America's First Fire


For many years emergency services have played a pivotal part in the history of the United States. In fact, Americans have been fighting fires since the beginning of our nation’s history.

America’s first recorded fire took place during 1608 in the colony of Jamestown. Just five days after 100 new settlers and a large store of supplies had arrived at the colony, a spark ignited a fort and Jamestown was burned to the ground. The fire would significantly hurt the settlers’ ability to provide for themselves.

Nearly fifty years later American cities began to institute fire safety laws in order to protect themselves from such destruction. By 1736, the first volunteer fire company would be instituted (by founding father Benjamin Franklin), and the rest is history!

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