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About the Detroit Fire Department

According to the Detroit Fire Department, “In l860, the city fathers hastily hired Detroit's first paid fire fighters, an engineer, five hosemen, two drivers and a foreman to operate the first steam fire engine. The engine cost the city $3,l50 and was delivered from the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company of Manchester, N.H. It was named "Lafayette No. 1" and was housed on the northeast corner of Larned and Wayne streets. Neptune No. 2 steam engine and Phoenix No. 3 were purchased the following year. In l867, an act of the Michigan State Legislature established the Board of Fire Commissioners. The following year, a successful telegraph fire alarm system was installed.”

Today, the Detroit Fire Department is a modern agency organized in five divisions: Administration Division; Firefighting Division; Fire Marshal Division; Community Relations Division; Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division; Apparatus Division; Communications Division; Medical Division; Research and Development Division; and, Training Academy.

Selected book by a Detroit Fire Department member.


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