San Francisco Fire Department (CA) (Images of America)

San Francisco Fire Department (CA) (Images of America)

John Garvey


In San Francisco, heritage is as shut because the sound of the fireplace engines and vehicles racing by means of, sirens wailing. The San Francisco fireplace division took form, as did the town, from the ashes and embers of the good fireplace of 1906. within the tumultuous seaport filled with these looking California's newly discovered gold, volunteer hearth businesses needed to adapt to a teeming urban jam-packed with canvas tents, wooden shacks, kerosene lanterns, ocean breezes, and hilly winding streets. From a strength that at the beginning pulled hand-operated pumps and competed to be the 1st at a hearth, touring in horse-drawn gear, the dept has grown from a volunteer contingent of some hundred to an organization 1,800 robust and outfitted to guard a urban of forty nine sq. miles, surrounded on 3 aspects through salt water. The ancient photos of this quantity record the institution of the volunteer division on Christmas Eve 1849 and the inception of the paid strength in 1866, in addition to such colourful characters as Lily Hitchcock Coit, a belle who battled many a blaze with the volunteers and a section of whose property went to construct the 210-foot Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill. remarkable photographs, many by no means prior to released, illustrate how the hearth division used to be affected not just through the well known inferno of 1906 yet by way of the six blazes that leveled the waterfront within the 1850s and several other fires through the city's historical past.

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