Release: November 1999
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The Woodlawn Section of the Bronx was originally part of the City of Yonkers, which included the land North of Gun Hill Road to Marble Hill. New York annexed all the land between the Bronx River, Harlem River and the Hudson River. Before the annexation, the Avalanche Hose Company #7 provided fire protection to this part of Yonkers. Once annexed the City of New York did not replace the Avalanche Hose Company and the area had no fire protection for 25 years. On July 1, 1899 Woodlawn had its own fire company; when Engine 69 was placed in service.
After World War I, Harlem's population was exploding with the extension of the subway system and rail lines. As with any growth the demand on city services also increased. The fire department realizing this need would have to place another engine company in service someplace in Harlem. Because of the geography of the area many of the existing Engine companies had long runs to reach Harlem. Engine 69 showed it was needed in the area, therefore, it was placed in service on permanent status on September 12, 1918.
Over the years, no matter whether in Woodlawn or Harlem, Engine 69 has been providing the citizens of New York City with loyal fire protection. No matter what the call is a fire, EMS, or public service Engine 69 will be ready and willing to help for the next 100 years.
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