This company was organized September 12th, 1828. Their apparatus was the double decker owned by the Phoenix Manufacturing Co., and operated by employees. During the brief (14 year) existence of the company they were quartered in a two-story frame building on the south side of Boudinot (later called Van Houten) street. Their machine, seen below, was the only double-decker apparatus ever in service in Paterson, and the membership, as a rule, was composed of persons in the employ of the Phoenix Corporation.
The term double decker is explained as follows: Look closely at the etching below: notice what looks like slabs of wood on the top surface of the water tank above the front and rear wheels. They are actually foldouts (like leafs on a table) on which firemen would stand as they lifted and pushed down on the side arms (called brakes) that extend from the pumping cylinder. Those arms are quite long so in this type of apparatus some men also stood on the ground and did their "pumping." So with men on the ground and on the "deck" of the engine the term double deck was used. On every other Paterson hand pumper, men stood on the ground to use the arms (brakes).
Each member was provided with a white duck coat which hung on a peg in the engine house. The question of who was to pay sundry hills incurred by the company and other petty squabbles were the cause of frequent debates at meetings of the fire wardens, and finally, on August 11th, 1842, the wardens notified the company that their services were no longer needed, and their connection with the fire department of the town of Paterson was severed.
February 2, 1883: Alderman Pollitt's history of the Paterson Fire Department (from the Firemen's Herald) Phoenix Company 4
Engine Company 6
When a new goose-neck engine was purchased for Neptune No. 2, in the spring of 1840, their old engine was placed in charge of a new company which was stationed at the corner of Broadway and Mulberry streets. The company was short-lived, never having over thirteen members, and they were disbanded December 6, 1842.
Union Engine Company 7
Paterson citizens residing in the Totowa areas organized a new fire company and officers were elected. A lot on Sheridan Ave was donated to build a house. They planned to petition the Council for an old apparatus. This may have been the forbearer company of Lexington Engine 7 discussed below.
Guardian - Curtesy Dennis Morrison
October 25, 1867 Press
November 12, 1867 Press
Lexington Engine Company 7
This company was instituted in 1868 and was composed of residents of Totowa, and their engine was the Smith machine previously used by Washington Engine No. 3 at the time the latter company's Jeffers steamer came (circa 1863). They were quartered in a one-story frame building at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and Henry street. The company was soon disbanded. Their last appearance in public was on a Saturday afternoon, when they took their engine to "Molly Ann's" brook for a "wash" and left her there.
January 4 1868 Press
February 8, 1868 Guardian
February 10, 1868 Press
January 16 Press
November 5, 1869 Guardian courtesy Dennis Morrison
April 14, 1868 Press
July 22, 1879: New hose company organized and hopeful of recognition - to be called Knickerbocker or Manchester
December 6, 1884: Alderman Bramhall proposes old steamer of Protection Engine 5 be stationed at West Paterson (Stony Road) for proposed Lincoln Engine Company 10
December 31, 1885: Initial organization of Lincoln Engine 10 - Was never established
January 2, 1886: Members of Lincoln Engine 10 determined to get a fire company approved
January 21, 1886: Lincoln Engine 10 still seeking approval for a steamer
March 21, 1886: Lincoln 10 garnering Aldermen votes
March 22, 1886: Board of Aldermen does not allow formation of Lincoln 10 will not happen