Code 3 Port Chester, NY Sutphen Tower Ladder 2 (12932)
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Release: January 2002
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Harry Howard Hook and Ladder
It was in 1857 that Harry Howard decided to seek the office of Chief Engineer.
His first official act after assuming his new office was to establish the bunk
system. The system enabled the firemen to sleep in the firehouses at night and
respond to alarms much quicker. He kept the firemen on constant alert and was
instrumental in saving countless numbers of lives and many millions of dollars
worth of property. The loss by fire under Chief Howard's administration was
reduced to such a degree that the rates of fire insurance were reduced
considerably. Harry Howard passed away on February 6, 1896 at the age of
seventy-four. To all the men of Harry Howard Hook and Ladder Company here in
Port Chester he will always be remembered as our very special and close friend.
Harry Howard Hook and Ladder now responds with a 1981 Seagrave 100' Tiller
Ladder, and the 1999 95' Sutphen Tower Ladder. Both apparatus are 'first due'
trucks. The company responds to an average of 700-800 calls of all natures:
fire, lockouts (vehicles and residential), water conditions, stuck occupied
elevators and many others.
The firefighters go through strenuous training each year in ladder company
operations, rappelling, and firefighting safety and survival. The members of
Harry Howard Hook and Ladder are a dedicated and integral part of the Port
Chester Fire Department.
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