Engine 42 was organized at 3320 N. Front Street on December 7, 1894. They were joined by Truck 22 on March 17, 1923 when that company was organized.

The company relocation survey of January 1959 recommended that both companies be relocated to a new station in the vicinity of B Street and Allegheny Avenue. This new station would provide better ladder coverage to surrounding single-engine houses, centralize the station in its first-in boundaries, and provide better access to response routes. These plans would never come to fruition.

On July 15, 1960 Engine 42 was disbanded and Ladder 22 moved to 614 W. Erie Avenue with Engine 55. The old firehouse was demolished to build the new police station at Front and Westmoreland Streets.

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