Norwalk, Conn., Fire Company 100 Years Old

Issue 2 and Volume 112.

Norwalk, Conn., Fire Company 100 Years Old The Phoenix Engine Company of Norwalk, Conn., one of the oldest volunteer fire fighting organizations in Connecticut, celebrated its 100th anniversary on December 15. The story of the Phoenix company presents an interesting bit of Norwalk history. Prior to December 2, 1858, the old bucket brigades and two-wheel hose carts were used to fight fires in the First district, then the old city. On that day the community appropriated $2,000 to purchase a fire engine, 500 feet of hose and 22 feet of suction pipe. With this equipment on hand the men decided it was time to organize, and on December 15, 1858, the Phoenix Hose Company was formed. Minutes of the company’s meetings, dating back to the 1870’s, are kept in a desk at the Main Street fire headquarters. The desk is the only piece of equipment the company owns. Today’s Phoenix…

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