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Nassau Engine & Hose Company # 3
Engine 3
The Pride of Gibson

(page under reconstruction)

Engine 3 was founded on July 2, 1928.  The Gibson Corporation had built many new homes in the south part of town, and a fire company was needed for that area.  Engine 3 operates unit 343, a 2009 Pierce (photo not available), which recently replaced their 1988 Mack CF/Saulsbury 1500 GPM pumper (now a spare).  In 1969, a fire destroyed the original firehouse.  Most of the company's memorabilia and records were lost, but both engines were saved.  The current Cochran Place firehouse was completed a year later on the same site.  They are first due in the southwest part of the fire district.

Cochran Pl Firehouse

Specifications on 343
10 Man Velocity Cab
500 HP Cummins Engine
Allison Tran.
500 Gal tank
2000 GPM Waterous Single Stage Pump
Rear 5" intake and discharge
3 Crosslays (200' of 2")
TFT Hurricane Remote Deck Gun
Whelen LED lighting package

1988 Mack CF/Saulsbury 1500 GPM custom pumper
In front of the Cochran Pl firehouse

Old 343 on the ramp
Photo by Steve Takacs

Old Engine 3 at a General Alarm, Green Acres Mall, 6/2/05
Photo by Steve Takacs

Old Engine 3 Apparatus

1929 American LaFrance Pumper

FF Tom Pempel with son TJ alongside the old LaFrance
circa 1940s

1938 American LaFrance 1000 GPM pumper
This truck was given to Engine 2 after a short time

1946 Mack 750 GPM pumper
Taken in front of the original Cochran Pl firehouse

1959 Mack Model B 1000 GPM pumper
This truck became a spare after the purchase of the 1969 Mack, renumbered as unit 3412 and 3431
The truck was put in storage in the late 80's/early 90's and deteriorated and was sold in 1999

1969 Mack CF 1000 GPM pumper
One of only 3 open cab trucks of its type built that year
Now Spare 3431

More recent photo of 3431
Photo by Steve Takacs

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