NYC - FDNY Ten House
FDNY Ten House, Engine Company 10 and Ladder Company 10, 124 Liberty Street, is across the street from the World Trade Center Gsite. The Ten House is one of only two of the 220 FDNY firehouses that house an engine and ladder company with the same numbers (Engine Company 52 and Ladder Company 52 are housed together in the Bronx). Both Engine 10 and Ladder 10 were organized from Volunteer Fire Companies in 1865 and each had several homes before being brought together at Liberty Street in 1984.
The Ten House suffered significant damage and was nearly destroyed during the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, during which five members made the supreme sacrifice--Lieutenant Gregg Atlas, Firefighter Jeffrey Olsen, Firefighter Paul Pansini were from Engine 10, and Lieutenant Stephen Harrell and Firefighter Sean Tallon.
As the towers collapsed, tons of building debris fell onto the firehouse and forced its way into it, blowing out windows and doors and causing extensive damage to the facade, interior structures, utilities, lighting and the roof. Inside the firehouse, the apparatus floor was flooded with over three feet of debris and in some areas in and around the firehouse the debris from the collapse was nearly six feet deep. The building’s ventilation system, air conditioning units and Nederman exhaust system were completely destroyed.
Although it was unable to be used as a firehouse after the collapse of the towers, the quarters of Engine 10 and Ladder 10 nevertheless played a vital role in the daily operations at ground zero. During the early days of the rescue and recovery operations and even during the clean up of the site, the Ten House was used as a rest and recuperation station as well as a command post for fire department operations at the site. After September 11, 2001 both Engine and Ladder 10 were temporarily quartered in nearby firehouses. Engine 10 was stationed at the quarters of Engine 7 and Ladder 1 on Duane Street and Ladder 10 at the quarters of Engine 4 and Ladder 15 on South Street. In 2003, a $3.5 million repair project that took more than two years to complete and was funded in part by a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was completed, opening up a renovated Ten House for operation.