Engine 5 was organized March 15, 1871 in the former quarters of West Philadelphia Hose Company #42 on the southeast corner of 37th and Ludlow Streets.
The original company roster was as follows:
Isacc J. Brown – foreman
James Black – engineer
Daniel Kalaher – driver
Thomas C. Boston – fireman
John Copple – hoseman
David Wilson – hoseman
George S. Davis – hoseman
George Collins – hoseman
William H. McMahon – hoseman
William B. Thomas – hoseman
Jacob Toy – hoseman
Albert G. Beam – hoseman
The company went into service with a second size (900 gpm) Reaney & Neafie steamer that was built in 1859. This apparatus was purchased from the West Philadelphia Hose Company for $1200.00. It was used by Engine 5 until 1873 when it was transferred to Engine 25.
This station was rented from the former volunteer company. The rent for 1871 was $666.66. That building was purchased in 1873.
On November 12, 1959, Engine 5 moved to a new station on the northeast corner of 43rd & Market Streets along with Ladder 6 and Battalion 11 which had moved from Preston St. & Haverford Avenue.
Thanking you for showing me engine number 5 I lived next store to the fire station when I was a baby till 6 when we moved.. I’m 80 now and was just thinking about the fun I had back then. My uncle Paul stevens a fireman back then 1942 always let me hang around the fire house. Again thanks a lot