Morristown Independent Hose Company Number 1

Morristown Independent Hose Company Number 1 The Independent Hose Company was formed in 1867 to provide fire protection to the historic Town of Morristown. The Independent Hose Company of Morristown NJ was formed on August 13, 1867.
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It's current fire station was erected in 1870 and shares quarters to this day with the Washington Engine Company . Notably a wall used to run along the middle of the firehouse which separated the two companies who used to have a strong rivalry.The Independents, for the most part, were Protestants while the Washington Engine Co. were Irish Catholics. The IHC is proud to have called the famous cartoonist Thomas Nast as a member. Several of Thomas Nast's paintings depicting this relationship are hung in the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum. Legend also has it that President Ulysses S. Grant once visited the IHC's quarters when he traveled through town on the train. Today the Independent Hose Company continues to keep our history and traditions alive and well as one of the most active volunteer companies. With weekly ride-out nights, bi-weekly departmental drills, monthly "Fox Drills" and various local events, we continue to strive to serve our community!

Operating as usual

05/24/2020

The Independent Hose. Co. No. 1’s 1947 Model HT Ahrens Fox goes to her first funeral as the designated caisson.
Retired firefighter James Stanton, Morristown FMBA Local 43 member passed away in December following a battle with cancer.
Rest easy brother.

Our old Engine 3 out and about!
05/11/2020
Morristown FMBA 43

Our old Engine 3 out and about!

Yesterday members of Morristown FMBA 43 & 243 Tour 3 responded with Morristown Fire Bureau’s Engine 3 and Capt. 1 to the Morristown Municipal Airport for a plane off the runway with a reported wheel on fire along with the Morristown Aircraft Rescue Service, Morristown PD, Morris Township E2 and Atlantic EMS.
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The oldest still functioning fire engines having a little get together!On the left our 1994 Darley WS & Co and on the ri...
05/07/2020

The oldest still functioning fire engines having a little get together!
On the left our 1994 Darley WS & Co and on the right is our 1947 HME Ahrens-Fox!!

Out here at the Revolutionary Fool’s muster. Drop by and say hi!
08/11/2018

Out here at the Revolutionary Fool’s muster. Drop by and say hi!

Fantastic picture of Lambertville’s, Madison’s and Morristown’s Ahrens Foxes from after Chatham Borough’s 4th of July Pa...
08/10/2018

Fantastic picture of Lambertville’s, Madison’s and Morristown’s Ahrens Foxes from after Chatham Borough’s 4th of July Parade this year!

Weather permitting our beloved Fox will be attending the Revolutionary FOOLS of Northern NJ muster this Saturday! Come o...
08/08/2018

Weather permitting our beloved Fox will be attending the Revolutionary FOOLS of Northern NJ muster this Saturday! Come out and say hi !!

P.S. if anyone knows where the originals to these photos are please contact us! We would love to have digital copies!

🍀🍀 Come join us today at noontime for the annual Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Morristown!! 🍀🍀
03/10/2018

🍀🍀 Come join us today at noontime for the annual Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Morristown!! 🍀🍀

On scene at the Morristown St. Patrick's Day Parade!

150 Years of Service!
07/12/2017

150 Years of Service!

The Morristown Independent Hose Co. No. 1 will be celebrating our 150th anniversary since our organization date on August 13,1867! We share this anniversary with the Board of Fire Wardens! Please note that there is no event planned at this time.

Some great pictures from yesterday!
06/18/2017

Some great pictures from yesterday!

Another great shot!
06/18/2017

Another great shot!

Drafting at Speedwell Lake in Morristown, June 17, 2017

06/18/2017
Katharine

Some video from drafting yesterday!

Apparatus
06/06/2017

Apparatus

We  hope that everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Day!!We also pay tribute to and remember all of the service men and...
05/29/2017

We hope that everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Day!!
We also pay tribute to and remember all of the service men and women who paid the ultimate price protecting the freedom that we hold so dear.

Here is our company's fearless leader Freddy Richards (On Right, past 1st Assistant Chief and current President) and Cli...
03/12/2017

Here is our company's fearless leader Freddy Richards (On Right, past 1st Assistant Chief and current President) and Clive Jr Coutts (On Left, past 1st Assistant Chief and current Treasurer)!! A special thanks to Katharine Boyle on these awesome shots from the parade!!

Today at the St. Patrick's Day Parade

12/11/2016
Fire Tech and Safety of New England Inc.

Here's a reminder why you need to keep your live tree watered daily for the holidays!!

Don't Forget to Water Your Christmas Tree...... Often !
Be safe in all your holiday celebrations.

Men of the Independent Hose Co. muster at the Morristown Green. Circa 1888
12/08/2016

Men of the Independent Hose Co. muster at the Morristown Green. Circa 1888

Photos and paintings from a bygone era
12/08/2016

Photos and paintings from a bygone era

Photos and paintings from a bygone era

Cops and Rodders hosted by Morristown PBA
09/13/2016

Cops and Rodders hosted by Morristown PBA

Throw back Thursday! Here is a picture of both Ahrens Foxes in the Boonton Parade from an unknown year! If anyone knows ...
09/08/2016

Throw back Thursday! Here is a picture of both Ahrens Foxes in the Boonton Parade from an unknown year! If anyone knows the year this was taken please let us know!

09/05/2016

Needs a little updating but very cool! All about our Ahrens Fox!!!

Registered Number 3464

Model HT piston pumper and hose car with booster tank. Same as #3463. Motor #347186.
May 28, 1946: Invitation to bid on new fire apparatus for Morristown, N.J., signed by Nelson S. Batera, Town Clerk, for one 750-gallon centrifugal pumper, to take 1926 Ahrens-Fox M-X-14 chemical & hose #1309 in trade (bought Ahrens-Fox EC #9100); one 1000-gallon front-mount, twin-triple piston pumper, to take 1917 Ahrens-Fox N-2 piston pumper #909 in trade (bought Ahrens-Fox #3463); and one 1000-gallon front-mount, twin-triple piston pumper, to take 1923 Ahrens-Fox K-S-4 #1138 in trade (bought Ahrens-Fox #3464). Bids to be opened June 7, 1946, at 8:15 p.m.

June 7, 1946: Bid proposal from Frank X. Griesser, representative, Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine Corp., to Mayor & Board of Aldermen, Morristown, NJ, for one Model H-T, 1000 Gallon per Minute, Twin Triple Combination Piston Pumping Engine, Hose Car, and Booster Apparatus. Delivery f.o.b. Morristown, NJ. Shipment from factory with 150 working days after receipt of contract. Bids opened at 8:15 p.m.

June 20, 1946: Ordered by Morristown, NJ.

May 12, 1947: Shipped to Washington Engine Co. #1, Morristown, NJ. Sale by Frank X. Griesser, Ahrens-Fox eastern agent, Bogota, NJ. Price $13,680.65 (was to be $13,700) plus $750 trade-in of 1923 K-S-4 #1138 (which Griesser sold for $1,000 to Fort Lee, NJ).

May 26, 1947: Griesser received payment in full from Morristown, NJ.

May , 1947: In service at Independnet Hose Co., cost $13,700. Replaced 1923 Ahrens-Fox #1138, 4-cylinder, 90 horsepower, bought for $13,000.

Oct. 21, 1955: Ahrens-Fox invoice #1985 to Frank Griesser, 416 Palisade Ave., Bogota, NJ, for Morristown, NJ HT #3464. Two FC-3605 rear wheel cylinder repair kits, one Stewart-Warner 441086 gasoline gauge for dash, two Trico 45042 windshield wipers assemblies with arms & blades for inside & outside of windshield. Total $37.69.

December 15, 1961: Letter from Frank X. Griesser to Morristown, N.J. He can rebuild one of their Model HT pumpers for $950, or both pumpers for $1,900.

May 11, 1963: Letter from Frank X. Griesser to Morristown, N.J., he will fix excessive play in pistons of Ahrens-Fox #3464 at Newark, NJ.

May 15, 1963: Morristown fire chief authorized to have repairs made on Ahrens-Fox #3464.

June 23, 1973: One of 18 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

April 7, 1975: Bill from Frank Griesser for $1288.90, for repairs made to Independent Fire Co.’s Ahrens-Fox at Morristown, N.J., on March 8, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, and April 4.

1975: Operated by Morristown Vintage Fire Association, c/o Paul V. Dugan, 79 James St., Morristown, NJ 07960.

September 20, 1975: One of 6 Ahrens-Foxes in centennial parade at Westfield, NJ.

October 4, 1975: One of 17Ahrens-Foxes leading Fire Prevention Week parade at Morristown, NJ.

June 6, 1976: One of 4 Ahrens-Foxes at parade, Newark, NJ.

June 1, 1980: At antique fire engine parade, Newark, NJ.

June 28, 1980: One of 22 Ahrens-Foxes at Fairchester Hose Haulers muster, Kensico Dam, Valhalla, NY.

1983: Owner is Morristown Vintage Fire Association, c/o Chief Stephen R. France, 33 Atno Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960, phone (201) 538-0381.

1983: Sold to Alex Slavin, Morristown, NJ (see 1930 P-S-44 #2311).

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Fox and quarters restorations
09/04/2016

Fox and quarters restorations

Riding down Main St. during a pause in the parade.
09/03/2016

Riding down Main St. during a pause in the parade.

2nd Annual Antique Firetruck Muster, August 27th, 2016
08/27/2016

2nd Annual Antique Firetruck Muster, August 27th, 2016

08/27/2016
But can you pump? ;P

Drafting water with the Fox in Denville at the 2nd annual Revolutionary FOOLS fire muster and model show!

08/24/2016
The Independent Hose Co. is saddened with the sudden loss of a former member of our company and career member of FMBA Lo...
08/19/2016

The Independent Hose Co. is saddened with the sudden loss of a former member of our company and career member of FMBA Local 43, Vinny Hagensen. Our thoughts go out to his family in this difficult time.
Rest easy brother 😔

Here are behind the scenes shots of some of the A-Team making the magic happen from last night!
07/20/2016

Here are behind the scenes shots of some of the A-Team making the magic happen from last night!

500 Likes!!!
06/20/2016

500 Likes!!!

We have officially gotten 500 likes!!! Thank you all for your support and interest in Morristown's 1st Fire Co.!

We officially won our first trophy with the restored Ahrens Fox! How fitting that this month marks 10 years since we got...
05/24/2016

We officially won our first trophy with the restored Ahrens Fox! How fitting that this month marks 10 years since we got both Foxes back to start the restoration process!

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15 Market St
Morristown, NJ
07960

A few minutes walk from the Morristown Train Station and half a block off the Green.

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Geeting the Fox ready for A funeral Detail
Morristown, NJ, Independent Hose Co.No.1, 1947 Ahrens-Fox Model HT #3646 1000gpm 150gwt .... I shot 07.21.2018 at the Antique Fire Association of NJ apparatus muster, Horseshoe Lake Park, Succasunna, NJ....
Drafting at Speedwell Lake in Morristown, June 17, 2017