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For more than 129 years, the firefighters of the Monterey Fire Department have provided outstanding service to the people of Monterey. The department has protected the community since 1882, when the first brigade was a handful of citizens armed with buckets and axes. In 2010, a total of 64 firefighters responded to 6,233 calls. This book is dedicated to the memory of Monterey’s firefighters, who have all served valiantly.
About the Author
Author Mike Ventimiglia, a retired division chief and Monterey native, is a veteran of 49 years of fire service. He began his firefighting career in 1962 and came to the Monterey Fire Department in 1969. As the department’s historian and creator of its restoration program, Ventimiglia has gathered historical information since 1969. He spent hundreds of hours obtaining photographs, collecting data, and listening to the stories of fellow firefighters like Capt. Harry Shaw, who was the first engineer in the department. All articles and photographs found in this book have been donated to the local library.
Table of Contents
1 Monterey Fire Chiefs 9
2 Fire Stations 21
3 Famous Cannery Row Fires 29
4 Large Commercial and Residential Fires 47
5 Fire Apparatus and Fireboats 67
6 Fire Department Personnel 79
7 Once upon a Time 121