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Ready to roll from Springfield Fire Headquarters on North Fountain Avenue

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

A TYPICAL DAY - 1949




Fire Division Runs for May 23, 1949


The Springfield Fire Division operated eight engines, three trucks and an emergency squad in the years following World War II.

Then as now, the city's firefighters answered a wide variety of calls for help, as noted in the list of runs for May 23, 1949 and printed in the next day's Springfield Daily News.
  • 479 Selma Rd. - Emergency Squad assisted Mrs. Anna Steinmetz, 83, heart attack.
  • 2245 South Limestone St. - False fire alarm.
  • 237 Northern Ave. - Residence of Joseph Nofz for short in refrigerator wiring. Loss $10.
  • 203 West College Ave. - 2,300 volt electric line fell on parked car.
Of course, there is no such thing as a ``routine call'' in the fire service.
Each alarm has its risks.


A day earlier, a New York Central passenger train collided with Truck 1 at Washington Street and Fountain Avenue, killing firefighter Alfred E. Kime, 33.


The firemen were responding to a report of a chimney fire at 133 West Main Street, the residence of Patricia Kadel.