Images of America: Bridgeport Firefighters (Images of America Series)

Images of America: Bridgeport Firefighters (Images of America Series)

by Bridgeport Firefighters Historical Society Staff


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Tracing its roots to 1796, the Bridgeport Fire Department protects Connecticut’s largest city. Bridgeport’s first step toward independence occured when the Corporation of Newfield was formed in 1797 for the express purpose of forming a fire company. Through the years, the firefighters have continued to play a significant role in Bridgeport’s history. Bridgeport’s fire department has grown, changed, and shared in its city’s triumphs, and tragedies. The purchase of the steam-powered D.H. Sterling fire engine triggered an oftentimes bitter contest between adherents of the traditional muscle-powered fire engine and new mechanical machines. The contest resulted in the formation of the present career fire department in 1872. Bridgeport Firefighters traces the innovations, incidents, and personalities through the hand-drawn, horse-drawn, and motor-driven eras up to the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738504926
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 10/30/2000
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 810,477
Product dimensions: 6.62(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Written by firefighters, Bridgeport Firefighters details a city fire service rich in history, tradition, and innovation, which will be a source of pride for Bridgeport residents and firefighters, and of interest to anyone who appreciates the glorious history of the American fire service.

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