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, March 20, 2009


NEW PHOTO - APRIL 30, 2009

On Nov. 24, 1893, Springfield firefighters provided mutual aid to the City of Columbus for a blaze that consumed the Chittenden Hotel and Henrietta Opera House. ``The fire takes from Columbus her best theater, her best hotel and a number of flourishing business enterprises,'' the Daily Democrat of Hamilton, Ohio, reported the next day.


``Those familiar with author Harry Laybourne’sfirst volume on Springfield, or those encountering its history for the very first time, will undertake a journey that deepens an understanding of this fascinating city. Home to Wittenberg University, the Clark County Historical Society, and the Westcott Home built by Frank Lloyd Wright, Springfield has undergone numerous changes in its remarkable 200 year history. Laybourne invites the reader to witness these changes as they unfold. Join him on a fascinating exploration of Springfield, and discover its thriving downtown district, distinctive cultural arena, adaptation to rail and aviation, and perhaps most notably, the many faces who helped to build the city’s identity and profile.''

Thursday, March 19, 2009

OX TEAM - 1800s

"In the days of Fire Chief Simpson the Simpson Lumber Company horses were used in emergencies saving the city the expense of so many horses. Mr Simpson operated a lumber yard in a central location and one year when there was epizootic among the horses an ox team was used by the fire department the hose cart was too heavy for man power." - Excerpt from Benjamin F. Prince history book, 1922

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Photo: Springfield News-Sun
Old Fire Station No. 9
17 West State St., Springfield, Ohio
Closed Jan. 1, 1975
Engine 9, Truck 9


Photos: Wikipedia
On Sept. 15, 1956, fire damaged the King Building at 21 South Fountain Ave. in downtown Springfield, Ohio.