Photo: Frank da Cruz, 19 July 2018.
New York City fire house housing Engine Company 70 and Hook & Ladder
at 169-171 Schofield Street, City Island, Bronx NY, Found by
Evan Kalish on a list of NYC fire company locations, which gives the
locations and construction dates of each city firehouse. Those built during
the New Deal must be visited to see if there is a confirming plaque or
cornerstone. This firehouse has
. The building houses two fire companies and two trucks, for the
reason explained in  by a firefighter, Ed Sadler, who got his start in
this building in 1939 when it was new.
This is one of at least four firehouses constructed in New York City
by the New Deal.
- Fire Company Locations
of New City, Mike Boucher BXCO, for F.D.N.Y. Home page, last modified
4 Aug 2011 (accessed 20 July 2018).
- Somervell, Brehon (NYC Works Projects Administrator), The
Record for 1939: "Notable Achievements: FIRE - 2 new houses erected"
Island firehouse stays open despite budget's plan for shutdown, Bill
Egbert, New York Daily News, 1 July 2009.
Little-Used Fire Company, Rescued Annually, Winnie Hu, New York
Times, 29 May 2019. Nobody seems to mention the real reason the
firehouse should not be closed, which is that there are multi-hour
traffic jams of cars trying to get into City Island from mainland Bronx
on summer weekends.
Captain Ed Sadler honored, Patrick Ricchio, Bronx Times, 8 Oct
2013: "In the height of the controversy over the possible closure of Ladder
53, Ed Sadler recalled something his trainer had told him when he was a
probationary firefigher in 1939. He repeated it a numerous meetings, saying,
in effect, that the no engine company is worth its salt unless the ladder
company that proceeds it does the forcible entry and search & rescue while
the engine company does the pumping and spraying of water."
His son said that his father was arguing that breaking up Engine
Company 70 and Ladder 53 would be like breaking up a team and
would diminish the effectiveness of fire fighting on City Island.