On Saturday, July 23, 1910 there was a fire at the residence of Mr. Schmidt on Stevens Ave. in Albertson Square. The Schmidt home burned to the ground as the area had no fire protection. It was at this point that the residents of Albertson Square and Nassau Heights along with the surrounding vicinity decided it was time to form a fire department.
On September 8, 1910, a committee consisting of Charles A. Eisele, William Burke, and Edward J. Martin put forth a resolution to form the Albertson Fire Company No. 1.
On September 22, 1910, the Albertson Hook & Ladder, Engine & Hose Company No. 1 was chartered. The charter members were:
John Martin (President)
Thomas K. Fookes (Vice President)
William Burke (Foreman)
George Schmidt (Asst. Foreman)
Charles A. Eisele (Treasurer)
Edward J. Martin (Secretary)
William A. J. Hewel (Trustee)
Adolph Gauggel (Trustee)
Theodore E. Kohlman
John A. Hewel
The first Fire House was a converted barn, later relocating to Dewey Ave. The Headquarters building on I.U. Willets Road was built in 1953.
The first Albertson firemen at the ole barn. The wheel on the rig is on the righthand side.
Albertson Officer, possibly a Lieutenant, by an old rig Photo provided by Mike Fahey