05/10/12 335 W, 1 I - + 9 - 7 Historic Savannah Firehouses


The Savannah Fire Department dates to 1867, and its career department was formed in 1890. The first fire company was formed over a century earlier in 1759. That was a couple decades after the first fire in 1737. The first officially organized fire department was formed in 1825, and the first independent fire companies were organized in 1845.

The department used hand-powered apparatus until 1866, when all hand engines were converted to steam power. Motor appratus arrived in the 1910s. After the successful operation of an American LaFrance combination chemical hose wagon, eleven more were purchased in 1911. Savannah became the first fully mechanized fire department in the United States.

Three engine houses from the late 19th and early 20th century are still standing in the city. Other historic fire stations include two from the 1930s and two from the 1940s. One of each is active, notably the monster Headquarters Fire Station on Oglethrope Avenue. Also at that location resides Big Duke, the alarm bell and tower that previously sat in front of the police station.

  • 604 Barnard St. – Built 1886 - Closed 1952 – Sta 4
  • 2202 Barnard St. – Built 1900 – Closed 1982 – Sta 6
  • 801 E. Gwinnett St. – Built 1909 - Closed 1999 – Sta 7
  • 2102 Ott St. - Built 1936 - Closed 1955 - Sta 8
  • 121 E. Oglethorpe Ave. - Built 1937 - Sta 3/ Big Duke
  • 1943 Capital St. - Built 1945 – Closed 2008 - Sta 9
  • 6 West Henry St. - Built 1946 - Closing 2012? - Sta 5
  • 230 East Lathrop Ave. - 1952 – Closed 1999 - Sta 4
  • 2824 Bee Rd. - Built 1955 - Sta 8
  • 535 East 63rd Street - Built 1959 - Sta 1
  • 7 Martin Luther King Blvd. - Built 1970 - Closed 1999 - Sta 2


 

See photos of the stations, shot this week on our vacation. Criteria was (a.) age 50 years or older or (b.) no longer serving as a fire station, built any year. Or read more information.

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