These audio files are from tapes that were used in a voice activated recorder. Prior to Somerville Fire going to a UHF frequency, they operated without a repeater. Therefore some of the radio traffic was not picked by the voice activated recorder. These and future files have also been edited to remove some of the dead air that would take up alot of time. These files reflect the busiest time on the Somerville Fire Department for fires.
Note: You will need to have Quick Time Player installed on your computer to listed to the Audio Files. If you do not have Quick Time Player and would like to download it for free CLICK HERE
*Because of the size of these files, it may take a minute or so before the audio starts playing.*
For reference, "301" was the Chief of the Department. "302" and "303" were Chief Officers - referred to as "C-2" and "C-3" present day.
The Hodgkins School was located at the corner of Holland Street and Paulina Street in West Somerville. A fire occurred on January 11, 1973 which gutted the school. 3 Alarms were sounded for the fire and an additional 2 engines were requested above the 3rd Alarm assignment.
(photos below courtesy of Deputy Chief Dave Salvi)
To listen to the audio from this fire CLICK HERE