120: CONGRATS TO THE NEW MEMBERS AT THE HOUSE, STAY LOW LET IT BLOW.
Hello BROTHERS...glad to see some new entries on your Great website which is totally fitting for a Great FH....i always enjoyed working in or with Watkins St.....i had been checking in however there were no new posts for quite awhile.....to all in the latests ones Congratulations on the Promos & REST IN PEACE to LT Pete Mc G. & 44 Seymour RESPECT DUE....Jack Kleehaas FDNY 68-09.
IN BROOKLYN ATTENTION E231 L120 BN44: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, STAY SAFE
I know there was a document several years ago from L120 tower ladder firefighting in Brownsville. Is this document still available? I would a copy. Thanks
Hey, Watkins Street, i got a call from a brother named Joe (L120) to see how i and all other watkins st. gang members are doing. What a nice idea, you guys are the greatest! I left W. S. in 1976 and that call made me feel GREAT! Thanks, Brothers,Stay safe! Bomar
ATTENTION E231 L120 BN44: STAY SAFE
Hallo! Just came across the photo of the "Fire Salvage Unit No. 1" old International. Not sure if somebody already let you know some history around the unit and apparatus, but all I know is that (according to the Wheels Of The Bravest FDNY apparatus book by John Calderone and Jack Lerch) the rig was purchased back in 1972 for the then newly organized Model Cities Fire Salvage Unit. The Model Cities was a federal program for disadvantaged youths. The Fire Salvage Unit No. 1 (or "Salvage 1 Brooklyn") was organized May 18, 1972 at 2581 Atlantic Ave. and relocated several times before it was disbanded Dec. 2, 1986. The truck was gasoline powered with automatic transmission and power steering and carried salvage equipment and covers, generators, floodlights, smoke ejectors, submersible pumps, water vacuums, saws, masks, forcible entry tools and portable extinguishers. Not 100% sure but it's possible that the rig was probably manned by volunteers and only the driver and officer were FDNY members. Hope this helps a bit. Best regards from Czech Republic & take care! David
Good job! Thanks for the work and keep it up!
I am the current owner of the former L120, MT7302, '74 CF600 mack 75' arealscope. I was wondering if it was possible that you may have a picture or 2 of the apparatus when it was in service. I'm seriously considering. A restoration to its original service condition. I appreciate the help.
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Remembering my dad, Captain Brendan F. McCormick, who passed a year ago today. My dad loved the job! He especially loved the men he served with in Engine 231!!! May God bless you all and keep you safe. Dad, you are remembered, missed and loved every day.
TO ENGINE COMPANY 231, LADDER COMPANY 120, AND THE 44, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND STAY SAFE.
It is with deep sadness that I share news of the death of Retired Battalion Commander Joseph N. Brocco, which occurred on Oct. 1, 2018. Chief Brocco was, at times, a stern taskmaster. He was always diligent, highly competent, and truly believed that the mission of the FDNY was both noble and honorable. He held himself to a high standard and expected the same of those who worked alongside him. For me, Joe was a Mentor, a Friend, and a Beloved Comrade who truly lived a Life of Service . R I P Brother Brocco.
TO WATKINS STREET ENGINE COMPANY 231, PLEASE TELL FORMER CAPTAIN CONIGLIO I SAID HELLO, HE WAS A GREAT CAPTAIN DURING HIS YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE FDNY, I WILL NEVER FORGET HIM.
TO ENGINE 231, LADDER 120, AND BATTALION 44, I DO NOT HAVE ANY SPECIFIC INFO REGARDING THE SALVAGE UNIT THAT WAS PARKED N FRONT OF QUARTERS. THE FOLLOWING IS INFO I WAS ABLE TO OBTAIN N REGARDS TO THE FIRE PATROL SERVICE: IN 1867 THE FIRE SALVAGE WAS CHARTERED AS A PAID FIRE SALVAGE SERVICE MANAGED BY THE NEW YORK BOARD OF FIRE UNDERWRITERS. THE CHARTER STIPULATED THAT COMPANIES INSURING PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY HAD TO PAY THE BOARD AN ANNUAL TAX WHICH WAS USED TO PAY THE PATROL MEN. IN THE 20TH CENTURY, FIRE PATROLMEN BECAME ESTABLISHED AS WORKING PARTNERS WITH THE CITYS FIREMEN. BETWEEN 1910 AND 1916, THE PATROL STEAM ENGINES WERE REPLACED BY GAS POWERED VEHICLES, MORE PATROL COMPANIES WERE ESTABLISHED IN MANHATTAN AND THE BRONX, AND IN 1910 THE BROOKLYN FIRE INSURANCE SALVAGE CORPS MERGED WITH THE NYFP. THE FIRE PATROL HAD TEN COMPANIES AND AROUND FOUR HUNDRED PATROLMEN. BECAUSE THE COST OF THE NYFP WAS FUNDED BY INSURANCE PREMIUMS, POLICY HOLDERS PAID FOR SERVICE THAT BENEFITED THE UNINSURED AS WELL. THE NEW YORK BOARD OF FIRE UNDERWRITERS ORDERED LOCAL CHAPTERS TO TERMINATE FIRE PATROL SERVICES AND ALLOW FIREFIGHTERS TO HANDLE SALVAGE WORK. THE DISBANDING OF SALVAGE UNITS IN NEW YORK STARTED IN THE 1930'S, BY 1960, THREE CITIES HAD ACTIVE PATROLS. THE NYFP COMPANIES WHICH WERE UNFORTUNATELY PUT OUT OF SERVICE AT 0800 HOURS ON OCTOBER 15, 2006, WERE THE LAST FIRE PATROLS IN THE UNITED STATES. AND THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THE FIRE PATROL THIRTY TWO MEMBERS PERISHED IN THE LINE OF DUTY, INCLUDING FIRE PATROLMAN KEITH M. ROMA ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001.
ATTENTION THE FOLLOWING UNITS: ENGINE 231, LADDER 120, AND BATTALION 44, STAY LOW LET IT BLOW.
I am the son of BC Eugene G. Dowd dec'd 1/27/55 I hope to have the website 44thbattalionmemorial.com up and running again in a few weeks . My prayers are with you guys all the time