Detroit Fire Department History – Flying Squadrons

Today in DFD history – 1908

Detroit Fire became the first department in the nation to use a gasoline propelled auto as a fire apparatus.

two flying squads

Detroit’s Flying Squadorn – the left side is from a postcard.

It was a 6-cylinder Packard.  Dubbed the “Flying Squadron”, it responded to box alarms staffed with 10 men.  The first Flying Squadron was stationed at E. Larned at St. Antoine, Flying Squadron Engine 30.

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  • KEN WALKER

    Building at 9353 Amity St. (formerly known as Vincennes St.) was a DPD 5th Police Precinct from 1909 to 1963. Believe that the building previously served as a horse powered fire station also known as the McCellan St. Station.
    Can you confirm the use of this building prior to 1909?

    • Ken, I have checked the information that I have and I do not show that there was a fire station at that location.

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    Pharaoh Reigns on March 8, 2013 at 8:20 PM said:
    Long live the Squad! A vital element to civilian rescue. To go without them would be comprimising civilian & public safety workers lives: undisputable. “Until you’ve put your life up for collateral for another, you don’t know what lifesaving is all about”. Lt. RM

    • DFDLegacy on March 10, 2013 at 7:27 AM said:
      Said like a true Squadman!

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2014 at 8:25 AM said:

      They were a vital part of the DFD way before EMS

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  • Pharaoh Reigns

    Long live the Squad! A vital element to civilian rescue. To go without them would be comprimising civilian & public safety workers lives: undisputable. “Until you’ve put your life up for collateral for another, you don’t know what lifesaving is all about”. Lt. RM

    • sheryljayson

      Said like a true Squadman!

      • Anonymous

        They were a vital part of the DFD way before EMS