Hose Company

Inside Eggertsville Hose Company

Our History

The Eggertsville Hose Company, established in 1906, is the second oldest fire company in Amherst, New York. It was founded following two devastating fires in the community, and its formation marked the end of the less effective bucket brigade. The company’s first chief and president was Rudolph E. Boetger, who served from 1908 to 1926. Initially, the Hose Company faced internal challenges, such as the rift between its men and the ladies’ auxiliary over prohibition stances, leading to the dissolution of the auxiliary.

Throughout its history, the Hose Company has evolved significantly. From horse-drawn equipment to the acquisition of motorized vehicles in the 1920s, and later the adoption of modern firefighting technologies, the company has consistently updated its capabilities. Key moments include the burning of the original building’s mortgage in 1928, the construction of Station One in 1932, and the addition of various firefighting apparatus over the years. The company also played a vital role in community welfare, initiating first aid work and assisting in the formation of rescue squads.

Tragedy has touched the Hose Company, with members lost in both World War I and II, as well as in the line of duty. Despite these losses, the company has seen commendable acts of bravery, with several members receiving recognition for their heroic rescues. The Company’s commitment to community service and efficient response was further enhanced with the opening of a new central fire station in 1995.

Marking its centennial in 2008, the Eggertsville Hose Company has continuously adapted to the growing needs of the community. Today, it boasts a modern fleet of emergency vehicles and remains dedicated to protecting life and property, showcasing a century-long evolution from a small, volunteer-driven entity to a sophisticated, essential community service.

The Eggertsville Hose Company’s journey through the 20th and 21st centuries reflects its dedication to technological advancement and community service. In the latter half of the 20th century, the company expanded its reach and capabilities, evidenced by the establishment of Station Two in 1966 to better serve the growing community. This period saw the addition of more sophisticated apparatus, including a 1,000 gallon-per-minute Mack pumper and a modern rescue unit. The company also adapted to new challenges, such as implementing a lightning watch system, which evolved into the contemporary practice of “Night Duty,” ensuring readiness for emergencies at all times.

In recent years, the Eggertsville Hose Company has continued to evolve, mirroring the community’s growth and changing needs. The consolidation of its two stations into the new central fire station in 1995 marked a significant step in improving response times and operational efficiency. This move also demonstrated the company’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and community service, as it returned the previous stations to the tax rolls. In the 21st century, the company has maintained its tradition of excellence and bravery. Numerous awards for life-saving actions and continued investments in state-of-the-art equipment, including advanced pumpers and rescue units, underscore its ongoing dedication to serving and protecting the community with the utmost efficiency and care.