Toledo's Firefighters

The Toledo Fire Department dates back to 1837. This exhibit explores the rich and colorful history of the fire department, examining the firefighters, their equipment, and the fires that they fought through newspaper articles, remembrances, fire station documents, and photographs. The earliest known action taken to form the Toledo Fire Department was on May 29, 1837. At this time, City Council selected a committee to determine the cost of two fire engines for the City of Toledo. On September 25, 1837, the firm of Hoisington and Manning was given the contract to build Engine House No. 1 and the following year to build Engine House No. 2. In December of 1837, Council appointed the first officers and fire warden of our new department. [Read the complete article]

Related resources:

Toledo's Firefighters (slide show)

Toledo Firefighters Museum (Website)

Toledo Police Museum (Website)

 

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