Engine 12 was organized March 15, 1871 at 4450 Main Street, replacing the volunteers belonging to the Manayunk Fire Company. The building was rented from the volunteers. During 1871, the city paid the volunteer organization $446.66 in rent.

Original members of Engine 12 were as follows:
John Rumney-Foreman
Charles Vernier-Engineer
James L. Marlin-driver
Daniel Jones-fireman
Jerry Stapleton-hoseman
Hugh McDermott-hoseman
John McLaughlin-hoseman
Thomas Mulligan-hoseman
Joseph Marshall-hoseman
William Shaw-hoseman
Henry Firth-hoseman
William Lanigan-hoseman

During 1873 Auxiliary Truck 12 was placed in service with the company. This provided ladder company equipment to the area. When responding, Engine 12 would respond with the steamer, hose wagon, and ladder truck.

The company occupied this building until 1875 when they moved into a new station at Main and Centre Streets.

John Rumney would serve as the Foreman/Captain of Engine 12 from March 15, 1871, when the company went into service, until February 1, 1925, when he retired – nearly 54 years!

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