By 1971, when the department celebrated its seventy fifth anniversary as a paid fire department, the Fire Department had 13 engine companies, 7 truck companies, and 1 rescue company with a uniform force of 405 men. All engines were of the 1000 GPM. . type, three diesel and ten gasoline driven. All ladder trucks were 100′ hydraulically-operated aerial ladders, five diesel-powered and two gasoline-powered. The telegraph system had more than 875 fire alarm boxes throughout the city with 40 miles of underground cable and 130 miles of overhead wire.
In August of that year, Engine Co. #3 moved into their new quarters on Vark Street. On March 16, 1972, Truck 2 was permanently moved from the quarters they shared with Engine 2 on Vineyard Ave. to the quarters of Engine 9 on Shonnard Place.
At the start of 1973 the Yonkers Fire Department was still operating with three fire personnel on a fire apparatus. There was no provision for an Officer to be in charge of the apparatus or crew. During contract negotiations in 1973, the Fire Officers Association successfully fought for the inclusion of an officer on every apparatus. This still meant that only three fire personnel would be on an apparatus, but now one of the three would be an Officer in charge of the operations and safety of the crew.
A reorganization in City government took place in October 1973 that abolished the Department of Public Safety. The Police and Fire Bureaus were each given Departmental status.
The first Handi-Talkies were distributed December 23, 1974. They were assigned to the working Assistant Chiefs, company officers, roofman of each truck, and one crewman on the Rescue.
In 1975, the Fire Investigation Unit was established. It was charged with investigating and determining cause and origin of fires occurring within the city. On March 10, 1975, each truck company’s number designation was changed to match the number of the engine company it was quartered with. Trucks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 became Trucks 1, 9, 11, 4, 12, 13, 14.
On April 16, 1975 two Assistant Chiefs were detailed as “Executive Assistant Chiefs.” One was responsible for Fire Suppression and the other for Staff Operations. This detail was made permanent in September of that year. A third Executive Assistant Chief was added in 1976 and made responsible for Fire Prevention, Fire Investigation, Safety and Training. The following year the title “Executive Assistant Chief” was changed to “Deputy Chief”.
Due to a fiscal crisis, on January 1, 1976, Engine Co. 1, Rescue Co. 1 and Truck Co. 11 were removed from service.
The Department started the use of the “10 Codes” for radio communication on Nov. 26, 1976.
On March 10, 1978, the apparatus numbering was changed “to conform with the numbering system of the County”. In order to eliminate confusion during mutual aid, all apparatus in Westchester County were given different numbers. Yonkers’ Engines received numbers in the 300’s and its truck companies (now called ladders) received numbers in the 70’s.
|Old Designation||New Designation|
|Engine Co. 2||Engine Co. 302|
|Engine Co. 3||Engine Co. 303|
|Engine Co. 4||Engine Co. 304|
|Engine Co. 6||Engine Co. 306|
|Engine Co. 7||Engine Co. 307|
|Engine Co. 8||Engine Co. 308|
|Engine Co. 9||Engine Co. 309|
|Engine Co. 10||Engine Co. 310|
|Engine Co. 11||Engine Co. 311|
|Engine Co. 12||Engine Co. 312|
|Engine Co. 13||Engine Co. 313|
|Engine Co. 14||Engine Co. 314|
|Truck Co. 14||Ladder Co. 70|
|Truck Co. 1||Ladder Co. 71|
|Truck Co. 9||Ladder Co. 72|
|Truck Co. 13||Ladder Co. 73|
|Truck Co. 4||Ladder Co. 74|
|Truck Co. 12||Ladder Co. 75|
Next Article of Series is: “The Paid Department At 100”