Engine 8

Engine 8 2019

2007 Pierce Saber, 1250 gpm pump, 500 gallon water tank

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History of Engine # 8

Wagon #1 was established on 5 June 1905 in new quarters (with Truck Company #4) at 113 Garden Street. This company was the predecessor to Engine 8. The company was temporarily staffed with detail men from Truck 4.

On 1 March 1919, the horse-drawn combination wagon was replaced with a motorized American LaFrance 750 gpm, triple-combination pump.The company was now designated as Engine Company #8. A new American LaFrance hose wagon was placed in service by the company in 1927.

In 1935, a new Seagrave triple-combination 750 gpm pump was placed in service. In 1949, a new GMC/Robinson high-pressure hose wagon was placed in service. In December of 1962, a new Pirsch 1000 gpm pump was assigned to the company. A new International/Farrar hose wagon was assigned to Engine 8 in July of 1967. In 1974, the pump was equipped with 5" hose.

In January of 1979, Engine 8's Pirsch pump was placed out of service. The company ran with a series of spare pumps until September of 1981 when the 1962 Pirsch pump returned to service after extensive rebuilding. The pump now was equipped with a hose-reel to carry the 5" hose. Also in June of 1979, the company was assigned a new hose wagon, a new International/Continental.

The former hose wagon of Engine 4 (also formerly Engine 2's), a 1982 International/Maxim was assigned to Engine 8 on 12 May 1988. The 1979 hose wagon was scrapped. On 6 August 1989, a 1978 Pirsch 1250 gpm pump (former Engine 2) was assigned to Engine 8. On 15 August 1996, Engine 8 became a single-unit company as the 1982 hose wagon was scrapped.

Engine 8 placed a 1999 Pierce Saber in service on 26 November 1999.

In 2013, Engine 8 placed a 2002 Pierce Saber pump into service. This was the former pump of Engine 2.

The current Engine 8 pump went into service on 24 July 2019. The "new" pump, formerly Engine 5's pump, is a 2007 Pierce Saber 1250 gpm/500 gallon water tank.

For questions about Engine Company #8 contact Captain David J. House via email

Historical information provided by Ed Morrissey

Engine # 8 Statistics
Calendar Year Responses Building Fires
2017  1215 20
2016 1181 23
2015 1248 32
2014 1139 26
2014 1061 28
Fiscal Year Responses Building Fires
2012/2013 1125 29
2011/2012 933 18
2010/2011 1200 34
2009/2010 1200 22
2008/2009 1322 35

image of engine 8 and Ladder 4 group 3

Ladder 4 and Engine 8, Group 3 January 13, 2017