Reliance and Central Fire Stations

The Reliance and Central Fire Stations of Holyoke were and are the headquarters of the Holyoke fire department.

Reliance Station (edition 2) housed Reliance Engine Company 1 (from at least 1886 onward) and Hook and Ladder Company 1 and had from at least 1899 to 1914 the following:

  • Button steam engine
  • 3 horse dispatch wagon
  • steamer and hose wagon
  • chemical engine 1
  • Hayes aerial ladder and truck (70 feet) (Hook and Ladder)

Central Fire Station (edition 1) from at least 1914 to 1935:

  • Despatch Company 1-A (an American LaFrance combination hose and chemical automobile)
  • Hose Company 1-B (an American LaFrance combination hose and chemical automobile)
  • Pumping (or Hose) Company 1-C (1000 gallon combination pump and hose Seagrave automobile)
  • Truck Company 1 (aerial 75 foot ladder with American LaFrance tractor)
  • Amoskeag steam fire engine 1st class
  • Amoskeag engine 3rd class

From at least 1949 to 1957, headquarters had engine 1 and 7 and truck 1 (an aerial ladder).

Sanborn map analysis:

Sanborn 1884 map called the Fire Engine and the Hook & Ladder House [Reliance edition 1]

Sanborn 1889 map called the Steamer & Hose Cart and the Hook & Ladder Truck [Reliance edition 2]

Sanborn 1895 map called the Engine & Hose Cart and the Hook & Ladder Truck [Reliance edition 2]

Sanborn 1915 map called Central Fire Station (edition 1)

Sanborn 1949 map

Sanborn 1956 map

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