Engine 33 and Ladder 15 are housed at the same fire station – one of the historic fire stations and the oldest fire station in Boston. These two vehicles were specially manufactured and sized to fit through the arched wooden bay doors of the station. The building, built in 1887, is weathered and worn . . . craggy red brick exterior with a steeply-pitched roof. First impression is that it’s much too small of a building for all the activity, heavy tools, and personnel –especially since this landmark is so strategically placed in the downtown area of the city. Located at the top of the hill on Boylston Street just across from the famous Prudential Tower, the firefighters from this station were the first responders to the Boston Marathon tragedy.
Firefighters have always been known for their bravery and these at Boston’s first fire station are no exception. Their duties that day were some of the most difficult that they’ve ever done in their lives, and the event will never be forgotten. However, if they’re not on call, they welcome visitors and well-wishers who stop by to thank them. When tragedies strike, it’s comforting to know that these dedicated professionals – in Boston and thousands of other cities, towns, and communities — are dedicated and ready to help. To all fire firefighters, police men and women, we thank you for your service to us!
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