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Posted by Nate Goldman on Sunday, January 27th 2019:

In Reply to: Re: Local Brooklyn Firehouse posted by Betsy on Sunday, January 27th 2019:

Ladder 147, along with Engine company 281, is located at 1210 Cortelyou Road; it has been at that location, since 1913. In fact, in 2013, there was a celebration held at that firehouse, celebrating 100 years at that location. As a youngster, I always enjoyed seeing the firefighters who operated the steering of the large latter trucks (tillermen), from the rear. Before I left Brooklyn in the early 1970's, I noticed that the NYFD began replacing those large ladder trucks, which ones which didn't require a firefighter, to steer it from the rear.

Also, I enjoyed seeing the Super Pumper and Tender, which was added to the FDNY fleet in the late 1960's. The latter equipment was housed at a firehouse in Williamsburgh. It would respond to any fire three alarms or larger. I was told that the Super Pumper had the strength of 30 fire engines. In any event, I ascertained that equipment was scrapped, and sold to another country, in the early 1980's. I always wondered if that equipment could have made a difference at Ground Zero, on 9/11/01?

Will, did you also have to climb a rope at Midwood, in the Physical Education class?

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