During the early part of the 20th century, five separate volunteer fire companies independently organized to protect separate sections of Raritan Township, currently known as Edison. The township was divided by fire districts, each containing elected fire commissioners with political and economic power. In 1926, the first career firefighter was hired, and since then, over 250 career firefighters have taken the oath. Edison Firefighting features images, memorabilia, and photographs from the early days of bucket brigades and horse-drawn carriages to current personnel and apparatus. Significant fires, explosions, and rescues that Edison firefighters confronted throughout the years are revealed within this fascinating book.
About the Author
Eugene A. Enfield Jr., a lifelong resident of Edison Township, has been a career firefighter since 1995. He earned a master’s degree in fire protection management from John Jay College and is a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1197. He is donating the royalties from Edison Firefighting to the St. Barnabas Burn Foundation.
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Edison Firefighting, New Jersey (Images of America Series) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This book provides a detailed, but incomplete history of firefighting in Edison Township, NJ. Enfield describes the history of Edison's fire departments in detail, convering both the volunteer and paid firefighters. What is glaringly missing is any discussion of the volunteer fire department at Potter's Crossing, a historically black section of Edison. Beyond that, a brief discussion of firefighting in Edison (formerly known as Raritan Township) before the twentieth century could have been added. Overall, the book has an excellent collection of photos, and does a good job discussing the reasons for changes in the fire department over time, but is not really a full history of Edison firefighting.
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