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Engine Company 5

ENGINE 5

        The Patrick H. Raymond Engine Company Number 5 was organized on Nov. 30, 1874 in new quarters in Atwood's Corner, now called Inman Square. The company was named in honor of Chief Patrick Raymond, the Chief of the Cambridge Fire Department and also the first Black fire chief in the United States. The company began service with an 1863, 400 gpm, horse drawn steamer and a 2-wheel, horse drawn hose wagon.

photo below: Engine 5's 1863 steamer
Engine 5 steamer - 1874
click on the photo to enlarge
photo from the collection of Ed Morrissey

               In 1913, the company relocated to temporary quarters at the city stables on Hampshire St., while their own quarters were demolished and rebuilt. In January, 1914, Engine 5 moved into the new quarters on the old site. This was also Fire Headquarters, the city’s first. Prior to this, the Chief’s office was located at city hall. Later, the Fire Alarm Office was moved to floor #3 of this building. (Both Fire Headquarters and Fire Alarm moved to new quarters in 1933). Engine 5 became the first motorized unit in the Department, using a 3-wheel tractor to pull an 1876 steamer and a new Knox motor hose and chemical wagon.

       Engine 5 became single unit in 1918 with the delivery of a new American LaFrance 1000 g.p.m. triple combination pump. The company became double unit again in 1925 following the delivery of a new American LaFrance hose wagon. While responding to a multiple alarm fire in Somerville, on Nov. 10, 1933, Engine 5’s Pump was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. The pump was totaled and a spare 1917 American LaFrance pump was placed in service. A new Seagrave, 1000 g.p.m. was placed in service on Jan 1, 1935.

       In July, 1948, a new GMC/Robinson hose wagon was placed in service. Engine 5’s Wagon was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident with a rubbish truck on Jan. 7, 1958. The wagon was totaled and a spare was placed in service. A new Ford/Robinson hose wagon was placed in service by the company on March 18, 1958. On Dec. 23, 1962, a 1960, Pirsch, 1000 g.p.m. pump, (formerly Engine 1’s), was placed in service. In July, 1967, a new International/Farrar hose wagon was placed in service.

       On Nov. 28, 1977, Engine 5 relocated to the quarters of Ladder 2, 386 Portland St., while a new floor was installed in their own quarters. The company moved back to 1384 Cambridge St. on Apr. 3, 1978.

        A new Hendrickson/Continental 1250 g.p.m. pump was placed in service on May 4, 1979. On Feb. 5, 1982, a new International/Maxim hose wagon was placed in service. Engine 5 became single unit on June 17, 1985, as the wagon was reassigned to Engine 7. On May 16, 1986, a new International/Saulsbury wagon was placed in service and Engine 9’s 1971 Maxim, 1250 g.p.m. pump was assigned to Engine 5. Engine 5’s Hendrickson pump was reassigned to Engine 9. On Aug. 11, 1989, the original 1979 Hendrickson pump was reassigned to Engine 5. On Aug. 8, 1991, a new Pierce Lance, 1250 g.p.m., four-door- cab pump was placed in service.On 28 April 2000, the wagon was placed out of service. Engine 5 became a single unit company at this time.  On 9 December 2007, a new Pierce Sabor 500 gallon tank, 1250 g.p.m. was placed in service.

(Historical information for this narrative was provided by Ed Morrissey)

eng5 pump & wagon 1999
click on the photo to enlarge
photo by Ed Morrissey

--photo above: Engine 5's previous apparatus
the 1991 Pierce Lance 1250 gpm pump and
the 1986 International/Saulsbury hose wagon
(note: the wagon was placed OOS on 28 Apr 2000)


photo by Tara Bithia

-photo above: Engine 5's current apparatus
the 2007 Pierce Sabor 1250 gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank

 

--photo below: Engine 5 and Division 1's current quarters
1384 Cambridge Street -- built 1913-1914
Inmans Square Fire House - 1914 thru 1999
click on the photo to enlarge
photo by John Hathaway


ENGINE 5 STATISTICS:

FISCAL
YEAR
RESPONSES

BUILDING FIRES

EMS

MUTUAL AID

84/85 1716   322 135
85/86 1625   188 119
86/87 1581   220 97
87/88 1612   397 37
88/89 1734   515 44
89/90 1766 93 468 50
90/91 1645 79 416 43
91/92 1594 101 401 56
92/93 1688 128 481 53
93/94 1929 159 419 51
94/95 1871 135 466 45
95/96 1867 141 464 39

96/97

2014

152

610 47

97/98

2038

193

560

48

98/99 1778 137 486 49
99/00 1956 136 515 42
2000/01 2122 146 498 34
2001/02 2052 74* 619 20
2002/03 2232 61 660 32
2003/2004 2049 78 582 43
2004/2005 1867 65 580 36
2005/2006 1854 62 636 3
2006/2007 2067 53 707 1
2007/2008 2054 56 711 6

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

For more information on Engine Company #5
contact Captain Mark Cunningham at
e-mail:
MCunningham@cambridgefire.org