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Former New York City Fire Patrol Houses

- ntatap - Sunday, January 18th, 2009 : goo

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A few years back I decided to go out and photograph the former locations of the New York Fire Patrol past and present. On 15 October 2006 the NY Fire Patrol was disbanded. At one point the Patrol had 7 companies and 3 Salvage Corp units. I was driven to work on this project as tribute to Keith Roma who was a member of the patrol who lost his life on September 11, 2001 during opperations at the World Trade Center. The Patrols primary duty during its existence was to protect property but when saving lives came into the picture these brave men stepped up to the plate and sometimes paid with their lives. More information on the patrol and its history can be found at or on Wikipedia.

Fire Patrol 2 84 West 3rd Street from 1907 until 2006
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Fire Patrol 3 240 West 30th Street from 1895 until 2006
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Fire Patrol 4 113 East 90th Street from 1883 until 1941
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Fire Patrol 6 838 Cortlandt Ave Bronx from 1901 until the moved in 1913
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Fire Patrol 6 1079 Nelson Ave Bronx was originally built as the quarters of FDNY Ladder Co. 49 FPNY relocated to this build in 1949. In 1955 they were renumberd company 5 and went out of service in December 1955
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Fire Patrol 7 133 Norfolk Street from 1907 until 1933
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Salvage Corp Unit 1 12 Dean Street Brooklyn from 1909 until 2006
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Salvage Corp Unit 2 33 Stagg Street Brooklyn from 1896 until 1955 when the company became Patrol 4. It went out of service in 1959
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Salvage Corp Unit 3 516 Herkimer Street Brooklyn from 1906 until 1954
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CartLegger: 18th Jan 2009 - 15:55 GMT

This is an awesome post! Wish I could track down more historical glimpses like this.
keep it up!

Peter: 18th Jan 2009 - 19:36 GMT

yeah, this is a one-of-a-kind post... thanks for collecting all these photos and posting them here, man...

ahrensjim: 27th Jan 2009 - 22:54 GMT

A nice collection of photos of one of New Yorks lesser known services. Thanks for posting them here.

Bobby J: 28th Jan 2009 - 17:40 GMT

Like I said in my e-mail to you great job Anthony.It's amazing when you think about it half the people in the city never even herd of a Fire Patrol. I think they should all be back in service.

John Maloney: 30th Jan 2009 - 21:17 GMT

Great research. 11th Feb 2009 - 20:37 GMT

you got something wrong, bro. Fire patrol#1, not patrol #3, was on 240 w.30th st, i know i worked there, all that was left at that time was #3, in brooklyn, on dean st, #2 on w. 3rd, and #1 on w. 30th st. otherwise a very good job

ntatap: 6th May 2009 - 22:39 GMT

Tommy is right. Sorry about the mix-up. 25th May 2009 - 02:17 GMT

Sorry this comes so LATE!!! At present time, I am the Chaplain for the Oceanside Fire Department on Long Island. My Uncle, Sgt. Michael G. McGee was an honored member of the Fire Patrol 1 located at 240 West 30th Street. On February 14th, 1958, he along with his five fellow brothers, gave their life at the Wooster Street fire. My family was close friends with the Divine Family, both Jim and Joe knew our family well. I was about 13 when he gave his life in the line of duty. Many times, he would take me to the house, and I would spend the day speaking with the "guys" learning about the trucks, and equipment. Years later, when given my call numbers...240 was given as my number. To this day, I think he guides me in my work. Badge 444 was his number. I wonder to this day, what happen to his seared helmet, and the place that was erected in thier honor. God love you men, only you and your chaplains know how God calls to to a great vocation in this life. May you know you are not forgotten.

Keith Seafield: 27th May 2009 - 03:21 GMT

Great post!!! I have an interest in Fire Patrols. What a shame that the first and last Fire Patrol is now for the history books. My grandfather was a Captain on the Chicago Fire Patrol, and being a firefighter myself, it interested me so much that I decided to write a book on the subject. Please feel free to check out my website:

Tim Regan Former FPNY #518: 5th Aug 2009 - 02:16 GMT

Great photos! When did you take those pics in the Bronx on Cortlandt Ave, Stagg Street and Herkimer?

ntatap: 16th Aug 2009 - 15:56 GMT

Sorry I took so long to respond. All these photos were taken in about 2003.


Mary Barnett: 16th Aug 2009 - 19:56 GMT

great post. great american history. thanks.

arnie roma: 28th Aug 2009 - 18:51 GMT

thank you for keeping Keith in your heart,fyi,we are trying to have the insurance industry fund the patrol once again.We have 2 bills pending in the ny state legislature,a09046 and senate6090,if passed it would force the ins.industry to fund the Patrol.please write e-mail to and let him know,he is a state senator trying to kill the state charter they ran under,tell him you support the patrol.

AJ Brofman: 2nd Oct 2009 - 16:57 GMT

Former patrol#2 member #347. Great article.

Phil Ratner Former Patrol#2(1972) #122: 2nd Nov 2009 - 18:56 GMT

Great article and photos. It brings back lots of memories.

Ed Haugstatter: 7th Dec 2009 - 15:35 GMT

I am the son of John J. Haugstatter, Sr. and the first of his 3 sons to join the Patrol,served from 1951 to 1955 then went on FDNY. I worked at #9 with a really great guy and good friend, Mike McGee. I remember working a tour at Eng. 282 and going right over to Wooster Street and working off duty to look for Mike. As a friend, Mike was a great loss to me.

Jim DiNapoli former Patrol#2 (1987) #427: 8th Dec 2009 - 00:46 GMT

I only worked in the patrol for one year before going on to the FD but it was a good year.Met a lot of great guys (including the Legendary Patty Brown R1) in those days. Bring the Patrol back!

Kenny Pogan Sr.: 26th Dec 2009 - 23:35 GMT

Remembering the Patrol back to the days (From 1955) that I buffed in Engine 18. A great loss. Let's remember all the members of the Patrol who died in the line of duty especially Keith Roma Patrol 2. I'm now retired from the FDNY 1967-2006., memories....memories ! KP

ntatap: 28th Jan 2010 - 02:03 GMT

I just read in todays paper that Anderson Cooper purchased the former quarters of Fire Patrol 2 for 3.4 million dollars.

Ron Rizzo: 2nd Apr 2010 - 11:48 GMT

I worked Fire Patrol 3 1966 to 1969 then went to Garden City F.D. Their I worked with two former firepatrolman,Artie Mack & Bob Moem. I lived next door to Haugstatter's and worked with the family.Hope they do bring it back. I am now retired from Garden City F.D.

anon ( 15th Apr 2010 - 14:59 GMT

I worked in Fire Salvage Unit # 4 for the FDNY and met a bunch of great guys. We were located at 648 Pacfic Street Brooklyn. I worked Fire Salvage for 10 years

anon ( 15th Apr 2010 - 15:00 GMT

I worked in Fire Salvage Unit # 4 for the FDNY and met a bunch of great guys. We were located at 648 Pacfic Street Brooklyn. I worked Fire Salvage for 10 years

Mike Ryan FP2 # 339: 1st May 2010 - 03:48 GMT

Great pictures brings back alot of memories.
RIP Keith Roma FP2 #120 9/11/01

bob bohlman: 10th Aug 2010 - 03:08 GMT

Iremember going to the house with my dad in manhattan. His name was William Bohlman he served 27 years. My grandfather also William Bohlman who died before I was born. He is on the honor roll.

Ginny & Terry McCauley: 15th Aug 2010 - 04:05 GMT

Our son, Brian, died on January 24, 2010. He fought cancer which was contracted when he moved the patrol's fire truck on September 11th. It was his with trmendous courage and determination that kept him alive through many painful years. He was on the patrol for 19 years, and was at WTC twice 92 & 2001.I pray many of you will remember him because he frequently made you laugh and was such a creative cook.He never regreted his task and was very proud of the patrol. His uncle Jimmy McCauley served on the patrol for 28 years is sharing our grief. Your article only shows how much this city lost with the Patrol's demise. Let's pray it can be ressurected

Ianniello: 21st Oct 2010 - 14:12 GMT

I worked in FDNY Fire salvage unit # 4 and yes we had a great bunch of guys.

Darnell Jenkins: 22nd May 2011 - 10:26 GMT

I was a member of The FDNY's Fire Salvage Corps for 14 years 1971 to 1985
I worked in Salvage Companies 1,3,4 and 5 I met a bunch of great guys

Dawn Provetto: 17th Jul 2011 - 02:05 GMT

My Dad Sgt.Arthur Williams worked with New York Fire Patrol 1 over 35 years he passed away on Nov 21, 2009 from liver cancer due to 9/ das was my hero

ntatap: 17th Jul 2011 - 03:23 GMT

Dawn, I am very sorry to hear about your father. I just want to let you know that alot of people see your dad as a hero.

Herb: 24th Nov 2011 - 13:13 GMT

Second from last photo is on powers between lorimer and union in brooklyn

ntatap: 24th Nov 2011 - 16:51 GMT

You are 100% right. I checked my notes and that photo is of 12-16 Powers Street Brooklyn. The Patrol was located in this building for just 3 months in 1896. They subsequently moved to 33 Stagg St (which no longer exists) where they remained until the 1950s.

Thanks for you help!!!

anon ( 25th Nov 2011 - 15:43 GMT

great shots keep the fire houses open fuck bloomberg

ntatap: 10th Dec 2011 - 22:57 GMT

The building at 838 Cortlandt Ave is no longer there. It was torn down and a apartment building has replaced it.

Larry Feilich: 4th Jan 2012 - 16:53 GMT

I worked in Patrol #3 from Oct 1978 to July 1993. I had some of the best times there with Yack, Tommy McGee, Jimmy Tolfree and a list to long to type. The NYBFU broke the charter and it is a shame.

anon ( 24th Jan 2012 - 09:17 GMT

I got discharged from the USMC in March '68 & went on the NYFP.... Patrol 3 the same month...stayed there until Sept. '68 when i got appointed to the FDNY.... Ron Rizzo ('66 Barracuda) was the Chauf in my group' good friend "the yack" broke me other friend Larry Brush was in my group's also along w/ Tom Leahy..Frank Geib ... Randazzo.... i was preceded by Howie Carlson & Artie O'Leary so many name's that i cannot even start to list those that have passed through the Patrol...RIP to those gone to a higher level especially Patrolman Keith Roma 9-11.

Michael Guerin: 28th Dec 2014 - 19:22 GMT

Anyone know who ended up with the records of the NYFP after they and the NYBFU went out of business? Tryring to locate anything on my cousin who would have been on the job from 40's to 60's. I wanted to see where he was assigned.

Maureen Keegan-Dickson: 28th Apr 2015 - 16:40 GMT

My father, Joe, and brother, Kevin, were both on the job. I remember going to # 2 & # 3 when I was a kid. If anyone has a picture of my dad, I'd appreciate knowing.

anon ( 1st Aug 2015 - 17:01 GMT

I was in fire salvage 4 at 648 Pacific st had a good time with my guys and helping people it was a good job and the best firefighters in the world Jonathan Witherspoon the all hand express 1075

jack mcdonald: 14th Oct 2015 - 20:46 GMT

Hi all, I was an Auxiliary firefighter before joining the Glasgow Salvage Corps (Scotland) 7 years then becoming a fire safety officer for a large brewing company (31) years, great and sad moments but mostly great memories, the Salvage Corps and the Fire Patrol are sorely missed.

anon ( 21st Dec 2015 - 19:13 GMT

How are you doing Spoon, Will always have great thoughts and fond memories of Salvage 4. Stay well Jimmy I

Virginia McGee Peterson: 24th Jan 2016 - 05:24 GMT

As Mike's daughter I thank you all for Remembering my Dad and those who made such the ultimate sacrifice. Uncle Ed Mom told me many funny stories about you and Dad. It was my Honor to have met you when your Dad died at the Funeral Home. Chaplain Flannery Thank You for never forgetting your Uncle Mike, my Dad. He will always be my HERO and the Angel on my Shoulder. Gone but never forgotten not ever. RIP DADDY you are always in my heart

Charlie Stehlin: 10th Feb 2016 - 22:56 GMT

My dad Gerard P. Stehlin worked for Fire Patrol #1 up until a few months before the Wooster St. fire in Feb 1958. #1 became Fire Patrol #3 after #1 closed down near the Battery.Dad is 91 years old and today he told me "It was 58 years ago come Feb 14th that my Fire Patrol buddies died in the fire." Dad was with Fire Patrol #1 for five years. He knew Seargent Mike McGee and Jimmy Devine,says they were both nice people.He knew Louis Brusati the best as they were on the same crew and they did things together back then.Dad used to go on picnics with Lou & his wife Alice and their two young daughters.They also used to do landscaping together a few days a week. Dad has shared with me numerous times over the years this story: He said the Fire Patrol was the best job he ever had.After five years he decided on a whim to quit,he had a gut feeling to try to do something on his own. He had insurance with the Fire Patrol and it was a secure job and he had a wife and children to feed (I wasn't born yet) but something told him to quit,even though he didn't have another job lined he quit. Michael Tracey was the one who replaced my dad.He was one of the four Fire Patrol members who died in the 1958 fire a few months after my dad quit. If my dad wouldn't have quit I wouldn't be here today sharing this story. To this day my dad has on his wall a framed newspaper account of the Wooster St. fire in 1958 with black & white photos of his Fire Patrol buddies who died in that fire.

Charlie Stehlin: 10th Feb 2016 - 22:59 GMT

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anon ( 1st Jun 2016 - 00:40 GMT

My Dad, Edward T. Jockers, passed last January 15, 2016, at age 92. He had been President of the Firepatrolmen's Association. He served '47-68, West 4th Greenwich village, and 126th St. in Harlem, that I know of. 3 days on, 3 days off. As a boy, I would wait at the window for his return. Dad was a great father to seven of us, and took me alone to the W.4th St. house. They had great times together, with Bill Bohlman and Vinny Dibettedano and those guys. Dad knew personally the Wooster St. guys that were lost.

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