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
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FDNY Life Saving Corps

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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
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First Motorized Apparatus of the FDNY

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The first motorized apparatus of the FDNY was a 1909 Knox high-pressure hose wagon, shown here in front of Engine Company No. 72 at 22 East 12th Street (today the Cinema Village theater). This hose wagon was one of the first three firefighting vehicles to simultaneously arrive on the scene of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire on March 25, 1911. Pretty salty guys. By Lou Rufrano. Check us out www.gettinsaltyapparel.com

FDNY Ladder Co. 137

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Hook & Ladder Co. 137 in 1915. Their rig is an 1913 American La France. The company was stationed at 243 Beach 116th Street in Rockaway Park. This company responded on the second alarm (only one ladder on the first alarm) to the Arverne conflagration on June 15, 1922. That job went to 5 alarms, using 24 engines and 7 ladders. It was no day at the beach!

Article by Paul Hashagen
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FDNY Ladder 137

Mugging for the camera 1955

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Aug. 29, 1955: A relieved mugging for the camera, after two firemen, Malachy Cox, left, and Gilbert O’Neill rescued Eugenie Ward of Chicago from her burning room at the Madison Hotel on 58th Street. While the two men were making their dramatic rescue, Otto H. Knocenhauer, deputy fire chief in command of the Fire Department’s Third Division, was overcome by smoke in a vain attempt to reach Mrs. Ward’s locked room.
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Historic Antique Fire Hose Nozzle Bottle Opener

New Historic Antique Fire Hose Nozzle Bottle Opener
This Historic Fire Nozzle bottle opener was inspired by the Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Company nozzle of 1917.  The ‘open’ and ‘closed’ shutoff handle operates to open any bottle and help you put out your fiery thirst!  This vintage nozzle weighs an impressive 10oz. and is 6 inches long. The antique plated cast metal bottle opener looks like its been through the war years.
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