Trenton Firefighting

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Few American cities can claim a firefighting history as rich as that of New Jersey’s capital. Trenton’s first volunteer fire company was organized in 1747 and was followed by more than a dozen other volunteer engine, hose, and hook and ladder companies that protected Trenton until 1892. They were replaced by paid firefighters staffing six engines and two ladders. As the city grew into a major industrial center, the fire department grew with it. Trenton Firefighting tells and honors the story of Trenton’s firefighters—both volunteer and paid—and the blazes they have battled, including the 1885 fire that gutted the New Jersey State House, the 1915 conflagration that destroyed the insulated wire mill of John A. Roebling’s Sons Company (builder of the Brooklyn Bridge), and the 1975 inferno that razed the historic Trenton Civic Center.
ISBN: 9781467106030
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Jersey
Series: Images of America
Images: 196
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Michael Ratcliffe is a career firefighter in Lawrence Township, New Jersey, and a member of Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association Local 96. The son of a volunteer firefighter, he started his own firefighting journey by joining Lawrence Road Volunteer Fire Company in 1992. A Rider University graduate, he worked as a news reporter for nearly two decades, including 15 years for the Trenton Times newspaper. He is donating royalties from this book to the Meredith Havens Fire Museum of Trenton and the Trenton Free Public Library’s Trentoniana Local History Collection.
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