Our Everyday Heroes: Firefighters

Updated on Sep 11, 2019. Originally added on Aug 29, 2016 by Kathy Pinna
Ancient Egypt had fire fighting machinery, ancient Rome had a fire brigade, and after the Great Fire of London (1666), fire brigades were organized in London. In the US, George Washington was a volunteer firefighter and bought Alexandria VA its first fire engine. During the Civil War, government run fire brigades were created in the US but many communities still had volunteer fire departments. As recent as 2010, 70% of firefighters were still volunteers.

These are pictures of some of those heroes from the 1850's through the 1940's - including their equipment and fire engines. Thank you firefighters!

Our Everyday Heroes: Firefighters

Remnants of the World Trade Center

 9/11 World Trade Center

They formed a cross from the remnants of the disaster.

Cartes de visite of firefighters, 1865

Group of firemen

1901 Plattsburgh, NY

Napoleon E. Laravie, parade

4th of July Parade

1911 Wenatchee WA

Wenatchee, WA Fire Dept.

Graduating class of firefighters

Edward Laukaitis, NYC Fire Dept.

Volunteer firefighters

Edward E. Williams

Kirkland Washington


1940's Pennsylvania

Charles Yarnall, Firemen PA

1920's training school

Firemen's school

Woodworker & volunteer firefighter

Robert Reinhold Klawitter, Illinois 1908

1941 poster - volunteers needed!

Urgent - volunteers needed at once!

1869 Constantinople

Constantinople. Fire-engine and firemen

Click on this photo to learn the history of firetrucks

Fire Truck History

Washington DC, 1910

Fireman with firefighting equipment
Back to Top