Ladder Company 19 of the Boston Fire Department is located in the heart of South Boston - better known as "Southie" - and has served the neighborhood for over 100 years. Southie is arguably one of the most famous neighborhoods in New England and has been the setting for many recent films and novels.
The residing quarters of the company has had several locations in Southie over the years and has been at its current location, 700 East Fourth Street, since 1932. Engine Company 2 is also assigned to the firehouse and accompanies Ladder Company 19 to most District 6 alarm responses.
In the 104 year history, we have lost two members. Lt. James Gavagan was killed on December 8, 1927 and Firefighter Joseph Sullivan on December 3, 1947. We honor their deaths and the memory of all firefighters killed in the line of duty.
The apparatus has changed several times through its history with innovations in municipal fire service equipment. The current truck is a 1993 35' E-One with an aerial platform capability of 110'. The staffing is made up of four Groups, comprised of one officer and four firefighters per group, commanded by Captain Joseph Casper - a lifelong resident of South Boston.
This website was compiled by the nineteen members of Ladder 19 for their family and friends and is not intended to reflect or represent any official position of the Boston Fire Department. Thank you for visiting our site - feel free to visit our online store and purchase one of our great Ladder 19 items!