Looking Back… at Firefighting History in Charleston

Looking Back… at Charleston Fire Fighting History Today, Charleston has eight fire stations and with over 170 paid firefighters and rescue professionals. They protect over 200,000 people within the Charleston city limits, and further throughout the greater Kanawha Valley. The eight stations encompass engine companies, a ladder company, one rescue unit and four ambulance units. They also have building collapse and hazardous materials units. But 172 years ago, things were a bit different. In 1845, the first firefighting group was assembled in Charleston. Headquartered on Quarrier Street, the fire company boasted a handful of volunteers and two hand pump...

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