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Engine Company 1

Engine Company #1

 

Engine 1 History

            Engine 1, called, "Cambridge 1," was organized in 1832 and was located in a building on Church Street, near Harvard Square. In 1854, the company moved to new quarters adjacent to the police district station on Church Street.

          On 20 June 1859, a new Hunneman hand Engine was placed in service by the company. During 1864, the house was remodeled and on 18 September of that year a new Amoskeag 400 gpm steamer and a Hunneman 2-wheel hose carriage with 900’ of hose were placed in service with Engine 1. On 10 Jan 1872, a new 4-wheel hose wagon built by Jones Company was placed in service carrying 1000’ of hose.

          In 1875, Engine Company #1 moved to new quarters in the city building at the corner of Mount Auburn and Eliot Street (where the Harvard House Hotel is now located). On 15 March 1883, a new steamer built by Manchester Locomotive works was placed in service. During 1885, Engine 1’s quarters was renovated. The living quarters was moved to the second floor and the city’s first sliding pole was installed.

          In 1890, a new Abbot and Downing hose wagon was placed in service. In November of 1921, Engine 1 was motorized when the company placed a new American LaFrance 750 gpm pump and a new American LaFrance hose wagon in service. Engine 1 was the last horse-drawn engine company in the city. (Ladder 2 was the last horse-drawn company).

          In 1928, Engine 1’s quarters was condemned and Engine 1 relocated to the quarters of Engine 6 at 176 River Street. On 25 February 1934, Engine 1 moved to new quarters at 491 Broadway. The 491 Broadway fire house is the current home of Engine 1.

          In January of 1940, a new Pirsch 1000 gpm pump was placed in service. In July, 1948, a new GMC/Robinson hose wagon was placed in service. In 1960, the 1947 fog wagon, previously in service with Rescue 1, was placed in service with Engine 1. Engine 1 became a 3-piece company and remained so for a few years. Also in November of 1960, the company placed a new 1000 gpm Pirsch pump in service.

          On 23 December 1962, Engine 1 placed in service as the pump, the 1948 Pirsch 1000 gpm formerly assigned to Engine 6. In July of 1966, a new International/Farrar hose wagon was assigned to the company. On 14 October 1971, a new Maxim, 1250 gpm pump with 300 gallons of water was placed in service as the pump. On 3 July 1977, a new 1000 gpm American LaFrance pump with 55’ Squrt articulating boom was placed in service as the wagon. This piece was lettered as "Tower Wagon 1."

          Engine 1 became single-unit on 6 May 1980. The Maxim pump was reassigned to Engine 8. On May of 1984, the American LaFrance Tower Wagon was placed out of service for refurbishing. It returned to service on 31 October 1984. The company ran with a spare pump during this time period. On 9 July 1991, a 1979 Continental 1250 gpm (former Engine 5/Engine 9) was assigned to the company. The American LaFrance Squrt Tower Wagon was placed out of service.

          Engine 1 placed a new Pierce Saber, 1250 gpm pump, with 500 gallon water tank, in service on 24 December 1996. The rebuilt Squrt boom from the former Tower Wagon is mounted on this new pump.

           On November 19, 2009, Engine 1 became a Paramedic Engine Company.  At least one Paramedic and one EMT Basic will be assigned to the company at all times. 

historical information provided by Ed Morrissey

Engine 1 Photo Gallery

click on the photos below to enlarge

Engine 1 - C1875

Engine 1
in front of quarters - circa 1875


Engine 1 Hose Wagon - C 1875Engine 1 Steamer - C 1875

Engine 1 Wagon and Engine 1 Pump 
circa 1875


Engine 1 Wagon - 1948 GMC/Robinson

Engine 1 Wagon
1948 GMC/Robinson Hose Wagon


Engine 1 pump - 1960 Pirsch

Engine 1 Pump
1960 Pirsch 1000 gpm


Engine 1 pump - 1971 Maxim

Engine 1 Pump
1971 Maxim 1250 gpm

all above photos are from the collection of Ed Morrissey


Engine 1 Statistics

Fiscal Year Responses Building Fires Emergency Medical
1990/1991 2119 82 391
1991/1992 1726 76 310
1992/1993 1840 122 338
1993/1994 1878 138 275
1994/1995 1889 117 312
1995/1996 1936 154 263
1996/1997 1781 159 203
1997/1998 1750 184 156
1998/1999 1743 147 185
1999/2000 1907 167 165
2000/2001 1934 149 168
2001/2002 1917 63* 198
2002/2003 1947 51 174
2003/2004 1881 49 202
2004/2005 1768 57 237
2005/2006 2018 55 601
2006/2007 2123 54 669
2007/2008 2124 49 662
2008/2009 2372 60 777

For questions on Engine Company #1, contact the captain
Captain Raymond E Vaillancourt
e-mail adress: rvaillancourt@cambridgefire.org

Engine 1

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