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3rd Alarm - Brown School 1/3/1983
Updated On: Jan 31, 2009

These audio files are from tapes that were used in a voice activated recorder. Prior to Somerville Fire going to a UHF frequency, they operated without a repeater. Therefore some of the radio traffic was not picked by the voice activated recorder. These and future files have also been edited to remove some of the dead air that would take up alot of time. These files reflect the busiest time on the Somerville Fire Department for fires.

Note: You will need to have Quick Time Player installed on your computer to listed to the Audio Files.  If you do not have Quick Time Player and would like to download it for free CLICK HERE


Because of the size of these files, it may take a minute or so before the audio starts playing.

For reference, "301" was the Chief of the Department.  "302" and "303" were Chief Officers - referred to as "C-2" and "C-3" present day.


This 3rd Alarm fire took place on January 3rd, 1983 at the Brown School located at 201 Willow Avenue.  The fire had begun outside the school when some kids lit a pile of Christmas trees on fire and it eventually extended to the inside of the school.

To listen to the Audio from this fire CLICK HERE

If anyone has any photos from this fire, please contact Capt. Charlie Breen at Engine 7's quarters or via email at




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