Leadership

AMONG THE FIRE ENGINEERS

Issue 6 and Volume 38.

AMONG THE FIRE ENGINEERS Specially reported for FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. Nowadays the tendency is rather to be paid for entering a volunteer fire department than to pay for the privilege of becoming a firefighter. Forty years ago it was accounted such an honor to be a member of the fire department of BLOOMINGTON, ILL., that candidates willingly paid two dollars to be enrolled in its ranks. The first department, after the rudimentary or bucket brigade stage had been passed, was organised in 1868, with forty members, each of whom paid $2 per head dues, and was fined if he missed a call to a fire or a meeting of the company. The first engine house was located where the Durley block now stands, and the second was located on the ground bought by the city on the west side of the street on Fast street between Washington and Front,…

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