FDNY Rescue Co. 1

Organized in 1915 for the specific purpose of rescuing trapped firemen, Rescue 1 entered service utilizing a converted 1915 Packard touring car. Assigned to the Borough of Manhattan, it responds out of its’ own firehouse on West 43rd St. (which until recently was the only firehouse built specifically for a rescue company - Rescue 3 now operates out of a modern purpose built firehouse). Responding to all working fires in lower Manhattan, Rescue 1 is known worldwide for their prowess in handling technical rescue incidents of every type due to the myriad of target hazards within the borough ranging from waterfront to the underground NYC subway system to multi-story high rises.

Rescue 1 - 2007 Pierce Arrow XT Heavy Duty Rescue

The only Pierce apparatus in the entire FDNY fleet, Rescue 1 is shown here during a response from the site of the USS New York which was commissioned in NYC in November of 2009. Featuring a custom two man tilt cab, the rig is equipped with a 12” extended bumper and a 26’ walk-in body with SCBA seating for 4, a 52,000 lb. air ride rear suspension (for those bumpy Manhattan streets!!) and 270 custom options specifically designed by the FDNY to meet their unique needs. The front of the rig is emblazoned with “OUTSTANDING”, a popular catchphrase of the late Captain Terrence Hatton who was lost in the line of duty on 9/11.

The rig is equipped with a Mobile Data Terminal (MDT), 12,000 lb. winch, a 20 kw hot-shift PTO generator, 185 CFM PTO drive air tool compressor, underbody storage with an 8” x 72” slide drawer

and a 25,000 lb. hydraulic rear mounted A-frame winch. Rooftop storage includes assorted size utility ladders and a rigid inflatable rescue boat for dive team rescue & firefighting operations.

With every conceivable hazard in the Borough of Manhattan from 100+ year old brownstones to 100 story high rises (and everything in between), Rescue 1 is equipped for all aspects of technical rescue including vehicle, machinery, high angle, building collapse, trench, water/ice & CBRNE incidents.

Formerly assigned as the frontline piece of Rescue 1, this rig was replaced in 2011 with one of five new custom Ferrara walk-in style heavy rescues being assigned to all the rescue companies. Rescue 1 has operated a variety of frontline apparatus since its’ inception including the 1915 Packard touring car, a 1921 White, a 1924 Mack AC Bulldog (destroyed in 1938 in a fatal crash with E48), another Mack AC Bulldog in 1931, a 1939 fully enclosed Ward LaFrance (totaled in a fatal crash with L136 in 1954 while assigned to R4), a 1940 Mack hose wagon (used during 1946-1947 while the ’39 Ward LaFrance was repaired), a 1948 Mack L/Approved Fire Equipment, 1959 Mack/Gerstenslager, a 1971 Mack R/Providence Body Co., a 1980 Mack R/Pierce, 1987 Mack MC/Saulsbury, 1996 HME/Saulsbury (heavily damaged on 9/11) and lastly a 2002 Emergency One/Saulsbury which saw action prior to the Pierce entering service. The next generation of FDNY rescue began in the Spring of 2011 with the delivery of five Ferrara custom walk-in heavy rescues.








Information on Rescue 1’s apparatus assignments was obtained from “Fire Rescue - The History of FDNY Rescue Company 1” by Paul Hashagen (FDNY R1 Ret.)