Engine 14 was organized March 15, 1871 in the quarters formerly occupied by the Washington Fire Company of Frankford at 4612 Frankford Road.
The original company roster was as follows:
John H. Comly-foreman
William N. Swallow-engineer
Alfred L. Oat-hoseman
Henry T. Stanwood-hoseman
Howard W. Swope-hoseman
Fernando W. Stearne-hoseman
Mrs. Pennington was the company’s matron.
The station was rented from the former volunteer company until 1874 when the city purchased the building. From March 15, 1871 until December 31, 1871 the city paid $333.33 in rent.
In areas of the city that were not built up yet, auxiliary truck companies were organized to provide the services of a truck company. Auxiliary Truck 14 was organized during 1873. Engine 14 would respond with three pieces of apparatus, the steamer, the hose wagon, and the ladder truck. This arrangement lasted until July 1908 when Truck 15 was organized.
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