Second Alarmers Operate Canteens in Philadelphia
Now in their 46th year, the Second Alarmers’ Association of Philadelphia is proud of its record of never having missed a multiple alarm. In more than 10,000 runs to fires, wrecks and other disasters, this group of volunteers has served untold gallons of hot or cold drinks, or sandwiches and other emergency rations when needed.
This group, organized in December 1921, started with a Model T truck. The volunteers now have two canteen trucks and own a two-story brick station, where alarms are received. When firemen can’t leave their assignments, they are served hot or cold drinks by Second Alarmers who carry vacuum bottles around the fireground. The canteens also serve Philadelphia policemen and park guards. When called, the Second Alarmers also help fire companies within a radius of 100 miles.
Each canteen carries enough supplies for 150 gallons of coffee, 75 gallons of lime drink, 40 gallons of beef bouillon, 10 gallons of hot chocolate, 100 bottles of seltzer water and other rations.