Scrapbook 1981: Schenectady dedicates new main fire station – 40 years ago this month

People crowd around a fire engine during dedication ceremonies at the new Schenectady Fire Department main station on Thursday, October 8, 1981.
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People crowd around a fire engine during dedication ceremonies at the new Schenectady Fire Department main station on Thursday, October 8, 1981.

SCHENECTADY  – The new Schenectady Fire Department main station was unveiled 40 years ago this month, with dedication ceremonies Oct. 8, 1981.

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The $2 million facility included advanced telephone technology and radio and telegraph communication systems; living and training facilities for on-duty firefighters and space for fire apparatus.

Our scrapbook looks back on the ceremony dedicating the structure, a structure that remains the department’s headquarters today.

Gazette file photos by Sid Brown

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Schenectady City Councilman Howard Carpenter, chair of the council’s public safety committee, speaks during the dedication of Schenectady’s new fire headquarters on Veeder Avenue on Oct. 8, 1981. Listening are, from left, Rep. Samuel S. Stratton (D-Amsterdam), Mayor Frank J. Duci, Councilman James Tedisco, Fire Chief Ralph Marshall, Councilman Dave Roberts, Councilman Gordon Light, Carpenter, Councilman Tom Isabella and Councilwoman Karen Johnson. Station 1 opened on July 15, 1981 and was built to replace the fire station that was once located on Erie Boulevard.

 

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Schenectady Fire Chief Ralph Marshall poses with close associates after the dedication of the new Schenectady Fire Department headquarters on Veeder Avenue on Oct. 8, 1981.

 

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Adults and kids check out vintage fire equipment at the Schenectady Fire Department’s dedication of Station 1 on Veeder Avenue on Oct. 8, 1981.

 

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Schenectady firefighters show off all department apparatus at the new fire station on Veeder Avenue in 1981.

 

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People crowd around a fire engine during dedication ceremonies at the new Schenectady Fire Department main station on Thursday, October 8, 1981. The $2 million facility included advanced telephone technology and radio and telegraph communication systems; living and training facilities for on-duty firefighters and space for fire apparatus. Capital Region Scrapbook can identify only one person — Schenectady Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin covers the ceremony and stands near the center, eyes on notebook.

 

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