Niskayuna Fire District 1.
For those who wonder why engine number 51 appears in Backdraft, Ladder 49 and in Chicago Fire: it’s a tribute to the late Jack Webb. Webb was the producer of the hit 1970’s TV show Emergency!, which exposed the concept of Paramedic and EMTs to television audiences for the first time. Because of this show, nearly all paid fire departments have adopted EMS programs and honor Webb by showcasing their units as Engine 51 in all television shows and movies since.
It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the sudden and tragic loss of Captain John Nicol. Captain Nicol was killed in an off-duty ATV accident on Monday August 12, 2013. He was 47 years old.
Captain Nicol was appointed to the Schenectady Fire Department in March of 1990 and was promoted to Captain in November of 2006. At the time of his death he was serving as Captain of Truck 2.
Captain Nicol was a well respected and very knowledgeable officer. He will remain forever in the hearts all of the men and women of the Schenectady Fire Department.
Godspeed to our brother and friend, until we meet again.