Author Richard Schneider has spent his life in the fire services, first in San Jose, California, and then in Seattle, where he retired in 1996 at the rank of lieutenant. In this new volume, Schneider has gathered together more than 200 rare vintage images from the archives of the Seattle Fire Department, the City of Seattle, and his own private collection to tell Seattle's unique fire history.
Seattle Fire Departmentby Richard Schneider
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On June 6, 1889, 25 city blocks of the city of Seattle and every mill, wharf, and warehouse from Union to Jackson Streets were consumed in a firestorm that started when a glue pot tipped over. Both of the Seattle firehouses burned in the devastating inferno, and the result was the end of the volunteer fire department and the formation of the Seattle Fire Department. Seattle got its first fireboat in 1891, at a little fire station at the foot of Madison Street and Alaskan Way, and the department depended on horse-drawn equipment until 1924, when the last horse was retired. Boasting the oldest continuously operating medic unit in America, today's Seattle Fire Department is a proud organization with 34 fire stations and more than 1,000 uniformed personnel.
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