On this day. . . 109 Years ago. . .in Harrisburg Fire Department History
February 16, 1915-Around 9 a.m. employees of the Walk Over Shoe Store, near the rear of the first floor of the five story brick Bergner Building located at 226 Market St. thought he caught a smell of smoke however dismissed it thinking it was coffee beans roasting in another store. The smell persisted and by 10:30 a.m. the smoke got so thick that someone yelled “Fire!”
Harrisburg Assistant Chief Ed Halbert employed at the Tunis Stationary Store adjacent to the Walk Over establishment, heard the shout out and ordered a clerk to telephone the Friendship No. 1 firehouse and have them send the five month old Morton combination hose and chemical wagon. As soon as Chief Halbert, who was considerably banged up in a bad fall at a fire several days before and still heavily bandaged with swollen eyes and barely able to see, investigated further and immediately ordered a patrolman to 'hook' Box 4 at Third and Market Streets.
A stubborn fire caused by defective wiring inside an old flue pipe was found traveling in the walls and void spaces. Firemen from the six downtown companies spent the next two hours in extensive overhaul of the walls and ceiling of the Walk Over store room. At one point they even were required to cut open the concrete second floor. Early in the fire, the professional and law offices in the upper floors of the Bergner Building filled with smoke and the occupants had difficulty exiting the building.
Overall loss was $5,000 mostly from water and chemicals.
Edward Halbert was a ‘tough-as-nails fireman’ and member of the Hope Engine No. 2. In 1907 he was awarded a gold medal by members of City Council for making a spectacular rescue over the 65’ Hayes aerial of a man from a 4th floor ledge of the Opera House at the height of the spectacular fire which destroyed the building in 1907. He served as Assistant Chief from 1908 to 1912, sat out two years then another stint as AC from 1914 to 1916. In 1934 he was appointed Fire Chief during a political dust-up within city government but met a tragic death plunging off a 3rd story roof at a 2 alarm fire in the 600 block of Woodbine Street on March 8, 1935. The 1935 Allison ladder truck now at the Pa. National Fire Museum was dedicated to him when it arrived later that year. ... See MoreSee Less
Be a Sponsor for the Fire Expo Annual Allison Open House
The Allison Hook & Ladder No. 2 is hosting our famous Fire Expo Annual Open House on May 17th, 2024.
As in past years, we look to our community and corporate partners for donations to assist us in maintaining our unique volunteer fire company in the heart of Harrisburg. Every year the members of the Allison welcome hundreds of first responders from across the United States showcasing the proud heritage of the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire. Proceeds from the event are directed to firehouse restoration projects, fire suppression support services to the Bureau of Fire, and community outreach programs.
Donations are acknowledged on our social media platforms, and visible to the many visitors and followers of the Allison. We are actively soliciting several sponsorships.
Banner Sponsors are offered for a $1000 donation. We will use your banner or we will furnish a 2’x4’ banner with the logo information that you provide. Your banner will hang in the firehouse for the entire year until the following year’s Expo open house. A Banner in our firehouse gets your organization recognized throughout the year during our various events and fundraisers and connects you with the “Allison Brand”. Tax donation letters are always provided acknowledging your contribution.
Raffle/Auction Sponsor items. We have a raffle and live auction for various equipment and goods that are donated for the event. This is a fantastic way to get your product into the hands of our patrons and to receive exposure for your company. All donations valued over $100 are provided tax donation letters acknowledging the contribution. Please provide the estimated value of the items.
Event Cup Sponsor Each year we offer a custom event cup with a printed sponsor logo. The cups are distributed all year long at various events. Allison cups are a great way to get your brand into the hands of firefighters and their families showing your partnership with the Allison. The Cup Sponsorship is $1500.
We invite representatives of your company to attend the Open House and enjoy the festivities with us. This is an excellent opportunity for your business to connect with potential safety partners.
The Allison Hook & Ladder No. 2 is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Interested parties may contact us at [email protected], or through our website or Facebook page. ... See MoreSee Less