Oakland Fire Department

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For over 150 years, brave firefighters have battled to preserve the lives and property of the citizens of Oakland. Beginning in 1853, volunteer engine and hook and ladder companies organized and the Oakland Fire Department formed in 1869. Until 1922, teams of magnificent horses pulled steamers belching black smoke and embers, with firemen holding on for dear life. These gallant fire horses were as much firefighters as the rugged men of Oakland who extinguished blazes with leather hoses and brass nozzles. After waging an internal battle of racial integration—a 35-year struggle that began in1920—the Oakland Fire Department became one of the first in the nation to hire women firefighters beginning in 1980.
ISBN: 9780738529684
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Geoffrey Hunter, a captain in the Oakland Fire Department, has searched for the best and most dramatic images to illuminate this inspiring and authoritative history of the Oakland Fire Department, from the days of horse-drawn carts on dusty downtown streets, to the modern era of gleaming high-rise buildings and thermal imaging cameras.
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