FDNY South Street New York Fire

From the Vault: March 13, 1947 Box 55-208 A five-alarm fire at 243 South Street in Manhattan.Multi-colored flames poured from a five-story chemical warehouse that stood in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. First alarm units were faced with advanced fire conditions, noxious smoke and the possibility of explosions inside the burning building. The smoke was so dangerous that extra filter masks were rushed to the scene and donned by firemen deck pipes in the street. Clouds of orange, green, red and yellow smoke pumped into the morning sky. This was one of the first fires Rescue 1 was able to utilize the new “Scott mask” SCBA. Two fireboats helped to fed the numerous hoses stretched and operated from every possible vantage point. It took three hours to control and three more to completely extinguish. It was the first 5-alarm fire in 1947. Holy Hose Batman – Paul Hashagen FDNY Res1cue Ret 👉Check us out at www.gettinsalty.com 🔥


Brooklyn Fire Dept T-Shirt

Brand New T-Shirt Series from Gettin Salty Co. Our 1st special edition Tee is Brooklyn “The Borough of Fire”. Brooklyn had its own fire dept (BFD) before the FDNY and was organized in 1869. In the FDNY we call it the boro of fire, especially the guys from Brooklyn 😜. On the back the shirt has the BFD badge that is still on some Brooklyn Firehouse’s today. Shirt will first be available at #Fdic. Stop by our booth 10008 and grab one. All New York boroughs to follow. #brooklyn #nyc #fdny #firefighter


Bunker Gear Style Toiletry Bag

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FDNY 1909 Fire

From the Vault:
This fire at 130 West 14th Street on December 20, 1909 took five hours and 3 million gallons to extinguish. The fire was in a 7-story factory and loft building. This showed just how effective the high pressure hydrant system was! Note the brother on the water tower with a cup of coffee!
Paul Hashagen Res1cue FDNY ret- Author.
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Rescue Company 3

FDNY Rescue Company 3 got it’s newly refurbished rig (Reg# 1009, Rescue 1s rig between 1931 and 1940) in May of 1941. The rig was redone at the shops including a roof made of sheet steel and wood with a felt lining, that covered the front over the chauffeur and officer and continues across the rear compartment. A radio was placed just above and behind the officer. The sides are open but curtains can be quickly dropped to provide shelter from the weather. The 24-foot long rig is now 11-feet high and 8’9″ wide. Capt. Beliakoff and his men worked hand in hand with Capt. Kuch of the shops to design the changes to their rig. It went in service on May 19, 1941 and served until 1953 when it became a spare rescue rig for 2 years.

Slice of Old New York

From the Vault:
Just love this slice of Old New York. Sadly I have very little information. Just that it was in 1915 and the location was First Ave. & E. 76 Street. It did not become a multiple alarm (no listing in the Annual Report). That wonderful gas-lamp street light makes the shot! Paul Hashagen Res1cue FDNY ret Author. Stay Low and Go 👉Check us out at www.gettinsaltyapparel.com 🔥

Iron Men FDNY

From the Vault:
I am often asked “Where do you get your stories from?” Well I was going through some photos and saw this one. It was dated Jan. 10, 1900. The caption mentioned Chiefs Smoky Joe Martin (R) and John O’Hara (L) wish Lt. Tom Kain of Engine 212 a Happy 44th Birthday. Well I know a lot about “Smoky Joe” and some about Chief O’Hara. But Lt. Kain was new to me. A quick search of my files told me: Kain joined the FD in 1882 and died as a result of smoke inhalation at the age of 70 in 1931. He died hours after starting his 50th year in the FD. Chief O’Hara would become deputy chief in charge of Brooklyn and Queens before he died as a result of smoke injuries in 1926. Smoky Joe was forced to retire due to smoke injuries in 1930. He out-lived them all passing in 1941.
50 years on the line! Iron men indeed!
They, and the photo, will be a chapter in my new book “Stories of Fire 2.” Hopefully a year or so away. Paul Hashagen Res1cue FDNY
Back to the research!

FDNY Life Saving Corps

From the Vault:
The FDNY Life Saving Corps. In 1882 the FDNY purchased the first scaling ladders from Chris Hoell of the St. Louis Fire Department. He was brought in to teach the first classes.
In 1883 General Orders #4 stated: The Life Saving Corps, will be devoted tom instruction and training in handling and using scaling ladders, life lines, etc. and all other life saving appliances now in use or here in after introduced.
This was half of the School of Instruction, the other part was general instruction in the duties of a fireman. There was also classes for engineers (steam engine pump operators), company commanders and other officers.
The engraving schools the Corps during a demonstration, scaling ladders and a roof rope rescue. The ladders are gone…but the ropes remain! Paul Hashagen