Oceanside Hose Co. No. 1

Organized April 6, 1906

The “Pride of Christian Hook” (as the community was known in the 1800’s), Hose 1 serves the west end of Oceanside protecting a primarily residential area with some light industry and a large petroleum storage area.

Unit 2462 - 2007 Ford F-550/American LaFrance

Assigned as Hose One’s “second piece”, it acts as a personnel carrier, command post, rehab center & water rescue vehicle. Towing 24 Marine 6 (an inflatable boat with 20 HP outboard motor), it is equipped with surface water rescue gear (ice/water rescue suits, PFD’s, masks, snorkels, fins, life rings & throw bags).

Engine 246 - 1999 Pierce Dash 1500 gpm/500 gal.

This rig was custom designed to fit inside Hose One’s tight quarters with a short wheelbase and the lightbar mounted on a bracket just above the windshield. Despite its’ compact size, it is well equipped with 1,200’ of 1 3/4” and 900’ of 2 1/2” attack line as well as 1,200’ of 5” LDH supply line.

Special thanks to Chief of Department Timmy Biscay for providing the “grand tour” of Oceanside as well as the officers & members of Hose One for their hospitality & assistance with these photos.

Hose 1 operates from a historic firehouse that was designed to blend into the surrounding residential community and accommodated the apparatus at the time it was built. With the delivery of an American LaFrance engine in the 1980’s, the I-beam across the front of the building had to be cut (as seen in the photo) to accommodate today’s larger apparatus.

Unlike the other companies which are assigned two engines each, Hose 1 is assigned one engine. To transport additional members as well as to meet the specific needs of their response area, they are also assigned a squad type vehicle that is stored outdoors.

Hose One pays tribute to their members past & present with this monument displayed on their front lawn. The chemical cart, while not an actual apparatus assigned to Hose One was donated to the company by a member and refurbished in-house by the membership to its‘ present condition.









Copyright 2009 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2009 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2009 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2009 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2009 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2009 Tom Rinelli

Copyright 2009 Tom Rinelli