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The Professional Volunteer Fire Department: History, Heritage, and Pride

By Thomas A. Merrill Most, if not all, volunteer fire departments have a rich and vibrant history. The departments were founded by regular citizens, who often pitched in their own money, muscle, and equipment to build the firehouse and purchase necessary supplies. They demonstrated incredible determination and resilience. They ran countless picnics, field days, and various other events to help build the treasury. They fought fires with little to no turnout gear, cotton hose, and primitive tools. The stories are endless, entertaining and colorful. But do our firefighters today know these stories and appreciate where they come from? What is your department doing to share that information? S...

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