Springfield Firefighting

Springfield Firefighting


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Springfield Firefighting by Bert D. Johanson, Nancy B. Johanson, Fred Rodriquez

The history of the Springfield Fire Department dates back to 1792 when the first hand pumper, Lion, was purchased. On January 24, 1794, a fire club with 50 members, all prominent citizens of the city, was organized. Fire districts were established in 1830 by an act passed by the Massachusetts legislature. By 1833, Springfield officially organized a fire department, and like the fire club, the new volunteer department consisted of prominent members of the community. The fire department changed from volunteer to paid in 1872. The volunteers then formed the Springfield Veteran Fireman's Association. After 1872, the department made great strides, especially in the area of apparatus. In 1906, Springfield entered the motorized age with the introduction of a Knox squad truck, and by 1916, Springfield became the first fullymotorized fire department in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531631178
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 05/30/2007
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
The Volunteer Era     9
The Horse-Drawn Era     15
Springfield Motorized     55
The Stations     79
The Firemen     97
The Modern Era     113

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