Our Everyday Heroes: Firefighters

posted 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!

Cartes de visite of firefighters, 1865

1901 Plattsburgh, NY

4th of July Parade

1911 Wenatchee WA

Graduating class of firefighters

Volunteer firefighters

Kirkland Washington

1859 firefighter

1940's Pennsylvania

1920's training school

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