Fire Buffs promote the general welfare of the fire and rescue service and protect its heritage and history. Famous Fire Buffs through the years include New York Fire Surgeon Harry Archer, Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler, New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and - legend has it - President George Washington.

Ready to roll from Springfield Fire Headquarters on North Fountain Avenue

Friday, June 20, 2008



Fire conditions can change with lightning speed.

As crews battled a fire at The Peter A. Boggan Co. on Jan. 11, 1932, a floor collapsed ``endangering the lives of the firemen and the chief who were in the basement,'' The Springfield Daily News reported. They escaped without serious injury from the store, which was located at 34 East Main Street.

On Christmas morning 2004, Lt. Doug Buffenbarger of Rescue 1 plunged into the basement of a duplex at 805-807 Innisfallen Avenue after the first floor collapsed. Buffenbarger survived the fall, suffering only minor injuries, according to the Springfield News-Sun.

Several Springfield firefighters jumped for their lives as flames consumed the roof of the B&M Firebglass Co. at 350 South Fountain Avenue on Aug. 9, 1971. A series of explosions cut the firefighters off from their ladders, according to Springfield Fire Capt. Calvin Roberds' book ``From Buckets to Diesels.''

On Sept. 18, 2007, a flashover ripped through a vacant house as crews advanced hose lines inside the dwelling. Battalion Chief Marc Lloyd said none of the firefighters were injured in the incident in the 100-block of Shaffer Street, according to WHIO-TV.