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Squire Co. 9/1/78 - 10 Alarms
Updated On: Mar 06, 2012
 

 

  

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.

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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

 

 

                                   

 

 

 

                                                                                     

 

 

 


 
 
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