Engine 3

picture of Engine 3

Photo by Chuck Lowe


History on Engine # 3

Engine Company #3 was organized in 1832 in quarters at 251Cambridge St, near 4th Street. The company at this time was named Niagara 3 and was equipped with a Thayer hand engine. On 18 September 1862, a new Amoskeag 400 gpm horse-drawn steamer was placed in service and a Hunneman horse-drawn hose carriage also was placed in service. Engine 3 became the first horse-drawn company in the city.

On 4 January 1871, the company moved to new quarters at 40 Fourth Street, between Cambridge St. and Gore St. This building also housed Police District Station #1. On 19 Jan. 1872, a new Amoskeag 600 gpm steam pump was placed in service. On 24 March 1886, a new 4-wheel hose wagon was placed in service by the company.

Engine 3 relocated to new quarters on Third St., near Otis St. on 1 March 1893. On 31 Jan. 1896, the company again moved to new quarters at 35 Third St., at the corner of Gore St. The previous Third St. firehouse was razed for construction of the Middlesex County Court House complex.

In October of 1919, an American LaFrance type 31 tractor was placed under the 1872 steamer and an American LaFrance hose and chemical wagon was placed in service as the wagon. In 1925, a new American LaFrance 750 gpm pump was placed in service by Engine 3.

In July of 1949, a new GMC/Robinson hi-pressure fog/hose wagon was placed in service. In November of the same year, a new Pirsch 1000 gpm pump was delivered and placed in service by the company. A new International/Farrar hose wagon was placed in service in July of 1966. In 1970, the 1949 Pirsch pump was placed out of service. From 1970 until 1977, Engine 3 ran with a series of spare and auxiliary pumps.

On 13 March 1977, a new Pirsch 1250 gpm/foam pump was placed in service. On 18 Sept. 1978, Engine 3 moved to new quarters with Truck 2 at 173 Cambridge Street. On 1 Dec. 1982, Engine 3's hose wagon was reassigned to Engine 9. Engine 3 now became a single unit company. In July of 1998, a 1998 Pierce Saber foam pump was placed in service.  On 2 September, 2016 the current piece was placed in service.

On 11 January, 2018, Engine Company No. 3 [LG1] began Paramedic/Advanced Life Support service. Engine 3 is the Cambridge Fire Department’s 5th paramedic unit to go in service, joining Engine 1, Rescue 1, Squad 2, and Squad 4.

Since the inception of paramedic service in 2005, the Cambridge Fire Department has been enhancing the emergency medical service it provides to the residents, visitors, workers, and students in Cambridge. The addition of Engine 3 offering paramedic level service will reduce response time for a paramedic level unit to arrive in the East Cambridge neighborhood, as well as North Point and Kendall Square. Paramedic service by Engine 3 expands the current 21st century firefighting and all-hazards duties it provides to the greater East Cambridge neighborhood.

For questions about Engine Company #3 contact the captain of Engine 3 Here:

Historical information provided by Ed Morrissey

Engine #3 Statistics
Calendar Year Responses Building Fires
2017  1582 15
2016 1616 19
2015 1648 27
2014 1554 20
2013 1412 21
Fiscal Year Responses Building Fires
2012/2013 1452 26
2011/2012 1203 17
2010/2011 1555 20
2009/2010 1523 27
2008/2009 1493 18