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2nd Alarm - 31-33 Irvington Rd 9/3/12
Feb 11, 2013

Box 724 2nd alarm struck for 31-33 Irvington Rd. Electrical fire in first floor bathroom that extended to upper floors. While responding engine 2 on sights a motorcylce accident at Boston Ave and Mystic Valley Pkwy.

 

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Working Fire - 22 Porter St 8/8/12
Feb 11, 2013

Box 412 working fire struck for 22 Porter St. Electrical fire in the basement that extended to ceiling. Companies on scene at time of box at 35 Porter St.

 

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Working Fire - 61R Putnam St 6/8/12
Feb 11, 2013

Box 239 working fire struck for 61R Putnam St. Lightning strike. Multiple incidents at time due to severe thunder storm.

 

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2nd Alarm - 48 Glen St 3/2/12
Jan 24, 2013

Box 129 2nd alarm struck for 48 Glen St on 3/2/12 for an electrical fire in the attic.

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3rd Alarm - Teele Sq 10/29/11
Mar 06, 2012

This fire occured at 1164 Broadway in Teele Square on Halloween weekend in 2011. Group 1 was working and it went to 3 alarms. It was a 1 story building. It started in a dry cleaners and spread to a nail salon and Chinese food restaurant.

 

 

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244 Broadway - 3 Alarms - 7/5/1996
Oct 17, 2010

 

This fire occurred at 244 Broadway on July 5th, 1996. Group 1 was working and the fire went to 3 Alarms.   This was a 2 1/2 story dwelling with a restaurant on the ground floor.  The cellar was fully involved and spread throughout the 1st floor.

The audio file is 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. This file has been edited to remove some of the dead air that would take up alot of time.

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.

 

 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO FROM THIS FIRE


30 Otis Street - 2 Alarms - 2/16/1985
Oct 17, 2010

This fire occurred at 30 Otis Street on February 16th, 1985. Group 4 was working and the fire went to 2 Alarms.   This was a three story dwelling with a fire in a 3rd floor stairway which fully involved the roof penthouse and spread into the cockloft.

The audio file is 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. This file has been edited to remove some of the dead air that would take up alot of time.

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.

 

 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO FROM THIS FIRE


Church of Glorious Hope - 4 Alarms - 2/8/1975
Oct 15, 2010

The fire at the Church of Glorious Hope took place on February 8th, 1975.  The Church was located at 154 Sycamore Street in the Winter Hill section of Somerville.  Group 4 was working at the time of this fire.  This fire went to 4 Alarms and involved a large church, which was fully involved and the fire also spread to seven adjacent dwellings. Five additional engine companies responded above the fourth alarm.

(Photos below by Ed Fowler)

Heavy fire conditions fully engulf the large wood framed church which was located at the corner of Sycamore Street and Sycamore Terrace.

Firefighters work to save numerous exposed dwellings surrounding the heavily involved church.

Looking down Sycamore Street toward the corner of Browning Road. Fire has extended into multiple exposures.

The audio file is 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. This file has been edited to remove some of the dead air that would take up alot of time.

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.

 

 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO FROM THIS FIRE


Central Steel Fire - 6 Alarms - 11/15/1981
Jan 14, 2010

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 Central Steel fire occurred on November 15, 1981 and went to 6 Alarms. The fire originated in a 1st floor locker room and involved a first floor office before extending throughout the roof.

At the time of this fire, the Somerville F.D. was operating on a low band frequency of 33.86. Low band frequencies such as this are susceptible to what is known as "skip".  This refers to a radio signal being reflected back from the atmosphere to earth in a far away location. As can be heard from the fireground audio at this fire, skip from fire departments in the south were causing havoc for fire alarm.  You will get a good laugh at the southern accents that are picked up in the audio during this fire.  While Somerville Fire was trying to battle this 6 Alarm fire, you will hear the fire department from the south trying to round up members for the Turkey Shoot that day.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO CENTRAL STEEL FIRE AUDIO PART 1

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO CENTRAL STEEL FIRE AUDIO PART 2

 

 


51 Church Street - 10/5/1987
Oct 05, 2007
 

Deputy Chief Dave Salvi supervises operations at 51 Church Street. Fire in a second floor apartment spread throughout the occupied 2 1/2 story multiple dwelling. The building was a total loss.
 
 
Heavy fire vents from second floor windows during the third alarm at 51 Church Street which resulted in serious injuries to Lt. Mark Wall who fell from a third floor window escaping a flashover.   Photos by Jim Swanton.

 

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

 

Lt. Mark Wall was assigned to Engine 2.  Enigne 2 had a line from Engine 3 and were operating on a stairway in the building.  What was unknown at the time was that Engine Three did not go into pump because of mechanical reasons.  The only pressure that they were getting was off the hydrant. Upon a third engine company opening their line (Engine 7) Lt. Wall lost water in his line.  At the same time the fire that they were containing blew out at them. Lt. Wall fell forward while FF Tom Carroll and FF Robert Connelly fell down the stairs. As the room Lt. Wall was in began to flashover he saw a window and was forced to jump out the 3rd floor window to escape the fire.  Lt. Wall fell the 3 stories and narrowly missed falling on members operating on the ground. He landed on his SCBA tank and was severly injuried. Although burned and suffering from a broken pelvis, Lt. Wall was able to overcome the injuries and return to the Somerville Fire Department.

*Because of the size of these files, it may take a minute or so before the audio starts playing.*

Church Street Fire Part 1 CLICK HERE

Church Street Fire Part 2 CLICK HERE


 


202 Highland Ave. 12/6/1986
Dec 01, 2007

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.

 

Deputy Chief Dave Salvi waits for arriving companies during an early morning blaze at 202 Highland Avenue on December 6, 1986. The first of four alarms was struck at 0354 hours for a fire in a ground floor apartment which extended throughout the occupied apartment house. Ladder Two rescued two occupants over aerial. Off duty Somerville Fire Alarm Operator Frank Lee along with two fellow sparks Mike Salvi and Ted Pendergast pulled the street box opposite the fire building and conducted a search of most of the building. (Frank Lee photo)

Heavy fire vents out the ground floor apartment on the "B" side of 202 Highland Avenue. Deputy Chief Dave Salvi directs operations while Ff Bill Hallinan and Captain Joe Higgins prepare to place an attack line into operation. (Frank Lee Photo)

An occupant is rescued over Ladder Two's aerial. The occupants were trapped in heavy smoke. (Frank Lee photo)

(Photos below by Ted Pendergast - firstduephotos.com)

 

To hear the Audio File from this 4 Alarm Fire CLICK HERE

 


M. Sharf Company Nov. 1981
Aug 14, 2007

 

 

 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.

  

M. Sharf Company Fire Part 1 CLICK HERE

 

M. Sharf Company Fire Part 2 CLICK HERE

 

M. Sharf Company Fire Part 3 CLICK HERE

 

M. Sharf Company Fire Part 4 CLICK HERE

 

M. Sharf Company Fire Part 5 CLICK HERE

 


4th Alarm - 387 Somerville Ave. - 1986
Sep 08, 2009

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.

 

This 4 Alarm fire took place at # 387 Somerville Avenue in 1986 with extention to the surrounding buildings.  While this fire was being fought, another fire broke out on Highland Avenue in the apartment building next to Engine 7's quarters. 

 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO PART 1 OF THE FIRE AUDIO

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO PART 2 OF THE FIRE AUDIO

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO PART 3 OF THE FIRE AUDIO

 

 


Working Fire - #25 Cross Street 3/29/84
Dec 03, 2008

This Working Fire took place at #25 Cross Street on March 29th, 1984.  Group 2 was working.  A high tension line fell against the building resulting in a surge which ignited a fire at the meter area in the basement and also a fire at the roof line that ignited the attic.  There were hurricane strength winds at the time.

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.

To listen to the audio from this Working Fire CLICK HERE


2nd Alarm - #19 Linden Ave 3/15/83
Dec 03, 2008

This 2nd Alarm fire took place at #19 Linden Avenue on March 15, 1983.   Group 3 was working.  This 2 1/2 story dwelling had been vacant for many years. Fire started on 2nd floor & extended throughout the 2nd & 3rd floors & through the roof.  302 was Deputy Chief Lou Crescentini & 303 was District Chief John Gover.

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.

To listen to the audio from this fire CLICK HERE

 

 


Daley Foam Fire Oct. 1981
Aug 11, 2007

 

 

 

 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.

 

Daley Foam Fire Part 1 CLICK HERE

 

Daley Foam Fire Part 2 CLICK HERE

 

Daley Foam Fire Part 3 CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 



2 Fires from 1984
Sep 08, 2009

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.

 

The first fire occurred at #129 Sycamore Street on July 28, 1984 (Gr.3 was working) 2 1/2 story dwelling with heavy fire conditions on 2nd floor extending to the third floor and roof area.
 
The second fire occurred at #54 Bonair Street on May 29, 1984 (Gr.1 was working) 2 1/2 story dwelling with rear of basement heavily involved spreading in walls to all floors. 17 year old occupant suffered smoke inhalation.

To listen to the Sycamore Street fire audio CLICK HERE

To listen to the Bonair Street fire audio CLICK HERE


3rd Alarm - Brown School 1/3/1983
Jan 31, 2009

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.

 

This 3rd Alarm fire took place on January 3rd, 1983 at the Brown School located at 201 Willow Avenue.  The fire had begun outside the school when some kids lit a pile of Christmas trees on fire and it eventually extended to the inside of the school.

To listen to the Audio from this fire CLICK HERE

If anyone has any photos from this fire, please contact Capt. Charlie Breen at Engine 7's quarters or via email at  CBSFD@aol.com

 

 

 


Paul Revere Apartments 3/10/1979
Mar 04, 2008

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 fire at the Paul Revere Apartments located at 391 Broadway occurred on March 10, 1979 and went to 3 Alarms.  The fire originated in a basement storage area with heavy smoke throughout the building.  There was 1 fatality, Vera Jackson a 66 year old female in Apt#24  with approx. 30 tenants rescued over ladders, 6 of which were hospitalized.

Lt. Arthur "Buddy" Ross rescues 2 month old Sharon Ventola over a ground ladder from the blaze at the Paul Revere Apartments.

To listen to the audio from this fire CLICK HERE

 


30 Banks Street 3/3/1977
Oct 04, 2007
 

 

 

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.

 

30 Banks Street Fire Audio CLICK HERE


Marshall Hall Fires - 1974
Aug 23, 2007
 

 

 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.

The Marshall Hall was a large building/dance hall which was located at the corner of Broadway and Marshall Street.  In 1974, there were two fires which occurred at Marshall Hall.  The first fire went to 2 Alarms and the 2nd fire went to 3 Alarms and totally gutted the building.  Somerville Fire Department Headquarters which is located at 266 Broadway today, did not exist there back in 1974.  Engine 1 and a Chief ran out of a station located at the corner of Highland Ave and Medford Street (this station is no longer there).  Engine 2 and Ladder 2 ran out of the Cross Street Station which was located at the corner of Broadway and Cross Street East.  This station is still standing today, but it is no longer in use by the Fire Department. 

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.

1st Fire at Marshall Hall - Audio File CLICK HERE

 

2nd Fire at Marshall Hall - Part 1 - Audio File CLICK HERE

2nd Fire at Marshall Hall - Part 2 - Audio File CLICK HERE

2nd Fire at Marshall Hall - Part 3 - Audio File CLICK HERE

The following photos are from the collection of Hank Brennick

 

Special thanks to Hank Brennick for the use of his photos


Woodbridge Hotel Fires 1979
Mar 04, 2008

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 Woodbridge Hotel located at 27 College Ave. was the site of 4 fires between 1979 and 1980.  The hotel was only occupied during the first fire (3 Alarms) which occurred on March 22, 1979.  The next evening the hotel was back up in flames to the tune of 2 Alarms.  The third fire occurred on June 28, 1979 and went to a Working Fire with a request for an additional engine and truck to the fire.  April 23, 1980- (the last hurrah) 2nd Alarm w/box struck @1246 hrs. (they torched the joint in broad daylight!) Heavy fire in the cellar extended to 2nd floor.  Below is audio from the first two fires on March 22nd & 23rd of 1979.

March 22nd - 3rd Alarm Audio CLICK HERE

March 23rd - 2nd Alarm Audio CLICK HERE

 


Squire Co. 9/1/78 - 10 Alarms
Oct 22, 2007
 

 

  

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.

(Photo above by L. Murray Young)

(Photo above by Bob Marshall)

(Photos below courtesy of Captain Frank Lee - SFD)

 

The Squire's fire was on September 1, 1978. Fire was in a vacant, five story brick warehouse. Fire originated in the basement and spread throughout. The floors of the building were saturated with years of grease from the meat packing industry. An interior attack was initially attempted by members of Group 3 but was abandoned after fire began to spread to upper floors. A collapse of the Medford Street wall destroyed the 303 (District Chief's vehicle). Two dwellings on Medford Street also suffered fire damage. The all-out was not sounded until September 3rd @ 2059 hours.

 

 

Squires 10 Alarm Fire Part 1 CLICK HERE

Squires 10 Alarm Fire Part 2 CLICK HERE

Squires 10 Alarm Fire Part 3 CLICK HERE

 

 

Friday September 1, 1978

41-51 Medford Street - Former J.P. Squire Div.; Swift & Co.

5 Story Brick Vacant Interconnected Former Meat Packing Warehouse

2352 - Box 21 Struck  for a reported fire on Medford Street

Response on Box 21: Somerville Engines 3, 2 & 1; Ladders 1 & 2; Car 303 and Cambridge Engine 3

Saturday September 2, 1978

0003 - Working Fire

Responding to the Working Fire: Car 302 & 410 (The Lighting Plant)

Special Mutual Aid:  Everett Engine 3 to cover Somerville Headquarters

                                           Cambridge Ladder 2 to cover Somerville Headquarters

                                           Everett Ladder 1 to cover the Teele Square Station

                                           Medford Ladder 1 to cover the Union Square Station

0013 - 2nd Alarm

Responding to the fire on the 2nd Alarm:  Somerville Engines 5, 4, 7 & 9

                                                                                       Somerville Ladder 4

Mutual Aid Coverage:  Arlington Engine 2 to cover the Teele Square Station

                                              Boston Engine 32 to cover the Union Square Station

0046 - 3rd Alarm

Responding to the fire on the 3rd Alarm: Somerville Engine 6

                                                                                     Boston Engine 32 & D-2

                                                                                     Everett Engine 3

                                                                                     Medford Ladder 1

Mutual Aid Coverage:  Boston Engine 8 to cover the Union Square Station

                                              Everett Engine 2 to cover Somerville Headquarters

                                              Medford Engine 5 to cover the Highland Ave Station

                                              Arlington Ladder 2 to cover the Teele Square Station

                                              Revere Engine 4 to cover Everett Engine 2's Station

0150 - 4th Alarm

Responding to the fire on the 4th Alarm:  Boston Engines 8 & 10

                                                                                      Cambridge Engine 5 & Ladder 3

Mutual Aid Coverage:  Boston Engine 3 to cover the Union Square Station

                                               Chelsea Engine 5 to cover Somerville Headquarters

0151 - Request 5th Alarm Coverings: 

                                                Boston Engine 1 to cover the Union Square Station

                                                Malden Engine 3 to cover Somerville Headquarters

                                                Medford Engine 3 to cover Somerville Headquarters

0213 - Special Mutual Aid:

                                     Boston Ladder 13 to cover Cambridge Ladder 3's station

0222 - 5th Alarm

Responding to the fire on the 5th Alarm:  Boston Engines 3 & 34

                                                                                      Boston Ladder 15

                                                                                      Malden Engine 3

0222 - 6th Alarm

Responding to the fire on the 6th Alarm:  Boston Engine 40

                                                                                      Belmont Engine 3

Mutual Aid Coverage:  Chelsea Ladder 2 to cover the Union Square Station

0246 - 7th Alarm

Responding to the fire on the 7th Alarm:  Malden Engine 2

                                                                                   Brookline Engine 1, Ladder 2 & C-2

                                                                                     Watertown Engine 1

0255 - 8th Alarm

Responding to the fire on the 8th Alarm:  Boston Engine 1

                                                                                      Lynn Engine 9

                                                                                      Waltham Engine 2

                                                                                      Malden Tower Ladder 3

0255 - 9th Alarm

Responding to the fire on the 9th Alarm:  Revere Engine 5 & Ladder 2

                                                                                     Winthrop Engine 1

                                                                                      Watertown Engine 2

0301 - Request 10th Alarm Coverings

Mutual Aid Coverage:  Waltham Engine 5 to cover Somerville Headquarters

                                                Melrose Engine 1 to cover Somerville Headquarters

                                                Lynn Engine 7 to cover Somerville Headquarters

                                                Boston Ladder 8 to cover the Highland Ave. Station

0312 - Request 10th Alarm Response

Responding to the fire on the 10th Alarm:  Cambridge Engine 1

                                                                                        Chelsea Engine 5

                                                                                        Lynn Engine 7

                                                                                        Waltham Engine 5

                                                                                        Boston D-7

0325 - Cambridge Still Alarm: Cambridge Engine 6 & Aerial Tower 1 to Cambridge Street for Spark Patrol

0359 - Special Mutual Aid:  Cambridge Engine 6 to cover the Union Sq. Station

0416 - Special Mutual Aid:  Medford Engine 4 to cover Somerville Fire Headquarters

Sunday September 3, 1978

2059 - The All Out was sounded on Box 21

 

 

                                   

 

 

 

                                                                                     

 

 

 


Two Fires on March 24th, 1976
Apr 19, 2008

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 fire at the U.S.S. Baltimore Post was at 8 Kenneson Rd which is the area that is now a vacant parking lot to the right of Fire Headquarters on Broadway. Box 322 was struck at 0057 hrs followed by a Working Fire at 0100 and a 2nd at 0111. One story building was fully involved. The fire was on March 24, 1976.

To hear the Fire Audio from the Baltimore Post Fire CLICK HERE
 


The Union Sq Hotel at 45 Union Square was also on March 24, 1976. Box 225 was struck at 1347 hrs followed by a Working Fire at 1356, 2nd at 1400 and 3rd at 1430. The fire started in a 3rd floor storeroom and extended to the third floor and cockloft. One male was rescued from the third floor over Ladder Two's aerial and Lt. Bill Duffy along with Ff's Joe Ghiozzi and Guido Salvi located an unconscious male on the third floor. He was removed but unfortunately died six days later. This was the fourth fire in the hotel during the month. Arson fires occurred on March 13 @ 2315 (locker on 3rd floor and barrel in a vacant room), March 15 @ 2108 (mattress fire in vacant 2nd floor room) and on the same night again at 2153 hrs (mattress fire in vacant 3rd floor room).

 To hear the Fire Audio from the Union Square Hotel Fire CLICK HERE

 


243 Elm Street 2nd Alarm 4/24/1979
Mar 04, 2008

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.

Second Alarm at 243 Elm Street on April 24, 1979. This was one of many arson fires to hit the city in that period. The fire fully involved Pasik's Furniture Store and spread through the ceiling into the adjacent Somerville Jewelers at #241 Elm Street. The box was struck at 2346 hrs followed by the Working Fire @2349 hrs and the Second Alarm @2351. An additional truck company was also requested above the second. (Photo courtesy of Dave Salvi)

To listen to the audio from this fire CLICK HERE


2nd Alarm - 9 Edmunds St. - 3/19/1976
Apr 19, 2008

 

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 fire was at 9 Edmands Street on March 19, 1976. Box 32 was struck at 1039 hours followed by the Second Alarm at 1044. A fully involved second floor front porch spread into the second and third floors. Spontaneous combustion was the alleged cause.   There are a few pictures from this fire posted in Volume 3 of Captain's Corner 2008.

 

To hear the audio from this fire CLICK HERE

 


Two fires from 1971
Nov 10, 2007

 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 following two audio files are from two fires which took place in the month of December in 1971.  The first fire was at the Union Square Hotel and the second fire occurred on Richdale Ave.

 

The fire at the Union Sq. Hotel actually involved a first floor beauty parlor which was heavily involved.  It did not extend into the hotel itself which was on the upper floors. The date was December 23, 1971.  It had an address of 45 Union Sq. and was a four story brick.  It would be the site of several more jobs and a fatality.  Since Somerville shared their freq. with Worchester, the Engines would start with a 40 (401=Engine one) the trucks would start with a 50 (Ladder 1 would be 501) and 404A would be the wagon .

Audio File from the Union Square Hotel fire CLICK HERE

 The fire on Richdale Ave. was #7-9 Richdale Ave. - a three decker.  Fire was in a second floor bedroom and extended to the third floor and roof.  The date was December 3, 1971.

Audio File from the Richdale Ave. fire CLICK HERE 

 

 


Somerville Ave & Laurel Street 8/26/1976
Oct 04, 2007
 

 

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.

 

This fire took place at the corner of Somerville Ave & Laurel Street on August 26, 1976.  It was a vacant three story block with an address of 4-14 Laurel Street / 507-509 Somerville Ave. The 3rd floor was fully involved & the roof collapsed. As was the case in many fires in those days it was an arson job.

 Somerville Ave & Laurel St. Fire Audio CLICK HERE


Hodgkins School Fire - 3 Alarms 1/11/73
Mar 13, 2009

 

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


3rd Alarm - Proctor School - 4/12/76
Jan 11, 2009

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 3rd Alarm fire at the Proctor School located at #54 Hudson Street occurred on April 12, 1976  -   Multiple fires were set throughout the building extending throughout all floors.

 

CLICK HERE to hear the audio from this fire.

(Photos below courtesy of Deputy Chief Dave Salvi)

 

Anyone who has additional photos from this fire, please contact Capt. Charlie Breen.

 




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