36 CIRCLE AVE
The 36 Circle Avenue firehouse at the intersection of North 3rd and Clinton Streets was opened on January 10, 1913. It was built on the side of a cliff and has five stories, with level 3 being the floor on which the apparatus exited the firehouse. This bizarre occurrence as featured in Ripley's "Believe it or Not" book.
Chronological Listing of the Apparatus at Circle Avenue House
January 10, 1913; First Size Robinson Combination Motor Hose and Pumping Engine ("Jumbo") pictured below
1918 Ball Book Roster
Captain John McGurk
Lieutenant Peter J. Breen
Carl Rose (in Armed Forces)
1923: First Size American LaFrance Combination Hose Chemical and Pumping Engine (Serial # 4415) pictured below at a 1928 parade on Broadway (note solid rubber tires). Driver is William McKelvey.
1923 ALF on apron at Circle Avenue, now with pneumatic tires.
1935: Men of Engine Company 12 A Shift: Engine 12 crew: (L to R) Captain Joseph Mariani, George Probert, Ray Thompson, William McKelvey, Herb Dodds and Watson Lauder
1935: Men of Engine Company 12 B Shift: Captain Peter J. Breen, James W. Sturrock, H Donaldson, Nicholas Attema, George A. Walls, Peter Ihrman
Front view, apparatus was housed on the 3rd floor, as the firehouse was built into the cliff
Circa mid 1940s: Left to right: Firemen Bill McKelvey, Ernie Wildermuth, Edward Westhoven and Howard Probert.
October 1948: Engine Company 12 receives a new 1000 GPM Mack Model 95 pumper
1949 Ball book photo of Engine Company 12 "A Shift" Captain Nicholas Attema, William McKelvey, Robert Marion, Paul Horomanski and Ernesst Wildermuth
1949 Ball book photo of Engine Company 12 "B Shift" Captain Thomas Scholfield, Edward Peters, Henry Borgman and Albert Horomanski
January 1952: 1951 FWD Waukesha, Model 145 GKB, 6 Cylinder, 1000 GPM pumper: shown blow at 115 Van Houten Street when brand new. Company number not yet affixed in photo below. Fore more information visit the FWD page
June 14, 1954: Engine Company 12 and Truck Company 2 were both damaged in a collision at Main Street and Broadway at 12:54 AM. Photo below shows the accident (as they were returning to quarters from a car fire at Cross and Passaic Streets). Fireman William Gallagher was sent to St. Joseph's Hospital and Captain Joseph Nardella treated at scene. In the columns below there is a typo (misprint) - Deputy Chief Day is actually Chief Joseph Bray
Here is the official, very detailed report from Chief Hobart Strathearn
1967: Men of Engine 12 in quarters with FWD pumper: Michael Fleming, Joseph Ozene, Leonard Bremus, Captain George Kilgour, Captain Donald Salmanowitz, Edward R. Kane, William Rasp, John A, Cichon, Anthony Lott.
1967: Men of Engine 12 in quarters with FWD pumper: Kenneth Doland, Captain Henry Borgmann, Captain Anthony Corbo, Albert Roth, Harold T. Morcom, William C. Filipelli, Harold Nicholas, Theodore C. Galus.
1968: Plywood riot roofs installed: cropped and full views below
Out of service photos
After being junked
1954 Ball Book photo: L-R: Captain Nicholas Attema, Captain Thomas A. Scholfield, Pelligrino Vitale, Edward Peters, Captain Albert Horomanski, Henry Borgmann, John Darakjy, William Gallagher, Robert Marion, William McKelvey (in his 42nd year of service)
June 22, 1971: 1971 Hahn 1250 GPM pumper (Serial HC523127121)
Charlie Gorla, Bob Woodruff, Craig Christen at Circle Avenue
November 5, 1979: 1979 American LaFrance Model 1250 Century pumper painted yellow (Serial CE6621). Detroit in-line 6, Allison Transmission HT-740D
September 3, 1982: Engine Company 12 put out of service and renumbered as Engine Company 9
Drilling along Passaic River (River & Bridge Streets)
December 4, 1984: Because of structural issues the large pumper had to vacate 36 Circle Avenue and Engine Company 9 relocated to 77 Highland Street and the Satellite Company was created.
December 4, 1984: Satellite 9 ran out of 36 Circle Avenue using 1976 Ford Crewcab (formerly used by Squad 1) with two 1200 gallon deluge guns and hose. Two men manned the Satellite while the Captain and two firefighters were assigned to the actual pumper on Highland St. Circle ave was not the best of areas...It could somewhat unnerving with only 2 firefighters in that house in a high crime area.
While the actual Engine engine was located on Highland St, quite a distance away, if the squad pulled up first due, they stretched the line and waited for the first arriving Engine to pull up and hooked into them....Other than that they connected with the "Mothership" at a fire scene.
January 13, 1985 at 39 Lafayette Street fire