Historical Fulton: The Fulton Fire Department

The Fulton Fire Department was organized April 16,1857, although there were small volunteer groups of firefighters when the place was just a village dating back to 1838. The first steam engine was bought in 1866 and the second in 1870. This photo shows a 1900 “steam pumper.” The firefighters would draw water from the canal or river and use it to fight fires. These steam pumper were drawn by horses. The department became a paid department in 1905 along with the first salaried fire chief, assistant and eight full-time firefighters and 15 more who were being trained and on call. Also in that same time period the first series of fire hydrants were installed throughout the city eliminating the need of the canal/river in some instances. Fulton got its first fire “truck” in 1916. There was no roof and no windshield, so getting to fires in the rain or snow was quite the challenge. In 1981, the department joined the computer age and got its first computer. The paid department celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005. Photo courtesy of fultonhistory.com
The Fulton Fire Department was organized April 16,1857, although there were small volunteer groups of firefighters when the place was just a village dating back to 1838. The first steam engine was bought in 1866 and the second in 1870. This photo shows a 1900 “steam pumper.” The firefighters would draw water from the canal or river and use it to fight fires. These steam pumper were drawn by horses. The department became a paid department in 1905 along with the first salaried fire chief, assistant and eight full-time firefighters and 15 more who were being trained and on call. Also in that same time period the first series of fire hydrants were installed throughout the city eliminating the need of the canal/river in some instances. Fulton got its first fire “truck” in 1916. There was no roof and no windshield, so getting to fires in the rain or snow was quite the challenge. In 1981, the department joined the computer age and got its first computer. The paid department celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005.
Photo courtesy of fultonhistory.com
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