Honor, Pride, Integrity
The Mission statement of Eggertsville Hose Company
“The common bond that brings us together is service to our community. In the performance of that service each of us has been enriched by the friendships and understanding of our fellow man. For this, and for those who have gone before us, we are grateful.”
The Eggertsville Hose Company, rooted in a humble corner meat market in 1906, has evolved into an essential pillar of fire safety in Amherst. Beginning with a rapid fundraising feat of $113.13 (approximately $3,293.95 today) in just thirteen minutes, sparked by neighborhood fires, the company emerged to replace the outdated bucket brigade. Rudolph E. Boetger, the first chief, set a remarkable precedent, serving from 1908 to 1926.
As the world modernized, so did the company, transitioning to motorized fire departments in 1924. Over the years, they faced challenges, from the strains of the Great Depression to the rift during prohibition. Through tragedy, including losses in wars and duty, and triumphs, marked by recognitions and advanced rescue techniques, the Eggertsville Hose Company persevered. In 1995, they moved into a new fire station, embracing modernization while never losing sight of their century-long commitment to protecting and serving the community.
Today, with an updated fleet and centralized station, they stand ready to continue their noble mission of saving lives and preserving property for the next century and beyond.
Join Our Legacy of Courage
Answer the Call! Become a Volunteer Today!
Step into the heroic footsteps of history at the Eggertsville Hose Company, where the spirit of community service has burned brightly since 1906. Today, we invite you to be a part of our rich tapestry of bravery and dedication.
As a volunteer firefighter, you’ll embrace a tradition set by pioneers like Rudolph E. Boetger, who blazed trails as our first chief. Our journey has seen challenges and triumphs, evolving with the times while holding onto the core values of service, camaraderie, and valor.
In our modern era, we face new opportunities to protect and serve, armed with advanced equipment and training. By joining us, you’ll become part of an extended family, a force for good in times of need. From motorized fire departments to the latest advancements in firefighting technology, we’ve adapted and thrived, ensuring our community’s safety remains paramount. Today, as we look to the future, we invite you to write the next chapter in our storied history.
The call to action echoes louder than ever! Volunteer with the Eggertsville Hose Company, stand ready to be a beacon of hope, and make a difference that echoes through the annals of time. Together, we’ll safeguard lives, protect property, and continue this remarkable journey of courage and service. Are you ready to answer the call? Join us, and let’s make history together!