Our History


The North Boston Volunteer Fire Company was founded in September of 1904, after a fire destroyed Schunk's Hotel. Local resident Fred Frank rallied the men of the town to form the first volunteer fire company. On September 30th 1904, forty-seven community leaders of North Boston met to establish a charter and began organizing the North Boston Volunteer Fire Company. The following individuals were elected to serve as officers:

President Fred Frank
Secretary William G. Bury
Treasurer Charles Endress Sr.

Trustees

Albert Koppenhafer
Edward Heinrich
Frank Bond
Arthur Titus

1904-1920

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On October 7th 1904, the members approve the purchase of our first piece of fire equipment. In August of 1906, the first fire hall was built and was 26 feet high with a fire alarm bell on top.

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In the summer of 1918, the new hall was constructed around the original tower.













1920-1950

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In September of 1929, a new Stewart pumper was purchased from Buffalo Fire Appliance. At this time, the hand cart pump and motorized Model T pumper were sold. In the fall of 1950, a 40’ by 90’ block building was added on to the original tower/fire hall.








1950-1970

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In 1951, the company purchased a 1952 Ford F-7 500 GPM two stage Hale Pump with a 300 gallon water tank. It was approved by membership the color of the truck to be a non-traditional white. This will remain as the color of North Boston fire apparatus until this day.

In the summer of 1959, the old tower and fire hall were torn down. An addition was added to the 40’ by 90’ block building that was built in 1950. This housed an additional truck bay and dining room/kitchen.







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In June of 1964, the company purchased our second fire apparatus- 1965 American LaFrance pumper with a Ford F-600 chassis.

In Spring of 1967, the company took delivery of a 1967 Chevrolet tanker. This was the third truck in our fleet.







1971-1980

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In 1971, our fleet was updated with an American LaFrance 1000 series powered by a Detroit Diesel Engine. This replaced the 1952 Ford pumper. This type of fire truck with the Diesel engine is one of the first of this type in Erie County at the time. To accommodate this new truck, two more truck bays were added prior to taking delivery of the apparatus.

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In 1974, the company purchased a new Chevrolet Step van that served as our utility truck.

Construction began again in April of 1977. The dining room and kitchen area was increased as well as the fireman’s room. No other additions were ever made to the fire hall.




1980-2000

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In 1984, the company approved a purchased of an American LaFrance 1500 GPM Century Series pumper. Unlike previous fire trucks, this one was constructed with a stainless steel body and compartments. This engine is also one of the last to be manufactured in the American LaFrance factory in Elmira NY. American LaFrance was a leader in the manufacturer of fire equipment for over 150 years. Later on due to safety regulations, the open cab in the back was entirely closed by adding doors to the rear jump seats. Also, firefighters were no longer allowed to ride on the tail board. With the purchase of this pumper, the company sold the 1967 Chevrolet and converted the 1965 American LaFrance pumper into a pumper/tanker.

In 1989, the explorer post began at North Boston Volunteer Fire Company. Young men and women are given the opportunity to partake in the functions of a fire company and with limitations are able to work along side the active firefighters.

The front façade of the fire hall was updated by removing the stone face and replaced with a brick veneer. The original façade was part of the fire hall since 1959.

In 1993, a committee is formed to replace the 1971 American LaFrance as well as the 1965 Ford Pumper/Tanker. The committee is faced with designing a truck that not only meets the needs of our community but one that satisfies the requirements of many regulatory agencies that stipulate what the fire apparatus is now required to have. Now all responding members, in our case eight, must be inside of the truck and seated. The new engine had to be designed to fit in ten foot doors and short enough to be able to go outside of the truck bay and not be into Boston State Road. The company purchased what is now our Engine #2- 1994 RD Murray pumper on a Spartan chassis.

1999- Citing a need for more space both inside of the cab for firefighters as well as compartment space for equipment a committee is established for the purchase of a rescue/utility truck. The committee received approval to purchase a 1999 RD Murray rescue with a Freightliner chassis. The rescue will have air conditioning inside of the cab and roll-up compartment doors. This still serves as our Rescue #7 in our fleet today.


2000-Present

In 2006, the company purchased our Engine #3 which is a 2006 Toyne/HME Pumper. This unit is our first in pumper and used in mutual aid calls.

Our 7-2 light duty rescue truck was purchased from Cleveland Hill Fire Department in 2012. This unit is used for fire police, road closings and EMS assistance.

Due to safety concerns with the trucks being so close to Boston State Rd and apparatus becoming larger in size and length, a new hall committee was formed in 2005/2006 to start planning on the construction of our new fire hall on Herman Hill Rd. Countless hours of meetings were held to plan and design the new hall. Construction began in 2008 and the hall was dedicated in the summer of 2009. The current fire hall houses all of our fire apparatus, fireman’s room, kitchen and dining area.
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For an in depth view of our history, click here to view our 100th anniversary booklet that was created to help celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2004.

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Location Address

5646 Herman Hill Road
Hamburg, NY 14075

Mailing Address

PO Box 124
North Boston, NY 14110

Phone: 716-649-0974

Fax: 716-649-4365

EMERGENCY: 911

Non-Emergency:
716-648-5111 ext 0


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Chief:
Tom Ricotta

1st Assít chief:
Gene Wieckowski

2nd Assít chief:
Daryl Kibler

Captain:
Jack Braun

Lieutenant:
Larry Rogers

President:
Bob Pollinger


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ABOUT US
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CONTACT US

Location Address

5646 Herman Hill Road
Hamburg, NY 14075

Mailing Address

PO Box 124
North Boston, NY 14110

Phone: 716-649-0974

Fax: 716-649-4365

EMERGENCY: 911

Non-Emergency:
716-648-5111 ext 0


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Chief:
Tom Ricotta

1st Assít chief:
Gene Wieckowski

2nd Assít chief:
Daryl Kibler
Captain:
Jack Braun

Lieutenant:
Larry Rogers

President:
Bob Pollinger





Location Address

5646 Herman Hill Road
Hamburg, NY 14075

Mailing Address

PO Box 124
North Boston, NY 14110

Phone: 716-649-0974

Fax: 716-649-4365

EMERGENCY: 911

Non-Emergency:
716-648-5111 ext 0


Facebook
Chief:
Tom Ricotta

1st Assít chief:
Gene Wieckowski

2nd Assít chief:
Daryl Kibler

Captain:
Jack Braun

Lieutenant:
Larry Rogers

President:
Bob Pollinger