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Going, Going, Gong: 1943

Going, Going, Gong: 1943

January 1943. "Engine Company No. 4. Washington, D.C. When the gong sounds the alarm, the firemen jump into their boots and get into their helmets and coats while the truck is on its way to the fire. Once the alarm is sounded the complete operation of getting dressed and leaving the building takes about seven seconds." Photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Debonair on pole one

The man sliding down the pole has a debonair look about him, quite dashing really. He would turn my head walking down the street!

The Brass Pole Late 1950

I remember going to Saint Louis School in Lowell Mass. in the late 1950s and the West Sixth Street Fire Station was just down the street from the school. I was about 9 or 10 year old, myself and some other school kids we would go to the station at lunchtime and we ask the firemen if we could try coming down the pole, to my surprise they said yes so we go up the stairs in there sleeping area and I slid down the pole, we did it more then once you can do that today, I'll never forget that, that was fun and today I retired from 37 years on the call fire Dept., from Dracut Mass.

Re: All black

Except for the captain, apparently.

[Incorrect. Captain James Keys was African-American. - Dave]

I'm very glad to be corrected.

E-4 Before integration of DCFD

At the time this picture was taken E-4 was an all black company.
I believe the Fire Department was integrated in 1962 or 1963.

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