Engine 25 was organized January 1, 1873 at 2424 Kensington Avenue. In 1877 they were moved to a new station located at 215 E. Adams Street. The company moved again in 1886 to a new firehouse at 1812 E. Adams Street. On December 1, 1899 Engine 25 moved to a new station located at 1915-17 E. Adams Street. Effective January 1, 1900 Adams Street was renamed Hagert Street. They would remain here until December 22, 1967 when they moved to their current station at Boudinot Street and Hart Lane. Their former station at 1915-17 E. Hagert Street was destroyed by a three alarm fire on March 1, 1968. (Box 264 at 1731 hours.)
The company roster consisted of the following members:
In the early part of the twentieth century, the insurance underwriters used to conduct tests to see how quickly companies could hike out to a box alarm. Engine 25 consistently had the quickest turn-out time earning them a blue ribbon. They thusly became known at the “Blue Ribbon Company”.
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Engine 25 with their 1889 Silsby 2nd size steamer (900 gpm) and their 1899 Holloway combination hose wagon. They would use both of these pieces until the company was motorized in 1921. Also pictured is Assistant Engine 6 (Battalion) with their shop built buggy.