American Engine Company began in 1885, but wasn't organized as a fire department until April 4, 1886. A small single story structure was quickly constructed on the property of the current station house. Their first piece of apparatus was a hand drawn, hand operated pump.
This was how the men of American Engine Company battled fires for the next 15 years, when they purchased a Silsby 800 gpm steamer and entered into a contract with the local livery for two horses. By 1909, the membership saw the need to enlarge their quarters to house their steamer, horses, two hose carts, and equipment. A large 3 story, double bay engine house was dedicated on September 15, 1909. The station was one of the most beautiful adorned buildings in that part of the town. The station also had the only three story firemen's pole throughout the area.
This building served the minifigs for nearly 90 years, and saw many changes to fire equipment. The companies first motorized truck arrived in 1926, and by 1928 the steamer was gone. Other engines served the engine house and Ticlaw over the 90 years.
By 1998, the third floor had become unusable, and several severe cracks had formed in the foundation. With much regret, the minifigs voted to construct a new station house. During the demolition of the old building and construction of the new station, American Engine Company operated out of a former filling station down the block.
On September 23, 1999, the city mayor, council, members and apparatus from all the other 7 fire station, and many minifigs turned out for the ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening American Engine Companies new facility. This large 3 bay station, was the newest station in the city in nearly 35 years.
Currently the engine house operates a 2011 Squad truck, 1978 Mack Air/Light Unit and a 1982 Mack 1,000 gpm engine. The 82 Mack engine is currently receiving a new engine and transmission. Pictured is a 1974 Mack 1,000 gpm engine, once owned by Friendship Hook and Ladder Company, and is now owned by Excelsior Engine Company as a reserve unit. The minifigs lent it to American Engine House while theirs is at the shop. American Engine House is also the only fire department of the 8 departments in Ticlaw that operate using red and blue emergency lights.
The large 3 story tower was designed to accommodate the brass pole from the old station house. Over doors at the front of the station are 4 silver plated trim pieces that were salvaged from the ornamentation on the top of the old building. The building also has a 2 story facility for equipment, offices, gym, and other space for the members of the station.
Also, at the front entrance is the dedication plaque commenting on the history of the previous station, the brass pole.
Thanks a lot guys. I really like how the entire project really just came together. I have only been working on this for about three weeks. In comparison to Friendship Hook and Ladder's station, which I have been laboring in building since early May. Make sure to check out the new ladder at Veteran
s, and I will post some images on the progess of Friendship station.
awesome job with this! i love the details you have put into the building reflecting the story you have created with this fire co. very original idea. also the location you have with this station with the scenery in the background i am very jealous of! looks like the firehouse belongs in the picture and makes it look real. awesome job cant wait for more!