New Neighborhood Voice

September 5, 2004

San Jose Fire Department Station 2
and the Empire Engine Company

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This is just part of the exercise equipment for the firefighters
(the flag on the wall is a tribute to September 11 firefighters)

They may let your kids (or you) try on
a firefighter's jacket. "It's heavy,"
whined your beleaguered editor.


This is Engine 2 (look for the "E-2" on the side and no ladder). It has a 1,500 gallon per minute

pump and it carries 500 gallons of water, 600 feet of 5-inch hose to connect to fire hydrants or
other sources of water and 1,200 feet of 2 ˝ and 3-inch hose to fight fires. We'll learn more about
Engine Company 2, which has three vehicles, in the next edition.  The smaller fire engine at the
left is Brush Patrol 2. Water Tender 2 is housed at the right of Engine 2 but is not visible in this photo.

(NNV Photos)

Next Time: Jaws of Life, More Fire Engines and Trucks, Why is this the "Empire Engine Company" and how can it be more than 150 years old?, History of Station 2 (When was it built?, What fire department built it?, How did it get to be a San Jose Fire Department station?)

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