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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Photo: Roberds collection

On Nov. 8, 1953, fire struck the Moose Lodge at 32 W. Washington St., Springfield, Ohio.

Engine 8 and Box 27 emergency unit (a former city bus) pictured.

The man standing closet to the "bus" appears to have a camera around his neck. Perhaps he was a newspaper photographer.

The man in the coveralls and what appears to be a helmet standing next to him could be a Box 27 member. Or maybe a representative of the gas or electric utility?

The man in the foreground, of course, is a Springfield firefighter.

Who's the other gent in the fedora? A lodge member? A reporter?