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Division 1

DIVISION 1

        In 1912, the title, Deputy Fire Chief, came into use in the Cambridge Fire Department. Prior to this time, the titles, Assistant Chief and District Chief were used. In 1914, the Deputy Fire Chief was quartered with Engine 5 and Fire Headquarters in the new fire house in Inman Square, 1384 Cambridge Street. From 1914 until 1934, the Deputy Fire Chief was located at the Inman Square firehouse. On 25 February 1934, the Deputy Fire Chief was relocated to new quarters at the new Fire Headquarters at 491 Broadway.

photo below: the Deputy Chief's buggy

Deputy Chief's horse drawn buggy
click on the photo to enlarge
photo from the collection of Ed Morrissey

       On 12 June 1956, the city was divided into 2 fire suppression divisions. The downtown division was called Division 1. The Division 1 quarters remained at 491 Broadway until 1973. In 1973, the Division 1 Deputy Chief was relocated to Engine 2 quarters at 378 Massachusetts Av., Lafayette Square. In April of 1981, Division 1 relocated to its present location, the Inman Square firehouse.

photo below: early motorized deputy chief's buggy
Deputy Fire Chief - 1914
click on the photo to enlarge
photo from the collection of Ed Morrissey

photo below: the current deputy chief's buggy
Division 1 Command Vehicle
2004 Chevrolet Tahoe - four wheel drive
laptop computer equipped
placed in service on 15 March 2005
Division1TAhoe2004.jpg (26334 bytes)
Div12004Tahoe.jpg (33379 bytes)

click on the photo to enlarge
- photos by Tara Bithia


DIVISION 1 STATISTICS

FISCAL
YEAR
RESPONSES BUILDING FIRES MUTUAL
AID
88/89 1557    
89/90 1530    
90/91 1628    
91/92 1569    
92/93 1610    
93/94 1573    
94/95 1539    
95/96 1465    
96/97 1461    
97/98 1677 208 12
98/99 1490 156 8
99/00 1701 155 2
2000/2001 1885 165 8
2001/2002 2103 87* 8
2002/2003 2120 82 8
2003/2004 2004 88 11
2004/2005 1627 75 8
2005/2006 1686 61 1
2006/2007 1802 65 0
2007/2008 1649 55 1

*In 2001/02, the definition of a building fire was modified.

For information on Division 1
e-mail Deputy Fire Chief Michael J. Morrissey at
MMorrissey@cambridgefire.org

Division 1 Deputy Fire Chiefs:
Group 1: Deputy Fire Chief Edward B. Morrissey
Group 2: Deputy Fire Chief Daniel J. Turner
Group 3: Deputy Fire Chief Michael Morrissey
Group4: Deputy Fire Chief Edward Mahoney