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October 22, 1939
Robertson, J. D.
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Houston Fire Department Band
Group picture of the Houston Fire Department Band with their bass drum in the center. A title and a date are written at the bottom of the picture, and a caption is pasted above the band.
Fire Department Band performing and leading at Labor Day Parade
Fire Department Band performing and leading at Labor Day Parade in Downtown Houston. Flag bearers bring up the front, followed by a banner, twirlers, and the rest of the band.
Souvenir of Houston by the Houston Fire Department.
Published in 1897, the Houston Fire Department was less than two years old. This shows most of the Fire Fighters who were part of the beginning of a long history of the HFD.
Houston Fire Department Band at Central Station
Houston Fire Department Band at Central Station. On the far left of the photo is Fire Commisioner Frank E. Mann. The far right in civilian clothes is Fire Chief Homer Lyles, and far right is the band leader...
Fire Department Band at Central Station
One of the earliest photos of the Houston Fire Department Band, taken in front of the Central Station. The band is arranged in two rows.
Houston Fire Station 1
Station 1 was located on Bagby Street. The monument to the Houston Fire Department volunteers, dedicated in 1900, can be seen to the right of the flagpole.
Houston firefighters in Texas City
Houston Fire Department Engine 3 and Engine 27 were sent down to Texas City for mutal aid after the Texas City Disaster.
Firefighters spraying water on building fire
This fire took place in the mid to late 1930's. The equipment on the right with fire fighter spraying water was a commandeered civilian book truck and was put to use by the Houston Fire Department.
Firefighters standing outside Fire Station 13 with 1941 Mack pumper, B shift
This photograph was given to Scott Mellott by Charlie Sontag. Six fire fighters stand in front of Houston Fire Department Station 13.
Group photo of Station 54 firefighters standing next to crash truck
Group photo of Station 54 firefighters standing next to crash truck. The truck has "Intecontinental Airport" below the Houston Fire Department label.
Smoke from Texas City explosion
The fire from the fertilizer explosion of the Texas City Disaster killed the whole Texas City fire department except for one who was out of town.
Paramedics placing injured man in ambulance
This photograph was taken early in the career of the fire department Emergency Medical Services.
Fire chief and chauffer sitting in carriage
Tom Rovel (man with bowler hat and suit) was the 1st Fire Chief of the paid Fire Department. Pinky Bradly (in cap and vest) was his chauffer.
Group portrait of firefighters
This photo was taken of 10 of the 35 new Houston Fire Department Fire Fighters in 1895. Firefighters identified in this photograph include: Henry Woley, Otto Kersten, and Pinky Bradly.
Station 54 firefighters standing next to crash truck
Station 54 firefighters standing next to crash truck. The truck has "Intercontinental Airport" under the Houston Fire Department label.
Portrait of Fire Chief Homer Lyles
Houston Fire Department Fire Chief Homer Lyles 1939-1947 & 1951-1953. He is wearing a white cap with a black uniform.
Central station firefighters standing with water tower truck
The Water tower was purchased by the Houston Fire Department in 1912. Far left on ground is John L. Little Senior. The Central station can be seen in the background.
Two men sitting on a bench
Mike Lathrop on the left in 1920 his first year in the department.
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