Extra Photos of Fire Trucks, possibly some not included in the company categories. Some of the photos were taken off the web and some were scanned or copied from collections. In order to share all the extra photos with you we had to omit the photos details. We placed the "LONGISLANDFIRETRUCKS" watermark on the photos for accountability purposes because we just don't have the time to label every single extra photo we have with all the details. If the photo was taken or scanned by someone else the marks are still on the photo. The details for most of the photos can be found in the company categories. Thanks to all who have contributed. Enjoy.
The volunteer ladder company '61' was driven by a paid guy and volunteers would drive to the scene in their POV's. In 1968, when the Snorkel was delivered, the 47 ALF was moved to Maple Blvd (Station 1) and operated by volunteer ladder co. 1. Ladder Company 2 (from the West End) then operated both 62 (55 ALF) and 72 (Snorkel). The company was then split into 2 separate companies, 62 with a paid driver and 72 in the west end operated by the volunteers.
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The gentleman in the picture above is Ted Wilson, a member of my company in the original Fire Dispatch office. This was 1965. Ted was one of several volunteers who responded to Hqs and handled a call, once we were alerted. Back then the Police would recieve and send out our calls.
In the picture, below the desk in front of Ted was a large black box with a set of 4 dials for 4 digits and a wind up key and pushbutton. This was the old gamewell system with which we sent out the 4 numbered code on the three fire horns in the city. It also activated from the alarm boxes on the streets throughout the district. You could tell where the call was by the 4 numbers which were listed in the LB Guide, which had the entire list for all of town.
To Ted's left is the tape machine that punched in the same numbers when the horn blew and was the only way we knew when an outside box was pulled, as to where it was. Also to his left was a two way radio for the fire frequency and above that was the speaker. Next to that, the white box was a Plectron tone generator encoder.
In 1961, when Ray Kerr was chief, the city purchased this and dozens of receivers called Plectrons, which were FM receivers and were given to the volunteers to keep in their homes, so that they would be alerted when a call came in. Before their use, the volunteers had to count the numbers to know where they were going. In my early days, my plectron would activate and the police would give out the call, for example, beep and then "Fire 29 Wyoming" If they weren't busy, they would blow the horns, but many times, it would be Ted or one of the others who got there who would set them off. If you were not home, you didn't know anything for quite a few minutes and response was slow, if any at all.
In 1969, to alleviate this problem, the City under pressure from the Department, hired volunteers as full time paid dispatchers and placed under the command of the first Chief Dispatcher, Jerry Lamagna. I was one of those original dispatchers (#11) and worked there until 1994, during which time I also had served as Chief dispatcher.
The system is much more modernized today with modern technology, but the location is still the same.
Mike Stiglitz Ex Capt, LBVFD
Courtesy of Chuck Jacobi
The following 3 photos were sent to me by John Caracciolo, LBFD retired. Taken outside the old City Hall on Park Ave and believed to be in the late 20's or early 30's. The first ladder truck is shown in the photos. If anyone has any other info on these photos please email me
This great photo was found by Lowell Taubman of the Historical Society. The prominent tower you see was the lookout / bell tower for the Alabama St. Firehouse. The bay doors can be seen in the open position (red triangle placed just below the doors) , so the rig might be out on a call ! This photo believed to be prior to 1932 and looks east down Beech St. The photographer would have been standing at about Vermont St. This building still stands today at the NW corner of Alabama and Beech, though the tower has been significantly cut down. Notice some of the buildings on the South side have not yet been constructed and the trolley tracks are still down !!.
Special thanks to Chuck Jacobi
Written by Chuck Jacobi
If you haven't figured it out already from some of the captions on photos, the Long Beach Fire Department witnessed, first hand, the changing face of the city. A combination of construction which was built to burn, lack of sprinklers, closely built structures and steady ocean winds, which quickly accelerated fires, combined to make Long Beach the busiest fire department on Long Island. In the early days, lack of fire hydrants, paved streets and no bridge to the mainlaind (until 1922) also contributed to fires raging out of control very quickly.
The Long Beach Fire Department was established sometime in 1910. I don't have the exact date of the original charter. So for the past 100 years the men and women of the LBFD have been risking their lives to save the lives and property of the people who live, work and visit Long Beach. The department was, and still is, primarily staffed by dedicated, highly trained, volunteers. A small career staff was hired many years ago to provide an immediate response around the clock until the volunteers could reach the scene. Both professionals and volunteers work hand in hand at emergencies. It was my involvement in the LBFD, on Engine 2342, in the late 70's which sparked my interest in this work as a career.
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