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The Hartford area has a rich history of firefighting, beginning with the bucket brigades of early colonial history. As devastating blazes razed many key buildings and entire neighborhoods, these small teams developed into large volunteer groups. The city finally realized that paid fire departments were needed, and the modern firefighting world bloomed with technological advances in equipment and procedures. The evolution of these brave firefighting groups is richly chronicled in Greater Hartford Firefighting.
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Through the efforts of many people and organizations, this history has continued to survive with historic images, written histories, and the preservation of historic firefighting pieces. Bert Johanson, president of the Connecticut Fire Museum, directed this project and is passionate about preserving this information for future generations. Thomas E. Holcombe and Nancy Johanson, members of the Connecticut Fire Museum, also played a major role. Images were primarily culled from the museum and the East Hartford Fire Department.
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1 Native American Settlements and Washington's Trail 11
2 The Harmony Society 13
3 The Mennonites 27
4 Religion and Education 39
5 Transportation 51
6 Commerce 63
7 Civic and Social Life 79
8 Disasters and War 101
9 Traditions and Milestones 109
About Historic Harmony 127