4 Johnson Street

4 Johnson Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

4 Johnson Street, by David W. Dunlap (2014).

Engine 4, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Engine 4, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Always a fire house, this structure has been known by several designations since its construction in 1888: Steamer-Hose Company 3, Pumper Company No. 3, and Engine Company No. 4. It has been the home of at least two celebrated fire trucks: an Amoskeag steamer made by the Manchester Locomotive Works in 1889 and a pumper truck (pictured) made by American LaFrance in 1936. The pumper, designated Engine 4, was decommissioned in 1976 but has been painstakingly rebuilt in recent years by a team of firefighters including Paul Roderick, Anthony Quirk, Mike Foster, David Ainsworth, and Kevin Ainsworth. It is now a top star of any parade in which it appears.


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