New York Fire Patrol House Number 2

Posted on: December 14th, 2009 at 6:37 am by

Patrol House 2

Last week, Fire Patrol House number 2 at 84 West Third had its doors open to the street.  The garage was completely empty, so we had an unobstructed view of the interior. A pair of fire poles and an ironwork spiral staircase in the rear.

Inside Patrol House 2

Built in 1906, this elegant structure was part of the under-the-radar, but extremely significant, New York Fire Patrol.  The organization itself was a “salvage corps,” founded in 1839 by the Board of Fire Underwriters with the express purpose of discovering fires and preventing damage to insured properties.  This entailed everything from hanging canvas tarps in broken windows to covering and removing electronic equipment, retail merchandise, and art.

New York Fire Patrol Plaque

According to Citynoise, the Patrol had, at its peak, seven companies and three salvage units.  But, in the late 20th century, the city began to scale back, leaving three main houses.  This one on West Third Street, house #1 in Midtown, and house #3 in Cobble Hill.  Despite appeals to the City Council, the Patrol was shut down for good at 0800 hours on October 15, 2006.  The “ratchets rang for the last time.”

New York Fire Patrol House #2

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  • Anonymous

    The NY Board of Fire Underwriters is not through screwing us yet. As of December 31, 2009 all Retired Patrolman and Officers and their dependents will lose their Health and Life Insurance Benefits. This includes recent widows.

  • Allan F. Hyatt

    Let us not forget that a Fire Patrol member Keith Roma gave his lfe trying to save others during the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Since he was not FDNY his death was not counted in the terrible loss of 343 FDNY members. May he rest in peace.

  • Pete Grieco

    It has been reported that CNN’s Anderson Cooper bought the property and plans on living there. There are 2 bills, 1 in the assembly and 1 in the State Senate to bring the Fire Patrol back. The bills are A09046 and S6090. Good luck to the ex-patrol members and why doesn’t the new york board of fire underwriters put the plaque back on the outside of the building that honors Keith Roma?

  • http://EFTornadoSafeHome.com/ Jean SmilingCoyote

    The other day I ran across the story about the lawsuit against Anderson Cooper by an interior designer who obviously can’t tell the difference between a gut rehab and a plate of calamari. I’ve already e-mailed Cooper and Tamarkin Architects offering to do the interior design w/o injury. An opportunity like this can make fans of “This Old House” drool. I’m grateful to you for the interior photos; I’m in Chicago. But I’d insist on the utmost honor to the history of this building & its people. I have a dear acquaintance who’s a volunteer firefighter. I recently learned about Fire Patrols from a piece on WTTW here. More power to the New York residents trying to get proper honor to the Fire Patrol in various ways.