Portsmouth Firefighting, New Hampshire (Images of America Series)

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In September 1756, with only fire buckets, two hand tubs, and citizen volunteers safeguarding the Colonial seaport, Portsmouth decided to organize and regulate its fire protection. By 1852, the Portsmouth Fire Department boasted six suction engines and in 1864 entered the age of steam power when the first steam fire engine was delivered. Disastrous fires and a growing city required the department to modernize as it moved into the 20th century. The department's first motorized engine was purchased in 1912, and by ...
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Overview

In September 1756, with only fire buckets, two hand tubs, and citizen volunteers safeguarding the Colonial seaport, Portsmouth decided to organize and regulate its fire protection. By 1852, the Portsmouth Fire Department boasted six suction engines and in 1864 entered the age of steam power when the first steam fire engine was delivered. Disastrous fires and a growing city required the department to modernize as it moved into the 20th century. The department's first motorized engine was purchased in 1912, and by 1921, there was a new central fire station along with a new gasoline-powered ladder truck. Through an exceptional collection of photographs, Portsmouth Firefighting richly illustrates the story and tradition of a fire department forever connected to its brave firefighters, their magnificent fire engines, and the spectacular blazes they fought.
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, launched its first fire department in 1756 with not much more than two hand tubs, a few buckets, and an inexperienced team of citizen volunteers. Since then, this proud unit has moved from horse-powered trucks to sleek modern ladder engines. Steven Achilles, the author of this book, knows the Portsmouth FD from the inside out; he's been connected to fire service for over 20 years. A fitting Images of America tribute to the men and women who keep us safe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738562100
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 2/18/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,476,402
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven E. Achilles entered the fire service in 1984 and became a paramedic in 1986. A Portsmouth resident and a member of the Portsmouth Fire Department since 2000, he currently serves as the assistant fire chief of operations and training, working out of the Court Street fire station.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Early Fire Companies and Engine Houses 9

2 The Age of Motorized Fire Engines 25

3 Firefighters 41

4 Answering the Call 61

5 For the Welfare of Others 75

6 Spectacular Blazes 85

7 Beyond the Alarm 117

Bibliography 127

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