Camden Fire Department
Ladder Company 1


Ladder Company 1 was organized on September 2, 1869 as one of the original units of the paid Camden Fire Department, and entered service on December 7th, 1869 at the old fire headquarters, 29 North 5th Street, at Arch Street in center city Camden. Ladder Company 1 relocated to a new building erected next door at 31 North 5th Street in 1894, and remained at that site until 1930 when it returned to 29 North 5th once again. 

Ladder Company 1 received its first motorized truck when it was delivered and unloaded on December 8, 1913. It went into service on December 15, 1913. The first run was made on December 18, 1913 at 7:16 PM to 816 Cooper Street, with Steward Bakley driving and William H. Tatem serving as tillerman.

Ladder Company 1 remained at 29 North 5th Street until 1961 when the Camden Fire Department moved its headquarters to 3 North 3rd Street, a building which had formerly housed the Camden Courier-Post newspaper. Ladder Company 1 moved to its present location on November 7, 1978 at 2 North 3rd Street, the corner of 3rd and Federal Streets, when the current fire headquarters building was opened.

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Ladder Company 1 - 1908

Ladder Company 1, 1908: Peter B. Carter, Captain; Peter S. Gray, Lieutenant; Harry Burrough, Tillerman; Steward Bakley, Driver; Howard Currie, Rollo Jones, Harvey Watts, Harry Green, and Edward Finley, Laddermen. One of the laddermen appear to have not been present when this photograph was taken, due to illness or vacation.

LADDER COMPANY 1 PERSONNEL * NOVEMBER 1, 1898 - APRIL 30, 1914

The information below was gleaned from the actual attendance log for Ladder Company 1. Please not that Harvey Watts served with Ladder 1 on three occasions during this period. George T. Quinn, Wright Cox, Henry Grosscup, and Joseph Maxwell each served on two different occasions. 

BENJAMIN L. KELLUM

NOVEMBER 1, 1898

FEBRUARY 28, 1900

CAPTAIN

PETER S. GRAY

NOVEMBER 1, 1898

FEBRUARY 1, 1913

LIEUTENANT

WILLIAM CURLISS

NOVEMBER 1, 1898

JANUARY 15 1899

TILLERMAN

STEWARD BAKLEY

NOVEMBER 1, 1898

ACTIVE on April 30, 1914

 

EDWARD WESTON

NOVEMBER 1, 1898

FEBRUARY 28, 1900

 

HARRY A. HAINES SR.

NOVEMBER 1, 1898

FEBRUARY 28, 1900

 

JOHN GRAY

NOVEMBER 1, 1898

SICK 2/15/1902 - 
DIED ON APRIL 19, 1902

 

GEORGE T. QUINN (1)

NOVEMBER 1, 1898

NOVEMBER 4, 1902

 

WRIGHT COX (1)

FEB 1, 1899

FEBRUARY 28, 1900

TILLERMAN 2/1/1899

GEORGE P. COX
PROMOTED TO 
ASSISTANT CHIEF

MARCH 1, 1900

JULY 16, 1907

CAPTAIN

ROBERT COLKETT

MARCH 1, 1900

FEBRUARY 28, 1905

TILLERMAN 3/1/1900

HOWARD CURRIE

MARCH 1, 1900

AUGUST 1, 1911

TILLERMAN 1/1/1909

JAMES NAVIN

MARCH 1, 1900

JULY 31, 1903

 

HENRY GROSSCUP (1)

JULY 15, 1900

JULY 26, 1900

 

JACOB KELLUM

JULY 15, 1900

FEBRUARY 11, 1901

 

JOSEPH MAXWELL (1)

JULY 16, 1900

FEBRUARY 12, 1901

 

HENRY GROSSCUP (2)

AUGUST 31, 1900

SEPTEMBER 12, 1900

 

J. WILLIAM SIMPSON

APRIL 19, 1902

APRIL 30, 1903

 

CHARLES WORTHNGTON

NOVEMBER 10, 1902

JUNE 30, 1905

 

GEORGE T. QUINN (2)

MAY 1, 1903

AUGUST 26, 1903

 

WILLIAM HILL

AUGUST 1, 1903

JUNE 30, 1905

 

HARVEY G. WATTS (1)

MAY 10, 1904

MAY 14, 1904

 

ROLLO JONES

FEBRUARY 1, 1905

JANUARY 16, 1909

 

WRIGHT COX (2)

MARCH 1, 1905

JULY 16, 1907

TILLERMAN 3/1/1905

CHARLES COOK

JULY 1, 1905

JANUARY 2, 1908

 

HARRY GREEN

JULY 1. 1905

ACTIVE on April 30, 1914

 

EDWARD FINLEY

JULY 1, 1905

SICK ON FEBRUARY 12, 1902 
DIED ON MARCH 5, 1914

 

PETER B. CARTER
TO ENGINE 1 
ON JUNE 19, 1911

JULY 16, 1907

JUNE 19, 1911

CAPTAIN

HARRY S. BURROUGH

JULY 16, 1907

ACTIVE on April 30, 1914

TILLERMAN 7/16/1907

HARVEY G. WATTS (2)

JANUARY 3, 1908

JANUARY 16, 1909

 

SAMUEL HARRING

JANUARY 16, 1909

SEPTEMBER 22, 1909

 

WILLIAM TATEM

JANUARY 16, 1909

ACTIVE on April 30, 1914

TILLERMAN 8/1/1911

HARVEY G. WATTS (3)

SEPTEMBER 22, 1909

SEPTEMBER 1, 1911

CAPTAIN

JOSEPH MAXWELL (2)

JUNE 19, 1911

ACTIVE on April 30, 1914

TO E 5

CHARLES GLADNEY

AUGUST 1, 1911

ACTIVE on April 30, 1914

LIEUTENANT 2/1/1913

HARRY C. ANDERSON

SEPTEMBER 1, 1911

ACTIVE on April 30, 1914

FROM E 5

WILLIAM WALTON

FEBRUARY 1, 1913

ACTIVE on April 30, 1914

 

GEORGE HOLLINS

MARCH 11, 1914

ACTIVE on April 30, 1914

 

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1914 
American LaFrance 75 Foot Aerial Ladder

Ladder Company 1, February 1914: William H. Tatem, Tillerman; Harry Burrough, Driver; Civilian is probably American LaFrance Salesman Clarence Stanford.

1914 
American LaFrance 75 Foot Aerial Ladder

Ladder Company 1, 1914: Joseph Maxwell, Captain; Harry C. Anderson, Lieutenant; William H. Tatem, Tillerman; Harry Burrough, Driver; Steward Bakley, William Walton, Charles Gladney, Harry Green, and George Hollins, Laddermen. This picture appears to have been taken after February 10, 1914 which was Ladderman Edward Finley's last day of work. He died on March 5 and was replaced by George Hollins, 

Philadelphia Inquirer - July 30, 1890
South 6th Street - Mechanic Street - John J. Hayes
Engine Company 3
- Engine Company 1
Samuel Lodge - Mortimer Wilson - William Bogia - Charles Robinson
Cooper Hospital - Daniel Scofield - Ladder Company 1

Camden Courier - May 22, 1925

...continued...

William Chambers - Leonard Megee Thomas J. Nicholas  
Dr. Thomas B. Lee - Dr. David F. Bentley -
David Ellis
Engine Company 2 - Ladder Company 1
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1929 American LaFrance 75 Foot Aerial Ladder

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Photo from early 1950s- 1929 American LaFrance 75 Foot Aerial Ladder
photographs by Bob Bartosz

1952 American LaFrance 100 Foot Aerial Ladder
photographs by Bob Bartosz

1952
American LaFrance
100 Foot Aerial Ladder
photographs by Bob Bartosz

 

 

Ladder Company 1
Evolutions
at
Concord Chemical Company
1698 Federal Street
During Fire Prevention Week 


Fire Drill at Camden Day Nursery
1965 at 327 Stevens Street

May 22, 1965
 

Fire Training
at
Steelman Business School
502 Linden Street

Battalion 1 Chief Allen F. Hess Sr. and Captain Richard Brooks of Ladder Company 1 discuss problem before laddering process began.


Ladder Company 1 in action
photographs by Bob Bartosz

January 3, 1973
photographs by Bob Bartosz

Federal Street
in front of
Dudley Grange

October 9, 1973
photographs by Bob Bartosz

Liberty Public School

740 Spruce Street

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Engine Company 8
&
Ladder Company 2
on scene in front of school

Fire Fighter William Hopkins
at the Tiller
of
Ladder Company 1

March 27, 1977
photographs by Bob Bartosz

Fire at
The Hurley Store
Broadway
& Pine Street

Engine Company 7
with
Ladder Company 1
&
Ladder Company 2

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June 27, 1977
photographs by Bob Bartosz

Fire Headquarters
Third Street
&
Arch Streets

Ladder Company 1 in action
photographs by Bob Bartosz

1128 Haddon Avenue
photographs by Bob Bartosz

Parkside Billiards

Fire fighter does effective job of venting front of pool hall as Ladder Company 1 gets into position above. This fire, on March 24, 1980, went to a Third Alarm with many special calls.

 

Ladder Company 1 in action

1970s-1990s
1970s-1990s
1970s-1990s
1970s-1990s
1970s-1990s
1970s-1990s

1992 Sutphen 100 Foot Tower Ladder

1992
Sutphen
100 Foot Tower Ladder

2009 PAXT 100' EXTENSION LADDER

Ladder Company 1 in action
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Philadelphia Inquirer
October 24, 1920

Peter B. Carter - George Hollins
Ladder Company 1
West Jersey Hospital
Ferry Avenue - Mechanic Street
Peter J. Murphy

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August 14, 1969
Photo by
Bob Bartosz

Canteen Corspman Peter Meyer of the South Jersey Fire Buffs Association serves refreshments to Captain William Ayers of Ladder Company 1 following  battle at tough Third Alarm at Haddon Avenue and Federal Street, August 14, 1969. Standing in background, Fire Inspector William Neale.

Corpsman Meyer later joined the the Philadelphia Fire Department.

 

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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617-619 Bailey Street
December 13, 2007
photographs by Bob Bartosz

Camden NJ Fire Fighter Battle Smokey 2 Alarm Blaze

Shortly after 1:00 PM on December 13, 2007 a police car on patrol spotted heavy smoke coming from a row of vacant dwellings in the 600 block of Bailey Street in the North Camden section of the city.  At the same time Camden Country Fire Radio and Camden Police 911 Center were receiving calls for the same fire location.  Companies were now dispatched along with Battalion 2 Chief Mike DiPascale.  Fire Radio informed Battalion 2 that they were receiving numerous calls and were adding the extra Engine Company to the Box.  

Engine Company 6, under the Command of Captain Sandrock was first on location and reported that he had a row of two story vacant dwellings with the first two dwellings heavily involved and that he was going in service.  Battalion 2 was now on location and informed Fire Radio to strike an All Hands Box and requested an additional Engine and Ladder Company to be dispatched.  

It was a rainy, misty day and the smoke was so heavy that fire fighters had a hard time trying to see up the street to where the fire was located. All of the dwellings were heavily boarded up, making it extremely hard for the fire fighters to make entry.  Truck Companies went up to the roof to ventilate.  Six 1-3/4" lines were now in service as fire fighters were making good progress attacking the fire.  They were able to contain the blaze to two dwellings with some damage to the third dwelling.  About 40 minutes into the fire Chief DiPascale placed the fire Under Control.  The fire is being investigated by the Camden City Fire Marshal's Office and the Camden Police Department Arson Squad.

 

Members of Engine Company 6, commanded by Captain Sandrock, going into 617 Bailey Street
Members of Ladder Company 3
in the command of Captain Andy Magee heading to the roof to ventilate
 
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617-619 Bailey Street - December 13, 2007
photographs by Bob Bartosz

Smoke was so heavy that the fire fighters had a hard time seeing up the street.
Members of Ladder Company 1 led Captain Merklein  and Rescue Company 1
under Captain Glassman  making entry to the heavily boarded up dwellings.   
Fire fighters force their way through heavy smoke to attack the blaze.
Fire fighter used a chainsaw to cut through the boarded-up door

Ladder Company 1 on North 3rd Street
May 11, 2010


Ladder Company 1 on Federal Street
February 7, 2013

Many photographs from the limited edition book 
Fire Department Camden NJ 125 Anniversary 1869-1994
and were taken by Bob Bartosz


Photos from 2010 forward by Phil Cohen

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