Leadership

The Oldest Fire Company.

Issue 36 and Volume 2.

The Oldest Fire Company. The following account of the oldest Fire Company in this country, we find in an old paper printed in Boston some twenty years ago: “The oldest organized Company in the United States is the Union Naumkeag, No. 5, of Salem, Mass. This Company was organized in the year 1748, and from that time to the present the organization has never been broken—a period of 109 years. [If now continued, this Company is, in 1878, 130 years old.] In 1747, Richard Derby and eleven other men petitioned the Selectmen of Salem to be excused from certain duties. The Selectmen of the town were willing to grant their request, if they would procure an Engine for the extinguishment of fires. The town granted the prayer of the petitioners, and they, according to agreement, obtained from London, England, ‘ the Great Fire Engine.’ The dimensions of this wonderful machine…

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