fire department

Prepared by Illya D'Addezio.

The history of organized combating of structural fires dates back at least to Ancient Egypt. Many people put out fires back in biblical times, but whether people did it for a living is unknown.1 The United States did not employ professional firefighters in the sense of government-organized departments until the time of the Civil War. Before then, amateur fire brigades competed with one another to be the first to respond to a fire -- in order to receive the payout from the insurance companies.2 These brigades, or fire societies, were very organized, with individuals having specific assignments: put out fire; get residents to safe place, or secure an items pertinent to their financial well-being.

1 Firefighter (wikipedia)
2 A History of Fire Departments

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