97 GRAND ST
The Firehouse at 97 Grand Street (corner of Quinn Street) opened on March 18, 1912 (less than one month when the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912. Engine Company 11 relocated to this house from its 10 Hotel Street quarters.
Chronological Listing of the Apparatus
March 18, 1912: Used the Autocar Automobile the company had in the Hotel Street location.
October 1916 photo: Commercial Truck Company Combination Hose and Chemical Wagon with Electric Motor (Serial #7102)
1918 Ball Book Roster
Captain John J. Crowley
Lieutenant William Loughlin
1935: Men of Engine Company 11 A Shift: Captain J Troy, J Dougherty, L Reigotti, L Cannon
1935: Men of Engine Company 11 B Shift: R Campbell, Acting Captain J Hess, H O'Connor, J Reardon
November 30, 1932: 1922 chain-driven American LaFrance 500 GPM pumper (Serial # 5030) acquired from Haledon NJ Fire department: this apparatus had been severely damaged in an accident. The Ahrens Fox representative had it repaired and gifted it to Paterson. In PFD records this is referred to as either a type 12 or type 75 model. The apparatus is seen in this 1942 fire scene photo.
WW II era photo of Auxiliary Firemen on E 11 ALF apparatus
Engine 11 ALF It is partially seen on the left edge of the following fire scene photo along with Ahrens Fox pumper and aerial.
October 1948: 1927 Ahrens Fox Model N-S-4 1000 GPM (Serial 331) pumper formerly used by Engine Companies 3 and 1
1949 Ball book photo of Engine Company 11 "A Shift" Captain James Coyle, John Dougherty, James Rafferty, and Issac Reigotti
1949 Ball book photo of Engine Company 11 "B Shift" Captain John Holly, John Kedash, Basil Brosnan and Robert Magee
March 1953: 1930 Ahrens Fox Model H-P-4 1000 GPM pumper (Serial #2312) formerly used by Engine Companies 1 and 4. Photo below is as Engine Company 4. This apparatus was retired in March 1958 and sat in a field in West Milford NJ before being sold in 1961 to Community Fire Company of Wayne, NJ where it was restored.
1954 Ball book photo: First row L-R: Roger Brosnan, George Reid, Jack Nargiso, Joseph Raneiri. Second row L-R: Captain George Findlow, John Dougherty, John Cichon, George Kilgour, Captain Elia D'Addario. The above Ahrens Fox is in the background.
January 23, 1958: 1953 Seagrave 750 GPM formerly used by Engine Company 3.
E 11 quarters with Pellegrino "Bill" Vitale, Patsy Fusaro, Pat Giglio and Bob Lenoy in front of Seagrave pumper
1967: Men of Engine Company 11 with 1953 Seagrave: Captain Patsy A. Fusaro, Captain Fred Armona, Robert Lenoy, N Ricciardi, Joseph Mendillo, John Minardi, Leonard Saia, Patsy J. Giglio.
1967: Men of Engine Company 11 with 1953 Seagrave: John Alexander, Edward W. Hunt, Captain Joseph O'Neill, Vito Tiritilli, Captain David R. Pickels, George Reid, John Donohue.
December 1, 1969: 1957 FWD Special 1000 GPM (Serial D80294) formerly used by Engine Company 1.
April 1975: Firemen assembled at Engine Company 11 for the funeral cortege of Captain Fred Armona (Supreme Sacrifice). L-R: Captain John Walton, Vincent Zito, Captain Robert Woodruff, James Ramundo, Nicholas Ricciardi, James O'Neill, Captain Terry Pelligrino, and Gary Knorr
February 1, 1978: Company receives a 1971 Hahn 1250 GPM (Serial HC523127120) formerly used by Engine Company 1 and 6.
Interior views of quarters: Note gasoline tank - apparatus would be filled through window while parked on street
September 3, 1982: Department renumbers the Engine Companies (see official order at Overview Page). Engine Company 11 ceases to exist but the company becomes Engine Company 7
November 30, 1983: 97 Grand Street Firehouse closed for repairs and Engine Company 7 relocates to the Hillcrest Firehouse - This came about starting with a Saturday inspection Assistant Chief Joseph Forbes discovered evidence of a floor collapse due to the weight of the Hahn Pumper. A report was sent to Chief Kane and Mayor Graves did a follow up inspection and approved the repair funds.
Partially refurbished FH photo (note new door frame)
August 4, 1984: The refurbished firehouse reopens and Engine Company 7 (note new sign on FH) now operates here using a 1971 Hahn 1250 GPM pumper which had been painted white)
1987: Engine 7 receives a new Emergency One 1500 GPM pumper
97 Grand Street Firehouse with a West Paterson FD pumper on Mutual Aide assignment
2006: Engine 7 receives a new Emergency One 1500 GPM pumper painted red
April 19, 2013: The 97 Grand Street firehouse closes because of structural weaknesses of the apparatus floor and the Engine Company and apparatus moves to the Hillcrest Firehouse on Union Avenue