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Early fire apparatus in Albion

Posted 22 April 2013 at 12:00 am

The Albion Fire Department was the first in Western New York with motorized fire apparatus. The Dye Hose Company in 1913 purchased this Thomas Flyer truck. The AFD says it was the first fire truck outside New York City.

The Active Hose Company No. 2, another group of Albion firefighters, acquired a fire truck a year later. Henry Hudson is pictured on the truck. The Active Hose Company No. 2, Hart Protective Hose Company No. 3 and Dye Hose Company No. 5 consolidated in 1976 into the Albion Fire Department. The fire hall on Platt Street displays these fire truck photos and many other historical images of the department’s history, which stretches back to 1828.