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    Portsmouth Fire Department made its first run as a fully paid career department to the Biggs House on March 7, 1871. we still make runs there today.

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    Jersey City Fire Dept.
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    Fully paid 1871

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    Some of you need to check your facts. Boston was actually est in 1631 and a paid dept in 1678. And a side note we have the oldest continuously operated engine company in the nation Engine 7. and this is ALL FACT!!! not some spark BS. Be safe out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkirrane View Post
    Some of you need to check your facts. Boston was actually est in 1631 and a paid dept in 1678. And a side note we have the oldest continuously operated engine company in the nation Engine 7. and this is ALL FACT!!! not some spark BS. Be safe out there.
    Actually dkkirane, you need to check you facts. Washington Fire Co.2 in Madison, IN was established in 1848 and is still in operation to this day. That is 23 years PRIOR to Louisville's Engine 7. Sorry to burst your bubble.

    NOTE: 7-30-08: I have recently received information that Bristol, PA has had a fire station open since 1857. This means Louisville is now 3rd.

    Also... Detroit DID NOT have the first motorized fire engine in the world. The French claim this title when they made one in 1898. The first in the United States was Larue, OH in 1905.

    American LaFrance had made 7 motorized fire engines PRIOR to Detroits Packard even being delivered. #1 is still in existance in Lenox, MA.

    There were quite a few motorized fire engines BEFORE Detroit's Packard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    Cincinnati, OH 4/1/1853
    St. Louis, MO 9/14/1857
    Louisville, KY 6/1/1858
    Chicago, IL 8/2/1858
    Richmond, VA 10/25/1858
    Boston, MA 1859
    Memphis, TN 1859
    Indianapolis, IN 10/1859
    Baltimore, MD 12/1859
    Detroit, MI 1860
    Nashville, TN 7/24/1860
    Dayton, OH 1864
    District of Columbia 5/19/1864
    Covington, KY 7/7/1864
    FDNY 6/24/1865
    San Francisco, CA 4/3/1866
    Philadelphia, PA 12/1870
    Norfolk, VA 12/15/1871
    Denver, CO 12/1880
    Tacoma, WA 1880
    Charleston, SC 1/1/1882
    Atlanta, GA 1882
    Spokane, WA 1884
    Los Angeles, VA 1/12/1886
    Jacksonville, FL 7/15/1886
    Evansville, IN 1888
    San Deigo, CA 8/15/1889
    New Orleans, LA 12/15/1891
    Salem, OR 1893
    Seattle, WA 1894
    Houston, TX 1895
    Tampa, FL 5/10/1895


    This was extracted from the departmentís web pages......

    Providence, RI March 1, 1854

    second oldest continuous, completely full time fire department(right behind cincinnati, oh)
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    The Providence Fire Department became a paid organization effective March 1, 1854. The department was scaled back from the volunteer years of almost 1,100 men, down to 432 men which operated eleven hand-engine companies and one hook-and-ladder company.
    Contrary to the general expectation that paid firemen would be inactive and uninterested, then Chief Taylor pointed out that in the first 15 months of operation (compared to the last 15 months of the volunteer days) there was a decrease of nearly 400 percent in the value of real and personal property lost by fire. The biggest hurdle was the lack of water supply. This was addressed by intalling some 26 stationary engines drawing water from 48 cisterns and six wells. This fed 4,780 feet of pipe connected to 26 hydrants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SW25PFD View Post
    Portsmouth Fire Department made its first run as a fully paid career department to the Biggs House on March 7, 1871. we still make runs there today.

    www.portsmouthfd.org

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    Considering the way the economy is going, maybe a new post on "Which city will be the last paid Fire Dept?"

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    Captoldtimer you work at Richmond do you know Jason Stallings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanLoader View Post
    Considering the way the economy is going, maybe a new post on "Which city will be the last paid Fire Dept?"
    Never mind the economy, there are people in this forum that would argue that there is not a need for any paid Fire Departments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtucker1384 View Post
    Captoldtimer you work at Richmond do you know Jason Stallings?
    Tried to send you a message but you have it blocked. He came on about 3 years before I retired.
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    Tried to send you a message but you have it blocked. He came on about 3 years before I retired.
    Ok ill see if i can fix it. He is my fire chief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FDAIC485 View Post
    Never mind the economy, there are people in this forum that would argue that there is not a need for any paid Fire Departments.
    I am from St. Louis, MO and the city runs about 100,000 calls a year. So i would tell them how could you even fathom running that amount of call load without a paid department. And that is only one case there are alot of department's that run similar amounts if not even more all across the united states.

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