The San Francisco Fire Department Essay by Peter Pen

The San Francisco Fire Department
A history of the San Francisco Fire Department and Fire Station #21.
# 62867 | 1,873 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2004
Published on Dec 15, 2005 in History (U.S. Before 1865) , Public Administration (General)

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This paper presents a historical background of the San Francisco Fire Department. The paper prefaces this with an overview of the first fire departments and societies, as they were called, in 18th century America. The paper focuses on one of San Fransisco's landmarks, the old Fire Station #21 building. The paper discusses the technicalities involved in the running of fire departments in general and Fire Station #21 in particular.

From the Paper:

"America's fastest growing city, Boston, didn't escape the fire problems of other cities. In 1631, only eight months after it was settled, the city had its first major fire. After the fire, city leaders issued orders that no man should build his chimney with wood or roof his house with thatch. In 1717, Boston established America's first fire department. Boston was years ahead in establishing a fire department because of the terrible fires the city had endured. The following year, a group of concerned homeowners banned together and formed the first fire society. This fire society was the building blocks for the volunteer firefighters. "

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