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Who was the first fire department?

In response to a recent thread about the first fire department … Drew Smith submitted the following:

Who is really the first? The first ever? The first paid? The first to be known by the name they use today? Here is some information that may help in this discussion.

Chicago: The city of Chicago was incorporated in 1833. At that time it had a volunteer FD. In 1858 the first paid FD was organized. Around 1993 there was a display in the main hallway of the Quinn Fire Academy that described the transition in the 1800s from volunteers to paid men.

Cincinnati: It is stated in several sources that in 1853 Cincinnati hired its first paid men and became an all-paid department.

Boston: The Boston Fire Department describes themselves as “first in the nation” stating is was formed in 1678 as a paid FD. According to http://www.bostonfirehistory.org/historybostonbefore1859.html these paid men were call men. In the book The History of the Boston Fire Department and Boston Fire Alarm System 1859-1973 brought to you by the Boston Sparks Association http://www.bostonsparks.com/bookV1/ it appears that “permanent” men were added to various companies beginning around 1873 and that “call” members were used in whole or part for certain companies. It was not until 1909 that all of the call member were replaced with permanent members (pg. 34). Several sources describe 1859 as the beginning of the “modern” area of the BFD.

FDNY: The Fire Department of New York was formed following the revolutionary war and was all volunteer. It operated this way until 1865 when the Metropolitan Fire Department was formed and all paid men were hired. The MFD consisted of only Manhattan and Brooklyn as the other three boroughs had not yet been annexed into NYC. As they were volunteers in these boroughs, they were slowly replaced with paid men. In 1870 the MFD was abolished and the FDNY was reestablished. There are many more details to this contained in these two links.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/history/fire_service.shtml

http://nyfd.com/history/fdny.html

Here is another interesting site: http://firehistory.org/oldest-fd/oldest-paid/  What I find interesting is that many of these websites have the same exact verbiage so it is not clear who was the first to state certain “facts” and what reference can substantiate each fact.

The Civil War played a huge role in the development of the fire service as many firemen served in militias for their state and fought for the Union or Confederacy. The paramilitary concepts inherit to our modern-day practices take their roots from these men and their war experience.  If you are ever at the Gettysburg battle field, off of Sickles Avenue north of Wheatfield Road in the middle of a big field is a statue of a fireman and a soldier erected by the NYC volunteer firemen in tribute to those brothers who fought in the battle and gave their life.

 statue of a fireman and a soldier erected by the NYC volunteer firemen in tribute to those brothers who fought in the battle and gave their life.

A statue of a fireman and a soldier erected by the NYC volunteer firemen in tribute to those brothers who fought in the battle and gave their life. Drew Smith photo

 statue of a fireman and a soldier erected by the NYC volunteer firemen in tribute to those brothers who fought in the battle and gave their life.

The plaque below the statue. Drew Smith photo

 

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FDIC 2011 highlights

FDIC 2011

An overview of the stadium exhibits. Many of the apparatus exhibitors moved into the new convention center this year. Larry Shapiro photo

The 2011 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) just ended. The convention center was filled with exhibitors who displayed everything from fire apparatus and gear to shirts and trinkets. There were two local area rigs on display this year. A  Medtec Type III ambulance for Algonquin-Lake in the Hills was in the Pierce booth and a Cyclone II 95-foot rear mount tower ladder for University Park was in the E-ONE booth.

FDIC 2011 Algonquin Fire Department Medtec ambulance

Algonquin-Lake in the Hills had a Medtec ambulance in the Pierce booth at the FDIC in Indianapolis. Larry Shapiro photo

FDIC 2011 University Park Fire Department E-ONE tower ladder

This new tower ladder for University Park was in the E-ONE booth. Larry Shapiro photo

Other interesting apparatus displayed included four pieces for the FDNY including a Wheeled Coach ambulance on a four-door Ford chassis, an engine in the Seagrave booth, plus Rescue 4 and Ladder 137 in the Ferrara booth.

FDIC 2011 Seagrave FDNY

Seagrave displayed FDNY Engine 222. Larry Shapiro

FDIC 2011 Ferrara FDNY R4

Ferrara had FDNY Rescue 4 from Queens in their booth. Larry Shapiro photo

FDIC 2011 Ferrara FDNY L137

Ferrara also had FDNY Ladder 137 on dispkay. Larry Shapiro photo

Crimson had a tandem axle rescue for Elizabeth, NJ, KME had a tiller for Norwalk, CT, American LaFrance had a tiller for Ventura County, CA and HME had a Type III wildland pumper for CALFIRE.

FDIC 2011 Crimson Elizabeth Fire Department Rescue 1

This tandem axle heavy rescue for Elizabeth, NJ Rescue 1 was in the Crimson booth. Larry Shapiro photo

FDIC 2011 KME TDA Norwalk, CT

A tiller for Norwalk, CT was shown by KME. Larry Shapiro photo

FDIC 2011 American LaFrance LTI TDA Ventura County, CA

This LTI tiller for Ventura County, CA by American LaFrance was in the Lucas Oil Stadium. Larry Shapiro photo

FDIC 2011 HME CALFIRE Type III

HME brought a Type III engine from CALFIRE. Larry Shapiro photo

As regards new introductions:

Pierce showed the new Dash CF chassis under a PUC rescue pumper;

FDIC 2011 Pierce Dash CF PUC

One of two Pierce Dash CF units that were unveiled at the show. Larry Shapiro photo

FDIC 2011 Pierce tracked mini pumper

Pierce also showed this mini pumper on rubber tracks BP. Larry Shapiro photo

Rosenbauer introduced their Smart Cab enclosure for adding a crew area to units built on a commercial chassis;

FDIC 2011 Rosenbauer Smart Cab

Rosenbauer introduced the 'Smart Cab' enclosure for three firefighters on a commercial chassis. Larry Shapiro photo

FDIC 2011 Rosenbauer Smart Cab

The Smart Cab has a two-step unit which swings out with the door for easy egress and entrance to the crew enclosure along with an option for a full-lenght glass covered door. Larry Shapiro photo

KME brought out the Predator Pro Series (Pumper Rescue Operations) integrated pumper and a new 79-foot ladder;

FDIC 2011 KME Predator PRO

The KME Predator PRO is a rescue pumper on the new Predator chassis and features a short wheelbase and compact operator's panel. Larry Shapiro photo

FDIC 2011 KME 75' Aerial Cat

The new 76-foor Aerial Cat quint on a new Predator chassis was in the KME booth. Larry Shapiro photo

Crimson highlighted their new acquisition of Classic Fire and showed their ‘Transformer’ on a commercial chassis;

FDIC 2011 Crimson Fire Classic Series

Crimson had a min pumper in their new Classic Series which originates from their recent purchase of Classic Fire in Ocala, FL. Larry Shapiro photo

American LaFrance announced that they are now offering their Eagle custom chassis to other manufacturers and that the LTI aerials can also be purchased by others;

FDIC 2011 American LaFrance Eagle chassis

A 2010 emissions compliant Eagle cab and chassis was on display by American LaFrance. Larry Shapiro photo

E-ONE showed the eMAX pumper series with a narrow operator’s panel.

FDIC 2011 E-ONE EMAX

The E-ONE eMAX was shown on a Typhoon chassis. Larry Shapiro photo

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Share their frustration?

A little off topic here, but Statter911.com has a 3 minute, cellphone video, of an FDNY Engine company trying to get through traffic behind a city transit bus that won’t move from their path.

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5-11 Club/Fire Buffs of Illinois Muster Highlights

CFD muster

Pumping into the antique water tower. Larry Shapiro photo

CFD antique water tower

The water tower getting supplied to flow all three guns. Larry Shapiro photo

American LaFrance Century engine

Feeding the water tower from this beautifully restored American LaFrance Century engine. Larry Shapiro photo

boy playing in water spray

Nothing beats getting wet on a hot day! Larry Shapiro photo

Classic Pirsch pumper

Classic Pirsch pumper formally from Kenosha, WI. Larry Shapiro photo

Classic Pirsch engine pumping

Another shot of the Pirsch, this time feeding the water tower. Larry Shapiro photo

Chicago Ridge Pirsch

A Pirsch Quad from Chicago Ridge. Larry Shapiro photo

CFD antique water tower

The water tower with the skyline. Larry Shapiro photo

FDNY Seagrave engine

The highlight for many was the appearance of this FDNY Seagrave engine that was 'in-cognito' while traveling to NYC for delivery. Larry Shapiro photo

CFD Dodge Monaco

Beautifully restored Dodge Monaco for Battalion 7. Larry Shapiro photo

CFD Fire Academy Muster

A view of the water tower from inside the drill yard. Larry Shapiro photo

CFD antique water tower

The water tower going full force down Taylor Street. Larry Shapiro photo

CFD antique water tower

Another view looking east on Taylor. Larry Shapiro photo

boy playing in water on a hot day

The only way to enjoy the very hot day was to get wet. Larry Shapiro photo

boys playing in the spray of a fire truck

When the wind shifted, it wasn't just the young ones that got wet, everyone ran for cover. Larry Shapiro photo

American LaFrance Century pumper

At the day's end, the apparatus was positioned for photos. Larry Shapiro photo

photographers taking pictures of a fire truck

Several buffs waited for the opportunity to photograph the apparatus that was on display. Larry Shapiro photo

American LaFrance Century pumper Worthington

This beautiful American LaFrance Century pumper was a favorite for many of the visitors. Larry Shapiro

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Fire Muster and Flea Market in Chicago

Today was the FIre Engine Rally  & Firematic Swap Meet co-sponsored by the 5-11 Club of Chicago & The Fire Buffs of Illinois at the Chicago Fire Academy. Several private collectors brought apparatus and several pieces of apparatus from the CFD were on hand for visitors. Several vendors had goods for sale and a special treat for many was a visit by an FDNY Seagrave engine that was en route to be delivered in New York City.

Another treat was seeing three engines used to supply water to the old CFD water tower as it flowed three master streams.

Tomorrow, photos from the event will be posted.

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Merrionette Park begins Division 22

Merrionette Park is the first department to be posted from Division 22. Apparatus images were provided by Dennis McGuire, Jr. and one in particular has a very interesting history. Truck 2614 was previously in service with the Pennsville Fire & Rescue. No. 1, (New Jersey) after leaving service as 1 of 2 Mack Bulldog aerials purchased by the FDNY in 1982.  At the time, LTI was building aerial ladders and fabricating bodies for other fire service manufacturers.  Mack was supplying engines to New York, Baker was building the Aerialscope towers on Mack chassis and FNDY was purchasing rear mount ladders from Seagrave.  In an attempt to capture more of the FDNY business and to expand their overall product line, Mack teamed up with LTI and marketed a private label aerial called the Bulldog I and II Series. LTI built the ladder and body which were mounted on a Mack chassis. “The Bulldog I Series offered midship ladders, rear-mounted ladders and TDAs…The Bulldog program did not prove overly successful with 25 aerials being sold before Mack ceased production of fire trucks in 1983.” (excerpt from Aerial Fire Trucks by Larry Shapiro, MBI Publishing Company.)

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