Firefighter History


11/11/1918 Veteran’s Day, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 World War I ends, with the Treaty of Versailles of 1919; a war that left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded. The war started on June 28, 1914 after Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian...
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11/10/1898 two Cambridge, MA firefighters died “while operating at a fire in a meat company icehouse, he climbed a ladder and attempted to open a door. As he opened the door a blast of fire knocked him from the ladder to the pavement, where he died 15 minutes later. Another member of the Ladder 2...
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HOW FIREFIGHTERS DIED IN 2019…..(It depends on who you ask)

According to the USFA, in 2019, 62 Firefighters died in the Line of Duty, 22 less than the 2018 total of 84 Firefighters. The fatalities included 25 career firefighters, 34 volunteer Firefighters, and 3 wildland agencies w/the total consisting of one female and 61 males. There were no multiple firefighter fatality incidents in 2019. Because...
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11/9/1872 eleven firefighters died during the Boston (MA) Conflagration that burned for 15 hours destroying around 800 buildings, more than 65 acres, from the Common, north from Summer Street to the waterfront. The fire began in a basement of a five-story dry goods store just after 7:00 p.m. A lack of water pressure prevented firefighters...
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11/8/1879 New York, NY the 1st recorded use of a mechanical water tower; John Hogan and Abner Greenleaf developed a 50-foot mast water tower consisting of pipe sections raised manually by cranks capable of delivering a large-capacity elevated stream. 11/8/1865 a Manhattan, New York firefighter “died as a result of inhaling coal gas fumes at...
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11/7/1915 a firefighter was burned to death and four others injured in a fire which destroyed the old Auditorium at the corner of Page and Fillmore St in San Francisco, CA. 11/7/1928 two Buffalo, New York firefighters “died of smoke inhalation while operating at a stubborn and smoky cellar fire.” 11/7/1959 a Chicago, IL firefighter...
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