Wilmington Volunteer Fire Department, 1899, Company Descriptions

FRIENDSHIP FIRE CO. No. 1

Located at Tenth and Shipley Streets. Instituted December 22nd, 1775. Incorporated January 5th, 1805. One second size La France steam engine, one four wheel Silsby hose cart with two 3 gallon fire extinguishers. Driver of Engine William J. McGonigal.

RELIANCE FIRE CO. No. 2.

Located at S. E. corner Fourth and Lombard Streets. Instituted March 6th, 1796. Incorporated January 23rd, 1802. One second size Silsby steam engine, one four wheel Silsby hose cart. Driver of Kngine Hugh A. Duffy.

DELAWARE FIRE CO. No. 3.

Located on French Street near Sixth. Instituted April 22nd, 1819. Incorporated January 26th, 1820. One first class Hayes truck, three horse hitch, four chemical extinguishers, one 85 foot extension ladder, one 45 foot extension ladder, one 33 foot ladder, one 28 foot ladder, one 20 foot ladder, one 18 foot ladder, one 16 foot roof ladder, and one 12 foot roof ladder, making 257 feet of ladders, also sliding bags, life lines and nets and other equipments necessary for saving life and fighting fire. Driver of Truck Charles M. Evans. Tillerman Elias B. Windsor.

PHOENIX FIRE CO, No. 4.

Located at N. E. corner of Twelfth and King Streets. Instituted December 3rd, 1825. Incorporated January 26th, 1835. One first size Clapp and Jones steam engine. One four wheel hose carriage. One second size Chicago Fire Extinguisher Co's. Combination Truck and Chemical, with one 55- foot extension ladder, one 30 foot ladder, one 25 foot ladder, one 20 foot ladder, one 15 foot ladder, one 14 foot ladder, one 12 foot roof ladder, making 171 feet of ladders. One thirty-five gallon chemical tank. One first class ambulance. Driver of Steam Engine James J. Patterson. Driver of Truck William S. Walker. Tillerman William C. Callahan. Driver of Ambulance Joseph C. Hyndinan.

WATER WITCH FIRE CO. No. 5.

Located on Gilpin Avenue above Scott Street. Instituted March 13th, 1833. Incorporated January 22nd, 1835. Disbanded August nth, 1885. Reorganized November 2nd, 1891. Reincorporated April 12th, 1893. One third size Clapp and Jones steam engine. One Holloway Combination wagon, with two 35 gallon tanks, and 20 foot ladder. Driver of Engine Patrick Du-gan. Driver of Combination Wagon Patrick Dougherty.

FAME FIRE CO. No. 6.

Located on Second Street between Shipley and Orange Streets. Instituted January 1st, 1839. Incorporated February 9th, 1841. One second size Da France steam engine one four wheel Silsby hose cart. Driver of Engine John Maguire.

WASHINGTON FIRE CO. No. 7.

Located on French Street between Third and Fourth. Instituted January 4th, 1840. Incorporated February 9th, 1841. One second size Amoskeag steam engine, one double sixty gallon Holloway Chemical engine, one four wheel Amoskeag hose cart. Driver of Steam Engine Joseph H. Green. Driver of Chemical Engine Frank W. Hyatt.

WECCACOE FIRE CO. No. 8.

Located at S. W. corner of Second and Jackson Streets. Instituted July 16th, 1869. Incorporated January 24th, 1871. One second size Clapp and Jones steam engine, one double sixty gallon Holloway Chemical engine, one American Fire Engine Co's. hose wagon. Driver of Steam Engine Thomas F. Kenney. Driver of Chemical engine John A. Campbell.

LIBERTY FIRE CO. No. 9.

Located at A Street and New Castle Avenue, South Wilmington. Instituted September 11th, 1890. Incorporated February 12th, 1891. One third size La France steam engine, one Gleason and Bailey hose wagon. Driver of Engine James Dougherty.

References
1. "Untitled", Annual Report of the Chief Engineer, of the Fire Department, of the City of Wilmington, Delaware, 1899, pages 19-20
See Also
Wilmington Fire Department 1899 Report

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