Engine 2 (Union Engine Co. 2) - 1989 Emergency One Hush 1500 gpm/500 gal.

Equipped with a rear mounted engine, this rig features a Vista cab with an enclosed pump operator’s panel. The cab is equipped with seating for ten firefighters including two side wall mounted SCBA bench seats and four fold-down seats in front of the pump panel.

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Truck 1 (Harper Hook & Ladder Co.) - 2009 Seagrave 75’ Aerialscope

Closely resembling an FDNY tower ladder, this rig was designed as a workhorse to meet the unique response area Hempstead covers. This rig has a virtual twin operating with the Salamander Hook, Ladder & Bucket Co. of the Oceanside FD. In addition to truck company duties, the rig also responds districtwide (along with Ladder 2) for extrication - accordingly, it is equipped with a complement of Holmatro extrication tools.

“One Sweet Ride” - 2009 Chevy Tahoe

Assigned to the first assistant chief, this sharp looking chief’s truck maintains a low profile yet easily provides identification of the chief during responses. Outfitted with an array of LED warning lights, this rig was recently lettered with official markings - prior to that, as one member put it, “people thought the FBI was going to a call”.

“Clinton Street” (Headquarters)

Constructed in 1972, this firehouse operates as headquarters & is home to an engine (Union Engine 2), tower ladder (Harper Hook & Ladder - Truck 1) & an ambulance (EMS Squad).

Special thanks to Truck 1 Firefighter Brandon Milliner for his tremendous assistance in arranging this photo shoot as well as Asst. Chief Charlie Hendry for positioning the apparatus & providing background information on the department.

1914 Ford Model T/American LaFrance Chemical Engine

Originally assigned to Engine 2, this rig was Hempstead’s first motorized apparatus. When the soda acid chemical tank proved to be ineffective for firefighting, the department ordered a larger conventional pumper and re-assigned this rig as the chief’s car.

“Watch Your Step”

Truck 1’s members built a small four man bunk room in the rear of the apparatus bays complete with a brass sliding pole to expedite response to the bay floor.

Copyright 2010 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2009 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2010 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2010 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2010 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2010 Tom Rinelli