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Sunday, May 29, 2005
Friday, May 27, 2005
In the spirit of Memorial Day I have attached this picture. This picture is taken in the bedroom of Fire Station #1 in 1942. The event was a gathering of the firefighters who were leaving to go into the Military for the War. I will attempt to look at the Firefighter Roster and name certain individuals that this could have been. I do not have any further information. Notice the clock in the background in the middle. I believe that is what it is. I have heard that all of the older stations used to have the same clock in them. I wonder what became of these clocks. Anyone?
Posted by FireFleitz at 10:06 PM
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Posted by FireFleitz at 4:20 PM
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Posted by FireFleitz at 12:17 PM
Monday, May 23, 2005
Roanoke, VA - The Roanoke Fire-EMS Department responded to an alarm for a structure fire on May 21, 2005 at 416 McDowell Avenue. The call was received through the 9-1-1 Center at approximately 8:36 a.m., and was quickly under control. The response of three engines,one ladder truck, two medic units, one EMS Captain, one Battalion Chief,and one investigative unit were involved in the fire. The cause is under investigation. No one was home at the time of the fire. There were no injuries to citizens or department personnel. The fire originated in the basement of the residence and spread to the first floor. Property loss was determined to be approximately $85,000.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Here is the Sanborn Map of Vigilant Fire Company #1 located at Jefferson and Kirk. This station was built in 1888 and later torn down on April 22, 1977. However it had not been used as a fire station since the new Station #1 was built and put into service in 1906-1907(I am still researching the exact date due to a discrepancy in dates used in the past).
Here is the snapshot of the Sanborn Map locating the Friendship Fire station #3 in 1893. The station is situated in the Northwest corner of 4th St. and East Ave. It is unsure when this building was built, However it was sometime between 1889 (not present in maps), and 1893 as you can see here. The station was joined to a market building next door. This station was utilized by the Volunteers until the City took over the Fire Department in 1903 and the Friendship Fire Company #3 became Station #2.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
So here I find an article from August 19, 1972. The article is about, get this, the Roanoke Historical Society trying to acquire Station #1. Even back then they thought that it would only be a couple of years. They speak of an Eric Miller who was or maybe still is a Salem Firefighter. He is also a fire buff and let the Society use some of his memorabilia for a display at 17 East Kirk Ave. The picture is what caught my attention. There it was, the helmet, in the picture. My helmet, or at least the one that I received from that Captain along with a scale model of a steam engine. The caption under the picture reads "Model steam engine stands beside fire helmet worn by the late Joseph T. Engleby as assistant fire chief for Roanoke. The eagle topped helmet is on loan to the historical society from J.T. Engleby III, and dates to around 1884. WOW.
So the information passed on to me was correct. However I wonder how in the heck did that helmet end up in my hands. I mean this is a very historical piece of the fire department. I guess it is fitting that I ended up with it now that I have undertaken the history of the department.
Now I realize that someone out there might be missing this helmet. Maybe the Engleby family, maybe the historical society. I am not saying it was stolen. Maybe it was just passed along, rightfully so in the department. If anyone else has information on this helmet please let me know. I will attach a picture as soon as I get the helmet out of storage.
Friday, May 13, 2005
Posted by FireFleitz at 2:12 PM
Latest news on the old Station #2 that has eluded Captain Wiseman and myself. After talking to Pete Smith who lives down the street from station #8 (1942-1974) he easily picked out a picture and said that it was station #2. However I told him that it was actually a picture of the Friendship Fire Company #3, which was originally the Union Fire Company both former Volunteer Companies. He said that it was indeed station #2 located at East and 4th, where the main post office is today. So I did a little digging and saw that the information was right under my nose. The location that I have documented for the Friendship fire station #3 and the old Station #2 is the same. So there you have it. The best I can tell is that the City used it as a paid fire station and renumbered it after the Volunteers disbanded and the City took over the fire department. So here is a picture of it as the paid station #2. The Friendship fire company would not have had motorized equipment. If anyone has anything to add please leave comments or contact me at FireFleitz@adelphia.net. By the way this picture can be viewed at the Virginia Room of the Downtown Roanoke Library.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Posted by FireFleitz at 8:50 PM
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Big John #2
Billy April 19,1904
Billy #2 – Raised by J.B. Bean May 16, 1904
Dewey – May 8,1904
Jack – April 19,1904
Jack Cook #2
Sandy – April 1904
Virgie - The First Horse
1.There were 10 horses in the department in 1905.
2.There were 10 horses in the department in 1906.
3.The last fire alarm answered by horse drawn fire equipment was to box # 52 at Franklin Rd. and 3rd ST. S.W. May 18,1918.
4.You can still see the areas on the interior walls of station #1 downtown where the horses would gnaw on the bricks.
5.The horses would begin stirring and kicking when the alarm went off.
Monday, May 09, 2005
By Amber Rhinehart
The 2005 Virginia Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, June 4, 2005 at the Richmond Raceway Complex Horticulture Garden and Pavilion Building. Directions to the Memorial Service can be found at the link below.
If you are interested in being a member of the Honor Guard or bringing apparatus to the service please visit the VDFP website at http://www.vafire.com/ffmemorial.htm for updates.
Posted by FireFleitz at 2:27 PM
Saturday, May 07, 2005
Photo Courtesy of Kent Mcilhany. This is a picture of the MVA on I-581. Crews worked the multiple vehicle accident that closed portions of I-581 north and south bound for several hours. This is a Nissan Xterra in the foreground and an S-10 in the background. M-2 is pictured here with E-5 in the background.
Posted by FireFleitz at 11:08 PM
Thursday, May 05, 2005
The next Chapter
I think that I will begin focusing on historical events in the fire departments past. This will include the big fires, incidents, and any thing else that I might dig up. I might also begin documenting the apparatus of the department. So there you have it, I have mapped it all out.