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275 Years of the American Volunteer Fire Service

In honor of the 275th anniversary of America's volunteer fire service, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has released a new publication honoring the past, present, and future of our nation's volunteers. A Proud Tradition: 275 Years of the American Volunteer Fire Service pays tribute to the millions of dedicated individuals who protect our communities every day and honors the rich heritage of volunteers. From the earliest colonial days, community members have banded together to fight fires that threatened their town. However, it wasn’t until 1736 that Benjamin Franklin established the Union Fire Company in Philadelphia, which many consider to be the beginning of the nation’s moder...

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