In nearly every firehouse in Detroit, 24 hour clocks hang near the watch desk. They look similar to the ones in elementary school classrooms. Remember how the school clocks would taunt us, ticking slower and slower as it got closer to recess time? Such good memories. These clocks make me particularly nostalgic when it’s time to “fall back” an hour.
When I first joined the department almost every clock had a Mickey Mouse sticker placed in the center of the glass dome that protects it’s face and hands. Department folklore says that when a certain firefighter wasContinue reading →
A fire at Field’s Suite and Cloak Co. took the lives of 5 Detroit Firefighters when the floors of the five story building collapsed.
Those lost were: Capt. Alexander Cockburn- E2. Ladderman Oscar J. Locke – Hose & Ladder Co. 1 Pipeman Alonzo F. Raymond – E2 Pipeman William J. Schill - Flying Squadron 30 Pipeman Otto A. Matick – Flying Squadron 30
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Reading through a book published in 1898, “Landmarks of Detroit- A History of the City”, I found a passage on the history of the Detroit Fire Department. This is from a passage describing the time period around 1805, when nearly the entire city was destroyed by fire. Hope you find it as interesting as I did. Continue reading →
Detroit becomes the first fire department in the nation to be fully equipped with mobile radios. The last units to receive radios were E-48 and E-60.
Although I don’t know the brand of radio’s Detroit Fire Department used in 1952, they would have looked something like this.
Also in 1952
Telegraph Bureau was renamed as Communications Division
All other fire department Bureaus were changed to Divisions
The buddy relief system was approved by the Board of Commissioners. It went into effect February 15, 1952.
Buddy relief is a system created to avoid firefighters being detained at a scene later than 08:00 am shift change. Out of courtesy, incoming personnel relieve outgoing firefighters between 06:30 and 07:15. The official start of shift is 08:00 am, but with buddy relief, if a run comes in just before 08:00 incoming personnel respond. Those firefighters ending their shifts are already relieved and free to go.
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