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Many of the fire companies located in the surrounding area date to the creation of the paid department, and many are quartered in historic houses. Like firefighters in most communities, they are staples of their neighborhoods, helping in emergencies big and small. Tourists are drawn to the firehouses for their beautiful architecture and to express their admiration of these heroic men and women.
Ladder 8 was organized October 16, 1865, and originally worked out of a Volunteer-era house at 180 Clinton Street. The company moved to its present quarters in 1905. This historic firehouse has been the location for various films, including Ghostbusters and Hitch. The firehouse displays the iconic Ghostbusters sign in the apparatus bay.
14 North Moore St.
New York, NY 10013
Engine 24 and Ladder 5
Engine Company. No. 24 was originally quartered at 78 Morton St and Ladder Company No. 5 at 102 Charles Street when they were both organized in 1865. In 1975, both companies were moved to the firehouse they share on Sixth Avenue. They were among the first companies to arrive at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and both units incurred heavy losses. These companies cover most of historic Greenwich Village.
227 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10014
Engine Company No. 55 was organized on June 4, 1887 at 185 Lafayette Street (173 Elm) and in 1899 moved into its present quarters in what is now Little Italy. This outstanding firehouse was designed by the famed N. LeBrun & Sons, who produced over 40 buildings for the FDNY between 1880 and 1895.
363 Broome St.
New York, NY 10013
Ladder Company No. 20 was organized March 30, 1889 and quartered at the "Firemen's Hall," at 155 Mercer Street, which served as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Fire Department. In 1974 the company moved into its present house on Lafayette Street with Engine Co. No. 13, which disbanded later that year. The firehouse still proudly displays the legend "Engine 13" on its façade almost 40 years later.
253 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10012