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.
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The Marshall Hall was a large building/dance hall which was located at the corner of Broadway and Marshall Street. In 1974, there were two fires which occurred at Marshall Hall. The first fire went to 2 Alarms and the 2nd fire went to 3 Alarms and totally gutted the building. Somerville Fire Department Headquarters which is located at 266 Broadway today, did not exist there back in 1974. Engine 1 and a Chief ran out of a station located at the corner of Highland Ave and Medford Street (this station is no longer there). Engine 2 and Ladder 2 ran out of the Cross Street Station which was located at the corner of Broadway and Cross Street East. This station is still standing today, but it is no longer in use by the Fire Department.
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.
1st Fire at Marshall Hall - Audio File CLICK HERE
2nd Fire at Marshall Hall - Part 1 - Audio File CLICK HERE
2nd Fire at Marshall Hall - Part 2 - Audio File CLICK HERE
2nd Fire at Marshall Hall - Part 3 - Audio File CLICK HERE
The following photos are from the collection of Hank Brennick
Special thanks to Hank Brennick for the use of his photos