Albany Firefighters Museum

Albany Firefighters Museum Our goal is to preserve the rich history and proud tradition of the fire service in the City of Albany NY
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03/27/2020

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03/21/2020
These are from the daily run log on March 18, 1937 from Engine 2
03/18/2020

These are from the daily run log on March 18, 1937 from Engine 2

March 11, 1965, Box 4125 was transmitted at 2:40 a.m. for the State University on Washington Avenue. 2nd Alarm at 2:50 a...
03/12/2020

March 11, 1965, Box 4125 was transmitted at 2:40 a.m. for the State University on Washington Avenue. 2nd Alarm at 2:50 a.m., 3rd Alarm at 3:05 a.m. with special call for the Snorkel and E-1.

I would like to introduce myself, my name is William Schmitt and I serve on the Board of Directors of the Museum. What's...
03/11/2020

I would like to introduce myself, my name is William Schmitt and I serve on the Board of Directors of the Museum. What's my connection? I was not a member of the Albany Fire Department, but have a unique connection. Firefighter Frederick F. Schmitt was my Grandfather and Battalion Chief Howard R. Schmitt was my Uncle. Both were LODD's 55 years apart. Howard was an infant when Firefighter Frederick Schmitt died at a fire at Albany Florist Supply on Broadway April 25, 1938.

I would encourage all active Firefighters and Officers as well as those who Retired to take a look at what we are doing in the Storefront of the old R.B. Wing Building.

We want to tell your story and celebrate and remember your History.

Do you have memorabilia, photos, or historical equipment and artifacts? Would you consider loaning it to us. We are beginning to grow!

On this date, March 10, 1962, Box 354 was transmitted @ 1:00 a.m. for 260-262 Central Avenue, followed by a Second Alarm...
03/11/2020

On this date, March 10, 1962, Box 354 was transmitted @ 1:00 a.m. for 260-262 Central Avenue, followed by a Second Alarm at 1:11 a.m. - This was a second fire for this location, the first was on 2/21/62 that also involved 228 Central Avenue.

01/10/2020

Today the Albany Firefighters Museum received a gift of two American LaFrance Albany wooden fire ladders stenciled Ladder3 and Ladder4, 30 and 32 foot in use until the early 1970s. The gift is from the history collection of the New York State Museum. Museum open Sat. and Sunday from 1-3

12/29/2019

The museum will be open tomorrow from 1-3 PM. Come down!

12/20/2019

AS A REMINDER..... Stop by the Albany Firefighters Museum this Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 1-3
Come visit our newly opened museum while enjoying Christmas cookies and coffee 🍪☕️
$10 donation collected at the door
2019 Ornament available for purchase.

12/17/2019

Stop by the Albany Firefighters Museum this Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 1-3
Come visit our newly opened museum while enjoying Christmas cookies and coffee 🍪☕️
$10 donation collected at the door

The Albany Firefighters Museum is proud to present the 2019 holiday ornament, representing Engine Co #4 at the Pinebush ...
12/13/2019

The Albany Firefighters Museum is proud to present the 2019 holiday ornament, representing Engine Co #4 at the Pinebush fire station.

This is the 4th holiday ornament our museum has presented, honoring Albany FD’s proud traditions.

This ornament is on sale now and can be purchased at the Albany Firemen's Federal Credit Union at 532 Central Ave during normal week day operating hours. The cost is $15 for museum members and $20 for non-members and as always, the proceeds go to funding our museum project.

Thank you for your support!

Museum will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3 👏🚒
12/10/2019

Museum will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3 👏🚒

11/15/2019
09/20/2019
05/26/2019

On today’s date in 1912, Hook and Ladder 4 was organized. This company still utilizes its original station on Delaware Ave.

03/31/2019

On today’s date in 1888, Hook and Ladder 3 was organized. Stationed behind Steamer 7’s quarters at Clinton and Ontario, the building still stands today however the company now runs out of the Brevator Street Fire Station

Snorkel co #1 was placed in service today at the Delaware Ave Fire Station in 1962. This new technology in aerial appara...
03/19/2019

Snorkel co #1 was placed in service today at the Delaware Ave Fire Station in 1962. This new technology in aerial apparatus brought advanced firefighting capabilities to the city of Albany. It took 11 days for its first run to a fire on Livingston Ave.

This company closed many years later. We would appreciate the date of closure if you could leave it in the comments.

02/11/2019

Hook and Ladder 5 was organized on today’s date in 1931 and was the last Ladder company organized in Albany. It ran out of the New Scotland Ave station with Engine 11 who continues to be stationed there.

Ladder 5 closed many years later. If anyone has the date of its closure we would appreciate the information in the comments

01/23/2019

Interested in preserving a part of Albany's history? The Albany Firefighters Museum is asking for photos of the City's past and present firehouses for a book we are working on! Please send images and information to [email protected]

Albany Fire Departments first organized recruit class, June of 1972. Training lasted one week. Photo courtesy of: Ret Ca...
12/27/2018

Albany Fire Departments first organized recruit class, June of 1972. Training lasted one week.

Photo courtesy of: Ret Capt Dan Doherty

Another big step to developing a museum to honor the past and present firefighters of the Albany Fire Department and Alb...
12/13/2018
Albany Fire Museum More Likely Thanks to Widow's Donation

Another big step to developing a museum to honor the past and present firefighters of the Albany Fire Department and Albany Permanent Professional Firefighters Association Local 2007. While this ambitious project may still take years to have a physical building, we’re proud that the memory of Lt Brady will be a big part of it along with so many who have donated already to its cause.

Shirley Brady sees this as a great tribute to her husband.

12/04/2018

Unfortunately due to delays in design, we will not have the 2018 holiday ornament for sale this year.

Please visit the Albany Firemen's Federal Credit Union to purchase an ornament from the past years! Thank you always for your support

07/12/2018

On today’s date 1885, the Boardman and Gray piano manufactory and Burch livery stable Fire on North Pearl St occurred, causing massive property loss and the loss of three firefighters in the line of duty:

John Luby - Steamer 2

Fred Wallen - Steamer 4

Daniel Wheeler - Steamer 4

All firefighters were killed when walls began to collapse on them.

05/04/2018

In 1885, the salary for the 64 Hosemen and 24 Laddermen (both equivalent to the rank of Firefighter today) of the Albany FD was $200.00 dollars a year

04/30/2018

In the year 1885, the Albany Fire Department responded to 299 alarms throughout the city, including a large fire in March at the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company’s depot on Church Street, requiring the assistance of the Troy and Greenbush Fire Departments.

04/30/2018
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03/03/2018

On today’s date in 1883, Ladderman Wm. Carlin of Truck Co 2, was killed by a falling wall at the Dunlop Elevator Fire, located on Quay St.

03/02/2018
Schumaker Fire Photography

Thanks Schumaker Fire Photography for sharing this video of the South Enders responding from quarters on South Pearl Street in 1991

Albany Fire Department E5 and T1 responding to a call. 1991

02/06/2018

On today’s date in 1874, Hoseman Alonzo Brown of Steamer Co. 5 died of Bright’s disease (Kidney disease)

The Rescue Squad parked outside of its former home at the Midtown Fire Station, located on the corner of Washington and ...
02/06/2018

The Rescue Squad parked outside of its former home at the Midtown Fire Station, located on the corner of Washington and Western Avenues.

01/31/2018

Fireman John Earley of Steamer Co 1, died of Consumption (Tuberculosis) on today’s date in 1885

Albany Firefighters Museum panels on  display at 384 Broadway, Albany until end of February 2018
01/22/2018

Albany Firefighters Museum panels on display at 384 Broadway, Albany until end of February 2018

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Morning everyone! I acquired this book today, does anyone know the history of it? Was it released in a fundraiser type of way?
Items belonged to my Great Grandfather, Jacob Levy. On January 25,1871, at a meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners he was appointed to fill a vacancy in Steamer Co. No. 4 as a hoseman. In October 1892 at a meeting of the board, Department Physician Lochner reported that he should be retired due to a physical disability, and on motion of Fire Commissioner Ronan, he was retired on October 5, 1892. The board met as trustees of the fund for the relief of disabled firemen and Jacob Levy was placed on the retired list at half pay (annual allowance of $100). John W. Bridgeman was appointed hoseman of steamer 4 in place of Jacob Levy.
This badge belonged to Chief Michael J Fleming. From the collection of retired Rensselaer Firefighter Michael Mann.
Officer George Carey or Carous,Willie Andersen,Jack Fitz, second from right Tommy Coleman.4 Hudson east of Pearl. Best info I have.
Like threading a needle.
This is very interesting to me and would love to know more of it's history and pictures. My Granfather Thomas Kelly was a fireman in the 1920's era and my uncle, Frank Kelly was a fireman after the war. My Grandfather's brother-in-law was also a firema nand his name was William (Willy) Galafaro. My grandfather was injured carrying a baby to a window with a ladder when the boiler blewup with them landing on the sidewalk on Morton Ave. He worked until retirement in the alarm pull station on Delaware Ave. I remember taking a dinner pail up to my Grandfather with my Dad when he worked evenings. My Uncle Willy became diabetic eventually loosing both legs. He became very good friends with the Lombaro's and became a permant fixture holding court to all sitting on a special made bar stool drinking his tonic water at their restaurant on lower Madison Ave.
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Great History Here!
On this date in 1938, Firefighter Frederick F. Schmitt of Engine 2, died after being stricken at a fire in the Albany Florist Supply on Broadway. Firefighter Schmitt left behind his wife Mary Coffey Schmitt and seven sons, the youngest Howard R. Schmitt would later become Battalion Chief.
This is an 1886 photo of Steamer 6, my great great grandfather is Foreman John A. Burns, eventually Captain of Steamer 6 until his death in 1936.
On December 22, 1909, the Albany Journal, printed an article on my Grandfather who passed away one week after retiring after 30 yrs on the AFD, of which 22 yrs were as Tillerman on Truck 2, this happened many yrs ago and my father was only 4 yrs old at the time, the other article was on day of burial, Dec. 24,1909, and he was given a Dept. Funeral. I just posted this as interest in the museum.