Reading Firefighting

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From its inception in Colonial times to the modern challenges of today, the Reading Fire Department has battled natural disasters, airplane crashes, and block burners threatening "the Pretzel City." The fire department has faithfully served the city of Reading since 1771, having been established soon after Benjamin Franklin organized the nation's first volunteer fire department in Philadelphia. At one time the Reading Fire Department even boasted the largest all-volunteer fire department in the nation, consisting of more than 10,000 volunteer members operating from 14 fire stations throughout the city. Using the archives of the Reading Fire Department, the Reading Eagle, and the Historical Society of Berks County, Reading Firefighting documents the history and traditions of this dedicated fire department.
ISBN: 9780738555324
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Michael J. Kitsock and Michael R. Glore are veteran firefighters and the authors of Pottsville Firefighting. Kitsock is the president of the Schuylkill Historical Fire Society and a member of the Reading Fire Museum and the Pennsylvania National Fire Museum. Glore is a member of the Reading Fire Department, the Historical Society of Schuylkill County, the Schuylkill Historical Fire Society, and the Pennsylvania National Fire Museum. The foreword was provided by William Rehr, chief of the Reading Fire Department, and archival information was provided by Chief Rehr and Anthony Miccicke, department historian.
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