Fire Districts In New York City Pre: 1865

 
 
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The city is divided into eight Fire Districts, as follows:

The First Fire District shall comprise all that part of the city lying north of Twenty-second street, and east of the Sixth avenue.

The Second Fire District shall comprise all that part of the city lying north of Twenty-second street and west of the Sixth avenue.

The Third Fire District shall comprise all that part of the city bounded and containing as follows: Beginning at the foot of North Moore street, on the North river, and extending easterly, in a straight line, to the corner of Church and Leonard streets; thence northerly, in a straight line, to the corner of Eighth avenue and Twenty-second street; thence westerly, along Twenty-second street, to the North river; thence southerly, along the North river, to the place of beginning.

The Fourth Fire District shall comprise all that part of the city bounded and containing as follows: Beginning at the corner of Leonard and Church streets; running thence northerly, in a straight line, to the corner of Eighth avenue and Twenty-second street; thence easterly, along Twenty-second street, to Lexington avenue; thence southerly, in a straight line, to the corner of Elm and Leonard streets; and thence westerly, in a straight line, to the corner of Church and Leonard streets.

The Fifth Fire District shall comprise all that part of the city bounded and containing as follows: Commencing at the corner of Elm and Leonard streets; and running thence northerly, in a straight line, tot he corner of Lexington avenue and Twenty -second street; thence easterly, along Twenty-second street, to the East river; thence southerly, and along the East river, to Fourteenth street; thence southwesterly, in a straight line, to the corner of Leonard and Baster streets; thence westerly, in a straight line, to the place of beginning.

The Sixth Fire District shall comprise all that part of the city bounded and containing as follows: Beginning at the corner of Leonard and Baxter streets, and running thence easterly, in a straight line, to the foot of Market street, on the East river; thence along the East river to Fourteenth street; thence southwesterly, in a straight line, to the place of beginning.

The Seventh Fire District shall comprise all that part of the city bounded and containing as follows: Beginning at the foot of Market street, on the East river, and running thence westerly, in a straight line, to the corner of Elm and Leonard streets; thence southerly, along a straight line, intersecting Wall street, at the junction of Nassau, Wall, and Broad streets, and continued through the Battery to the North river.

The Eighth Fire District shall comprise all that part of the city bounded and containing as follows:

Beginning at the foot of North Moore street, on the North river, and running thence easterly, in a straight line, to the corner of Leonard and Elm streets; thence southerly, along a straight line, intersecting with Wall street, at the junction of Nassau, Wall, and Broad streets, and continued through the Battery to the North river.

In case of fire in the first District, the signal shall be one stroke from the alarm-bells.

In the Second District, two strokes.
In the Third District, Three strokes.
In the Fourth District, four strokes.
In the Fifth District, five strokes.
In the Sixth District, six strokes.
In the Seventh District, seven strokes.
In the Eighth District, eight strokes.

All the engines, hose, and hook and ladder companies, located in the First and Second Districts, shall be required to do duty in both the said districts.

All the engines, hose, and hook and ladder companies, located in the Third and Fourth Districts, shall be required to do duty in both the said districts.

All the engine, hose, and hook and ladder companies, located in Fifth and Sixth Districts, shall be required to do duty in both the said districts.

All the engine, hose, and hook and ladder companies, located in the Seventh and Eighth Districts, shall be required to do duty in both the said districts.

Adopted by the Board of Aldermen November 9, 1850.
Adopted by the Board of Assistant Aldermen November 11, 1850.
Approved by the Mayor November 25, 1850.
The force in each Fire District is as follows:

First District
Ten engines, eight hose carriages, and three hook and ladder trucks.

Second District.
Nine engines, seven hose carriages, and two hook and ladder trucks.

Third District.
Four engines, seven hose carriages, and two hook and ladder trucks.

Fourth District.
Five engines, eight hose carriages, and two hook and ladder trucks.

Fifth District
Four engines, five hose carriages, and one hook and ladder truck.

Sixth District.
Eight engines, eleven hose carriages, and four hook and ladder trucks.

Seventh District
Four engines, ten hose carriages, and one hook and ladder truck.

Eighth District.
Four engines, and four hose carriages.

Resolved, that hereafter all fire companies shall do duty in any two fire districts the Chief Engineer may designate, and that no company be allowed to take their apparatus into any other district, except by his permission or direction, or in case of a general alarm.

Adopted by the Board of Aldermen June 6, 1855.
Adopted by the Board of Councilmen June 8, 1855.
Approved by the Mayor June 12, 1855.

 
First District.

Engines 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 18, 28, 33, 36, 37, 39, 51.

Hose 7, 30, 32, 37, 39, 42, 44, 46, 51, 61, 62.

Hook and Ladder Trucks 8, 9.

Second District.

Engines 1,10, 12, 15, 18, 25, 33, 36,37, 39, 48, 50.

Hose 30, 32, 37, 42, 44, 46, 51, 57, 62.

Hook and Ladder Trucks 2, 8.

Third District

Engines 3, 11, 24, 25, 29, 34, 48, 50.

Hose 11, 23, 24, 33, 35, 38, 40, 55, 57.

Hook and Ladder Trucks 2, 3, 6, 14.

Fourth District.

Engines 4, 9, 23, 24, 29, 34

Hose 5, 11, 19, 23, 24, 29, 35, 38, 40, 55.

Hook and Ladder Trucks 5, 9, 12, 14.
Fifth District.

Engines 4, 7, 9, 17, 19, 26, 28, 32, 41, 44, 51.

Hose 4, 7, 13, 16, 17, 29, 31, 34, 39, 45, 47, 61.

Hook and Ladder Trucks 5, 9, 12, 13.

Sixth District.

Engines 6, 8, 17, 19, 26, 31, 32, 44.

Hose 4, 6, 9, 13, 16, 17, 22, 26, 31, 34, 36, 47.

Hook and Ladder Trucks 5, 11, 13.

Seventh District.

Engines 2, 5, 8, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 22, 31, 38, 40 42, 53.

Hose 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 10, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 36, 41, 49, 50, 53, 54, 56, 58, 60.

Hook and Ladder Trucks 1, 4, 11, 15.

Eighth District

Engines 2, 5, 6, 11, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 22, 38, 40, 41, 42, 53.

Hose 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 15, 18, 19, 20, 25, 27, 28, 33, 41, 49, 50, 53, 54, 56, 58, 60.

Hook and Ladder Trucks 1, 4, 15.

Harlem and vicinity: Engines 35, 49, 52; Hose Company 43; Hook and Ladder Truck 7.
 

Carmansville and vicinity: Engine 27.

Yorkville and vicinity: Engine 45; Hose Company 48; Hook and Ladder Truck 10.

Manhattanville and vicinity: Engine 43; Hose Company 59.

The Yorkville and Harsenville companies will not be required below Forty-second street.

The Harlem, Manhattanville, and Carmansville companies will be under the direction of the engineer of that district.

Resolved, That hereafter all hose companies shall carry not less than nine lengths of hose, and the Chief Engineer is hereby directed to notify all hose companies to comply with this resolution immediately after the passage thereof.

Adopted by the Board of Aldermen June 5, 1855.
Adopted by the Board of Councilmen June 5, 1855.
Approved by the Mayor June 7, 1855.

 

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Article Name:  Fire Districts In New York City Pre: 1865
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina

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BIBLIOGRAPHY: From My collection of books: Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York by D.T. Valentine 1865
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