First U. S. Firehouse The original home of what is believed to be the oldest fire company in the United States is located at Mount Holly, N. J. It is a small building, for when the company was organized in 1752 fire equipment consisted of leather buckets, axes and small ladders. It is claimed that this company is the oldest one in America to possess in complete form the minutes of its meetings from the time of its organization. When first formed, the company was known as the Britannia Fire Company of Bridgetown. It changed its name in 1787 to the Mount Holly Fire Company, and in 1805 it again changed its name. This time it was the Relief Fire Company, and it is the name that is used today.