Camden Fire Department
Squad Company
7


This unit was originally organized as Engine Company 7 on July 1, 1910 and entered service on the same date at 1115 Kaighn Avenue in South Camden, where it has remained in service in its original building ever since. The unit was re-organized from an Engine to a Squad company on August 1, 2003 at 0700 hours. Squad Company 7 has recently been re-equipped with a new Seagrave Rescue Pumper, and many power tools for heavy-rescue assignments.

On July 1, 2010 Squad Company 7 celebrated its 100th anniversary at the Kaighn Avenue firehouse. Retired Camden firefighters, firefighters from other municipalities, friends and members of the press were made welcome by the on-duty firefighters.


Camden Fire Department
1914 Chief Engineer's Report

Engine Company No. 7

Location 1115 Kaighn Avenue. Second-class Metropolitan Engine and Combination Chemical and Hose Wagon. Went into service July 1, 1910. Carries 900 feet of 2-1/2-inch hose. 

Rank

Age

Residence

Salary

Charles A. Todd 

Captain 

52 

618 S. Fourth Street 

$1,140.00 

Joseph Sparks 

Lieutenant

31 

624 S. Fifth Street

$960.00 

John A. Dold  

Engineer

53

1301 Park Boulevard 

$1,140.00

Elmer Burkett 

Stoker

47 

1009 Penn Street

$1,020.00 

Roy Smith 

Driver

30  

607 Carman Street

$960.00 

William Hunsinger

Driver

37  

741 Walnut Street

$ 960.00 

George Boone 

Hoseman

38 

 605 Mt. Vernon Street

$ 960.00 

Sylvester McGrath 

Hoseman

35

605 St. John Street

$ 960.00 

Horace Cairns 

Hoseman

42

621 Newton Avenue

$1,020.00 


Engine Company 7 - 1914
Camden Courier-Post * June 14, 1969
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Engine Company 7
1910

1115 Kaighn Avenue

1911

Pictured with 1910 American LaFrance combination hose and chemical wagon are George C. Boone, driver; and William Buzine, engineer. Driver Edward Simpson is atop 1902 Metropolitan second class steamer, Stoker James Navin standing in front of the engine.

1912-1914

2nd Class Steamer

1912-1914
circa 1916

In June of 1915 the city contracted to have ten of its horse-drawn fire apparatus refitted with electric-powered motors. This is the 1902 Metropolitan second class steamer pictured above, after conversion. Thanks to Anthony Buono of Valatie NY for clearing this mystery up!

Phil Cohen
December 16, 2014

circa 1916

1910 American LaFrance combination hose and chemical wagon, rebuilt by The Commercial Truck Company of America. This business was founded around 1907 in Philadelphia PA. It commonly was referred to as The Commercial Truck Company and advertised itself as such. The company principally built battery powered electric vehicles. The company introduced a gasoline-electric hybrid tractor in 1915. The company built buses and commercial trucks with capacities ranging from a quarter ton to five tons. Most larger models had four-wheel-drive with an electric motor mounted on each wheel. These usually were General Electric motors.

About thirty pieces of fire apparatus were built on Commercial Truck Company chassis. Camden had 11. Philadelphia also operated at least three.

circa 1930

Wagon Operator: Ray Burgess
Motor Pump Operator: Russell Benson
Officer Standing: Captain Henry Zook

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circa 1950

1927 American LaFrance Pumper

3 firemen were injured in this accident

June 15, 1952

1928
American LaFrance
Combination
#6305

1954

1954 American LaFrance
1000 GPM Pumper

1954

1954 American LaFrance
1000 GPM Pumper

1954

1954 American LaFrance
1000 GPM Pumper

1954

1954 American LaFrance
1000 GPM Pumper

1954

1954 American LaFrance
1000 GPM Pumper

1954

1954 American LaFrance
1000 GPM Pumper

1954

1954 American LaFrance
1000 GPM Pumper

1957

1957 Dodge-American LaFrance
Hose Wagon
200 GPM

1957

1957 Dodge-American LaFrance
Hose Wagon
200 GPM

1957

1957 Dodge-American LaFrance
Hose Wagon
200 GPM

1957

1957 Dodge-American LaFrance
Hose Wagon
200 GPM

1960

1951 GMC

1960

1951 GMC

Late 60s - Early 70s
March 27, 1977

Fire at
The Hurley Store

Broadway & Pine Street

with
Ladder Company 1
&
Ladder Company 2

 

1976

1976 Pierce Squirt
1000 GPM

 

1976

1976 Pierce Squirt
1000 GPM

1978

Engine 7 members in 1978.  
Left to right:
William Huelas
Captain Robert Van Istendal
Mike Galasso
Richard Prosser

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1986

1986 Hahn
500 GPM

 

1986

1986 Hahn
500 GPM

 

1986

1986 Hahn
500 GPM

1992

1992 American LaFrance
Pumper
1500 GPM

 

1994

1115 Kaighn Avenue 

1990s

115 Kaighn Avenue 

 

1990s

115 Kaighn Avenue

1990s

115 Kaighn Avenue

1990s

115 Kaighn Avenue

July 14, 1995

Arriving first with reported people trapped, Engine Company 7 starts water on heavily involved row  dwelling at Rose Street near Atlantic Avenue, Whitman Park. First Alarm with an extra engine for working fire in this occupied building resulted in one civilian fatality.

The fire was the result of a domestic dispute in which the female partner firebombed the home.


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Philadelphia Inquirer - August 30, 1909

Philadelphia Inquirer - August 14, 1910

Alfred L. Sayers - Seventh Ward Republican Club

Philadelphia Inquirer
February 7, 1915
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John B. Kates - William Laird
Howard Mathews
Engine Company 7 - Ladder Company 2
Cooper Hospital - West Jersey Hospital

Philadelphia Inquirer - December 24, 1921

Charles Todd - Charles Watkin - Harry M. Chambers
Alfred Lassby
Engine Company 5 - Ladder Company 2
Engine Company 7

Philadelphia Inquirer - April 28, 1922
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Samuel M. Price - John Hunt - Irwin Bishop - Charles Watkin - William Merrigan  
 
William Reynolds- Harry Armbruster - Cooper Hospital - Lyric Theater
Broadway - Broadway Trust Company 
Ladder Company 2 - Engine Company 7 - Engine Company 8
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Camden Courier-Post * July 22, 1941
...continued...
...continued...
George E. Brunner - William C. Schriver - Leo G. Stephans - Sgt. Ray Smith
Fred Vogel - Samuel Shapiro -
James H. O'Brien - Albert C. Becker - Roy C. Adams
Burnell S. Hartman -
Michael Mungioli - Carrie R. Bean - Anne D. Spooner
Engine Company 1 - Engine Company 3 - Engine Company 7 - Engine Company 8
Engine Company 9 - Engine Company 10 - Engine Company 11
Engine Company 2 (Fire Headquarters)

Albert Barker of Engine Company 7 at 1535 Mt. Ephraim Avenue - 1950s


Albert Barker of Engine Company 7 at 1535 Mt. Ephraim Avenue - 1950s


November 8, 1952 - Photo by Bob Bartosz
Camden Fire Department Engine Company 7 hose wagon vs. 1941 Plymouth at Baird Avenue and Park Boulevard; Police Department Sergeant John Ferry at far right

2419 Arnold Street - April 20, 2005

A reported dwelling fire with a report on an infant trapped was dispatched in Camden City at 0042 hrs.  Engine 10, Squad 7, Engine 8, Ladder 2, Rescue 1, and Battalion 1 responded to 2419Arnold Street.  Camden County Radio advised crews a neighbor reported that an infant was still inside on the 2nd floor.  Engine 10 arrived on location with heavy fire showing from division 2 of a 2 story middle of the row occupied dwelling.  Battalion 1 arrived and struck the all hands.  Battalion 1 also requested another engine and ladder crew.  Rescue 1 arrived and searched the dwelling with negative results.    Secondary searches also were negative.  Crews contained the fire to 1 unit with no exposure damage.  The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the Camden Fire Marshals. 

Story and Photo: Ted Aurig


620 Sycamore Street - June 17, 2006
Story and Photo: Bob Bartosz

Busy 24 Hours in Camden NJ - 6 Working Fires along with  a Rescue





Camden Firefighters  had  a Busy 24 hour tour  starting on June 16th and ending on June 17th with Four All Hands Fire and  Two  second alarms all in the South Camden section of the city. 

The first job was a working fire in a row of two story dwellings in the 1200 block Morton Street.  Later that day they had a working fire in the middle of a row of two story dwellings in the 700 block of Spruce Street a few hours latter in the am hours they were call to the 700 block of Cherry Street

First in companies found heavy fire show in a large 3 story brick dwelling that put  all companies to work with in minutes part of the  structure collapsed  Battalion 1 called for a second alarm. A few minutes latter while to fire was going another alarm came in for a working fire at 908  Haddon Avenue, about 6 blocks away. 

As the companies were coming in they found another blaze a block away from the first job, in a row of 2 story dwellings  at 903 Haddon Avenue. 

Fire Radio put in a Special call to Camden County Fire Units to respond into the City, Fire Companies from Gloucester City, Oaklyn, Westmont, Collingswood, Pennsauken Township were put to work fight these blazes. By 4:30 AM all the fires were placed under control. 

A few hours later Firefighters were dispatched to 620 Sycamore Street for an Explosion and Fire with reports of people trapped. Engine 8 was first in with  Captain Dan Baker. He reported he had the end of a row brick 2 story dwelling that had exploded  and had numerous people injured and one  victim still  trapped on  the collapsed second floor and  he requested the Second Alarm to be transmitted. 

Rescue 1 was arriving with Captain Frank Sandrock and Battalion 1  Chief  Daryl Lewison along with Squad 7 and Engine 1 and Ladder Companies 2 and 1  and Battalion Chief 2 Mike Dipascale on the second alarm with Engine Companies 6 and 9, Ladder 3 and Special Operations Rescue  unit and Car 3 with Deputy Chief Mike Harper  and Chief of Department Joseph Marini in Car 1. 

Firefighters could hear a female calling for help from the collapsed  second floor.

Firefighters went to work shoring up the collapsed building.  Captain Sandrock of Rescue 1 was OPS Officer. About 30 minutes later firefighters were able to get to the badly injured woman. She had burns over 70 percent of her body. Rescue 1 firefighter Eli Hall was sent up the ladder  to bring her down. Camden EMS removed her to Cooper Hospital Trauma. 

Two other males were blown out of the second floor of the building onto the street and were taken to the hospital by Camden  EMS. Two of the victims were admitted in critical condition. Car 3 Harper place the assignment control. 

The explosion is under investigation by the Camden Fire Marshal Office and Camden Police Arson Unit along with the ATF.

Cherry Hill Twp Canteen Unit RIT team and Rehab Unit, and County Fire Police and Camden County Field Com units were Special called. This was a Busy 24 hours with 4 All Hands and 2 second alarm fire and a life saving rescue.

 

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"100 Years on the Avenue" - July 1, 2010
Firefighters David Goree and Daniel Seybert
Captain Brian Emenecker and Firefighter David A. Smalls
Firefighter Daniel Seybert
Firefighter David A. Smalls
Captain Brian Emenecker and Ernie Santone, CFD retiree
Visiting Firefighters
Dave Hernandez, staff photographer from www.phillyfirenews.com
and
Firefighter Daniel Seybert

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Firefighter Gerry Medina, Fire Department Chaplain
July 6, 2010

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Squad Company 7 - December 2010
Captain Bryan Emenecker, 
Firefighters Dan Seybert,  Joel Thompson, Tony Smalls

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Squad Company 7 - 2010
Captain Bryan Emenecker, 
Firefighters Joel Thompson, Dan Seybert, & Tony Smalls

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Photo taken from second floor of Squad Company 7
February 22, 2013

Parking the Cadillac in front of the Firehouse is selfish and rude.
Seeing this car being towed to the impound lot has to make one smile.

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Squad Company 7 - April 27, 2013
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Squad Company 7 - April 27, 2013
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Many of the photographs on this website are from the limited edition book "Fire Department Camden NJ 125 Anniversary 1869-1994" and were taken by Department Photographer Bob Bartosz. Others are courtesy of Joel Bain of the Camden Fire Department. More recent photos were taken by Phil Cohen.

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