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    'Phoenix' firehouse to rise, Station near WTC gets grant

    'Phoenix' firehouse to rise, Station near WTC gets grant

    By ALICE McQUILLAN
    DAILY NEWS POLICE BUREAU


    The firehouse closest to Ground Zero, badly damaged and shuttered since Sept.11, will be renovated and reopened thanks to a $1.45 million federal grant, officials announced yesterday.
    Known as Ten House, the Liberty St. home of Engine 10 and Ladder 10 will be back in service by next spring, said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta.

    "Ten House really will survive," said Capt. Gene Kelty. "We'll be like the phoenix: We're coming out of the ashes again, literally."

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency pledged the grant to repair the roof, ventilation system and all other damage to the 23-year-old firehouse. The structure survived despite the mounds of concrete, dust and dirt that filled it after the World Trade Center collapse blew off the front door and broke all the windows.

    "We're very fortunate that no girders came down," Kelty said. "A lot of debris landed on the house - light debris. We were up and running with power and water by the end of the day."

    'We felt like nomads'

    Kelty said the 58 displaced firefighters feel like "in-laws" while they work out of two other lower Manhattan firehouses.

    "It's not the same as being home. We felt like nomads," said Firefighter Vincent Geloso, 40. "It's a great morale booster to be back home."

    Before the fate of Ten House became secure, the firefighters were upset by rumors that it might be turned into a museum, or never reopened.

    Its renovation will include a memorial to the four men from the firehouse who died Sept. 11.

    "That station is going to be here for decades and decades to come and to serve the residents of New York City as it's done in the past," said FEMA fire administrator David Paulison.

    Scoppetta stressed yesterday that restoring the firehouse and returning its men there are vital to the department's morale.

    "I think it's enormously important that we show terrorists that we come back from a disaster like that, and '10 and 10' is a symbol of that coming back," he said.



    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/loca...87p-3249c.html

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    From Ashes and Loss, Firehouse 10 Will Return

    From Ashes and Loss, Firehouse 10 Will Return

    By MARCOS MOCINE-McQUEEN


    Rarely do city and state officials gather to announce a family reunion. But few have been through the ordeal suffered by the family of firefighters who occupied what was known as 10 House.

    On Sept. 11, Ladder Company 10 and Engine Company 10, the fire units stationed closest to the World Trade Center, were among the first to respond to the attack on it. By day's end, Ladder 10 had lost two men, and three from Engine 10 were dead. All but gone, too, was 10 House, their Liberty Street firehouse. The surviving men of the two companies, devastated by the loss of their colleagues, were separated as well by the loss of their station as they were assigned to new posts.

    But the companies will be reunited soon. City and federal officials announced yesterday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would grant $1.45 million to restore and reopen 10 House, closed since it was severely damaged on Sept. 11.

    Capt. Gene Kelty of Engine 10 said the men of both units have yet to truly move past the events of Sept. 11 in their temporary quarters in firehouses on Duane Street and South Street. Returning to the Liberty Street building they consider home will help them heal, he said.

    "We're a family of sorts," Captain Kelty said. "Just like other families, we want to move back home."

    He added: "Don't get me wrong. We're grateful that the other houses have allowed us to be guests. But that's what we are, we are guests in someone else's home. I can't really begin to rebuild something here when I know it's temporary."

    Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta agreed. "There isn't a firehouse in the city that will ever feel the way it did before Sept. 11," he said. Being able to return to 10 is an important step for his firefighters, he said.

    During a news conference announcing the grant yesterday, the members of 10 House were together in a firehouse for the first time since Sept. 11.

    "We see each other for a moment when we go to calls or when we're restocking," said Firefighter Garfield Boston of Engine 10. "But it's just not the same. It'll be right when we're all back in the same house."

    The last time the 10 House veterans were together and joking was on a placid morning that was interrupted when the first plane crashed into the trade center, across the street from their station. The companies had always been the first to respond to calls at the twin towers, and that day was no different.

    They were the first into the building, rushing in even as burning pieces of the plane fell from the sky. Ten House itself filled with dozens of people, some injured, but most simply seeking refuge from the chaos of the surrounding streets.

    Though the building was damaged by falling debris and the collapse of the towers, it stood fast, even serving for a while as a command post. The roof, windows, floor, inside walls and electrical system of 10 House were extensively damaged but the foundation and structure of the building are still in good shape. The repairs are expected to be completed by next March, Captain Kelty said.

    After the news conference wound down and the members of Ladder 10 left, the firefighters of Engine 10 went to Battery Park to watch the dedication of a new memorial to those who died in the Irish potato famine.

    As he rode to the ceremony in the back of the engine, Firefighter Patrick Donaghy said it was a relief to be going to a memorial that did not involve a firefighter. Even so, those memorials came to mind when an Irish band began to play.

    In particular, it was reminiscent of Firefighter Sean Tallon, a probationary firefighter who died at the World Trade Center. Firefighter Tallon, the members of 10 House said, often listened to Irish folk music on headphones he wore around the firehouse. His colleagues did not know he played the accordion until his sister played a recording of him at his memorial.

    "Tallon," Firefighter Donaghy said yesterday, "would have liked this music."



    http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/17/nyregion/17TEN.html

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    Damaged WTC Firehouse To Get $1.45M To Rebuild

    Damaged WTC Firehouse To Get $1.45M To Rebuild

    By KATHERINE ROTH
    Associated Press Writer

    July 16, 2002, 4:12 PM EDT


    NEW YORK -- A firehouse heavily damaged in the World Trade Center attacks will receive $1.45 million in federal emergency funds to help rebuild, fire department and federal officials announced Tuesday.

    Engine 10 Ladder 10, which was across the street from the 110-story towers and among the first to respond to the attacks, was heavily damaged on Sept. 11. It lost five firefighters that day and is being temporarily housed in two different downtown firehouses.

    "The citizens of ... the entire country, owe a debt to the New York Fire Department that we simply are never going to be able to repay. The best we can do is honor those who gave their lives, protecting, rescuing, the residents of this city from a horrible terrorist attack," said R. David Paulison, head of the U.S. Fire Administration, part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    "The fire service is an integral part of our homeland defense and the New York fire department proved that. They proved that you can knock us down but we're going to get right back up again," Paulison said.

    In the rain of debris following the collapse of the twin towers, "Ten House," as the station is known, suffered damage to its roof, parapets and external masonry, ventilation system, windows, doors, electrical system and interior, in addition to exterior sidewalks, curbing and ramps.

    "One of the last places in this city to return to normal is Ten House on Liberty Street," said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. "It stood literally on the front lines of the terrorist attacks, right there in front of the World Trade Center and the two towers that 10 and 10 spent a lot of time in. Being able to rebuild 10 and 10 is an extremely important step for this city and this department."

    Capt. Gene Kelty, of Engine 10, said repairs to the firehouse are expected to be completed by spring of next year.

    "Ten House will be like a phoenix. We're coming out of the ashes again, literally," he said.

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