Did you know that many of our founding fathers were Firemen?
Did you know that one of them actually founded the first Volunteer Fire Dept in America?
There are currently more volunteer fire departments across the world, than there are paid professional departments. Coming from a background in the volunteer departments, I have nothing but the utmost respect for them, and the jobs they do. They receive no pay, and leave their families for many hours of training, and calls.
Although the history of the fire department dates back to ancient Egypt, in 6 A.D. Caesar Augustus fought fires in Rome using bucket brigades, poles, hooks and pumps. His fire brigade consisted of hundreds of men all ready for action.
When a fire broke out, the men would line up to the nearest water source and pass buckets hand over hand to the fire. In 1736 Bejamin Franklin founded the first volunteer fire department in Philadelphia PA, called the Union Fire Company.
George Washington was also a volunteer firefighter in Alexandria VA. In 1774, he bought the town its first ever fire engine, and started the Friendship Veteran Fire Engine Company.