Camden Fire Department
Ladder Company 3


Ladder Company 3 was organized on March 1, 1900, and entered service on that date in the East Camden firehouse at North 27th and Federal Streets. Sharing a building for over 100 years with Engine Company 9, Ladder Company 3 continues to protect Camden from its home at North 27th and Federal Streets. Battalion 2 is also headquartered at this location.


Ladder Company 3
 About 1905

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1905

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1905

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 29, 1909

Ladder Company 3
Edward Kelly
W. Scott Franklin
Frederick Morse
Dr. H.H. Sherk
North 27th Street
Westfield Avenue

1916

1916 Boyd C.S.T.
Combination Ladder and Chemical

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1916

1916 Boyd C.S.T.
Combination Ladder and Chemical

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May 1960

1957 American LaFrance
4 Wheel Drive 
75 foot Aerial Ladder

Turning south onto Westminster Street from 100 block of Marlton Avenue.

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July 1960

1957 American LaFrance
4 Wheel Drive 
75 foot Aerial Ladder

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1957

1957 American LaFrance 
75 foot Aerial Ladder

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1957

1957 American LaFrance 
75 foot Aerial Ladder

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1950s

1957 American LaFrance 
75 foot Aerial Ladder

Walter's Auto Body Repairs
2203
Federal Street

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April 29, 1968

1957 American LaFrance 
75 foot Aerial Ladder

3500 Block of Federal Street

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August 1972

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1976

1976 Maxim
"F" Series
100 foot Tiller - Aerial Ladder

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1976

1976 Maxim
"F" Series
100 foot Tiller - Aerial Ladder

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1976

1976 Maxim
"F" Series
100 foot Tiller - Aerial Ladder

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1983

1983 Mack
75 foot Tower Ladder

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1980s-1990s

1983 Mack
75 foot Tower Ladder

Fire at 3303 Federal Street

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About 1990

1983 Mack
75 foot Tower Ladder

State Street
North Camden

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1994

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1980s-1990s

1983 Mack
75 foot Tower Ladder

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1980s-1990s

1983 Mack
75 foot Tower Ladder

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1980s-1990s

1983 Mack
75 foot Tower Ladder

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Ladder Company 3
Hook & Ladder Company 3, Hose & Chemical Company 1 & Engine Company 9 - 1924

Hook & Ladder Company 3: Captain Joseph B. Ayres, FF Dave Humphries, Al Dukes, J.A. Mulligan, Bill Mountney, Bill Hopkins. Hose & Chemical Company 1: Captain Charles H. Robinson, FF William E "Pud" Jaeckel, George Townsend, Ken Naylor, Howard Gick. Engine Company 9: Captain John H. Vickers, FF Irv Lederman, Newton Ash, Joe Gentlesk, Al Palmer

Camden Evening Courier - December 13, 1930




William Foehl - Charles Schultz - Newton Ash - Ervin K. Lederman
Engine Company 9 - Engine Company 11 - Ladder Company 3
East Camden - North 27th Street - Hayes Avenue - Federal Street

Ladder 3 on Federal Street - Circa 1946
Photos furnished by Bob Bartosz
Camden Ladder 3 city service truck with chemical tank and 55' extension ladder,
about 1946 at 27th Street and Federal Street

Ladder Company 3
Ladder Company 3 & Engine Company 9 - circa 1946
John Mulligan passed away in July, 1947

Front Row: Clarence Madden, Newton Ash, Howard "Waxie" Harrington, Dave HumphriesHoward Gick
Back Row John Mulligan, unknown, Tim Shanahan, Acting District Chief Henry Zook, Harry Allebach


Ladder Company 3
Ladder Company 3 & Engine Company 9 - circa 1946
John Mulligan passed away in July, 1947

E9 Tim Shanahan, Howard "Waxie" Harrington, Howard Gick, unknown, Newton Ash
L3
Johnny Mulligan, Dave Humphries. Clarence Madden, Harry Allebach , unknown, Henry Zook

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January 1, 1958 to June 30, 1958

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July 1, 1958 to December 31, 1958

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January 1, 1959 to June 30, 1959

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July 1, 1959 to December 31, 1959

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January 1, 1960 to June 30, 1960

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July 1, 1960 to December 31, 1960

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January 1, 1961 to March 31, 1961

Fire at the John R. Evans & Company
December 19, 1971
Photos by
Bob Bartosz

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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Ladder 3 after working an all hands fire
100 Block of North 34th Street
November 1, 2007

Photos by Bob Bartosz

Chris Baker Duane Goobic
Chris Barrientos Andrew Magee
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Robeir Scott
Frank Feliciano - Dan Baker - Chris Barrientos

 

Members of Ladder  Company 3 at 2 Alarm Fire,
 418 Grant St., North Camden
December 1, 2007 
From Left: Dan  Seybert, Denis O'Reilly,
Captain Sam  Balakas, Andy Guzman
Looking West on Grant Street
From Left: Andy Guzman, Dan  Seybert,
Capt. Sam  Balakas, Denis O'Reilly

Bob Bartosz  CFD Photo
416, 418, 420, & 422 Grant Street, North Camden

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

Camden NJ Fire Fighters
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

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


 

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Ladder 3 on Federal Street - December 14, 2011

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.

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