Of course when the paid Paterson Fire Department began inn 1890 all apparatus including the vehicles used to transport Chief Engineers were horse drawn. The term "GIG" originally refered to a light two-wheeled carriage pulled by one horse. However, the term has withstood time and continues to be applied to motorized vehicles used to transport Chiefs.
Chief John Stagg and driver George Pfitzenmeier in their gig in from of the 10 Hotel Street (Later renamed Hamilton Street) Headquarters (early 1900 photo). Notice Dietz Fire King Lantern at rear.
The first motorized Chiefs automobile was purchased in 1911 by Chief Stagg and never again was the Chief transported by horses.
Below: From rear to front: Deputy Chief, Chief and Battalion Chief Cars at 115 Van Houten Street Headquarters. Chief Coyle is in the center car.
1929 photo oh Headquarters at 115 Van Houten Street with apparatus and gigs
Type 61 Cadillac Phaeton -- Chief Coyle and Driver
December 4, 1929: Below is a proposal from Brogan Cadillac-LaSalle for a new LaSalle Fleetwood Phaeton for $3010. The car is pictured below.
Type 61 Cadillac Phaeton
1935 photo of A Shift Battalion Chiefs Charles Nolan, Michael Comer, and drivers J Murphy, J Smith, and Edward Hancock. Below is B Shift drivers J Anderson, R Hickerson and J Dow. 115 Van Houten Street.
1936 Ball Book Photos
Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief and Head Chief Engineer gigs circa 1936 parked outside Headquarters at 115 Van Houten Street. This photo was in the 1936 Ball book.
Deputy Chief Michael Comer at left below
Major purchase of Police Cars and Gigs (note bells on grills) lined up at Fire Headquarters
Chief Thomas Coyle in a 1939 LaSalle with white-wall tires and bell and siren mounted on a special front bumper mount.
January 21, 1939: Accident report from Battalion Chief Michael Comer
List of gigs purchased since January 1945. List composed in 1953
Chief Engineer James Troy and Driver Joseph Dowd with Cadillac (received May 17, 1946 from Brogan Cadillac at a cost of $2734)) parked on apron at 37 23rd Avenue, Home of Engine Company 13, whose Ahrens Fox is seen in background. Photo is late 1940s. This car was quartered at Engine Company 4 on Slater Street as late as 1951.
Circa 1950: Chief's Cadillac outside 115 Van Houten Street. Note Truck Company 2 Ahrens Fox aerial in its bay.
The above Cadillac was involved in a fatal accident at Broadway and Madison Avenue in which Driver Joseph Dowd was killed while driving Acting Chief Kennedy to a fire
Post 1952 photo: Meeting of the Chiefs of Clifton (left) and Paterson (Hobart Strathearn) with Commissioner Jack Stern in between. PFD gig driver: ? Ed Hancock
Deputy Chief gigs: 1947 Dodge coupe at left and a 1950 Ford Deluxe sedan parked outside 115 Van Houten Street at right
1954 Ball book photo of Chiefs aides outside headquarters at 115 Van Houten Street. Left-right: Mario Colatarci, Joseph Leitner, John B. Murphy, Edward Westhoven, Edward Hancock, William Evans, Charles Wullard, William Comer (future Chief Engineer), James Kelley, Raymond Carr.
May 9, 1960: A 1960 Ford Ranch Wagon (OE62W205232) Photo below is a 3rd alarm fire at Trinity Methodist Church (143 Carroll Street). This gig saw service as Car 71 (Assistant Chief), on Match 20, 1963 as Car 72 in 1st Battalion, on February 2, 1964 as Fire Alarm Superintendent. Iy went out of service in July 1971
1964 Fire: Chevrolet Wagon acquired February 9, 1961 - originally used by Car 74 in 3rd Battalion. Transferred to Fire Prevention February 1964 and sold March 10, 1973.
1964: Car 72 (Battalion Chief Gig) a 1964 Chevrolet Biscayne 4 door sedan at 16th Avenue 2nd alarm (#412697184407). In 1969-70 this gig was used by community relations and then sold in 1973
R Salmanowitz/Natoli Collection
1967: Several Chiefs and their aides seen below with the car used by the Assistant Chiefs (Car 71) inside Headquarters at 115 Van Houten Street: Left: Front to back: Assistant Chiefs Joseph Dayspring and Dan Carroll, Deputy Chiefs George Findlow, Michael Weiss and Leo Fitzsimmons. Right side rear to front: Chiefs aide Charles Simpson, Ray Carr, John Palonis, Eddie Westhoven, Joe McCabe, William Savage and Tony Mercadante.
Assistant Chief Theodore Tice, Deputy Chief Michael Fleming, Assistant Chief Gerard Dugan, Assistant Chief William Comer. Chief Aides John Rankin, Fred Ricciardi, Joseph Leitner, James Johnstone, Thomas Ottavino, Pellegrino Vitale
Chief's Office: posed in front of 962 Pirsch Aerial at Headquarters. First row: Captain Ferdinand Pelleschi, Deputy Chief Al Capter (drillmaster), Deputy Chief Solomon Reines, Chief Harold Kane, Captain Joseph Bauer; Standing L-R Captain William Flynn, Francis R. Moore, Antohny J. Corsetto, Carmine J Grossi, Russell Stephenson
Second Battalion: Deputy Chief Alfred Micozzi, Deputy Chief Howard Schoonmaker, Deputy Chief Richard Walmsley. Chief's Aides Carmine Caposella, Joseph C. Perricelli at Lakeview Firehouse
1967: Third Battalion Chief Aides John Mauro, Joseph Ranieri, Deputy Chief Joseph R. Cucci, Deputy Chief Salvatore Madama at Southside Firehouse
1967 Third Battalion: Deputy Chief Jessie McCavitt, Deputy Chief Wilbert Mariani. Chief's Aides Tommy Waterson Richard Tullo, John Maccanico at Riverside FH
Gig at the shop. Angelo Contini at left and Vince Valois on right
Shown is a Paterson Chief's Car Bell circa 1960s: few gigs after 1960s had bells
Drill Masters car at a fire scene in 1970s
Early 1970s Ford LTD Wagon
Car 70 (a 1970 Mercury) at an October 1973 3rd Alarm on Union Ave
November 7, 1974: The position of Chiefs aides are eliminated for Assistant and deputy Chiefs.
1976 Ford Gig destroyed at the Fulton Street Fire April 30, 1978
Car 70 with driver Tony Ziza 1978
Assistant Chief Dayspring and Gig (Car 71) - 1981
May 11, 1981: Aide for Chief Engineer (Car 70) is discontinued
October 1983: Chief's (Car 70) gig parked at Municipal Safety Complex on Broadway
At Madison Ave - but no longer top Chief gig
1983: Second Battalion Chief's Gig at Riverside Firehouse
2nd Battalion Car 73 -- E10 and T3 in their bays
90th Anniversary Parade (Hancock Collection)
Chief Gig at Madison Avenue House - William Comer era (Anthony Natoli collection)
1985 Parade: Chief's Gig
Chiefs Gig Antonio DeFranco photo
1985 photo of Tour Commander gig at Hillcrest FH with ambulance 91
1985 photo of Tour Commander gig at Madison Avenue Headquarters
1985: Third Battalion at Hillcrest Firehouse
Engine 8 in background
First Battalion Gig at a winters fire scene
Madison Avenue Headquarters
Circa late 1980s: Madison Avenue FH: First Battalion Chief's Gig
1990: Chief Gig (Chief John Mauro)
May 1991: PFD purchased four Chevrolet Suburbans: 3 going to battalion chiefs 1 to ambulance supervisor. This ended the era of chief's using station wagons.
1995 100th Anniversary Parade: Tour Commander gig
1996: Tour Commander parked at Northside FH
1996: First, Second and Third Battalion Chief Gigs
Second Battalion Riverside Firehouse
First Battalion Southside Firehouse
3rfd Battalion Northside
2000: Tour Commander at Madison Ave Firehouse
2000: Battalion 1 Gig
Fire Prevention Vehicle 2011
Tour Commander 2015
Gig at work. T Hollritt photo
2014 Battalion Chief Chevrolet Tahoe's
Bill Tomkins Photo
2014 Ball Book Battalion 2, Car #74, Tour 3.
March 2016: Third Battalion gig at Northside FH (Brandon Marsch photo)
May 2016 Third Battalion gig visiting Hillcrest FH
Todd Hollritt photo
2016: Battalion 1
Ron Bombaro photo
November 16, 2016 Tour Commander and Mobile Command Unit -- Ron Bombaro photo
EMS Commander at Madison Avenue FH Bay December 2016
December 15, 2016: Battalion1 at Lakeview Firehouse BC Brian Rathbone
October 2017: Battalion 1 responding on Madison Avenue at Broadway - Ron Bombaro video