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Posted March 7, 2010 -- Updated April 15, 2014
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SOURCES INCLUDE:
1. History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978
2. FIRE!, 100 Most Devastating Fires, Edward C. Goodman, 2001
3. Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003
4. VARIOUS INTERNET SOURCES

NFPA LIST OF FIRES AND EVENTS BY DAYS OF YEAR
 

DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC HISTORY

  State Forest Fire Dept County Forest Fire Dept Town of Barnstable FF Dept  
Barnstable Barnstable Municipal Airport Bourne Brewster Cape Cod National Seashore
Cent-Ost-M Mills Chatham  Cotuit Dennis Eastham
Falmouth Harwich Hyannis Mashpee Orleans
Otis / MMR Provincetown Sandwich Truro  
  Wellfleet West Barnstable Yarmouth  
         

 

 

TOPIC SPECIFIC HISTORY

Apparatus Chief Officers Communications Departments EMS
Fire & Police Stations Names - Personnel Police Depts Special Events  
         
Aircraft Incidents Apparatus Incidents Boating Incidents Brush - Forest Fires Crimes
 Fatal Incidents Fires - The Big Ones Haz Mat Incidents Line of Duty Mass Casualty Incidents
Water Incidents   Weather Storms      
         

 

 

YEAR BY YEAR HISTORY

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YEAR DATE COMMUNITY   HISTORICAL INFORMATION
2014        
         
2014 02/02 FOOTBALL   FOOTBALL - SEATTLE SEAHAWKS - Super Bowl XLVIII Champs
Seahawks vs Denver Broncos, 43-8, Met-Life Stadium, New Jersey
         
         
         
         

 

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YEAR DATE COMMUNITY   HISTORICAL INFORMATION
2013 2013 US HISTORY   US - President Barack H Obama in 2nd term
2013 01/20

 

US HISTORY

 

  US PRESIDENT 45 - Barack H Obama
2009-         Democrat From Illinois
Reelected to 2nd term - Defeated Mitt Romney
2013 02/03 FOOTBALL   FOOTBALL - BALTIMORE RAVENS - Super Bowl XLVII Champs
Ravens vs San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, Superdome New Orleans, LA
         
2013 10/30 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - BOSTON RED SOX - 109th World Series Champions
Red Sox vs St Louis Cardinals (4-2)
Red Sox "Worst to First" Season
         

 

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YEAR DATE COMMUNITY   HISTORICAL INFORMATION
2012 2012 US HISTORY   US - President Barack Obama in first term
         
2012 01/ BARNSTABLE   FD APPARATUS - BARNSTABLE - ENGINE 202 - 2012 E-ONE
2012 02/05  FOOTBALL    FOOTBALL - NEW YORK GIANTS - Super Bowl XLVI Champs
Giants vs New England Patriots, 21-17, Lukas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
         
2012 10/28 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS - 108th World Series Champions
Giants vs Detroit Tigers (4-0)
         
         

 

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YEAR DATE COMMUNITY   HISTORICAL INFORMATION
2011 2011 US HISTORY   US - President Barack Obama in first term
2011 01/ COMM   FD APPARATUS - COMM - ENGINE 304 - 2011 PIERCE
2011 02/06  FOOTBALL    FOOTBALL - GREEN BAY PACKERS - Super Bowl XLV Champs
Packers vs Pittsburg Steelers, 31-25, Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
2011 03/ COMM   FD APPARATUS - COMM - ENGINE 303 - 2011 PIERCE
2011 05/ ORLEANS   FD APPARATUS - ORLEANS - ENGINE 175 - 2011 SUTPHEN
2011 07/ HYANNIS   FD APPARATUS - HYANNIS - ENGINE 826 - 2011 PIERCE
2011 09/ YARMOUTH   FD APPARATUS - YARMOUTH - ENGINE 43 - 2011 PIERCE
2011 09/01 PROVINCETOWN   PLANE CRASH - Provincetown Airport - 2011
1 killed, 1 injured in crash of Piper aircraft at about 2300 hrs off end of runway.
2011 10/31  HYANNIS    FIRE - HYANNIS HOUSE APARTMENTS - 4 ALARMS - 2011
The Hyannis House Apartments at 290 West Main Street.
Hyannis FD received AFA from the very large 3 story wooden apartment complex at approx 2320 hrs. Before fire apparatus arrived, police reported a working fire. On arrival, heavy fire was blowing out the 2nd and 3rd floors on apartments on the west side wing facing West Main Street. Firefighters rescued an 84 y/o woman from the 3rd floor apartment and evacuated dozens of other occupants to safety. Four alarms were struck in total. The fire was brought under control within about 15 minutes, with significant damage to several apartments.
2011 10/28 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - SAINT LOUIS CARDINALS - 107th World Series Champs
Cardinals vs Texas Rangers (4-3)
2011 11/ PROVINCETOWN   FD APPARATUS - PROVINCETOWN - FOAM 199 - 2011 ROSENBAUER
2011 12/ MIDDLEBOROUGH   FD APPARATUS - MIDDLEBOROUGH - ENGINE 1 - 2011 E-ONE
2011 12/ PLYMOUTH   FD APPARATUS - PLYMOUTH - ENGINE 1 - 2011 E-ONE
         
         

 

 

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YEAR DATE COMMUNITY   HISTORICAL INFORMATION
2010 2010 US HISTORY   US - President Barack Obama in first term
2010 01/ PROVINCETOWN   FD APPARATUS - PROVINCETOWN - LADDER 192 - 2010 FERRARA
2010 01/26  HYANNIS   FIRE - IRON HOUSE - HYANNIS FIRE - 4 ALARMS - 2010
0115 hours - 95 Corporation Road. Located behind the Cape Cod Mall.
Woodstove warehouse and showroom. Heavy damage.
2010 02/07  FOOTBALL    FOOTBALL - NEW ORLEANS SAINTS - Super Bowl XLIV Champs
Saints  vs Indianapolis Colts, 31-17, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FLA
2010 03/ ROCHESTER   FD APPARATUS - ROCHESTER - ENGINE 193 - 2010 E-ONE
2010 03/29  ONSET. MA    FIRE - OLD OCEAN SPRAY CRANBERRY - ONSET - 5+ ALARMS - 2010
0215 hrs - 3650 Cranberry Highway, Onset.  5 Alarms + 2 county structural task forces.
Large warehouse building, formerly cold storage building.
Fully involved.
2010 11/01 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS  - 106th World Series Champs
Giants vs Texas Rangers (4-1)
         
         

 

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YEAR DATE COMMUNITY   HISTORICAL INFORMATION
2009 2009 US HISTORY   US - President Barack Obama in first term
Major global economic collapse continues.
2009 01/20 US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 44 - BARACK H. OBAMA
2009-          - Democrat from Illinois.
First Black President of USA. Defeated John McCain
2009  2009 US HISTORY    US - ECONOMIC COLLAPSE - 2009
Financial crisis on worldwide scale
2009 02/01  FOOTBALL    FOOTBALL - PITTSBURG STEELERS - Super Bowl XLIII Champs
Steelers vs Arizona Cardinals, 27-13, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FLA
2009 03/ MIDDLEBOROUGH   FD APPARATUS - MIDDLEBOROUGH - TOWER 3 - 2008 KME
2009  03/09  MARSTONS MILLS    FIRE - CAPE COD ANIMAL HOSPITAL - MARSTONS MILLS - 3 ALARMS - 2009
2000 hours. West Barnstable Road, Marstons Mills. 3 Alarms. Fully involved structure.
2009  07/10  YARMOUTH    FIRE - KNOB HILL ROAD - YARMOUTH - 3 ALARMS - 2009
1130 hrs - Knob Hill Road, Yarmouth - Cranberry Bog Warehouse. 3 Alarms. Also required Tier 3 Haz Mat response and Level 3 MCI for contaminated firefighters.
2009 08/ NANTUCKET   FD APPARATUS - NANTUCKET - ENGINE 1 - 2009 ROSENBAUER
2009 09/ FALMOUTH   FD APPARATUS - FALMOUTH - ENGINE 22 - 2009 PIERCE
2009 09/ FALMOUTH   FD APPARATUS - FALMOUTH - ENGINE 23 - 2009 PIERCE
2009 09/ HYANNIS   FD APPARATUS - HYANNIS - MARINE 808 - 2009 METALCRAFT FIREBOAT
2009 10/ BREWSTER   FD APPARATUS - BREWSTER - ENGINE 234 - 2009 FERRARA
2009 10/ BREWSTER   FD APPARATUS - BREWSTER - ENGINE 239 - 2009 FERRARA
2009 11/04 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - NEW YORK YANKEES - 105th World Series Champs
Yankees vs Philadelphia Phillies (4-2)
2009 11/ SANDWICH   FD APPARATUS - SANDWICH - ENGINE 453 - 2009 SUTPHEN
         
         

 

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YEAR DATE COMMUNITY   HISTORICAL INFORMATION
2008 2008 US HISTORY   US - President George W. Bush in second term
Major global economic collapse begins
2008 01/ BOURNE   FD APPARATUS - BOURNE - TOWER 126 - 2008 AMERICAN LAFRANCE
2008 01/ DENNIS   FD APPARATUS - DENNIS - ENGINE 107 - 2008 PIERCE
2008 02/03  FOOTBALL    FOOTBALL - NEW YORK GIANTS - Super Bowl XLII Champs
NY Giants vs New England Patriots, 17-14, U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
2008 04/ YARMOUTH   FD APPARATUS - YARMOUTH - ENGINE 42 - 2008 PIERCE
2008 05/14  HARWICH    HAZ -  OIL TANKER CRASH - HARWICH HAZ MAT - 2008
Great Western Road. 10,500 gallon fuel tanker rolls over onto pickup truck. Tier 2 hazmat response.
2008 07/ CHILMARK   FD APPARATUS - CHILMARK - BREAKER 131 - 2008 FL / BULLDOG
2008 10/ ORLEANS   FD APPARATUS - ORLEANS - TOWER 176 - 2008 SUTPHEN
2008 10/29 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES - 104th World Series Champs
Phillies vs Tampa Bay Rays (4-1)
2008 12/ PLYMOUTH   FD APPARATUS - PLYMOUTH - ENGINE 2 - 2008 E-ONE
2008 12/ PLYMOUTH   FD APPARATUS - PLYMOUTH - ENGINE 5 - 2008 E-ONE
         

 

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YEAR DATE COMMUNITY   HISTORICAL INFORMATION
2007 2007 US HISTORY   US - President George W. Bush in second term
Major global economic collapse begins
2007 01/ TISBURY   FD APPARATUS - TISBURY - ENGINE 621 - 2007 E-ONE
2007 01/ US HISTORY   US - CONGRESS FEMALE SPEAKER - 2007
Nancy Pelosi, Democrat California, becomes first female Speaker of the House.
Democrats with majority rule.
2007 02/05  FOOTBALL    FOOTBALL - INDIANAPOLIS COLTS - Super Bowl XLI Champs
Colts vs Chicago Bears, 29-17, Dolphin Stadium, Miami, FLA
2007 02/07  BOURNE   FIRE - 2 EASTING ROAD  - BOURNE - 2007
1500 hours. 2 Easting Road, South Sagamore. 1 story ranch with heavy smoke and fire.
2007 02/08  BOURNE   FIRE - 48 CHICKADEE LANE - BOURNE - 2007
2100 hours. 48 Chickadee Lane, Pocasset. Fully involved house extends to second structure. 2 Alarms. Frozen hydrants and unstaffed station hampered initial response.
2007 02/22  BOSTON   FIRE - ENDICOTT STREET NORTH END - BOSTON - 6 ALARMS - 2007
1900 hours. Endicott Street, Boston, North End. 6 Alarms for fire in large multi-family buildings.
2007 03/31  ROCHESTER, MA   FIRE - SEMASS FACILITY - ROCHESTER - GEN ALM - 2007
1900 hours. Semass Trash Incinerator Plant, Rochester, MA. A general alarm fire required a massive response of apparatus and tankers from 3 counties.
2007 03/31 DENNIS   FIRE - 197 ROUTE 28 - DENNIS - 3 ALARMS - 2007
2100 hours. 197 Route 28, Dennis Port. House fire required 3 Alarms.
2007 04/01

 

NANTUCKET   FIRE - BRUSH FIRE - NANTUCKET - MUTUAL AID - 2007
1000 hours. Approx 30 acre fire requires first known "mutual aid" from Cape with brush breakers and engines
to assist Nantucket.
2007 04/16

 

FALMOUTH   FIRE - 19 LUMMIS LANE - FALMOUTH - 2007
0915 hours. 19 Lummis Lane, West Falmouth. Large 3 story house well involved. Fire cameat the end of a strong northeaster.
2007 04/ PLYMOUTH   FD APPARATUS - PLYMOUTH - ENGINE 6 - 2007 PIERCE
2007 04/ PLYMOUTH   FD APPARATUS - PLYMOUTH - ENGINE 3 - 2007 PIERCE
2007 05/ EDGARTOWN   FD APPARATUS - EDGARTOWN - ENGINE 222 - 2007 E-ONE
2007 06/ BREWSTER   FD APPARATUS - BREWSTER - LADDER 237 - 2007 MARION / R.K.
2007 06/18 CHARLESTON, SC   FIRE - SOFA SUPER STORE - CHARLESTON, SC - FATAL - 2007
1908 hours. Savannah Highway furniture store. NINE CHARLESTON FIREFIGHTERS KILLED in the fire.
2007 06/29

 

PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - BOAT FIRE - PROVINCETOWN PIER - 2007
0830 hours. MacMillan Wharf. 50 foot Fishing vessel "Ancora Praia" at dock on MacMillan Wharf involved.
Provincetown apparatus and USCG battled fire.
2007 08/05

 

OTIS - MMR   FIRE - THREE IN ONE STORE - OTIS MMR - 2 ALARMS - 2007
0610 Hrs. Building 5202, Lee Road, in the Massachusetts Military Reservation (OTIS ANGB).
Store and gas station well involved. 2 Alarms.
2007 08/ OAK BLUFFS   FD APPARATUS - OAK BLUFFS  - LADDER 551 - 2007 METZ
2007 10/20 BOURNE   FIRE - MEZA LUNA RESTAURANT - BOURNE - 5 ALARM - 2007
1639 Hrs. Main Street, Buzzards Bay.  Large Landmark restaurant destroyed by fire. 5 Alarms.
2007 10/28 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - BOSTON RED SOX - 103rd World Series Champs
Red Sox vs Colorado Rockies (4-0)
2007 Oct-Dec PROVINCETOWN   ARSON FIRES - Provincetown struck by a series of arson fires between Oct 17 and continuing into 2008. Some of the fires were minor (dumpsters and trash cans) while a few damaged or destroyed structures. One fire on Nov 2 nearly killed 2 firefighters when a piano fell thru the second floor as firefighters entered a home on Oppen Lane at about 1830 hrs.
2007 10/ PLYMOUTH   FD APPARATUS - PLYMOUTH - TOWER 1 - 2007 PIERCE
2007 12/ SANDWICH   FD APPARATUS - SANDWICH - ENGINE 452 - 2007 SUTPHEN
         

 

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YEAR DATE COMMUNITY   HISTORICAL INFORMATION
2006 2006 US HISTORY   US - President George W. Bush in second term
2006 01/ DUXBURY   FD APPARATUS - DUXBURY - ENGINE 2  - 2006 PIERCE
2006 02/05  FOOTBALL    FOOTBALL - PITTSBURG STEELERS - Super Bowl XL Champs
Steelers vs Seattle Seahawks, 21-10, Ford Field, Detroit, MICH
2006 03/19  TAUNTON, MA    FIRE - STATE HOSPITAL - TAUNTON - GEN ALARM - 2006
2000 hrs. Hodges Ave., Taunton, MA. General Alarm fire at large state hospital.
2006 04/ NANTUCKET   FD APPARATUS - NANTUCKET - LADDER 1 - 2006 METZ
2006 06/21  OSTERVILLE   FIRE - HICKORY HILLS CIRCLE - OSTERVILLE - FATAL - 2006
0515 hours. Hickory Hill Circle, Osterville. 1.5 story split level house heavy fire. One man died.
2006 06/ TISBURY   FD APPARATUS - TISBURY - TOWER 651 - 2006 E-ONE BRONTO
2006 06/ PROVINCETOWN   FD APPARATUS - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 4 (194) - 2006 HME/FERRARA PUMPER
2006 08/ PLYMOUTH   FD APPARATUS - PLYMOUTH - BREAKER 175 - 2006 FL / EJ MURPHY
2006 09/ OTIS   FD APPARATUS - OTIS - FOAM 404 - 2006 OSHKOSH STRIKER
2006 10/ COMM   FD APPARATUS - COMM - ENGINE 305 - 2006 PIERCE
2006 10/27 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - SAINT LOUIS CARDINALS - 102nd World Series Champs
Cardinals vs Detroit Tigers (4-1)
2006 10/ CARVER   FD APPARATUS - CARVER - RESCUE 1 - 2006 HACKNEY
2006 10/ TRURO   FD APPARATUS - TRURO - ENGINE 483 - 2006 FERRARA
2006 10/ WEST TISBURY   FD APPARATUS - WEST TISBURY - BREAKER 732 - 2006 STERLING
2006 11/ NANTUCKET   FD APPARATUS - NANTUCKET - ENGINE 2 - 2006 FL / S&S OUTLAND
2006 11/23  BOURNE    FIRE - 35 OLD PLYMOUTH ROAD - BOURNE - 2 ALARM - 2006
0100 hours. Thanksgiving Day. 2 story house with heavy smoke and fire. 2 Alarms.
         

 

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YEAR DATE COMMUNITY   HISTORICAL INFORMATION
2005 2005 US HISTORY   US - President George W. Bush in second term
2005  01/20  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 43 - GEORGE W. BUSH
2001-2009 - Second Term Republican from Texas
Defeated John Kerry
2005 01/25 PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - SAINT PETER THE APOSTLE CHURCH - 3 ALARMS - 2005
0630 Hours. Prince Street. 130 year old Catholic church destroyed in a 3 alarm fire on the heals of a major blizzard that effected response and access to the fire for apparatus across the Cape.
2005 02/06  FOOTBALL    FOOTBALL - NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS - Super Bowl XXXIX Champs
Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles, 24-21, Altel Stadium, Jacksonville, FL
Patriots 3rd Championship!
2005 03/ MIDDLEBOROUGH   FD APPARATUS - MIDDLEBOROUGH - ENGINE 6 - 2005 HME-AHRENS
2005 04/ PLYMOUTH   FD APPARATUS - PLYMOUTH - BREAKER 172 - 2005 FL / EJ MURPHY
2005 06/ HYANNIS   FD APPARATUS - HYANNIS - ENGINE 823 - 2005 PIERCE
2005 06/ MASHPEE   FD APPARATUS - MASHPEE - BREAKER 354 - 2005 INTERNATIONAL
2005  08/29  US HISTORY    US - HURRICANE KATRINA - GULF COAST - 2005
Category 5 Hurricane Katrina, Hits gulf coast, New Orleans devastated. 
2005 08/ COMM   FD APPARATUS - COMM - ENGINE 306 - 2005 PIERCE
2005 09/ YARMOUTH   FD APPARATUS - YARMOUTH - ENGINE 45 - 2005 PIERCE
2005 09/ BREWSTER   FD APPARATUS - BREWSTER - HEAVY RESCUE 241 - 2005 PETERBUILT
2005 10/26 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - CHICAGO WHITE SOX - 101st World Series Champs
White Sox vs Houston Astros  (4-0)
2005 11/04

 

HYANNIS   FIRE - CRACKER BARREL FACTORY - HYANNIS - 2ND ALARM - 2005
1700 hours. Route 132. Vacant, former warehouse / factory struck by fire once again (numerous times in past).
2 Alarms. Mutual aid to scene.
2005 11/04

 

OSTERVILLE   FIRE - NORTH BAY ROAD - OSTERVILLE - 3 ALARMS - 2005
1949 hours. North Bay Road. Large house on Oyster Harbors, under construction, heavy fire. 3 Alarms.
Many of first due units still operating at Hyannis 2 alarm fire.
         
         

 

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YEAR DATE COMMUNITY   HISTORICAL INFORMATION
2004 2004 US HISTORY   US - President George W. Bush in second term
2004 02/01  FOOTBALL   FOOTBALL - NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS - Super Bowl XXXVIII Champs
Patriots vs Carolina Panthers, 32-19, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
2nd Pats Championship
2004 03/ DENNIS   FD APPARATUS - DENNIS - ENGINE 106 - 2003 AMERICAN LAFRANCE
2004  03/09  EASTHAM   FIRE - 10 LOCUST STREET - EASTHAM - 3 ALARM - 2004
1050 hours. 10 Locust St & Route 6, Eastham. 2 Story house well involved. 3 Alarms.
Large Mutual aid and tanker shuttle response.
2004 06/ MARION   FD APPARATUS - MARION - ENGINE 1 - 2004 E-ONE
2004 07/ ROCHESTER   FD APPARATUS - ROCHESTER - BREAKER 194 - 2004 INTERNATIONAL
2004 09/ WAREHAM   FD APPARATUS - WAREHAM - ENGINE 1 - 2004 PIERCE
2004 10/ PLYMOUTH   FD APPARATUS - PLYMOUTH - ENGINE 4 - 2004 PIERCE
2004 10/ YARMOUTH   FD APPARATUS - YARMOUTH - TOWER 41 - 2004 PIERCE
2004  10/27  BASEBALL   BASEBALL - BOSTON RED SOX - 100th World Series Champs
Red Sox vs St Louis Cardinals
First Red Sox Championship since 1918 (86 years!) 
         

 

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YEAR DATE COMMUNITY   HISTORICAL INFORMATION
2003 01/ BOURNE   FD APPARATUS - BOURNE - ENGINE 123 - 2003 E-ONE
2003 02/01  US HISTORY    US - SHUTTLE COLUMBIA EXPLODES - 2003
7 Astronauts killed as craft explodes over western US on reentry on 28th Columbia mission.
2003 02/20  WEST WARWICK, RI    FIRE - STATION NIGHTCLUB FIRE - W WARWICK - 2003
RI Nightclub Fire, 2003
100 killed. 230 injured. Fast moving night club fire.
2003 03/19  WORLD HISTORY    US - WAR IN IRAQ BEGINS - 2003
US attacks Iraq.
2003 03/ OTIS   FD APPARATUS - OTIS ANGB - FOAM 403 - 2003 OSHKOSH CRASH TRUCK
2003 03/30  HYANNIS   FIRE - 525 SOUTH STREET - HYANNIS - 3 ALARMS - 2003
0026 hours. 525 South St & Main Street. Former restaurant well involved. 3 Alarms.
2003 04/ ONSET   FD APPARATUS - ONSET - ENGINE 2 - 2003 SMEAL
2003 10/ OAK BLUFFS   FD APPARATUS - OAK BLUFFS - ENGINE 524 - 2003 E-ONE
2003 10/25 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - FLORIDA MARLINS - 99th World Series Champs
Marlins vs New York Yankees (4-2)
2003 12/ PROVINCETOWN   FD APPARATUS - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 193 - 2003 FERRARA
         
2003 12/10

 

OSTERVILLE   FIRE - CROSBY YACHT YARD - OSTERVILLE - 5 ALARM - 2003
2131 hours. Crosby Yacht Yard, Osterville. Four large boat storage sheds, approx 40,000 square feet, with approx 100 boats, fully involved.  5 Alarms. Large $ loss fire.
         
         

 

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YEAR DATE COMMUNITY   HISTORICAL INFORMATION
2002 02/03  FOOTBALL   FOOTBALL - NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS - Super Bowl XXXVI Champs
Patriots vs St Louis Rams, 20-17, New Orleans Superdome
First Pats Championship!
2002 02/ BOURNE   FD APPARATUS - BOURNE - ENGINE 121 - 2001 SMEAL
2002 03/14  PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - 278 COMMERCIAL ST - PROVINCETOWN - 3 ALARMS - 2002
0007 HOURS. 278 Commercial Street. 2-1/2 Story wood commercial building with apartments above. Well involved. 3 Alarms brought mutual aid from several communities.
2002 03/ PROVINCETOWN   FD APPARATUS - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 190 - 2001 FERRARA
2002 04/ COMM   FD APPARATUS - COMM - LADDER 307 - 2001 PIERCE
2002 05/11  WEST BARNSTABLE    FIRES - TWO MULTIPLE ALARMS - WEST BARNSTABLE - 2002
At 1847 hours, house fire at 132 Packet Landing. House was well involved. Fire went to equivalent of 3 alarms. House was destroyed.
At 1859 hours, another fire was reported at a horse barn at 2346 Meetinghouse Way (Route 149) , not far from fire station. Fire eventually burned barn to the ground. Mutual aid from across the Cape to scene and coverage. West Barnstable has no water system. Had to rely on tankers and drafting.
2002 06/ WEST BARNSTABLE   FD APPARATUS - WEST BARNSTABLE - ENGINE 294 - 2002 PIERCE
2002 09/ VINEYARD AIRPORT   FD APPARATUS - VINEYARD AIRPORT - TRUCK 941 - 2002 KME CRASH TRUCK
2002 10/27  BASEBALL   BASEBALL - ANAHEIM ANGELS - 98th World Series Champs
Angels vs San Francisco Giants (4-3)
         
         
         

 

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YEAR DATE COMMUNITY   HISTORICAL INFORMATION
2001 01/20  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 43 -  GEORGE W. BUSH
2001-2009 - Republican from Texas 
2001 04/ ORLEANS   FD APPARATUS - ORLEANS - ENGINE 175 - 2001 KME
2001 04/ HARWICH   FD APPARATUS - HARWICH - ENGINE 69 - 2001 E-ONE
2001 04/ CHATHAM   FD APPARATUS - CHATHAM - ENGINE 185 - 2001 PIERCE
2001 04/ COTUIT   FD APPARATUS - COTUIT - BREAKER 267 - 2001 INTERNATIONAL / MURPHY
2001 05/ PROVINCETOWN   FD APPARATUS - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 195 - 2001 FERRARA
         
2001 09/11  US HISTORY    9/11 - WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACKED - COLLAPSES - 2001
Tuesday, September 11, 2001. New York City, Washington DC, Pennsylvania.
@ 0846 Hrs - AA Flight 11 Boston to Los Angeles - Struck 110 story World Trade Center North Tower 1. Second to collapse at 1028 hrs.
@ 0903 Hrs - United Flight 175 Boston to Los Angeles - Struck 110 Story WTC South Tower 2. Collapsed first at 0959 hrs.

Response to the fires in both towers was the largest response in FDNY history. Some 200 people jumped to their own deaths rather than facing death by the fires. The fires and collapse of the two towers resulted in the deaths of some 2,606 people, including civilians and airplane passengers, 343 FDNY firefighters, EMTs, and police officers. Much of the FDNY command staff was killed as the towers fell. Surrounding buildings 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 were heavily damaged by debris from the falling towers.

@ 1721 Hrs - 47 Story WTC Tower 7, not struck by either airplane, and least damaged during the twin tower collapses, with fires on a several floors, collapsed hours later in an unprecedented, yet apparently anticipated sudden collapse. No apparent injures during this unusual, complete, and rapid fall of the 47 story sky scraper.

@ 0937 Hrs - AA Flight 77  Washington Dulles to Los Angeles - Apparently struck the Pentagon in Washington DC.
@ 1003 Hrs - United 93 Newark to San Francisco - In what appeared to be a passenger revolt against apparent hijackers, Flight 93 crashed into a field in Shanksville, PA. Flight 93 was possibly to be used against another target in Washington DC.

The FAA pulled all aircraft out of the skies as these events were taking place in an effort to prevent any further attacks across the country.

This was the worst attack on US soil since 12/07/41 Pearl Harbor.

 

2001 11/04  BASEBALL    BASEBALL - ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS - 97th World Series Champs
Diamondbacks vs New York Yankees (4-3)
World Series delayed after 9/11 helps country recover with much patriotic red white and blue and a first pitch by President Bush at Yankee Stadium.
2001 11/ MASHPEE   FD APPARATUS - MASHPEE - TOWER 356 - 2001 PIERCE
2001 2001  WORLD HISTORY    US - WAR ON TERROR
US War begins in Afghanistan
2001 11/26

 

HYANNIS   FIRE - CAPE CROSSROADS CONDOS -  HYANNIS - 
0315 hrs . 800 Bearse's Way, Building 4. Several units in a large 3 story condo heavily damaged
         

 

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2000 05/4-
05/20 
LOS ALAMOS, NM    FIRE - WILDLAND / CONFLAGRATION - LOS ALAMOS - 2000
Los Alamos, NM 05/2000
405 homes destroyed. 
2000 10/26 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - NEW YORK YANKEES - 96th World Series Champs
Yankees vs New York Mets (4-1)
         
         

 

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1999 02/12  US HISTORY    US - PRESIDENT CLINTON ACQUITTED - 1999
US Senate Acquits President William J. Clinton on impeachment charges. 
1999 03/24  WORLD HISTORY    US - WAR IN KOSOVO - 1999
US & NATO forces Attack Kosovo. Conflict ends 06/10/99
1999 04/20  US HISTORY    US - COLUMBINE SCHOOL SHOOTINGS - COLORADO - 1999
Columbine 04/99
Littleton, Colorado - 14 dead, 23 wounded 
1999 06/10  US HISTORY    US - WAR IN KOSOVO ENDS 
1999 12/03

 

WORCESTER   FIRE - WORCESTER COLD STORAGE - FATAL - 1999
1815 hours. Franklin Street, Worcester.
Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse. Major fire. 6 Worcester Firefighters were killed in fire and collapse.
Recovering the firefighters took a week and caught the attention of the nation.
Some 30,000 people came to the service including President Clinton and VP Gore.
THE WORCESTER SIX, killed in the fire:
FF Paul Brotherton R1, FF Jeremiah Lucey R1, LT Thomas Spencer L2, FF Timothy Jackson L2, FF James Lyons E3, FF Joseph McGuirk E3
1999 10/27 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - NEW YORK YANKEES - 95th World Series Champs
Yankees vs Atlanta Braves (4-0)
         
         

 

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1998 01/ US HISTORY   US - LEWINSKY CLINTON STORY - 1998
The Monica story broke, with President Clinton accused of sexual behavior with young White House intern.
1998 02/10  PROVINCETOWN    FIRE - WHALER'S WHARF - PROVINCETOWN - 5+ ALARMS 1998
1845 Hrs. 241 Commercial Street. Major fire strikes large old theatre / retail building and extended to other buildings, including the Crown & Anchor Hotel, and a Marine Supply business. The fire threatened to jump Commercial Street and could have resulted in a conflagration situation.
Mutual aid response was massive, bringing equipment from 39 departments across southeastern Massachusetts, including activation of several state task forces. Over 130 apparatus moved to the scene or on cover assignments. Officially there were 5 Alarms struck, but the actual response was equal to perhaps 12 alarms.  
1998 04/04 PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - MONTELLO STREET - PROVINCETOWN - FATAL 1998
1630 hrs - 20 Montello Street. 74 year old woman died a few days later from burns sustained in home fire.
 
1998 12/19  US HISTORY    US - PRESIDENT WILLIAM CLINTON IMPEACHED
President impeached by House of Representatives on Perjury & Obstruction of Justice charges related to a sexual harassment suit by former employee Paula Jones. Refuses to step down and remains in office. 
1998 10/21 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - NEW YORK YANKEES - 94th World Series Champs
Yankees vs San Diego Padres (4-0)
         
         

 

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1997 01/20  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 42 -  WILLIAM J. CLINTON
1997-2001 - Second term Arkansas Democrat 
1997 01/26  FOOTBALL   FOOTBALL - GREEN BAY PACKERS - Super Bowl XXXI Champs
Packers vs New England Patriots, 35-21, New Orleans Superdome
1997 10/26 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - FLORIDA MARLINS - 93rd World Series Champs
Marlins vs Cleveland Indians (4-3)
         
1997 1997 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 4 (194) - 1980 MACK MB PUMPER
         
         

 

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1996        
         
         
1996 10/26 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - NEW YORK YANKEES - 92nd World Series Champs
Yankees vs Atlanta Braves (4-2)
1996 11/14 PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - MAUSHOPE ELDERLY HOUSING - 3 ALARMS - FATAL - 1996
0230 hrs - Harry Kemp Way - 3 story elderly housing building - fire on 3rd floor - numerous rescues made - 3 alarms struck as well as a Level 2 MCI. 10 occupants treated. 22 displaced. Ultimately 4 residents died as a result of the fire that brought over 100 personnel from across the Cape
1996 1996 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - LADDER 2 (192) - 1996 FORD/1961 MAXIM 75' AERIAL LADDER
         

 

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1995 04/19  OKLAHOMA CITY, OK    US - MURRAH FEDERAL BUILDING - OKLAHOMA CITY - 1995
OKC 04/95
Truck bomb kills 168 people at Murrah Federal Building. 
1995 12/ WORLD HISTORY    US - WAR IN BOSNIA
US & NATO attack Bosnia 
         
1995 10/28 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - ATLANTA BRAVES - 91st World Series Champs
Braves vs Cleveland Indians (4-2)
         

 

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1994 07/06  GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO    FIRE - WILDLAND FIRE - COLORADO - 1994
Storm King Mountain
14 Firefighters Killed
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
         
         
1994 09/14 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - 1994 World Series Cancelled 9/14/94 due to Baseball players Strike.
Montreal Expos had best record (74-40) and Yankees (70-43)
         

 

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1993 01/20  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 42 - WILLIAM J. CLINTON
1993-2001 - Democrat from Arkansas 
1993 02/26  NEW YORK, NY    US - WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMBED - 1993
WTC Feb 26, 2003
Truck bomb blows up under World Trade Center buildings in lower Manhattan, New York City.
6 Killed, 1,000 injured 
1993  04/19  WACO, TX    US - BRANCH DAVIDIAN COMPOUND - WACO - 1993
Waco 04/03
US Government vs cult members.
Fire Kills 80 members after 51 day standoff 
1993  1993 US HISTORY    US - NAFTA AGREEMENT - 1993
North American Free Trade Agreement signed by Clinton 
1993

 

1993 WORLD HISTORY

 

  US - WWW - WORLD WIDE WEB - 1993
The Internet, World Wide Web expands and becomes a household name.
1993

 

10/27-
11/8

 

MALIBU, CA

 

  FIRE - WILDLAND / CONFLAGRATION - MALABU - 1993
Malibu Fire 10/93
Malibu / Laguna Beach brush fires. 200.000 acres, 3 Dead, 200 injured
More
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
         
1993 10/23 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - TORONTO BLUE JAYS - World Series Champs
Blue Jays  vs Philadelphia Phillies (4-2)
         
1993 1993 PROVINCETOWN   FD STA - PROVINCETOWN - HEADQUARTERS - 1993
New Shank Painter Road Fire Station combined 3 companies into one station. Engine 1, 2, 3, and rescues into new station. Old Station 1 and 2 on Commercial Street are closed.
1993 1993 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 3 (193) - 1975 YOUNG PUMPER
         
         

 

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1992 01/01  WORLD HISTORY    WORLD - USSR DISSOLVES - 1992
Russia 
1992 05/07  US HISTORY    US - 27TH AMENDMENT US CONSTITUTION - 1992
Prohibits changes in compensation for congress during a current term of office.
1992 11/20  LONDON, ENGLAND    FIRE - WINDSOR CASTLE - LONDON - 1992
Windsor Castle 1992
Home to the Queen, heavily damaged
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1992        
         
1992 10/24 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - TORONTO BLUE JAYS - World Series Champs
Blue Jays vs Atlanta Braves (4-2)
         

 

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1991 01/16  WORLD HISTORY    US - GULF WAR - IRAQ AND KUWAIT - 1991
Persian Gulf War - "Desert Storm" 
1991 02-11  KUWAIT   FIRES - KUWAIT OIL WELL FIRES - 1991
Fires
Persian Gulf War. Over 500 wells intentionally set on fire in desert
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1991 02/27  WORLD HISTORY    US - GULF WAR ENDS - 1991 
1991 04/17 PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - ATLANTIC HOUSE - 2 ALARMS - 1991
1309 HRS - Atlantic House off Commercial Street. Fire gutted second floor. Mutual aid from Truro and Wellfleet.
1991 10/20-21  OAKLAND, CA    FIRE - WILDLAND / CONFLAGRATION - OAKLAND - 1991
Oakland 1991
Berkeley & Oakland Hills. 16 Dead, $5 Billion loss.
2,668 homes lost, 148 injured  more
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1991 12/

 

WORLD HISTORY

 

  WORLD - USSR BREAKUP - 1991
Russia and Soviet block nations breakup
1991 10/27 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - MINNESOTA TWINS - World Series Champs
Twins vs Atlanta Braves (4-3)
         
         

 

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1990 03/25  BRONX, NY    FIRE - HAPPY LAND DISCO - BRONX - 1990
Happy Land Social Club Fire 1990
87 Dead. 79th Anniversary of Triangle Waist Fire. Declared arson. 
More
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1990 1990 WORLD HISTORY    WORLD - IRAQ INVADES KUWAIT - 1990
Leads to Persian Gulf War 
1990 10/03  WORLD HISTORY    WORLD - GERMANY REUNITED - 1990
East & West Germany reunited. 
         
1990 10/20 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - CINCINNATI REDS - World Series Champs
Reds  vs Oakland Athletics (4-0)
1990 10/29 PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - PILGRIM HOUSE - 4 ALARMS - 1990
2341 hours - 3 story hotel and 7 surrounding buildings damaged or destroyed in major fire at the old Pilgrim House Hotel between Commercial, Bradford, Freeman, and Center Streets. Hotel fully involved on arrival. As many as 14 civilians and firefighters were injured during the fire. Mutual aid from many towns.
1990 1990 HYANNIS   FD APPAR - HYANNIS - ENGINE 6 (826) - 1990 MAXIM F
         
         

 

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1989 01/20  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 41 - GEORGE H. W. BUSH
1989-1993 - Republican from Texas 
1989 1989 WORLD HISTORY    WORLD - USSR DISSOLVES - COLD WAR ENDS - 1989
Berlin Wall comes down 
1989 03/24  US HISTORY    US - EXXON VALDEZ - ALASKA 1989
1989
Oil Tanker grounds in Alaska 10 million gallons of oil spilled 
1989 1989 US HISTORY    US - SAVINGS & LOANS FAILURE - 1989
Federal bailout of insolvent savings & loan institutions 
1989 1989 US HISTORY

 

  US - WAR IN PANAMA - 1989
US Invades, captures Noriega

 

         
1989 10/28 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - OAKLAND ATHLETICS - World Series Champs
Athletics vs San Francisco Giants (4-0)
         

 

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1988 06/25-10/1  YELLOWSTONE, WY    FIRE - YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - 1988
Wild fires 1988
995,000 acres burned, 1 firefighter killed  
more
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
         
         
1988 10/20 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - LOS ANGELES DODGERS - World Series Champs
Dodgers vs Oakland Athletics (4-1)
         
1988 1988 ONSET   FD APPAR - ONSET - ENGINE 1 - 1988 MAXIM F
1988 1988 TRURO   FD APPAR - TRURO - TANKER 1 (484)  - 1988 GMC/MAXIM TANKER
         

 

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1987 06/12  WORLD HISTORY    US - REAGAN IN BERLIN - 1987
"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" 
1987 11/18  LONDON, ENGLAND    FIRE - KING'S CROSS SUBWAY STATION - LONDON - 1987
London 1987
31 Dead, below ground fire
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
         
1987 10/25 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - MINNESOTA TWINS - World Series Champs
Twins vs St Louis Cardinals  (4-3)
         

 

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1986 01/26  FOOTBALL    FOOTBALL - CHICAGO BEARS - Super Bowl XX Champs
Bears vs New England Patriots, 46-10, New Orleans Superdome 
1986 01/28  US HISTORY    US - SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER EXPLODES - 1986
1986
Shortly after liftoff, killing 7 astronauts 
More 
1986 10/27 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - NEW YORK METS - World Series Champs
Mets vs Boston Red Sox (4-3)
         
1986 12/31  PUERTO RICO    FIRE - DUPONT PLAZA HOTEL - 1986
New Years Eve 1986
96 Dead, 100 injured, arson
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
         
         

 

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1985 05/13  PHILADELPHIA, PA    FIRE - MOVE HEADQUARTERS - PHILADELPHIA 1985
Major Fire / Crime Scene
53 Row houses destroyed, 240 homeless, 11 dead. Radical criminal group MOVE. Police blamed.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1985 1985 US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 40 - RONALD W. REAGAN
1985-1989 - Second term Republican California 
         
1985 10/27 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - KANSAS CITY ROYALS - World Series Champs
Royals vs St Louis Cardinals (4-3)
         

 

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1984        
         
         
1984 10/28 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - DETROIT TIGERS - World Series Champs
Tigers vs San Diego Padres (4-1)
         

 

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1983 1983 US HISTORY    US - WAR IN GRENADA - 1983
US Attacks Marxist movement in Caribbean island 
         
         
1983 10/16 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - BALTIMORE ORIOLES - World Series Champs
Orioles vs Philadelphia Phillies (4-1)
         

 

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1982        
         
         
1982 10/20 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - SAINT LOUIS CARDINALS - World Series Champs
Cardinals vs Milwaukee Brewers  (4-3)
         

 

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1981 1981 US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 40 - RONALD W. REAGAN
1981-1989 - Republican California 
1981 1981 US HISTORY    US - IRAN CRISIS ENDS - 1981
Iran releases hostages after 444 days on Reagan's Inauguration day 
1981 1981 US HISTORY    US - SUPREME COURT FIRST WOMAN - 1981
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor first female Justice appointed by President Reagan. 
1981 04/12  US HISTORY    US - FIRST SPACE SHUTTLE - 1981
Space Shuttle "Columbia" first to fly. 
         
1981 10/28 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - LOS ANGELES DODGERS - World Series Champs
Dodgers vs New York Yankees (4-2)
         

 

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1980 11/21  LAS VEGAS, NV    FIRE - MGM GRAND HOTEL - LAS VEGAS - 1980
Hotel & Casino
84 Dead, 700 injured. 26 story hotel. 
more
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
         
         
1980 10/21 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES - World Series Champs
Phillies vs Kansas City Royals (4-2)
         
1980 1980 DENNIS   FD APPAR - DENNIS - ENGINE 1 - 1980 MAXIM F
         

 

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1979 03/28  THREE MILE ISLAND, PA    US - NUCLEAR PLANT MALFUNCTION - TMI - 1979
TMI 1979
Three Mile Island 
1979 1979 WORLD HISTORY    WORLD - US & CHINA RELATIONS - 1979
US establishes diplomatic ties with Communist China for first time since 1949 
1979 11/04  WORLD HISTORY    US - IRAN HOSTAGE CRISIS - 1979
US diplomats held hostage 444 days 
         
1979 10/17 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - PITTSBURG PIRATES - World Series Champs
Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles (4-3)
         
1979 1979 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - ENGINE 1 (21) - 1979 MAXIM F
         

 

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1978        
         
         
1978 10/17 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - NEW YORK YANKEES - World Series Champs
Yankees vs Los Angeles Dodgers (4-2)
         

 

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1977  1977 US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 39 - JAMES E. CARTER
1977-1981 - Democrat Georgia 
1977  1977 US HISTORY    US - MOVIE STAR WARS 
1977 03/25 PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - PROVINCETOWN PLAYHOUSE - 2 ALARMS - 1977
2120 hours - The 3 story Provincetown Playhouse on a wharf near the Crown and Anchor on Commercial Street was heavily damaged by a fire the went trhu the roof about an hour later. All apparatus responded as well as help from Truro. The fire was determined to be arson. 2 teen agers were arrested.
1977 05/18  SOUTHGATE, KY    FIRE - BEVERLY HILLS SUPPER CLUB - KENTUCKY - 1977
Restaurant fire 1977
165 Killed, 100 injured. Electrical short circuit.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1977 10/18 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - NEW YORK YANKEES - World Series Champs
Yankees vs Los Angeles Dodgers (4-2)
         

 

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1976 07/04 US HISTORY   US - BICENTENNIAL - 200 YEARS USA - 1976
America celebrates 200th anniversary of Declaration of Independence.
         
         
1976 10/21 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - CINCINNATI REDS - World Series Champs
Reds vs New York Yankees (4-0)
         
1976 1976 CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE   FD APPAR - OSTERVILLE - LADDER 1 (314) - 1976 MAXIM F 100' AERIAL
1976 1976 HARWICH   FD APPAR - HARWICH - ENGINE 4 (69) - 1976 MACK CF PUMPER
1976 1976 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 4 (194) - 1976 INTER/MAXIM FM PUMPER
1976 1976 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 5 (195) - 1976 INER/MAXIM FM PUMPER
         

 

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1975 08/17  PHILADELPHIA, PA    FIRE - GULF OIL REFINERY - PHILADELPHIA - 1975
fire
Eight firefighters killed battling 6 alarm oil fire at Gulf Oil Terminal in Philadelphia. More
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)  
1975 10/22 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - CINCINNATI REDS - World Series Champs
Reds vs Boston Red Sox  (4-3)
         
1975 1975 HYANNIS   FD APPAR - HYANNIS - ENGINE 3 (83) - 1975 MAXIM F
1975 1975 CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE   FD APPAR - OSTERVILLE - ENGINE 5 (315) - 1975 MACK CF
1975 1975 BOURNE   FD APPAR - BOURNE - ENGINE 6 - 1975 MAXIM F
1975 1975 CHATHAM   FD APPAR - CHATHAM - ENGINE 5 - 1975 MAXIM F
1975 1975 ONSET   FD APPAR - ONSET - ENGINE 2 - 1975 MAXIM F OPEN CAB
1975 1975 YARMOUTH   FD APPAR - YARMOUTH - ENGINE 3 (43) - 1975 MAXIM F
1975 1975 WAREHAM   FD APPAR - WAREHAM - ENGINE 5 - 1975 MAXIM F
1975 1975 DENNIS   FD APPAR - DENNIS - LADDER 1 (108) - 1975 MAXIM 100' AERIAL LADDER
         

 

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1974 08/09  US HISTORY    37TH PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON RESIGNS - 1974
President Nixon resigns in the wake of the Watergate situation. 
1974 08/09  US HISTORY    US - PRESIDENT 38 - GERALD R. FORD
1974-1977 - Republican Michigan
Became VP in 1973 with VP Agnew resignation.
Became President with resignation of President Nixon. 
1974 10/16 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - OAKLAND ATHLETICS - World Series Champs
Athletics vs Los Angeles Dodgers  (4-1)
         
1974 1974 EASTHAM   FD APPAR - EASTHAM - ENGINE 1 (155) - 1974 MAXIM S PUMPER
1974 1974 ORLEANS   FD APPAR - ORLEANS - LADDER 1 (176) - 1974 MAXIM S 85' AERIAL
1974 1974 WEST BARNSTABLE   FD APPAR - WEST BARNSTABLE - TANKER 296 - 1970'S INTER 5000 GALLON TRACTOR TRAILER "SUPER TANKER"
1974 1974 SANDWICH   FD APPAR - SANDWICH - LADDER 1 (152) - 1953 PIRSCH 65 AERIAL LADDER
         

 

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1973 01/20  US HISTORY    US -  PRESIDENT 37 - RICHARD M. NIXON
1969 -1974 - Second term Republican California 
1973 1973 US HISTORY    US - ROE V WADE - 1973
Legalizes Abortions 
1973 03/29  US HISTORY    US - VIETNAM WAR ENDS - 1973
US Withdraws from Vietnam 
1973 10/21 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - OAKLAND ATHLETICS - World Series Champs
Athletics vs New York Mets  (4-3)
1973 1973 CAPE EMS   EMS - CAPE COD - FIRST EMTS - 1973
The first 26 EMTs on Cape Cod graduated from the 71 hour class held at Cape Cod Community College.
         
1973 1973 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 1 (190) - 1973 FORD C/MAXIM PUMPER
1973 12/8 PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - MACARA'S WHARF - MAJOR FIRE - 1973
1126 hours - A large 100 foot long, 2 story building on the end of Macara's Wharf was destroyed in a major blaze that injured several firefighters. The wharf was just east of MacMillan Wharf.
         

 

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1972 04/16-27  US HISTORY    US - APOLLO 16 - 1972
Saturn 5 launch. Fifth lunar landing. Second LRV use. 
1972 12/07-19  US HISTORY    US - APOLLO 17 - 1972
Saturn 5 Launch. Sixth lunar landing- third LRV use. 
1972 10/22 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - OAKLAND ATHLETICS - World Series Champs
Athletics vs Cincinnati Reds  (4-3)
         
1972 1972 BARNSTABLE   FD APPAR - BARNSTABLE - ENGINE 2 (202) - 1972 MAXIM F
1972 1972 DENNIS   FD APPAR - DENNIS - ENGINE 3 (112) - 1972 MAXIM F
1972 1972 SANDWICH   FD APPAR - SANDWICH - ENGINE 2 (144) - 1972 MAXIM F
1972 1972 BOURNE   FD APPAR - BOURNE - ENGINE 1 (131) - 1972 MAXIM F
1972 1972 YARMOUTH   FD APPAR - YARMOUTH - ENGINE 3 - 1972 MAXIM F
1972 1972 ONSET   FD APPAR - ONSET - LADDER 1 - 1972 MAXIM F OPEN CAB 85' AERIAL
         

 

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1971 1971 US HISTORY    US - 26TH AMENDMENT US CONSTITUTION - 1971
Voting age changed from 21 to 18 
1971 01/31-02/09  US HISTORY    US - APOLLO 14 - 1971
Saturn 5 launch. Third successful lunar landing 
1971 07/26-08/07  US HISTORY    US - APOLLO 15 - 1971
Saturn 5 launch. Fourth lunar landing. Lunar roving vehicle (LRV) puts on 17 miles 
1971 10/17 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - PITTSBURG PIRATES - World Series Champs
Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles  (4-3)
         

 

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1970 11/01  ST-LAURENT-DU-PONT, FRANCE    FIRE - DANCE CLUB - FRANCE - 1970
Night Club Fire. 144 Dead
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1970 04/11-17  US HISTORY    US - APOLLO 13 - 1970
Saturn 5 launch. Third attempt to land on moon aborted due to rupture of service module oxygen tank. Crew safely returns to Earth. 
1970 10/15 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - BALTIMORE ORIOLES - World Series Champs
Orioles vs Cincinnati Reds  (4-1)
         
1970 1970 SANDWICH   FD APPAR - SANDWICH - ENGINE 3 (150) - 1970 MAXIM S PUMPER
1970 1970 COTUIT   FD APPAR - COTUIT - ENGINE 2 (265) - 1970 INTER/MAXIM 4X4 PUMPER
1970 1970 MASHPEE   FD APPAR - MASHPEE - ENGINE 5 (255) - 1970 WARD LAFRANCE PUMPER
         
         

 

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1969 01/20  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 37 - RICHARD M. NIXON
1969-1973 - Republican California 
1969 03/03-13  US HISTORY    US - APOLLO 9 -1969
Saturn 5 launch. Earth orbit 
1969 05/18-26  US HISTORY    US - APOLLO 10 - 1969
Saturn 5 launch. Lunar orbit 
1969 07/16-24  US HISTORY   US - APOLLO 11 - 1969
Saturn 5 launch. July 20, 1969 - First Landing on the Moon
Neal Armstrong & Buzz Aldren 
1969 07/20

 

US HISTORY

 

  WORLD - FIRST MEN STEP ON THE MOON - JULY 20, 1969
Neil Armstrong & Edwin Aldrin
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
1969 11/14-24

 

US HISTORY

 

  US - APOLLO 12 - 1969
Saturn 5 launch. Second Lunar landing
1969 10/16 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - NEW YORK METS - World Series Champs
Mets vs Baltimore Orioles  (4-1)
         
1969 1969 CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE   FD APPAR - OSTERVILLE - ENGINE 1 (307) - 1969 INTER/MAXIM PUMPER
1969 1969 HYANNIS   FD APPAR - HYANNIS - ENGINE 6 (86) - 1969 FWD/FARRAR PUMPER
         
         


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1968 04/04  US HISTORY    US - REV MARTIN LUTHER KING JR ASSASSINATED - 1968
Assassinated in Memphis, TN  
1968 06/06  US HISTORY    US - SEN ROBERT F. KENNEDY ASSASSINATED - 1968
Assassinated in Los Angeles 
1968 10/11-12  US HISTORY    US - APOLLO 7 - 1968
Saturn 1-B Launch 
1968 12/21-27  US HISTORY    US - APOLLO 8 - 1968
Saturn 5 launch. First Lunar orbit 
1968 10/10 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - DETROIT TIGERS - World Series Champs
Tigers vs St Louis Cardinals  (4-3)
         
1968 1968 BOURNE   FD APPAR - BOURNE - ENGINE 2 - 1968 MAXIM S PUMPER
1968 1968 CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE   FD APPAR - CENTERVILLE - ENGINE 2 (306) - 1968 INTER/MAXIM PUMPER
1968 1968 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 3 (193) - 1968 CHEVY/MAXIM PUMPER
1968 1968 HYANNIS   FD APPAR - HYANNIS - LADDER 1 (89) - 1968 THIBAULT OPEN CAB 85' AERIAL
         

 

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1967  01/27  CAPE CANAVERAL, FL    FIRE - APOLLO 1 - 1967
Space Craft Flash Fire. 3 Dead astronauts in rocket capsule on launch pad during training practice. 
1967  05/22  BRUSSELS, BELGIUM    FIRE - L'INNOVATION DEPT STORE - BRUSSELS - 1967
Store Fire. 322 Killed
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1967  07/11-27  NEWARK, NJ & DETROIT, MI    FIRES - RACE RIOTS - 1967
23 Dead in Newark, 43 Dead in Detroit. Approx 1,300 buildings destroyed
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1967  1967 US HISTORY    US - 25TH AMENDMENT US CONSTITUTION
Procedures for filling Pres / VP vacancies 
1967 10/12 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - SAINT LOUIS CARDINALS - World Series Champs
Cardinals vs Boston Red Sox (4-3)
Red Sox "Impossible Dream" Year
 

 

       
1967 1967 COTUIT   FD APPAR - COTUIT - ENGINE 1 (263) - 1967 MAXIM S PUMPER
1967 1967 TOWN OF BARNSTABLE   FD APPAR - TOB - OSTERVILLE - BRUSH BREAKER 216 - 1967 MAXIM 1000 GALLON
1967 1967 TOWN OF BARNSTABLE   FD APPAR - TOB - OSTERVILLE - PATROL TRUCK 210 - 1967 FORD PICKUP
         
 

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1966 10/17  NEW YORK, NY    FIRE - 23RD STREET FIRE - NEW YORK - 1966
Fire 1966
17 firefighters killed in collapse
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
         
1966 1966 YARMOUTH   FD APPAR - YARMOUTH - ENGINE 7 - 1966 MAXIM F
1966 1966 ORLEANS   FD APPAR - ORLEANS - ENGINE 1 - 1966 MACK C PUMPER
Orleans Engine was first diesel fire truck on Cape Cod.
         
         
         

 

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1965 01/20  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 36 - LYNDON B JOHNSON
1965-1969 - Second Term Democrat Texas
"Great Society" begins 
1965 03/08  WORLD HISTORY    US - VIETNAM WAR - 1965
US First troops in Vietnam. 1965-1973 
1965 08/11-16  LOS ANGELES, CA    FIRES - WATTS RIOTS - LOS ANGELES - 1965
34 killed. Multiple fires in 150 block area.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
         
1965 1965 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - TANKER 1 (35) - 1965 INTER/MAXIM TANKER
1965 1965 BARNSTABLE   FD APPAR - BARNSTABLE - ENGINE 5 (205) - FWD/FARRAR PUMPER
1965 1965 HYANNIS   FD APPAR - HYANNIS - ENGINE 2 (82) - 1965 FWD/FARRAR PUMPER
         

 

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1964 1964 US HISTORY    US - CIVIL RIGHTS ACT - 1964
Signed by President Johnson 
1964 08/07  WORLD HISTORY    US - VIET NAM WAR ESCALATES - 1964
Gulf of Tonkin conflict 
         
1964 1964 HARWICH   FD APPAR - HARWICH - ENGINE 1 - 1964 MAXIM F
1964 1964 TRURO   FD APPAR - TRURO - ENGINE 5 (285) - 1964 CHEVY/MAYNARD PUMPER
         

 

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1963 08/28 US HISTORY    US - MARTIN LUTHER KING - 1963
"I Have A Dream" Speech 8/28/63 
1963 11/22  US HISTORY    35TH PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY ASSASSINATED - 1963
President Kennedy is killed Nov 22, 1963 - Dallas, TX 
1963 11/22  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 36 - LYNDON B. JOHNSON
1963-1969 - Democrat from Texas
President Johnson sworn in upon death of President Kennedy. 
         
1963 1963 MASHPEE   FD APPAR - MASHPEE - ENGINE 5 - 1938 MAXIM
Originally Falmouth Engine 5. Served Mashpee until 1970.
1963 1963 CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE   FD APPAR - OSTERVILLE - ENGINE 4 (309) - 1963 INTERNATIONAL / MAXIM
1963 1963 DENNIS   FD APPAR - DENNIS - ENGINE 1 - 1963 FORD / MAXIM
1963 1963 BARNSTABLE COUNTY   FD APPAR - BARN COUNTY NO. 3 - ORLEANS - 1963 MAXIM BRUSH BREAKER
1963 1963 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - ENGINE 5 (25) - 1963 MAXIM S PUMPER
         

 

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1962 1962 WORLD HISTORY    US - CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS - 1962 
1962 02/20  US HISTORY    US - NASA - FIRST MAN TO ORBIT - 1962
John Glenn first US Astronaut to orbit Earth 
1962 01/17 PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - SKLAROFF'S WHARF - MAJOR FIRE - 1962
0930 Hours - A building at the end of the Sklaroff's Wharf operated by Monument Fish Company was destroyed in a major fire. Mutual aid from Truro and Wellfleet on a second alarm.
1962 07/26 PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - MACMILLAN WHARF - MAJOR FIRE - 1962
1310 hours - A fire damaged an addition to the Salt Water Fisheries building at the end of MacMillan Wharf.   The building was fully involved on arrival.
1962 1962 NANTUCKET   FD APPAR - NANTUCKET - LADDER 1 - 1962 FORD / MAXIM 75' AERIAL
1962 1962 TOWN OF BARNSTABLE   FD APPAR - TOB - CENTERVILLE - BRUSH BREAKER 212 - 1962 INTER/MAXIM 500 GALLON
1962 1962 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 2 (192) - 1962 CHEVY / MAXIM PUMPER
1962 1962 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - ENGINE 4 (24) - 1962 MAXIM S PUMPER
         

 

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1961 01/20  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 35 - JOHN F. KENNEDY
1961-1963 - Democrat Massachusetts 
1961 04/17  WORLD HISTORY    US - CUBA - BAY OF PIGS INVASION - 1961 
1961 05/05  US HISTORY    US - NASA - FREEDOM 7 - FIRST US MANNED SPACE FLIGHT - 1961
Alan B. Shepard 
         
         
         

 

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1960        
         
1960 1960 BARNSTABLE COUNTY   FD APPAR - BARN COUNTY NO.4 - DENNIS - 1960 MAXIM BRUSH BREAKER
1960 1960 TISBURY   FD APPAR - TISBURY - LADDER 1 - 1960 FORD / MAXIM 65' AERIAL
1960 1960 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - ENGINE 2 (22) - 1960 MAXIM S PUMPER
         

 

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1959 01/03  US HISTORY    US STATE 49 - ALASKA - 1959 
Alaska becomes the 49th state in the United States of America.
1959 08/21  US HISTORY    US STATE 50 - HAWAII - 1959
Hawaii becomes the 50th state in the Unites States of America.
         
1959 1959 HYANNIS   FD APPAR - HYANNIS - AMBULANCE - 1956 CADILLAC AMBULANCE
         
         

 

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1958 01/31 US HISTORY    US - FIRST US SATELLITE
Explorer I - 01/31/58 
1958 12/01  CHICAGO, IL    FIRE - OUR LADY OF ANGELS SCHOOL - CHICAGO - 1958
School Fire, IL 1958
90 Children, 3 nuns killed.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)  
         
1958 1958 BARNSTABLE AIRPORT   FD APPAR - BARNSTABLE AIRPORT - 1958 FORD / MAXIM CRASH TRUCK
1958 1958 OAK BLUFFS   FD APPAR - OAK BLUFFS - LADDER 1 - 1958 MAXIM 65' AERIAL
1958 1958 EASTHAM   FD APPAR - EASTHAM - ENGINE 3 - (158) - 1958 FORD C/MAXIM PUMPER
         
         

 

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1957 01/21  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 37 - DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
1957-1961 - Second Term - Republican 
1957 02/17  WARRENTON, MO    FIRE - KATIE JANE MEMORIAL HOME - 1957
Nursing Home, MO 1957
72 Dead
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1957 10/04  WORLD HISTORY    WORLD - RUSSIAN LAUNCHES SPUTNIK - 1957
First satellite in space 
1957 1957 BREWSTER   FD APPAR - BREWSTER - ENGINE 1 - 1957 FORD/MAXIM
1957 1957 HARWICH   FD APPAR - HARWICH - ENGINE 2 - 1957 INTERNATIONAL/FARRAR BRUSH TRUCK
         

 

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1956        
1956 04/30 PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - THE CASTLE FIRE - MULTIPLE ALARM - 1056
0440 hours - Commercial Street - West end. A large private home known as the Castle was destroyed in a major fire during the night. 12 hose streams and thousands of feet of hose were used.
1956 1956 EASTHAM   FD APPAR - EASTHAM - ENGINE 3 - 1956 FORD / FARRAR
1956 1956 CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE   FD APPAR - CENTERVILLE - ENGINE3 - 1956 FORD / BEAN HIGH PRESSURE
1956 1956 WEST BARNSTABLE   FD APPAR - WEST BARNSTABLE - ENGINE 2 - 1956 FORD / BEAN
1956 1956 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - ENGINE 1 (32) - 1956 MAXIM S PUMPER
         
         

 

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1955        
         
1955 1955 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - CAR 33 - BRUSH BREAKER - 1955 DODGE PW
1955 1955 CHATHAM   FD APPAR - CHATHAM - AMBULANCE - 1955 CADILLAC
1955 1955 WAREHAM   FD APPAR - WAREHAM - LADDER 2 - 1955 MAXIM S 75' AERIAL
         

 

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1954 1954 US HISTORY    US - U.S. NAUTILUS - 1954
First Nuclear Submarine 
         
1954 1954 TRURO   FD APPAR - TRURO - TANKER - 1954 FORD
1954 1954 ORLEANS   FD APPAR - ORLEANS - ENGINE 2 - 1954 FWD PUMPER
1954 1954 DENNIS   FD APPAR - DENNIS - ENGINE 3 - 1954 GMC PUMPER
1954 1954 OTIS AFB   FD APPAR - OTIS AFB - ENGINE - 1954 WARD 750A PUMPER
1954 1954 SANDWICH   FD APPAR - SANDWICH - AMBULANCE - 1948 CADILLAC AMBULANCE
1954 1954 HYANNIS   FD APPAR - HYANNIS - AMBULANCE - 1954 DODGE PANEL TRUCK
Hyannis FD's first rescue truck.
         
         

 

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1953 01/20  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 34 - DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
1953-1961 - Republican from Kansas 
1953 07/27  WORLD HISTORY    US - KOREAN WAR ENDS 
         
1953 1953 YARMOUTH   FD APPAR - YARMOUTH - ENGINE 2 - 1953 AMERICAN LAFRANCE
1953 1953 HARWICH   FD APPAR - HARWICH - ENGINE 3 - 1953 AMERICAN LAFRANCE
1953 1953 COTUIT   FD APPAR - COTUIT - ENGINE 3 - 1953 FORD / MAXIM
1953 1953 OTIS AFB   FD APPAR - OTIS AFB - CRASH TRUCK - 1953 ALF O-11A CRASH TRUCK
1953 1953 DENNIS   FD APPAR - DENNIS - 1953 CADILLAC AMBULANCE
         
         

 

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1952 1952 US HISTORY    US - PUERTO RICO - 1952
Becomes US Commonwealth 
1952 1952 US HISTORY    US - H-BOMB - 1952
First detonation of H-Bomb by US in Marshall Islands, Pacific 
         
1952 1952 HARWICH   FD APPAR - HARWICH - AMBULANCE - 1952 CADILLAC
1952 1952 OTIS AFB   FD APPAR - OTIS AFB - CRASH TRUCK - 1952 ALF 0-10 CRASH TRUCK
1952 1952 OTIS AFB   FD APPAR - OTIS AFB - CRASH TRUCK - 1952 ALF 0-10 CRASH TRUCK
1952 1952 TOWN OF BARNSTABLE   FD APPAR - OSTERVILLE - BRUSH BREAKER - 1952 FORD
Replaced original 1937 Brush Breaker. Served in Osterville.
         

 

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1951 1951 US HISTORY    US - 22ND AMENDMENT US CONSTITUTION
Limits Presidents to 2 terms in office. 
         
1951 1951 BARNSTABLE COUNTY   FD APPAR - ORLEANS - COUNTY NO.3 - 1951 FORD BRUSH BREAKER
1951 1951 DENNIS   FD APPAR - DENNIS - 1951 GM RESCUE TRUCK
         
         

 

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1950 03/06 SANDWICH   FD - SANDWICH FIRE DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHED - 1950
While the Sandwich Fire Department had existed in various forms back into the 1800s, it was officially established  on March 6, 1950.
1950 06/25  WORLD HISTORY    WORLD - KOREAN WAR BEGINS - 1950
Communist north invades south. US provides support for south. 1950-1953 
1950 1950  WORLD HISTORY    WORLD - VIETNAM - 1950
French Indochina. US provides financial support to French in Vietnam 
1950 1950 MASHPEE   FD - MASHPEE FIRE DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHED - 1950
The Mashpee Fire Department was officially organized in 1950. The old town hall on Main Street was used as the fire station until moving to a new station in 1979.
1950 1950 MASHPEE   FD APPAR - MASHPEE - ENGINE 2 - 1950 DODGE
1950 1950 CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE   FD APPAR - OSTERVILLE - ENGINE 1 - 1950 FORD / MAXIM
1950 1950 CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE   FD APPAR - CENTERVILLE - ENGINE 2 - 1950 FORD / MAXIM
1950 1950 CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE   FD APPAR - OSTERVILLE - RESCUE - 1950 CHEVY RESCUE TRUCK
1950 1950 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 6 - 1950 WILLY'S JEEP & TRAILER
1950 1950 HARWICH   FD APPAR - HARWICH - BRUSH BREAKER - 1950 FORD/ROBINSON
1950 1950 YARMOUTH   FD APPAR - YARMOUTH - ENGINE 1 - 1950 MAXIM S PUMPER
         
         

 

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1949 01/20  US HISTORY   US - PRESIDENT 33 HARRY TRUMAN
1949 -1953 Second term Democrat from Missouri 
         
1949 04/05  EFFINGHAM, IL    FIRE - ST. ANTHONY'S HOSPITAL - ILLINOIS - 1949
Hospital Fire, IL 1949
75 Dead
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1949 06/4 PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - ARNOLD'S FURNITURE - MAJOR FIRE - 1949
1430 hours. Commercial Street. A large historic building, originally a school house on Long Point, burned for hours as crews pumped over a million gallons of water to extinguish the blaze.
1949 07/ WEST BARNSTABLE   FD - WEST BARNSTABLE FIRE DISTRICT ESTABLISHED - 1949
West Barnstable became the last of Barnstable's five fire districts in July 1949.
The first fire truck was housed in Atwoods garage on Main Street.
1949 10/01  WORLD HISTORY    WORLD - COMMUNIST CHINA ESTABLISHED - 1949
1949 1949 BREWSTER   FD APPAR - BREWSTER - ENGINE 2 - 1949 FORD
1949 1949 DENNIS   FD STA - DENNIS - STATION 1 - 1949
Dennis built a new wooden fire station on Route 28 in West Dennis. It would serve as the headquarters until replaced in 1999 by a new station built next door at 883 Main Street.
1949 1949 HYANNIS   FD APPAR - HYANNIS - ENGINE 5 - 1949 MACK
1949 1949 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - LADDER 1 - 1949 MAXIM AERIAL
Falmouth bought the first aerial ladder truck on the Cape in 1949. The 65' Maxim was the only aerial on the Cape until Hyannis bought an aerial in 1968.
1949 1949 HARWICH   FD APPAR - HARWICH - RESCUE 1 - 1949 FORD RESCUE TRUCK
1949 1949 BARNSTABLE COUNTY   FD APPAR - BARN COUNTY - DENNIS - 1949 FORD/ROBINSON BRUSH BREAKER
1949 1949 CHATHAM   FD APPAR - CHATHAM - RESCUE TRUCK - 1949 FORD PANEL TRUCK
         
         

 

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1948 1948 WORLD HISTORY    WORLD - NATION OF ISRAEL CREATED - 1948
1948 1948 WORLD HISTORY    WORLD - NATO ESTABLISHED - COLD WAR BEGINS - 1948
Soviet blockade of Berlin. US & Great Britain airlift food and fuel to Berlin 
         
1948 1948 HARWICH   FD APPAR - HARWICH - LADDER 1 - 1948 FORD / FARRAR CITY SERVICE LADDER
         
         

 

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1947 04/16-18  TEXAS CITY, TX    FIRE - SHIP EXPLOSION - TEXAS CITY - 1947
Texas Ammonium Nitrate, 1947
Ship burning at dock explodes. 500 - 1200 dead, 50 men fighting fire were killed.
More  More
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1947 1947 US HISTORY    US - CIA ESTABLISHED - 1947
Central Intellegence Agency established 
1947 08/15  WORLD HISTORY    WORLD - INDIA AND PAKISTANI INDEPENDENCE - 1947  
         
1947 1947 SANDWICH   FD APPAR - SANDWICH - ENGINE 2 - 1947 DIAMOND T
1947 1947 COTUIT   FD APPAR - COTUIT - ENGINE 2 - 1940'S DODGE PUMPER
1947 1947 COTUIT   FD APPAR - TOWN OF BARNSTABLE - BRUSH BREAKER - 1947 DODGE PW
         

 

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1946 01/10  WORLD HISTORY    WORLD  - UNITED NATIONS FIRST MEETING - 1946
1946 06/05  CHICAGO, IL    FIRE - LA SALLE HOTEL - CHICAGO - 1946
Hotel Fire
61 Dead. 22 story hotel. 1,000 people rescued
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1946 10 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - ST LOUIS CARDINALS -World Series Champs
Cardinals vs Boston Red Sox 
1946 12/07  ATLANTA, GA    FIRE - WINECOFF HOTEL - ATLANTA - 1946
Hotel fire
119 dead, 89 injured. 15 story hotel.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1946 1946 WORLD HISTORY

 

  US - PHILIPPINES - 1946
Becomes independent Republic from US
1946 1946 EASTHAM   FD - EASTHAM FIRE DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHED - 1946
The Eastham Fire Department was established in 1946.
1946
 
1946 EASTHAM   FD STA - EASTHAM - FIRE STATION - 1946
Eastham built its first fire station on State Road c. 1946.
1946 1946 EASTHAM   FD APPAR - EASTHAM - ENGINE 1 - 1946 FORD
1946 1946 OTIS AFB   FD APPAR - OTIS AFB - CARDOX - 1946 0-1 CARDOX TRUCK
         
         
         

 

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1945  01/20  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 32 -  FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
1945 - Fourth term, Democrat from NY
dies in office on 4/12/45 
1945 04/12 US HISTORY   32ND US PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT DIED - 1945
A few months into his record breaking fourth term as US President, FDR passed away on 04/12/1945.
1945  04/12  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 33 - HARRY TRUMAN
1945-1949 - Democrat from Missouri 
Became President upon death of President Roosevelt.
1945  07/28  NEW YORK, NY    FIRE - EMPIRE STATE BUILDING - 1945
Plane Crash, NYC 1945
B-25 bomber struck between 78 and 79 floors. 13 dead, 26 injured.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1945  09/02  WORLD HISTORY    WORLD - WORLD WAR II ENDS - 1945
US Drops Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima Japan 8/6 and Nagasaki 8/9
Germany surrendered 5/7/45
Japan surrendered 8/14/45
Truman, Churchill, Stalin meet to decide future of post war Europe 
1945

 

1945 WORLD HISTORY

 

  WORLD - UNITED NATIONS ESTABLISHED - 1945
In New York City
         
1945 1945 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 1 - 1945 AMERICAN LAFRANCE
1945 1945 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 5 - 1945 AMERICAN LAFRANCE
         
         

 

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1944 06/06  WORLD HISTORY    WORLD - D-DAY - NORMANDY LANDINGS - 1944
June 6, 1944 - Allies invade France 
1944 07/06  HARTFORD, CT    FIRE - RINGLING BROTHERS CIRCUS - 1944
Tent Fire
Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus tent ignited. 167 Killed.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
         
1944 1944 CAMP EDWARDS   FD APPARATUS - CAPE EDWARDS - 1944 DIAMOND T BRUSH BREAKER
1944 1944 BOURNE   FD APPAR - BOURNE - ENGINE 7 - 1944 CHEVY MILITARY BRUSH BREAKER
         

 

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1943        
         
1943 1943 TRURO   FD APPAR - TRURO - ENGINE 3 - 1943 CHEVY / DARLEY
         
         
1943 1943 MASHPEE   FD APPAR - MASHPEE - ENGINE 1 - 1930 FORD MODEL A
The 1930 Model A Ford was originally a Centerville-Osterville Engine 3. It had a 200 gallon tank and 75 gpm pump. It was housed on Meetinghouse Way by the Mashpee Forest Warden. It served Mashpee until 1958.

 

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1942  02/09  NEW YORK, NY    FIRE - S.S. NORMANDIE - NEW YORK - 1942
Ship Fire, NYC 1942
1,029 foot Ocean Liner, Pier 88 New York. 1 dead. Capsized at dock from firefighting. Ship destroyed.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1942  11/28  BOSTON, MA    FIRE - COCOANUT GROVE - BOSTON - 1942
Nightclub Fire
492 people dead. One of worst fires in history.
More
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1942 1942 STATE FOREST FIRE   FD APPAR - STATE FOREST FIRE - PATROL - 1942 CHEVY
1942 Chevy Patrol truck operated by the State Forest Fire Department (Dept of Conservation). The truck would later become Eastham Engine 2.
1942 1942 BARNSTABLE COUNTY   FA APPAR - BARNSTABLE COUNTY - BRUSH BREAKER NO.2 - 1942 FORD / ROBINSON.
The second Barnstable County Brush Breaker was similar to No.1 (1939), except for the changed Ford grill shape. The 1000 gallon No.2 served in West Barnstable from 1942 to 1957, with a brief spell in Cotuit. In 1957 it was purchased by the Mashpee Fire Department and served until 1976. It became known as Geronimo.
         

 

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1941 01/20  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 32 -  PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
1941-1945 - Third term Democrat New York.
1941 12/07  PEARL HARBOR, HI    US - PEARL HARBOR ATTACK - 1941
December 7, 1941 "Day that lives in infamy."
Japanese attack on Hawaii, WWII 2,300 killed. Battleships destroyed.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1941 12/07  WORLD HISTORY    US - ENTERS WWII - 1941
Japan attacks Pearl Harbor. Battleship Arizona and others destroyed.
US Declares war on Japan and Germany and Italy 
1941 1941 BREWSTER   FD STA - BREWSTER - FIRE STATION - 1941
Brewster built a wooden fire station on Main Street at corner of (Route 137). The station served until replaced in 1974 by new station down the road.
1941 1941 BREWSTER   FD APPAR - BREWSTER - ENGINE 1 - 1941 BUFFALO
1941 1941 HARWICH   FD APPAR - HARWICH - ENGINE 4 - 1941 BUFFALO
         
         

 

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1940 04/23  NATCHEZ, MS    FIRE - DANCE HALL FIRE - NATCHEZ 1940
Rhythm Club Fire. 198 Killed.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1940-1941  09/ -
05 
LONDON, ENGLAND    FIRES - THE LONDON BLITZ - 1940-41
London, England 1940
German air assault. Many major fires, night bombings, WWII. British Empire's "Finest Hour"
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1940 1940 ORLEANS   FD APPAR - ORLEANS - ENGINE 1 - 1940 BUFFALO
1940 1940 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 3 - 1940 FORD / MAXIM
         
         

 

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1939 09/01  WORLD HISTORY    WORLD - WORLD WAR II BEGINS - 1939
Germany invades Poland. US declares neutrality 
         
1939 1939 WELLFLEET   FD STA - WELLFLEET - FIRE STATION - 1939
The Wellfleet Fire  Station was built on Commercial Street. 3 bay wooden station. Both police and fire departments shared the station until both moved into a new station in 1982.
         
1939 1939 STATE FOREST FIRE   FD APPAR - STATE FOREST FIRE DEPT - TRUCK - 1939 FORD COE FIRE TRUCK.
Housed at Bourne Fire Department.
1939 1939 BARNSTABLE COUNTY   FD APPAR - BARNSTABLE COUNTY - BRUSH BREAKER NO.1 - 1939 FORD
Barnstable County Forest Fire Department built the first County Brush Breaker on a 1939 Ford COE chassis. It had a Marmon Herrington all wheel drive and was built by Robinson Boiler Company in Cambridge. The brush breaker had a 1000 gallon tank. It was initially housed at the Falmouth fire station and then served in North Falmouth. 
         
         

 

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1938 1938 US HISTORY    US - FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT - 1938
Sets minimum wage at 25 Cents per hour 
1938 04/27 SANDWICH   FIRE - FOREST FIRE - FATAL - 1938
A major forest fire came through the Camp Edwards area and caught 3 firemen in the woods in Forestdale. The three men, Thomas Adams age 43, Gordon King age 34, and Ervin Draber age 28, all sustained severe burns and died as a result of the fire. A monument currently on Route 130 in Sandwich memorializes these men.
         
         
         
1938 1938 SANDWICH   FD APPAR - SANDWICH - BREAKER - 1938 FORD COE
1938 1938 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - LADDER 2 - 1938 MAXIM CITY SERVICE
1938 1938 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - ENGINE 5 - 1938 MAXIM
1938 1938 BOURNE   FD APPAR - BOURNE - LADDER 1 - 1938 BUFFALO CITY SERVICE
1938 1938 SANDWICH   FD APPAR - SANDWICH - BRUSH BREAKER - 1938 FORD COE / BUFFALO
         

 

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1937 01/20  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 32 - PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
1937-1941 - Second term Democrat New York
1937 05/06  LAKEHURST, NJ    FIRE - HINDENBURG AIRSHIP - LAKHURST 1937
German Dirigible "Hindenburg" Disaster. 803 foot long air ship explodes and burns. 35 Dead.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1937 1937 DENNIS   FD APPAR - DENNIS - ENGINE 1 - 1937 FORD
1937 1937 HYANNIS   FD APPAR - HYANNIS - ENGINE 3 - 1937 GM / DARLEY
1937 1937 COTUIT   FD APPAR - COTUIT - ENGINE 1 - 1937 DIAMOND T
1937 1937 TOWN OF BARNSTABLE   FD APPAR - TOWN OF BARNSTABLE - BRUSH BREAKER - 1937 FORD COE
The Town of Barnstable built what is believed to be the first brush breaker in Osterville on a 1937 Ford COE chassis. It was built with local talent at Starck's garage next to the fire station. It carried 800 gallons of water. The new brush breaker responded to a fire in Hyannis before its paint had dried and was caught in the fire and completely burned up in the fire. It was retrieved and rebuilt and served until replaced in 1952.
1937 05/05 HYANNIS   FIRE - FOREST FIRE - HYANNIS - 1937
The brand new brush breaker in Osterville responded to a fire before its paint had dried in the woods in the north end of Hyannis that burned about 2000 acres.
         
         

 

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1936 11/30  LONDON, ENGLAND    FIRE - CRYSTAL PALACE - LONDON - 1936
Exhibition building, 755,000 square feet. Destroyed.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
         
1936 1936 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 4 - 1936 AMERICAN LAFRANCE
         

 

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1935 1935 US HISTORY    US - SOCIAL SECURITY ACT - 1935
US - WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION (WPA) - 1935
US - FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) - 1935 
1935 1935 CAP COD HISTORY    CAPE - CAPE COD CANAL - MODERNIZED - 1935
Widened. New bridges built - Bourne & Sagamore vehicle bridges and railroad bridge.
Canal is widest man made canal in the world at 480 ft, it is 17.4 mile long, and 32 ft depth.
Originally built 1909, opened 1914, widened 1935-1940 
1935 1935 BARNSTABLE   FD APPAR - BARNSTABLE - ENGINE 1 - 1935 MACK
1935 1935 BARNSTABLE   FD APPAR - BARNSTABLE - RESCUE - 1935 CHEVY PANEL
         
         

 

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1934 02/12 WELLFLEET   FD - WELLFLEET FIRE DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHED - 1934
Wellfleet organized its fire department on  February 12, 1934
First apparatus was housed in a garage on Commercial Street.
1934 09/08  OFF NEW JERSEY    FIRE - MORRO CASTLE SHIP - NEW JERSEY - 1934
Ship Fire, NJ 1934
Off Asbury Park, NJ - 508 ft ship. 130 killed
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1934 1934  WORLD HISTORY   WORLD - ADOLF HITLER - 1934
Becomes German Fuehrer 
         
1934 1934 TRURO   FD APPAR - TRURO - ENGINE A - 1930'S BROCKWAY
1934 1934 TRURO   FD APPAR - TRURO - ENGINE B - 1930'S BROCKWAY
1934 1934 BOURNE   FD APPAR - BOURNE - ENGINE 1 - 1934 BUFFALO
         
         

 

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1933 02/28  BERLIN, GERMANY    FIRE - REICHSTAG FIRE - 1933
German Parliament Building, 1933
Blamed on communists, led to Hitler being granted dictatorial powers that eventually led to WWII.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1933 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 32 - FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
1933-1945 - Democrat from New York 
1933 1933 US HISTORY    US - NEW DEAL BEGINS
Federal regulations and programs expand 
1933 1933 US HISTORY    US - 20TH AMENDMENT US CONSTITUTION
Lame Duck Amendment - Inauguration date moved from March 4 to Jan 20 
1933 1933 US HISTORY

 

  US - 21ST AMENDMENT CONSTITUTION
Repeal of Prohibition of Alcohol Amendment
1933        
         

 

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1932 1932 US HISTORY   US - FIRST FEMALE SENATOR - 1932
First Female Senator Hattie Wyatt Caraway, Arkansas 
1932 1932 US HISTORY   US - FEMALE FLIGHT - 1932
Amelia Earhart solo trans Atlantic flight 
1932 1932 DENNIS   FD - DENNIS FIRE DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHED - 1932
Dennis Fire Department officially organized in 1932. First apparatus was purchased in 1930.
1932 1932 DENNIS   FD STA - DENNIS - STATION 1 - 1932
Dennis used an old school house at 293 Main Street, South Dennis for the south side fire station.
1932 1932 DENNIS   FD STA - DENNIS - STATION 2 - 1932
Dennis used an old school house on Old Bass River Road, North Dennis for the north side station.
         
1932 1932 SANDWICH   FD APPAR - SANDWICH - ENGINE - 1932 FORD FIRE TRUCK
1932 1932 HYANNIS   FD APPAR - HYANNIS - LADDER 1 - 1932 MAXIM CITY SERVICE
1932 1932 HARWICH   FD APPAR - HARWICH - ENGINE 2 - 1930'S FORD FIR ETRUCK
1932 1932 BREWSTER   FD APPAR - BREWSTER - ENGINE 1 - 1932  FORD / MAXIM
         

 

 

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1931 1931 US HISTORY    US - STAR SPANGLED BANNER - 1931
National Anthem adopted 
         
1931 1931 YARMOUTH   FD APPAR - YARMOUTH - ENGINE 2 - 1931 MAXIM
1931 1931 SANDWICH   FD APPAR - SANDWICH - ENGINE 1 - 1931 AHRENS FOX
1931 1931 CHATHAM   FD APPAR - CHATHAM - ENGINE 2 - 1931 MAXIM
         

 

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1930 03/26 PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - GOVERNOR BRADFORD HIGH SCHOOL - MAJOR FIRE - 1930
0200 hours - The large 2 story wooden school house at 44 Bradford Street was destroyed in a major fire driven by a strong northwesterly wind that carried embers over the town, setting fires to 20 other structures. Mutual aid from Chatham, Orleans, Harwich, and Hyannis fire departments.
1930 04/21  COLUMBUS, OH    FIRE - OHIO STATE PENITENTIARY - 1930
Ohio Prison Fire, 1930
318 prisoners Dead, 150 injured
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1930 1930 FALMOUTH   FD STA - FALMOUTH - STATION 5 - 1930
Falmouth built a wooden fire station in East Falmouth at East Falmouth Highway near Davisville Road.
1930 1930 TRURO   FD - TRURO FIRE DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHED - C.1930
A fire department was organized in the early 1930s in Truro. Fire equipment was stored in three stations, No.1 in South Truro at Cobb Farm on County Road, No.2 at Truro Center on Castle Road, and No.3 on Shore Road, North Truro.
1930 1930 TRURO   FD APPAR - TRURO - ENGINE 1 - C. 1930 MAXIM
1930 1930 CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE   FD APPAR - CENTERVILLE - ENGINE3 - 1930 FORD MODEL A FIRE TRUCK
1930 1930 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 1 - 1930 AMERICAN LAFRANCE PUMPER
1930 1930 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - ENGINE 2 - 1930 AMERICAN LAFRANCE PUMPER
         

 

 

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1929 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 31 - HERBERT HOOVER
1929-1933 - Republican from Iowa 
1929 05/15  CLEVELAND, OH    FIRE - CLEVELAND CLINIC - OHIO - 1929
Cleveland Clinic, OH, 1929
Explosion & Fire, 124 killed. Steam pipe explosion, fire,  cyanide toxic fumes.
More
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001) 
1929 10/29  US HISTORY    US - STOCK MARKET CRASH - 1929
Leads to Great Depression 
1929 1929 FALMOUTH   FD STA - FALMOUTH - HEADQUARTERS - 1929
Falmouth built new brick fire headquarters 399 Main Street, Falmouth
         
1929 1929 WELLFLEET   FD APPAR - WELLFLEET - ENGINE 1 - 1929 AMERICAN LAFRANCE
         
         

 

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1928        
         
1928 1928 HARWICH   FD STA - HARWICH - FIRE STATION - 1928
Harwich built a brick fire station at 203 Bank Street in 1928. Apparatus had previously been housed at Baker's Garage on Route 28.  This station would remain in service until replaced in 1996.
         
1928 1928 BOURNE   FD APPAR - BOURNE - ENGINE - 1928 REO FIRE TRUCK
         

 

 

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1927 1927 US HISTORY   US - LINDBERG ATLANTIC FLIGHT - 1927
Charles Lindberg plane first non stop crosses Atlantic "Spirit of St. Louis" 
1927 1927 BREWSTER   FD - BREWSTER FIRE DEPARTMENT - ESTABLISHED 1927
The Brewster Fire Department organized in 1927. Apparatus was first housed at Dillinghams Garage on Main Street,
1927 1927 HARWICH   FD - HARWICH FIRE DEPARTMENT - ESTABLISHED 1927
The Harwich Fire Department was organized in 1927. Apparatus initially housed in a garage on Route 28.
1927 1927 HARWICH   FD APPAR - HARWICH - ENGINE 1 - 1927 MAXIM
1927 1927 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - ENGINE 2 - 1927 AHRENS FOX
1927 1927 HYANNIS   FD APPAR - HYANNIS - ENGINE 1 - 1927 AHRENS FOX
         
         

 

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1926 01/16  CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE    FD - CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE
Town of Barnstable rejects request to provide fire protection to villages by 1 77-0 vote at town meeting.
1926 01//29 CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE   FD - CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE FIRE DISTRICT - ESTABLISHED - 1926
Centerville-Osterville Fire District established.
1926 1926 BARNSTABLE   FD - BARNSTABLE FIRE DISTRICT - ESTABLISHED - 1926
Barnstable village establishes a fire district. An actual fire department will not be established until 1935.
1926 06/18 COTUIT   FD - COTUIT FIRE DISTRICT - ESTABLISHED - 1926
The Cotuit Fire District was established June 18, 1926. The Cotuit Chemical Company No.1 that had served as the fire department since 1912 voted to dissolve itself and donated its equipment to the new fire district.
1926 1926 CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE   FD STA - OSTERVILLE - STATION 1 - 1926
The new Centerville-Osterville Fire District built a brick fire station at 999 Main Street, Osterville
1926 1926 CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE   FD STA - CENTERVILLE - STATION 2 - 1926
The new Centerville-Osterville Fire District built a brick fire station at 595 Main Street, Centerville
1926 1926 CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE   FD APPAR - OSTERVILLE - ENGINE 1 - 1926 MAXIM
1926 1926 CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE   FD APPAR - CENTERVILLE - ENGINE 2 - 1926 MAXIM
1926 1926 CHATHAM   FD APPAR - CHATHAM - ENGINE 1 - 1926 MAXIM
         
         

 

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1925 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 30 - CALVIN COOLIDGE
1925-1929 - Second term Republican  Massachusetts
1925 04/19  HYANNIS   FD STA - HYANNIS FIRE STATION - 1925
Hyannis Fire Department opened new fire station at 44 Barnstable Road. Land purchased for $3000, building built or $21,586.
1925 07/13  COTUIT    FD - COTUIT - INVESTIGATES FIRE DISTRICT - 1925
Committee formed to look into forming a fire district.
1925 12/23  CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE    FD - CENTERVILLE-OSTERVILLE - 1925
Petition sent to Town to provide fire protection for two villages.
1925

 

1925

 

SANDWICH

 

  FD - SANDWICH - FIRE TRUCK 1925
Sandwich re-organized a fire department and bought a fire truck for $4000.
1925 1925 ORLEANS   FD STA - ORLEANS - FIRE STATION - 1925
Orleans built its first fire station at 44 Main Street. It served until the 1960s.
1925 1925 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - ENGINE - REO COMBINATION
1925 1925 BOURNE   FD APPAR - BOURNE - ENGINE 4 - 1925 FORD MODEL T CHEMICAL
1925 1925 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - HOSE 1 - 1925 FORD MODEL T CHEMICAL
1925 1925 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - HOSE 2 - 1925 FORD MODEL T CHEMICAL
1925 1925 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - HOSE 5 - 1925 FORD MODEL T CHEMICAL
1925 1925 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - LADDER 1 - 1925 FORD MODEL T LADDER
1925 1925 WAREHAM   FD APPAR - WAREHAM - ENGINE 1 - 1925 MAXIM PUMPER
         
         

 

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1924 02/11 COTUIT   FD - COTUIT FIRE STATION - TELEPHONE - 1924
First Telephone in Cotuit Firehouse 
1924 04/17 COTUIT   FD - COTUIT - SIREN - 1924
A New siren hooked up at no cost by Electric and Telephone companies on the roof of the Grocery store.
1924 05/01 COTUIT   FIRE - COTUIT GROCERY STORE - 1924 
The new siren was melted into a blob of metal when the Cotuit Grocery store, variety store, and an Ice House were destroyed in a massive fire. Another large store across the street had blistered paint, but was saved with much difficulty.  
1924 1923 HYANNIS   FD - HYANNIS APPARATUS - CHEMICAL ENGINE - 1924
The First Hyannis motorized apparatus was a Childs Motors chemical truck with 2 tanks.
Also, a motorized tractor was acquired for the old ladder truck.
First turnout gear purchased.
Hyannis fire district responded to 39 calls in 1924. 
         
1924 1924 BOURNE   FD APPAR - BOURNE - ENGINE - 1924 MAXIM HOSE WAGON
         
         

 

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1923 08/02 US HISTORY    29TH PRESIDENT WARREN G. HARDING DIED
Republican from Ohio, died suddenly and unexpectedly in office 8/2/23 age 57.
Served 1920-1923
1923 08/02 US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 30 - CALVIN COOLIDGE
1923-1929 - Republican from Vermont 
Became President upon death of President Harding.
1923 1923 BARNSTABLE   FD - BARNSTABLE FOREST FIRE DEPT - 1922
1922 Town Report by Robert Cross.
The Town of Barnstable Forest Fire Department was established and funded..
$350 for purchase of extinguishers and tools
50 cents/hour for labor and $1 / hr for fire truck
$500 for 1922 Dodge Fire Truck
Total budget $1,066 
1923 1923 SANDWICH   FIRE - SANDWICH FOREST FIRE - 1923
A Huge fire burns across upper Cape from Pocasset to East Sandwich
1923 11/12 COTUIT   FD - COTUIT CHEMICAL CO.1 - SIREN
Mention of fire siren mounted on top of Cotuit Cooperative Grocery Store at Main Street & School Street on top of the 3 story building.

 

         

 

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1922 1922 BARNSTABLE   FD - BARNSTABLE FOREST FIRE DEPT - FIRE PATROL - 1922
A1922 Dodge Fire Truck was built in Osterville with a Leonard PTO pump, 150 gallon tank, and 2000' of hose.
Owned by the Town of Barnstable Forest Fire Department, operated by Robert Cross, Fire Warden.
1922 1922 HYANNIS   FD - HYANNIS FIRE DISTRICT - SIREN
Hyannis installed a fire alarm siren in the belfry of the
Federated Church on Main Street for $1100.
1922 12/01 NEW BERN, NC    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - NEW BERN - 1922
Worst Fire in New Bern, 1922
Destroyed 1/3 of town, 600 structures, 1 dead
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1922 1922 ORLEANS   FD - ORLEANS FIRE DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHED - 1922
         
1922 1922 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - LADDER 1 - 1922 REO COMBINATION
1922 1922 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - HOSE 9 - FORD COMBINATION

 

 

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1921 01/31 OSTERVILLE   FIRE - LEWIS HOUSE - OSTERVILLE - 1921
An early morning fire at home of Foster Lewis on Main Street (currently Midway Garage) destroyed the home.
The village fire engine (chemical engine), located in the garage BEHIND the house, was frozen and of no use. The Cotuit Chemical Company's Model T came over in temps 5 degrees below zero with no windshield. The fire lit the sky from a long distance.
1921 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 29 - WARREN G. HARDING
1921-1923 - Republican Ohio.
Died suddenly while still in office 8/2/23 at age 57.
1921 09/26  OSTERVILLE    FIRE - LEONARD GARAGE - OSTERVILLE - 1921
A fire at 1130 hours heavily damaged the garage/machine shop of J. M. Leonard and son Burleigh at the corner of Main Street & Pond Street.
Interestingly, the Leonards would later go on to produce fire pumps for local fire apparatus, as well as serve on the local fire department.
         

 

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1920 01/29 US HISTORY    US - 18TH AMENDMENT US CONSTITUTION - 1920
Established "Prohibition" by prohibiting the manufacture, sale, or transportation of "Intoxicating Liquors" within the US. - Ratified in 1919, with a 1 year delay to implement.
Was eventually repealed in 1933
1920 05/24 OSTERVILLE    FIRE - TOWN DUMP - OSTERVILLE - 1920
Town dump fire spread over a large area behind George Rankin house on Pond Street. Chief White said the fire engine did effective service.
1920 08/18 US HISTORY    US - 19TH AMENDMENT US CONSTITUTION - 1920
Prohibits the governments of the United States from denying the Right to Vote based on sex.
This gave Women the right to vote.
1920 12/11 COTUIT   FD STA - COTUIT CHEMICAL CO.1 - STATION
A "more permanent" Engine House was built on Main Street & School Street behind the store, near the present day park.
1920 1920 BARNSTABLE   CAPE - BARNSTABLE TOWN REPORT - 1920
Shows a Town population of 4,836, with 29 hotels and 720 rooms.
         
1920 1920 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - ENGINE 1 - 1920 AHRENS FOX
         
         

 

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1919 1919 WORLD HISTORY   WORLD - LEAGUE OF NATIONS - 1919
The League of Nations is established following the Great War.
         
1919 1919 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - HOSE 5 - 1919 MAXIM
One of first motorized apparatus in Falmouth.
         

 

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1918 1918 WORLD HISTORY   WORLD - WORLD WAR I CONTINUES - 1914-1918
 
1918 09/11 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - BOSTON RED SOX - World Series Champs
Red Sox vs Chicago Cubs
This is the 5th Red Sox World Championship.
It would be 86 YEARS before their next championship in 2004.
1918 10/12  MINNESOTA    FIRE - FOREST FIRE - PESHTIGO - 1918
Fire. Peshtigo, MN
A huge forest fire consumes about 1500 sq miles destroying 38 communities, 52,000 homes, killing over 500 people. The fire is in the same area as the great 1871 fire that occured on the same day as the famous Great Chicago Fire.
More
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1918 11/11  WORLD HISTORY    WORLD - WORLD WAR I - ENDS 1918
The Great War ends with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles 11/11/18.
New borders and powers are created.
         
1918 1918 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - HOSE 4 - 1918 FORD MODEL T CHEMICAL
         

 

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1917 1917 WORLD HISTORY   WORLD - WORLD WAR I CONTINUES - 1914-1918
 
1917 02/ WORLD HISTORY   WORLD - RUSSIAN REVOLUTION - 1917
The Russian Revolution of February 1917 resulted in the eventual establishment of the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics). Russia also withdrew from Allies in World War I.
1917 03/03  US HISTORY    US - FIRST FEMALE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - 1917
Montana Republican Representative Jeanette Rankin elected as the first female to the US House of Representatives.
1917 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 28 -  WOODROW WILSON
1917- 1921     Second term, Democrat.
Interestingly ran on platform of keeping America out of the Great War.
1917 03/31 US HISTORY    US - VIRGIN ISLANDS - US TERRITORY
New US Territory.
1917 04/06  WORLD HISTORY    US - ENTERS WWI - 1917
Declares war on Germany and enters war one month after President Wilson is re-elected.
1917 05/21  ATLANTA, GA    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - ATLANTA - 1917
Great Atlanta Fire 1917
Burned 300 acres, 2,000 homes, 10,000 displaced, 1 dead
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1917 12/06  HALIFAX, NS    FIRE - HALIFAX HARBOR EXPLOSION - 1917
Ship explosion in Halifax, Nova Scotia harbor 2,000 killed, 9,000 injured. War time munitions explode. 500 acres devastated. 
         

 

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1916  1916 WORLD HISTORY   WORLD - WORLD WAR I CONTINUES - 1914-1918
 
1916 1916  COTUIT   FD APPAR - COTUIT CHEMICAL COMPANY NO.1 - 1916
Reported to be the *FIRST MOTORIZED FIRE ENGINE ON CAPE COD*
1916 Ford Model T / American LaFrance fire engine with two 25 gallon chemical tanks, a ladder, and small tools.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
1916 1916 CHATHAM   FD APPAR - CHATHAM - ENGINE - 1916
The Chatham Fire Department purchased a used motorized 1915 White chemical fire engine with two 40 gallon tanks, ladders, tools, etc for $2,625.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
1916 10/12  BASEBALL    BASEBALL - BOSTON RED SOX - World Series Champs
Red Sox vs Brooklyn Robins (aka Dodgers)

 

 

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1915  1915 WORLD HISTORY   WORLD - WORLD WAR I CONTINUES - 1914-1918
 
1915 1915 US HISTORY    US - TELEPHONE - COAST TO COAST - 1915
First Long Distance Call New York to San Francisco 
1915 10/13 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - BOSTON RED SOX -World Series Champs
Red Sox vs Philadelphia Phillies
         
1915 1915 FALMOUTH   FD STA - FALMOUTH - NORTH FALMOUTH FIRE STATION - 1915
         

 

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1914 02/27  COTUIT    FIRE - STURGES HOME - COTUIT - 1914
The F. L. Sturges home was destroyed by fire.
1914 07/28 WORLD HISTORY   WORLD - WORLD WAR I BEGINS - 1914
The "Great War" as it was called, began with the invasion of Serbia by the Austro-Hungarian forces following tensions and the assassination of the Archduke of Austria. Within days, all the great powers of the day were engaged in a war that would last until 1918. Ultimately the battle was world wide, with 70 million military personnel being mobilized.
The United States remained out of the battle until April 1917.
1914 08/15 WORLD HISTORY    US - PANAMA CANAL OPENS - 1914
US Built canal opened on 8/15/14
1914 11/30  OSTERVILLE    FIRE - OSTERVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOL - 1914
The two year old Osterville Public School on West Bay Road was destroyed by a fire that threatened to spread to other buildings as far away as the Union Hall and hearse house at the Old Mill Rd cemetery 1/2 mile away. The James Lovell house, John Shields house, and G.W. Hallett house all caught fire several times. The road and fields between the school and Union Hall were a mass of flames and embers. Every available man turned out putting themselves at risk of being burned to extinguish fires as soon as they would begin. The school was destroyed and had to be rebuilt.
1914 1914 HYANNIS   FD HISTORY - HYANNIS MEMORIAL - 1914
The Hyannis Woman's Club presented the Hyannis Fire District with a substantial and artistic drinking fountain dedicated to the use of humans and dumb animals located at the intersection of Main Street & Center Street. The monument commemorates the efforts to save Hyannis in the 1904 fire.
1914 1914 BARNSTABLE   FD HISTORY - BARNSTABLE FIRE TOWER - 1914
A new steel fire tower is erected to replace the original wooden fire tower in West Barnstable.
The new tower is 48 feet high with a 10 x 10 lookout.
1914 1914 CAPE COD HISTORY

 

  CAPE - CAPE COD CANAL - 1914
The Cape Cod Canal, privately built at the time, opened to its first traffic. The canal was approximately 100 feet wide and 25 feet deep at the time. In would be completed in 1916. In 1918, the US Army Corps of Engineers purchased the waterway, and did further dredging and later widened between 1935-1940 making it the widest man made canal. The canal cuts about 60 miles off the trip from New York to Boston.
         
1914 1914 FALMOUTH   FD - FALMOUTH FIRE TOWER - ERECTED - 1914
A fire tower was built in Falmouth.
         

 

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1913 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 28 -  WOODROW WILSON
1913-1921 - Democrat from New Jersey
1913 1913  US HISTORY    US - 17TH AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION
Direct election of Senators, rather than by state legislatures
1913 10/10  WORLD HISTORY    US - PANAMA CANAL COMPLETED - 1913
The 51 mile long canal connects the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean via the Caribbean Sea through the country of Panama in central America. Construction began in 1880. It would open for traffic in 1914.
1913 1913 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - 1913
Another company added to Falmouth
Chemical No.1 - Waquoit
This would be the 10th fire house in Falmouth.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
1913 1913 FALMOUTH   FD STA - FALMOUTH - HEADQUARTERS - 1913
Wooden headquarters fire station built on Main Street.

 

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YEAR DATE COMMUNITY   HISTORICAL INFORMATION
1912 01/06  US HISTORY    US STATE 47- NEW MEXICO- 1912
Becomes the 47th state in the United States of America
1912 01/09  NEW YORK, NY    FIRE - EQUITABLE LIFE BUILDING - NEW YORK 1912
Equitable Fire, NYC, 1912
Major Fire in large office building. 6 Dead including 1 Battalion Chief
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1912 02/14  US HISTORY    US STATE 48- ARIZONA - 1912
Becomes the 48th state in the United States of America
1912 04/20 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - FENWAY PARK - BOSTON - 1912
New home to the Boston Red Sox baseball team opened, called Fenway Park
1912 05/28  OSTERVILLE   FD - OSTERVILLE FIRE APPARATUS - 1912
New chemical fire apparatus delivered.
1912 10/16 BASEBALL   BASEBALL - BOSTON RED SOX - 1912
Red Sox World Series Champs vs New York Giants
1912 11/15

 

COTUIT   FD - COTUIT CHEMICAL COMPANY NO.1 - 1912
Fire Dept organized with a hand drawn chemical wagon with two 35 gallon tanks and 14 members, organized by town fire warden Alexander Seabury Childs.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
1912 12/03 COTUIT   FD - COTUIT CHEMICAL CO.1 - ESTABLISHED - 1912
Engine house leased from Benjamin F. Sears. 12 iron pails bought.

 

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1911 01/10  OSTERVILLE   FIRE - ROGER HOME - OSTERVILLE - 1911 -
Hugh Rogers home at West Bay Rd & Main St. struck by fire at 0100 hrs.
1911 03/25  NEW YORK, NY    FIRE - TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY - NEW YORK - 1911
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, NYC, 1911
Historic fire. Fireproof building, 10 story, Greenwich Village, NYC. Mostly women and girls working. 146 Dead.
Led to better working conditions for women workers and fire safety regulations. 
More
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1911 04/30  BANGOR, ME    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - BANGOR - 1911 -
Conflagration rages city 1911
3 dead, 200 buildings destroyed
1911 05/11  HYANNIS    FD - HYANNIS FIRE DISTRICT - WATER - 1911
Hyannis contracts with Barnstable Water Company to provide hydrants and water service.
1911 05/27

 

BROOKLYN, NY

 

  FIRE - DREAMLAND - CONEY ISLAND - NEW YORK - 1911
Amusement Park Fire, 1911
Destroyed much of amusement park (2) nine alarms sounded. 1 firefighter killed. 
More
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1911 09/19

 

OSTERVILLE

 

  FD APPAR - OSTERVILLE - FIRST FIRE APPARATUS - 1911
Chemical engine. Walter Fuller and Osterville Village Improvement Society purchase a new chemical fire apparatus with two 30 gallon chemical tanks. Apparatus is housed in a garage at corner of Wianno Ave and Bates Street.
1911 1911 CHATHAM   FD - CHATHAM FIRE DEPARTMENT - ESTABLISHED - 1911
The Chatham Fire Department was organized in 1911. 
1911 1911

 

CHATHAM

 

  FD APPAR - CHATHAM - FIRST FIRE APPARATUS - 1911
The first fire apparatus was a 1911 American LaFrance fire extinguisher wagon pulled by a single horse. It carried a dozen or more soda acid extinguishers. The apparatus was stored privately until 1916.
         
         

 

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1910  12/21  PHILADELPHIA, PA    FIRE - LEATHER FACTORY - PHILADELPHIA - 1910
Philadelphia. 14 Firefighters killed. 
More
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1910  12/22  CHICAGO, IL    FIRE - STOCKYARDS FIRE - CHICAGO - 1910
Fire
Huge fire at Chicago stockyards kills 21 firemen. Third largest loss of firefighters in US History.
More
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
         
         

 

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1909 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 27 - WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
1909-1913 - Republican from Ohio
1909 6/22  CAPE COD HISTORY    CAPE HISTORY - CAPE COD CANAL - 1909
Construction began on Cape Cod Canal. It would open to some traffic in 1914, and be completed in 1916. The canal at the time was privately owned and a toll canal. It was about 100 feet wide and 25 feet deep.
The Canal would be widened again between 1935-1940, when it would become the widest man made canal in the world - 480 ft wide, 32 ft deep, 17.4 miles long
1909 10/18  OSTERVILLE    FIRE - AMES UNDERTAKER - OSTERVILLE - 1909 
Samual N. Ames Undertaking rooms caught fire and soon building was in ruins. Some caskets and materials saved but damaged by smoke.
         

 

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1908 01/13  BOYERTOWN, PA    FIRE - RHOADS THEATER - BOYERTOWN 1908
Boyertown, PA Opera House Fire, 1908
170 Dead. Oil lamp ignited curtain.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1908 01/24  PORTLAND, ME    FIRE - CITY HALL - PORTLAND - 1908
Portland city Hall Fire, 1908
1908 03/04  COLLINWOOD, OH    FIRE - LAKE VIEW SCHOOL - COLLINWOOD, OH - 1908
School Fire. Worst school fire in U.S.. Killed 176.
Suburb of Cleveland
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1908 03/14 PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - CENTENARY CHURCH - MAJOR FIRE - 1908
0155 hours - 170 Commercial Street. Large church with 165' high steeple, struck by lightning. Major fire nearly killed a dozen fire fighters when steeple came crashing down about 0300 hours.
1908 04/08  CHELSEA, MA    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - CHELSEA 1908
Great Chelsea Fire 1908
1 square mile destroyed.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1908 06/15 OSTERVILLE   FD - OSTERVILLE VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY -
Pays for half of 18 fire extinguishers for the village.
1908 07/26 US HISTORY   US - BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION - 1908
Established in 1908. Would be renamed the FBI in 1935.
         

 

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1907 08/16  OLD ORCHARD BEACH, ME    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - OLD ORCHARD BEACH - 1907
Major fire sweeps beach community
1907
1907 11/16  US HISTORY    US STATE 46- OKLAHOMA - 1907
Becomes the 46th state in the United States of America
1907 1907 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - 1907
Additional companies added to Falmouth
No.8 - East Falmouth Hose Reel
No.9 - North Falmouth Hose Reel
Ladder 2 - Quissett with Hose 4
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
1907 1907 BOURNE   FD - BUZZARDS BAY PROGRESSIVE SOCIETY - 1907
The first fire apparatus in Bourne was purchased by the Buzzards Bay Progressive Society in 1907. It was a 30 foot long horse drawn chemical - hook & ladder apparatus with two soda acid tanks, numerous ladders, and equipment. The horses would be borrowed when needed. The apparatus was stored at the Cohasset Hall on Main Street, Buzzards Bay.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
         
         

 

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1906 04/18  SAN FRANCISCO, CA    FIRE - EARTH QUAKE / CONFLAGRATION - SAN FRANCISCO 1906
San Francisco Great Earthquake, 1906
05:12 AM. Major earthquake followed by great fire. Destroyed 28,188 buildings, 497 city blocks, 500 killed.
More
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1906 1906  HYANNIS   FD - HYANNIS FIRE DISTRICT - 1906
Rejects formation of water district
         
         

 

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1905 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 26- THEODORE ROOSEVELT
1905-1909 - second term Republican from New York
         
         
         

 

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1904 02/07-
02/08 
BALTIMORE, MD    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - BALTIMORE 1904
The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904
Fire burned 86 blocks, 140 acres, 1,600 buildings, 1 killed.
Help came via train from as far as Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York City
More
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1904 04/19  TORONTO, ON    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - TORONTO - 1904
Toronto Great Fire 1904
104 buildings destroyed
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1904 06/15  LONG ISLAND SOUND, NY    FIRE - GENERAL SLOCUM STEAMSHIP - NEW YORK 1904
General Slocum Long Island Sound 1904
Steamship fire. 1,021 killed. Named for Civil war general. Resulted in safety equipment, life jackets, fire hoses on ships.
More
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1904 12/02  HYANNIS   FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - HYANNIS - 1904
About midnight on Dec 2, a fire at L.P. Wilson's Grocery Store on the north side of Main Street in the east end of town near the corner of Center Street across from the railroad depot. The town was alerted by the ringing of church bells and the blowing of train steam whistles. Strong east winds drove the fire down Main Street to Barnstable Road. The Hyannis Fire Department mustered all 5 pieces of fire equipment to little avail. Phone calls for help were made to Provincetown,
Middleboro, and Brockton to send assistance by rail. By morning the had consumed 15 buildings, more than 600 feet of retail space along  Main Street, causing $150,000 damage...a huge figure in 1904.  The Universalist Church (where the Federated Church is today) was destroyed with the steeple falling at 0305 hrs. On citizen, 69 year old Sea Captain William Penn Lewis died as the result of a heart attack while trying to save his home. (CC Times 121894 B-1)  More
1904 1904 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - 1904
Additional companies added to Falmouth
No.6 - West Falmouth Hose Reel
No.7 - Falmouth Heights Hose Reel
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
         
         

 

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1903 12/17  US HISTORY    US - FIRST FLIGHT - WRIGHT BROTHERS - 1903
The Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur,  First Flight at Kitty Hawk, NC 12/17/03
1903  12/30  CHICAGO, IL    FIRE - IROQUOIS THEATER - CHICAGO - 1903
Iroquois Theater Fire, Chicago 1903
Worst fire in American Theater history. Killed 588 in "modern and fireproof" theater.
Resulted in improved fire codes nationwide.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1903  1903 US HISTORY    US - PANAMA CANAL ZONE - 1903
US Acquired Panama Canal Zone.
1903 1903 BARNSTABLE    FD - BARNSTABLE VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY - 1903
The Barnstable Village Improvement Society was formed. Improvement societies were essentially village associations that did various things to improve their village, including such things as purchasing basic fire fighting equipment, such as buckets, fire extinguishers, hooks, and ladders to be distributed around the community in case of fire.
         
         

 

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1902 04/03  ATLANTIC CITY, NJ    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - ATLANTIC CITY - 1902
Atlantic City Boardwalk Fire. Destroyed buildings along boardwalk.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1902 1902 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - 1902
Another company added to Falmouth
No.4 - Quissett Hose Reel
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
         
         

 

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1901 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 25 - WILLIAM MCKINLEY
1897-1901  Second Term Republican from Ohio
1901 9/14 US HISTORY

 

  US PRESIDENT WILLIAM MCKINLEY ASSASSINATED
25th President is shot on 9/14/01. Died on 9/14/01
Shot while in Buffalo, NY
1901 09/11  CENTERVILLE    FIRE - HORN HOME - CENTERVILLE - 1901
The William Horn home (formerly the old Hallett house) burned to the ground.
There was no fire department at that time.
1901 09/14  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT  26 -THEODORE ROOSEVELT
1901-1905 - Republican from New York
Vice President of William McKinley, became President with McKinley's assassination.
         
         

 

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1900 06/30  HOBOKEN, NJ    FIRE - OCEAN LINERS / PIERS - HOBOKEN - 1900
NORTH GERMAN LLOYD LINES
Great Hoboken Pier Fire 1900
Three ocean liners & piers destroyed, 326 killed. New Jersey side of New York Harbor.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1900 09/08  GALVESTON, TX    US - HURRICANE - GALVESTON - 1900
Galveston, TX Hurricane. 6,000-8,000 killed
1900 1900  US HISTORY    US - POPULATION CENSUS 1900
Approx 76 million American citizens
         

 

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1899 03/17  NEW YORK, NY    FIRE - WINDSOR HOTEL -  NEW YORK - 1899
Windsor Hotel Fire, NYC, 1899
St. Patrick's Day. 33 Killed. 7 story hotel.
More
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1899 1899 US HISTORY    US - AMERICAN SAMOA - 1899
South Pacific Islands of Samoa becomes a US Territory
1899 1899 FALMOUTH   FD APPARATUS - FALMOUTH - 1899
Another hose reel added in Falmouth.
No.5 - Woods Hole
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
         
         

 

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1898 1898  WORLD HISTORY    US - SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR
US vs Spain over Cuba, USS Maine sunk in Havanna.
Spain gives up Cuba as independent country.
Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines become US territories
1898 1898  US HISTORY    US - HAWAII - 1898
Hawaii becomes a US Territory.
1898 1898  HYANNIS    FD - HYANNIS FIRE DISTRICT - STREET LIGHTS 1898
Hyannis Fire District erects and maintains street lights.
         

 

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YEAR DATE COMMUNITY   HISTORICAL INFORMATION
1897 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 25 - WILLIAM MCKINLEY
1897-1901 - Republican from Ohio
1897 05/04  PARIS, FRANCE    FIRE - CHARITY BAZAAR - PARIS - 1897
Paris, France, 1897
Major fire. Killed 150.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1897 1897 BARNSTABLE   FD - BARNSTABLE FIRE TOWER - 1897
The first Barnstable forest fire spotter tower was erected on Shootflying Hill.
Wasinitially the only Cape Fire Tower.
1897 1897 FALMOUTH   FD - FALMOUTH FIRE DEPARTMENT - ESTABLISHED 1897
Falmouth voters approved establishment of a "minimal fire department" for $700.
They purchased a hand drawn chemical unit, a hand drawn ladder unit, some hoses and badges.
Prior to that, citizens in the villages within Falmouth hand banded together and brought buckets, brooms, and other tool when needed if fires broke out. Efforts were often disorganized and ineffective in most cases, with structures usually being lost.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
1897 1897 FALMOUTH   FD APPAR - FALMOUTH - 1897
Falmouth established the following companies in 1897:
No.1 - Teaticket Hose Reel
No.2 - East Village Hose Reel
No.3 - West Village Hose Reel
Ladder 1 - With East Village No.2
1897 1897 HYANNIS   FD APPAR - HYANNIS - HOOK & LADDER - 1897
The Hyannis Fire District purchased a used 1880 Hook & Ladder wagon from the Brockton Fire Department. The truck affectionately became known as "Esmeralda." It was hosed in the original Hyannis engine house located behind Keveney's Store on Main Street in the area of Center & Elm Streets. The truck would be motorized in 1924 and remained with the Hyannis FD until replaced in 1932. It then went on to serve for a time in Yarmouth.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
         

 

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1896 01/04  US HISTORY    US STATE 45 - UTAH - 1896
Becomes the 45th state in the United States of America
1896 01/24  HYANNIS    FIRE - HYANNIS NORMAL SCHOOL - 1896
The newly erected "Normal School" located on Main Street (on the location of the present town hall campus) burned to the ground is a massive fire just 15 days after it opened on Jan 9, 1896.
The building committee WAS charged with rebuilding the "Model & Training School" destroyed by fire submitted expenses for $14,000, along with $12,000 insurance paid, for a total of $26,000 to rebuild.
This fire led to the creation of the Hyannis Fire District.
1896 05/06  HYANNIS   FD - HYANNIS FIRE DISTRICT - ESTABLISHED 1896
The Hyannis Fire District was established following the Normal School fire.
It became the first fire district is first in the Town of Barnstable.
The first engine house was located to the rear of Keveney's Store in the area of Center St & Elm Street. O. Howard Crowell was elected as the first Hyannis Fire Chief on June 16, 1896.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
1896 05/29  HYANNIS   FD - HYANNIS FIRE APPARATUS - 1896
The first Hyannis Fire District meeting authorized $1000 to purchase (1) Soda and Acid hand drawn chemical fire engine for $300 and a hook & ladder truck for $275, as well as (4) hand extinguishers for $100 and a roster of 15 call men.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
1896 1896

 

BARNSTABLE TOWN   FD - BARNSTABLE FIRE WARDS - 1896
1896 Barnstable Annual Town Report identified fire wards for the Town of Barnstable including:
Charles L. Bassett, John J. Harlow, Bernie Hinckley, Samual H. Hallett, John Bursley, Horace W. Sturges, James F. Crowell, Luther M. Ryder, Carlton C. Hallett, and E. B. Lovell.
BILLS for payment: included $293.78 reimbursement to the fire wards  for firefighting and organizing men to fight fires in the villages. 
1896 1896

 

BARNSTABLE TOWN

 

  CAPE - PRESIDENT GROVER CLEVELAND VISITED - 1896 -
Visits the town of Barnstable.
         

 

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1894 1894 BARNSTABLE TOWN    CAPE - BARNSTABLE PRECINCTS - 1894
Barnstable is divided into 7 precincts with boundaries following the seven villages lines.
1894 12/1 -
12/2
HINCKLEY, MN    FIRE - WILD FIRE / CONFLAGRATION - MINNESOTA
Hinckley, MN, 1894
Wild fire takes town and forest fire burns 160,000 acres, 413 killed
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
         
         

 

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1893 02/06 ORLEANS   FD APPAR - ORLEANS - ENGINE - 1893
The Orleans town meeting authorized $1000 to purchase a fire engine and hose reel. The engine was purchased from the Howard 7 Davis Company in Boston. It was Orleans' first fir e engine.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
1893 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 24 - GROVER CLEVELAND
1893-1897 - Democrat from New York
Cleveland's Second term (only non-consecutive) having also served as the 22nd President.
President Cleveland enjoyed a summer home at Gray Gables, in Bourne
1893 08/13  MINNEAPOLIS, MN    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - MINNEAPOLIS - 1893
Minneapolis Conflagration, 1893
23 square blocks, 150 buildings, 3 dead, 1,500 homeless
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
         
         

 

 

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1892 1892 SANDWICH   FD - SANDWICH APPARATUS - 1892
Mention of a Sandwich "Ladder cart" with many ladders and buckets was owned by the town for house fires.
In 1892, Sandwich purchased a No. 4 Howe Chemical & Water engine.
         
         
         

 

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1891 1891 OSTERVILLE   CAPE - OYSTER ISLAND RESORT - OSTERVILLE 1891
Great Oyster Island becomes Oyster Island resort community. It would later become known as Oyster Harbors in 1925.
         
         
         

 

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1890 07/03  US HISTORY    US STATE 43 - IDAHO - 1890
Becomes the 43rd state in the United States of America
1890 07/10  US HISTORY    US STATE 44 - WYOMING - 1890
Becomes the 44th state in the United States of America
1890 12/29  US HISTORY    US - END OF INDIAN WARS - 1890
Massacre at Wounded Knee, SD marks end of war with Indians

 

         

 

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1889 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 23 - BENJAMIN HARRISON
1889-1893 - Republican from Ohio
1889  06/06  SEATTLE, WA    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - SEATTLE - 1889
Seattle's Great Fire 1889
Burned 29 city blocks.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1889 11/02 US HISTORY   US STATE 39 - NORTH DAKOTA - 1889
Becomes the 39th state in the United States of America
1889 11/02 US HISTORY   US STATE 40 - SOUTH DAKOTA - 1889
Becomes the 40th state in the United States of America
1889  11/08  US HISTORY    US STATE 41 - MONTANA - 1889
Becomes the 41st state in the United States of America
1889  11/11  US HISTORY    US STATE 42 - WASHINGTON - 1889
Becomes the 42nd state in the United States of America
1889 11/27 LYNN, MA   FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - LYNN - 1889
Lynn, Massachusetts Fire 1889. Over 250 buildings burned
1889 1889 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - STEAMER NO.3 - 1889
Provincetown took delivery of the first, and only known steam fire engine on Cape Cod in 1889. Named the J. D. Hilliard after the Provincetown Fire Chief of the day (1872-1897), the size 3 Amoskeag steamer was built in Manchester, NH weighed 6,000 lbs and could pump 550 gallons per minute. It was 24 feet long, 8'10" in height. It remained in service as Engine No.3 until motorized apparatus came in the 1920s. The steamer is credited with numerous heroic performances saving the town many times from major fires.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
1889 1889 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - EXCELSIOR NO.4 - 1889
Provincetown purchased a horse drawn chemical wagon in 1889 known as "Excelsior No.4"  which replaced the hand pump that Excelsior had operated since  1868. The chemical engine had several soda acid tanks and were quick to put into service for fire attacks, while hand pumpers and the steamer took some time to get set up.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
         
         

 

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1888 01/22 OSTERVILLE   FD - CROCKER'S STORE - OSTERVILLE - 1888
Parker & Crocker's Store on Main Street. A lot of brooms and axe handles in an overhead rack caught fire from a fire ignited by a lamp. Damage was slight. There was no fire department at the time.
         
         
         

 

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1887 05/25  PARIS, FRANCE    FIRE - OPERA COMIQUE - PARIS - 1887
Paris, France Opera House Fire. 200 Dead. Blamed on gas lighting.
1887 1887 SANDWICH   FD - SANDWICH - FOREST FIRE - 1887
Mention of a large forest fire in Sandwich 1887.
1887 07/19  OSTERVILLE    FD - COTOCHESET HOUSE FIRE - OSTERVILLE - 1887
The massive Cotecheset House Hotel located on Seaview Ave, in the Wianno section of Osterville burned to the ground in a massive blaze. There was no fire department at the time.
The hotel would be rebuilt and today is known as the Wianno Club.
1887 09/04  EXETER, ENGLAND    FIRE - THEATRE ROYAL - ENGLAND - 1887
Theater Royal Fire, 1887
Exeter, England - Theatre, 187 Dead. Blamed on gas lighting.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
         

 

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1886 1886 US HISTORY   US - STATUE OF LIBERTY - NEW YORK 1886
Iconic Statue, gift from France, is dedicated in New York Harbor
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1885 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 22 - GROVER CLEVELAND
1885-1889 - Democrat from New York
1885 11/13  GALVESTON, TX    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - GALVESTON - 1885
The Galveston Fire of '85
Burned 52 blocks, 500 homes
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
         
         

 

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1883 01/10 MILWAUKEE, WI    FIRE - NEWHALL HOUSE - MILWAUKEE - 1883
Newhall Hotel Fire, 1883
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a 300 room wooden hotel, with brick veneer. 75 people killed. Survived by Gen. Tom Thumb
famous midget with P. T. Barnum.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
         
         
         

 

 

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1882 1882 SANDWICH   FD - SANDWICH - BRUSH FIRE - 1882
Mention that "forest fire equipment was no match for a great forest fire."
         
         
         

 

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1881 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 20 -  JAMES GARFIELD
1881 - 1881 Republican Ohio
Shot 7/2/81 - died 9/19/81
1881 09/19 US HISTORY   US PRESIDENT JAMES GARFIELD ASSASSINATED
20th President is shot on 7/2/81. Died on 9/19/81
Was president for just 200 days, second shortest (see Harrison 1841)
1881 09/19  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 21 -  CHESTER ARTHUR
1881 - 1885 - Republican New York
Became President 9/19/81 upon death of James Garfield
1881 12/08  VIENNA, AUSTRIA    FIRE - RING THEATRE - VIENNA - 1881
Ring Theater Fire, 1881
794 Killed. Gas light ignited stage scenery.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1881 1881  OSTERVILLE   CAPE - OSTERVILLE - TELEPHONE POLES -
Telephone poles were set up between Osterville and Centerville villages for telephone.
         

 

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1878 1878 CAPE HISTORY   CAPE - WEST BARNSTABLE BRICKS - 1878
The West Barnstable Brick Company began operation making red bricks in 1878. It continued until going out of business in c.1933.
Brick Making on Cape Cod
         
         

 

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1877 02/16 PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - PROVINCETOWN TOWN HALL - MAJOR FIRE - 1877
2025 hours - Town hall and high school locate on top of High Pole Hill (where monument is today) was destroyed in a major fire that destroyed the town hall and school. School was then conducted at the congregational church until a new school was built in 1880. Note: The 1880 school was destroyed in a 1930 fire.
1877 03/03  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 19 - RUTHERFORD B. HAYES
1877-1881 - Republican from Ohio
1877 04/17  OSTERVILLE   FIRE - OSTERVILLE BRUSH FIRE - 1877
Large brush fire on Great Oyster Island in Osterville, @1100 hrs
1877 06/02  US HISTORY    US - FIRST TELEPHONE LINE - CALIFORNIA - 1877
The first "long distance" telephone line is established between French Corral and French lake, California 58 miles away.

 

         

 

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1876 02/02  US HISTORY    BASEBALL - NATIONAL LEAGUE - 1876
National Baseball League Founded February 2, 1876. Oldest of two present day leagues NL and AL)
Charter teams included:
Chicago White Stockings (present Chicago Cubs)
Philadelphia Athletics (expelled after 1876)
Boston Red Stockings (present Atlanta Braves) Not Red Sox
Hartford Dark Blues (folded after 1877)
Mutual of New York (expelled after 1876)
St. Louis Brown Stockings (folded after 1877)
Cincinnati Red Stockings (expelled after 1880)
Louisville Grays (folder after 1877)
1876 06/25-
06/26 
US HISTORY    US - GENERAL CUSTER'S LAST STAND - 1876
The Battle of Little Bighorn, part of the Great Sioux War 1876-1877, US Army vs Indians in Montana.
Army General George A. Custer, leader of 700 Army troops, was killed during a severe defeat.
1876 08/01  US HISTORY    US STATE 38 - COLORADO - 1876
Becomes the 38th state in the United States of America
1876 12/05  BROOKLYN, NY    FIRE - CONWAY THEATER - BROOKLYN - 1876
Conway Theater Fire in Brooklyn, New York. 295 killed. Prompted cries for fire safety regulations.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
         

 

 

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1875 03/4 PROVINCETOWN   FIRE - ADAMS HALL - MAJOR FIRE - 1875
Large 2 story building at Commercial and Winthrop St. Fire during a blizzard. Personnel dragged hand tubs thru 2-4 foot snow drifts to fight fire, preventing it from spreading to nearby exposures.
1875 06/02 US HISTORY   US - FIRST TELEPHONE CALL - BOSTON 1875
Inventor of the Telephone, Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson transmit the first sounds over wire, thereby creating what would become the telephone
1875 1875 PROVINCETOWN   FD - PROVINCETOWN - 1875
The town report shows the Provincetown fire department as having 485 volunteers in 1875, 230 are paid  $5.00 a year and 255 are unpaid. The department operated 5 hand tub fire engines, each with its own hose carriage, and one hand drawn hook & ladder rescue No.1 built in 1869. The department bragged that there was no other town in the Commonwealth that could rally its firemen any quicker than Provincetown and that the only thing preventing conflagration, such as those that have hit so many cities and towns, is by being vigilant and prompt. Provincetown's population was about 4,350 at the time, with nearly 11% being members of the fire department.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
         

 

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1873 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 18 - ULYSSES S. GRANT
1873-1877 Second term Republican from Ohio
1873 1873 BOSTON, MA    FD HISTORY - FIRST STEAM FIREBOAT - BOSTON - 1873
Boston Fire department - 75 foot iron hulled boat fitted with an Amoskeag steam fire engine became first steam fire boat.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978) 
1873 1873 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - "TIGER NO.5" 1873
The old 1850 Hunneman hand tub, Franklin No.2, had been replaced in 1871 by a new Hunneman. The 1850 Hunneman was put back into service in 1873 as "Tiger No.5" which was a new company of approximately 50 young men between 14 and 18 years of age, essentially a training company.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
         

 

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1872 11/9-10  BOSTON, MA    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - BOSTON - 1872
The Great Boston Fire, 1872
Fire horses suffering from disease. BFD Chief  John S. Damrell in charge. 65 acres burned, 776 buildings destroyed, 14 killed including 11 firefighters.
More 
More
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1872 1872  OSTERVILLE-CENTERVILLE    CAPE - OSTERVILLE LAND COMPANY - WIANNO
Osterville Land Company begins development of the Wianno section of Osterville along Seaview Ave.
Over In Centerville, 160 acres are developed into Christian campground in Craigville Village on the bluff overlooking the beach..
         
         

 

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1871 10/08  CHICAGO, IL    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - CHICAGO - 1871
The Great Fire of Chicago, 1871
One of most famous fires, reportedly caused by Mrs. O'Leary's cow.
The second major fire in two days. Strong winds. Burned 2,024 acres, consuming18,000 buildings, killed 300, left 100,000 homeless.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1871 10/08  PESHTIGO, WI    FIRE - WILD FIRE / CONFLAGRATION - WISCONSIN - 1871
Peshtigo, WI, The Other great fire, 1871
On the same day as the infamous Great Fire of Chicago, Oct 8, 1871. Just a few hundred miles north of Chicago.
Fire burned 1.2 million acres, destroyed 17 communities, and killed 1,200 people. Caused by lightning.
More
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1871 1871 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - FRANKLIN NO.2 - 1871
Hunneman delivered another hand pumper to replace the 1850 Franklin. The new Engine, also named "Franklin No.2"  could be drawn by borrowed horses and was accompanied b a hand drawn hose cart known as a "jumper" carrying 500' of 2-1/2" hose. It was stationed in the West end of town.  The first Franklin (1850) was put in reserve until reactivated in 1873 as "Tiger No.5"
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
         

 

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1870 02/03 US HISTORY    US - 15TH AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION
Prohibits the governments of the United States from denying the Right to Vote based on a citizen's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude." Ratified 2/3/709
1870 1870 SANDWICH   FD APPAR - SANDWICH - HOOK & LADDER - 1870
Sandwich voters approved $850 in February 1870 to build a Hook & Ladder carriage for the town. Built by Capt. L. Bourne Nye in town, when finished it weighed 1,940 lbs, but was so finely built, 2 men could pull it along level ground.  It carried 45 leather buckets, ladders, hooks, and axes. The ladder truck was kept in a bay under the town hall and pulled by horses when needed. It was in service for many years and was donated to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan in 1927. 
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
1870 1870 MASHPEE   CAPE - MASHPEE INCORPORATED - 1870
The Town of Mashpee was incorporated in 1870. It had once been a 50 square mile area deeded to the Wampanoag tribe in 1660. It became the Mashpee District in 1763.
         

 

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1869 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 18 - ULYSSES S. GRANT
1869-1877 - Republican from Ohio
Union General
1869 05/10 US HISTORY    US - TRANS CONTINENTAL RAILROAD
Completed. Joined in Utah 5/10/69
1869 1869 SANDWICH    FD - SANDWICH FIRE DEPARTMENT -
A formal fire department was approved at town meeting.
"In context, it was toward forest fires which a massive response had to be organized quickly."
1869 1869 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - ULYSSES NO.1
The original fire engine No.1 (1836) was replaced by a 1869 Hunneman hand tub "Ulysses No.1" named after the famous General and 18th President Ulysses S. Grant in 1869.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
1869 1869 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - RESCUE LADDER NO.1 - 1869
B.A. Ellison in Wellfleet built a hand drawn hook & ladder truck for Provincetown in 1869. It was known as Rescue Hook & Ladder No.1. 
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)

 

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1868 07/09  US HISTORY    US - 14TH AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION
Defines citizenship
1868 1868 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - MAZEPPA ENGINE NO.3 - 1868
Provincetown took delivery of an 1854 Hunneman hand tub, purchased used from the Lowell, MA fire department for Engine No.3
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
1868 1868 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - EXCELSIOR ENGINE NO.4 - 1868
Provincetown took delivery of another 1854 Hunneman hand tub, purchased used from Lowell for Engine No.4
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
         

 

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1867 03/01  US HISTORY    US STATE 37 - NEBRASKA - 1867
Becomes the 37th state in the United States of America
1867 03/30  US HISTORY    US - ALASKA - 1867
Alaska Territory purchased from Russia for about 2 cents an acre.
         
         

 

 

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1866 07/04  PORTLAND, ME    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - PORTLAND - 1866
The Great Fire Portland, Maine 1866
Considered to be the largest fire in U.S. to date. Burned 300 acres, 1,800 buildings, including many commercial buildings and City Hall. 10,000 left homeless. Help from as far as Boston and Augusta.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
         
         
         

 

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1865 01/31  US HISTORY    US - 13TH AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION
Prohibits slavery
1865 03/04 US HISTORY   US PRESIDENT 16 - ABRAHAM LINCOLN
1861-1865 - Second term Republican from Illinois
1865 04/03  RICHMOND, VA    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - RICHMOND - 1865
Great Fire of Richmond, 1865  Leveled about 20 blocks. Civil war. Confederate capital.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1865 04/09

 

US HISTORY

 

  US - CIVIL WAR ENDS - 1865
The Union is restored.
Confederate General Robert E Lee surrenders to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia 04/09/65
1865 04/14 -
04/15 
US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN ASSASSINATED
The 16th President, serving from March 4, 1861 to April 14, 1865 during the most difficult period in US History, the Civil War between the states, was shot on the evening of April 14, 1865 at Ford's Theatre.
Dies on the morning of April 15, 1865.
Only about a month into his second term and a week after the Civil war ended.
1865 04/15  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 17 - ANDREW JOHNSON
1865-1869 - Democrat from Tennessee
Lincoln's Vice President, becomes President upon Lincoln's death.
1865 04/27

 

VICKSBURG, MS

 

  FIRE - SULTANA STEAMSHIP - VICKSBURG - 1865
Steamship Sultana Fire, 1865  On the Mississippi River. 1,800 dead.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1865 07/13

 

NEW YORK, NY

 

  FIRE - BARNUM'S AMERICAN MUSEUM - NEW YORK - 1865
A Major fire. Destroyed many historical artifacts. $1 million loss.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
         
         

 

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1864 10/31  US HISTORY    US STATE 36 - NEVADA - 1864
Becomes the 36th state in the United States of America
1864 11/12-15  ATLANTA, GA    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - ATLANTA - 1864
The Burning of Atlanta, Georgia. During a Civil war battle. Burned by Union General Tecumseh Sherman
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
         
         

 

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1863 01/01  US HISTORY    US - EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION
Lincoln proclaimed the central goal of the Civil War to free slaves in Confederate states 1/1/63
1863 06/20  US HISTORY    US STATE 35 - WEST VIRGINIA- 1863
Becomes the 35th state in the United States of America
1863 11/19  US HISTORY    US - GETTYSBURG ADDRESS - 1863
Two minute speech by President Lincoln at dedication of Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg, calling for the survival of America's representative democracy and the founding principles of the United States, that the "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."
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1862 05/10  TROY, NY    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - TROY, NY 1862
"The Great Conflagration of 1862" in Troy, New York
Train caused a fire. Destroyed 75 acres of buildings. Killed 5.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)

 

         
         
         

 

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1861 01/29  US HISTORY    US STATE 34 - KANSAS - 1861
Becomes the 34th state in the United States of America
1861 02/08  US HISTORY    US - CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA
The South secedes from the Union 02/08/61
SC, MS, FL, AL, GA, LA, TX, VA, AR, NC, TN
Jefferson Davis becomes first Confederate President
Richmond, VA becomes capital of South
1861 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 16 - ABRAHAM LINCOLN
1861-1865 - Republican from Illinois
1861 04/12  US HISTORY    US - CIVIL WAR BEGINS - 1861
The war between the states breaks out between the North (Union) and the South (Confederacy)
Begins 4/12/61 at Fort Sumter, Charleston, SC
War continues until June 1865
1861 12/11 CHARLESTON, SC

 

  FIRE - WATERFRONT FIRE - CHARLESTON - 1861
Charleston, SC Fire began on the waterfront in Charleston along the Cooper River on the northern side of Charleston. The fire burned  southwest to the Ashley River severely damaging much of the city.
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(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978) 
1861 1861 BARNSTABLE TOWN   BARNSTABLE - 350 citizens served the Union in the Civil War. 30 never returned.

 

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1860 01/10  LAWRENCE, MA    FIRE - PEMBERTON MILL - LAWRENCE - 1860
Lawrence, Mass. A large 5 story mill building occupied by 700 workers collapsed trapping many. Hours later during the rescue effort a fire broke out, eventually consuming the entire complex.  88 workers were killed and  275 other injured.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1860 02/02  NEW YORK, NY    FIRE - ELM STREET - NEW YORK - 1860
New York City. Fire in a 7 story tenement building killed 20 people.
The fire resulted in laws requiring fire escapes.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978) 
1860 07/04  SANDWICH    FD - SANDWICH APPARATUS - 1860
Mention of both Niagara Co. No. 1 and Sandwich Co. No. 2 being in Independence Day parade. Both companies are believed to be private companies.
1860 12/20  US HISTORY    US - SOUTH CAROLINA SECEDES - 1860
South Carolina becomes first state to secede from the Union. 12/20/60
Leads to US Civil War.
         

 

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1859 02/14  US HISTORY    US STATE 33 - OREGON - 1859
Becomes the 33rd state in the United States of America
1859 07/04  SANDWICH    FD - SANDWICH APPARATUS - 1859
Historical mention of Captain Otis Freeman marching in the July 4 parade with Engine Co.2.
Reference to Sandwich now having 2 fire engines.
         
         

 

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1858 05/11  US HISTORY    US STATE 32 - MINNESOTA - 1858
Becomes the 32nd state in the United States of America
1858 10/5  NEW YORK, NY    FIRE - CRYSTAL PALACE - NEW YORK - 1858
Crystal Palace Fire, New York, 1858
173,000 square foot building, Glass & steel structure destroyed within minutes during a fair.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
         
         

 

 

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1857 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 15 - JAMES BUCHANAN
1857-1861 - Democrat from Pennsylvania
         
         
         

 

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1855 1855 NEW YORK, NY    FD HISTORY - STEAM ENGINES - NEW YORK CITY
New York City.  Steam fire engines outlast hand pumpers in competition demonstrating the advantages of the machines over the volunteers.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
         
         
         

 

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1854 04/23  NEW YORK, NY    FIRE - THE JENNINGS FIRE - NEW YORK - 1854
New York City
The Jennings Clothing Store caught on fire. During the fire fight, structural collapses resulted in the deaths of 11 firemen and injury of many others.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1854 08/25  MILWAUKEE, WI    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - MILWAUKEE - 1854
The Great Milwaukee Fire, 1854
Destroyed 440 buildings
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
         
         

 

 

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1853 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 14 -  FRANKLIN PIERCE
1853-1857 - Democrat from New Hampshire
1853 04/01  CINCINNATI, OH    FD HISTORY - FIRST PAID FIRE DEPARTMENT - CINCINNATI - 1853
Cincinnati, OH has the first paid fire department in the USA.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978) 
         
         

 

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1852 04/29  BOSTON, MA    FD HISTORY - FIRST FIRE ALARM SYSTEM - BOSTON
First fire alarm system in the USA in service in Boston.
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(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978) 
1852 11/02  SACRAMENTO, CA    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - SACRAMENTO - 1852
The Great Fire of Sacramento, 1852.
Destroyed much of downtown, killing 7 people, loss of about 2,600 buildings 
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)

 

         
         

 

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1850 07/09  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 13 - MILLARD FILLMORE
1850-1853 - Whig New York
Replaced President Taylor who died in office.
1850 09/09  US HISTORY    US STATE 31 - CALIFORNIA - 1850
Becomes the 31st state in the United States of America
1850 06/ PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN FRANKLIN NO.2 - 1850
Provincetown took delivery of its second fire engine in 1850.
This was a Hunneman hand tub, as was the first engine in 1836.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
         

 

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1849 05/17  ST LOUIS, MO    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - ST LOUIS - 1849
St Louis, Missouri Great Fire
Fire started on a steamer "White Cloud" docked along the river front. Fire spread to the business district burning some
three square miles, 400 buildings, and many boats on the Mississippi were destroyed.
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(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978) 
1849 03/05  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 12 - ZACHARY TAYLOR
1849-1850 - Whig Louisiana
Died in office 1850
1849 1849  SANDWICH    FD - SANDWICH - FIRE ENGINE -
Sandwich attempted to raise money by a private subscription to fund a fire engine in town.
         

 

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1848 05/29  US HISTORY    US STATE 30 - WISCONSIN - 1848
Becomes the 30th state in the United States of America
1848 08/24  IRISH SEA, OFF WALES    FIRE - SHIP FIRE - IRISH SEA - 1848
The Ocean Monarch - a Sailing vessel, burned, killing 178 off the coast of Wales.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1848 1848  US HISTORY    US - CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH
         

 

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1846 1846 US HISTORY    US - MEXICAN WAR - 1846
US vs Mexico, agrees to borders.
Cedes territory west of Rockies to US including CA, NV, UT, NM, AZ, CO, WY
1846 12/28  US HISTORY    US STATE 29 - IOWA - 1846
Becomes the 29th state in the United States of America
         
         

 

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1845 03/03  US HISTORY    US STATE 27 - FLORIDA - 1845
Becomes the 27th state in the United States of America
1845 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 11 - JAMES POLK
1845-1849 - Democrat from Tennessee
1845 04/10  PITTSBURG, PA    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - PITTSBURG - 1845
The Great Conflagration at Pittsburg, 1845
Burned about 1/3 of city, destroyed 1,000 buildings, 2 dead, 12,000 homeless. 56 acres burned.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1845 07/20  NEW YORK, NY    FIRE - SPERM OIL FIRE - NEW YORK - 1845
New York City
A major fire started in a Sperm Oil building and spread taking some 300 buildings.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978) 
1845 1845 US HISTORY   US - MANIFEST DESTINY
Belief that US is destined to expand from coast to coast
1845 1845

 

SANDWICH   FD - SANDWICH GLASS FACTORY - 1845
The private Sandwich Glass Company had a hand pumper and a large cistern on its property for fire protection.
It was generally not allowed off the property.
A town meeting in Sandwich in 1845 sought funding for a TOWN fire engine, but the article was postponed.
1845 12/29 US HISTORY   US STATE 28 - TEXAS - 1845
Becomes the 28th state in the United States of America
         
         

 

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1842 05/05-
05/08 
HAMBURG, GERMANY    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - GERMANY - 1842
The Big Fire, Hamburg, 1842
Over 2,000 homes, a number of churches lost. 50 dead, 30,000 people homeless.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
         
         
         

 

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1841 04/03  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 9 - WILLIAM HARRISON
1841 - Whig from Indiana
Died of pneumonia after only 1 month in office.
1841 04/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 10 - JOHN TYLER
1841-1845 - Whig from Virginia
         
         

 

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1840 01/13  LONG ISLAND SOUND, NY    FIRE - LEXINGTON STEAMSHIP - NEW YORK
Lexington Steamship fire.
Long Island Sound, 140 dead.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
         
         
         

 

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1837 01/26  US HISTORY    US STATE 26 - MICHIGAN - 1837
Becomes the 26th state in the United States of America
1837 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 8 - MARTIN VAN BUREN
1837-1841 - Democrat from New York

 

         
         

 

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1836 1836 US HISTORY    US - TEXAS BREAKS AWAY FROM MEXICO
The battle of the Alamo
1836 06/15  US HISTORY    US STATE 25 - ARKANSAS - 1836
Becomes the 25th state in the United States of America
First new state since 1821, second west of the Mississippi River.
1836 08/20 PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - WASHINGTON ENGINE 1 1836
Provincetown took delivery of a Hunneman hand drawn fire apparatus built in Boston, Massachusetts specifically for the sandy streets of Provincetown. The 5 inch ends stroke engine had reversible handles. It was named for the first US President "George Washington No.1"
This would be the first known fire engine on Cape Cod.  It would continue to be preserved, eventually being on display in the Pilgrim Monument museum, and is still maintained today as part of Provincetown's history.
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)
1836 11/ PROVINCETOWN   FD APPAR - PROVINCETOWN - 1836
Provincetown purchased 30 used leather buckets, 100 feet of hose and other fittings in order to have a bucket brigade capable of supplying the new fire engine "George Washington"
(Source: Cape Cod Firefighting, Britton W. Crosby, 2003)

 

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1835 12/16-
12/17 
NEW YORK, NY    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - NEW YORK - 1835
Great Fire of New York, 1835
674 buildings, 2 dead. NY Fire Dept at time = 56 hand pulled engines, 6 hook & ladders, 5 hose carts, 1,500 volunteer firemen.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1835 1835 PROVINCETOWN   FD - PROVINCETOWN FIRE DEPT ESTABLISHED - 1835
Cape Cod's First Fire Department is organized in Provincetown.
         
         

 

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1834 10/16  LONDON, ENGLAND    FIRE - HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT - LONDON - 1834
Parliament destroyed by fire
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
         
         
         

 

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1833 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 7 - ANDREW JACKSON
1833-1837 Second term Democrat from Tennessee
         
         
         

 

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1830 1830 US HISTORY    US - INDIAN REMOVAL ACT
Forced removal of Indians from the eastern US to lands west of the Mississippi River.
         
         
         

 

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1829 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 7 - ANDREW JACKSON
1829-1837 - Democrat from Tennessee
         
         
         

 

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1828 1828 US HISTORY    US - BALTIMORE & OHIO RAILROAD
First public railroad built
         
         
         

 

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1825 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 6 - JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
1825-1829- Republican from Massachusetts
1825 1825 US HISTORY    US - ERIE CANAL SYSTEM - 1825
New York canal linked the Hudson River to Lake Erie improving commerce route to mid west.
1825 1825 CAPE HISTORY   CAPE - SANDWICH GLASS FACTORY - 1825
The Sandwich Glass Factory, a major industrial company opened in Sandwich in 1825. It chose the Cape in many ways because of the timber available to fire the furnaces used to melt the silica into glass. The company operated until approximately 1888.
         

 

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1823 1823  US HISTORY    US - MONROE DOCTRINE - 1823
President Monroe declares the American Continents "off limits" to future European colonization
         
         
         

 

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1821 03/05  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 5 - JAMES MONROE
1821-1825 Second term Republican from Virginia
1821 08/10  US HISTORY    US STATE 24 - MISSOURI - 1821
Becomes the 24th state in the United States of America
First state west of the Mississippi River.
         
         

 

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1820 1820 US HISTORY    US - MISSOURI COMPROMISE
In an agreement to balance the number of Free & Slave states, Maine is split off from Massachusetts, to became another free state. while Missouri is allowed to become a slave state
1820 03/15  US HISTORY    US STATE 23 - MAINE - 1820
Becomes the 23rd state in the United States of America
Maine was previously part of Massachusetts since 1788
         
         

 

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1819 1819  US HISTORY    US Territory - FLORIDA - 1819
Florida is ceded to the US from Spain
1819 12/14  US HISTORY    US STATE 22 - ALABAMA - 1819
Becomes the 22nd state in the United States of America
         
         

 

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1818 12/03  US HISTORY    US STATE 21 - MISSISSIPPI - 1818
Becomes the 21st state in the United States of America
         
         
         

 

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1817 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 5 - JAMES MONROE
1817-1825 - Republican from Virginia
1817 12/10  US HISTORY    US STATE 20 - MISSISSIPPI - 1817
Becomes the 20th state in the United States of America
          
         

 

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1816 12/11  US HISTORY    US STATE 19 - INDIANA - 1816
Becomes the 19th state in the United States of America
         
         
         

 

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1814 1814 US HISTORY    US - STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Written by Francis Scott Key in Baltimore during war of 1812.
War ended 12/24/14
         
         
         

 

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1813 03/04  US HISTORY    US - PRESIDENT 4 JAMES MADISON
1813-1817 second term Republican from Virginia
         
         
         

 

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1812 04/30  US HISTORY    US STATE 18 - LOUISIANA - 1812
Becomes the 18th state in the United States of America
1812 08/24  WASHINGTON, DC    FIRE - EXECUTIVE MANSION - WASHINGTON DC - 1812
The "White House" is burned by the British in the War of 1812.
4th President James Madison (1809-1817)
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1812 09/14  MOSCOW, RUSSIA    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - MOSCOW - 1812 
Great Fire of Moscow, 1812
War of 1812. Napoleon. Destroyed 30,800 buildings
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1812 06/18  US HISTORY    US - WAR OF 1812
US vs Britain over maritime shipping and westward expansion. 1812-1814

 

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1811 12/26  RICHMOND, VA    FIRE - THEATER FIRE - RICHMOND - 1811
Richmond Theater Fire. 1811
160 Dead 
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
         
         
         

 

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1809 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 4 - JAMES MADISON
1809-1817 - Republican from Virginia
         
         
         

 

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1805 03/04  US HISTORY    US - PRESIDENT 3 - THOMAS JEFFERSON
1805-1809  second term Republican from Virginia
         
         
         

 

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1804 1804-1806 US HISTORY    US - LEWIS & CLARK EXPEDITION
1804-1806 - explore the west to Pacific
1804 06/15 US HISTORY   US - 12TH AMENDMENT TO US CONSTITUTION - 1804
Revised presidential / vice-presidential election procedures by electors.
         
         

 

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1803 1803 US HISTORY    US - LOUISIANA PURCHASE - 1803
Extended the United States territory west from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains, doubled the size of the US
1803 03/01  US HISTORY    US STATE 17 - OHIO - 1803
Becomes the 17th state in the United States of America
1803 1803 BREWSTER   CAPE - BREWSTER INCORPORATED - 1803
Town of Brewster is incorporated in 1803. It was originally part of the Town of Harwich since 1694.
         

 

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1801 03/04  US HISTORY    US - PRESIDENT 3 - THOMAS JEFFERSON
1801-1809 - Republican from Virginia
         
         
         

 

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1800  1800  US HISTORY    US - FEDERAL CAPITAL MOVED - 1800
United States Capital is moved from Philadelphia to Washington, DC
         
         
         

 

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1797 03/04  US HISTORY    US - PRESIDENT 2 - JOHN ADAMS
1797-1801 - Federalist from Massachusetts
1797 1797 ORLEANS   CAPE - ORLEANS INCORPORATED - 1797
The Town of Orleans incorporated in 1797. It had originally been a part of the Town of Eastham since 1651.
1797 1797 CAPE HISTORY   CAPE - FIRST LIGHTHOUSE - 1797
The first lighthouse on Cape Cod was built in Truro in 1797 - Highland Light.
It would be rebuilt in 1857.
         

 

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1796 06/01  US HISTORY    US STATE 16 - TENNESSEE - 1796
Becomes the 16th state in the new United States of America
         
         
         

 

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1795 2/7 US HISTORY   US - 11TH AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION - 1795
Immunity of states from suits from out of state citizens and foreigners not living within the state borders. Lays the foundation for sovereign immunity.
         
         
         

 

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1794 12/08  NEW ORLEANS, LA    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - NEW ORLEANS - 1794
Second New Orleans Fire
The "Second Great Fire" struck the rebuilt New Orleans. (see 1788)
Destroyed 212 structures in the French Quarter.
         
         
         

 

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1793 03/04  US HISTORY    US PRESIDENT 1 -  GEORGE WASHINGTON
1793-1797  Second term Federalist from Virginia
1793 1793 DENNIS   CAPE - DENNIS INCORPORATED - 1793
The Town of Dennis incorporated in 1793. It had previously been a part of the Town of Yarmouth since 1639.
         
         

 

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2012 06/01  US HISTORY    US STATE 15 - KENTUCKY  - 1792
Becomes the 15th state in the new United States of America
         
         
         

 

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1791 12/15 US HISTORY    US - BILL OF RIGHTS ENACTED - 1791
States ratify the "Bill of Rights" ratified and enacted.
First 10 Amendments "Bill of Rights" to Constitution
1st Amendment - Protects the freedom of religion, speech, and the Press, as well as the right to assemble and petition the government.
2nd Amendment - Protects an individual's right to bear arms.
3rd Amendment - Prohibits the forced quartering of soldiers out of war time.
4th Amendment - Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based on probable cause.
5th Amendment - Sets out rules for indictment by grand jury and eminent domain, protects the right to due process, and prohibits self-incrimination and double jeopardy.
6th Amendment - Protects the right to a fair and speedy public trial by jury, including the rights to be notified of the accusations, to confront the accuser, to obtain witnesses and to retain counsel.
7th Amendment - Provides for the right to trial by jury in certain civil cases, according to common law.
8th Amendment - Prohibits excessive fines and excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment.
9th Amendment - Protects rights not enumerated in the constitution.
10th Amendment - Limits powers of the federal government to those delegated to it by the constitution.
1791 03/04  US HISTORY    US STATE 14 - VERMONT  - 1791
Becomes the 14th state in the new United States of America
         
         

 

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1790 05/29  US HISTORY    US STATE 13 - RHODE ISLAND - 1790
Becomes the thirteenth state in the new United States of America
         
         
         

 

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1789 03/04  US HISTORY    US - US CONSTITUTION - GOES INTO EFFECT - 1789
The US Constitution, establishing a government of the people, by the people, for the people.
1789 04/30  US HISTORY    US - PRESIDENT 1 - GEORGE WASHINGTON
General George Washington is elected as the first President of the new United States.
1789-1797 - Federalist from Virginia  2/4/89
1789 09/25  US HISTORY    US - BILL OF RIGHTS - AMENDMENTS PROPOSED TO CONSTITUTION -
The first 10 Amendments "The Bill of Rights" to the Constitution define specific rights of all individuals and the states under the law, there-by protecting them from tyranny of a powerful federal government.  
1789 11/21  US HISTORY    US STATE 12 - NORTH CAROLINA - 1789
Becomes the twelfth state in the new United States of America

 

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1788 06/21  US HISTORY    US - US CONSTITUTION RATIFIED - 1788
Constitution establishes government of new United States.
1788 01/02  US HISTORY    US STATE 4 - GEORGIA - 1788
Becomes the fourth state in the new United States of America
1788 01/09  US HISTORY    US STATE 5 - CONNECTICUT - 1788
Becomes the fifth state in the new United States of America
1788 02/06  US HISTORY    US STATE 6 - MASSACHUSETTS - 1788
Becomes the sixth state in the new United States of America
1788 03/21 NEW ORLEANS, LA   FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - NEW ORLEANS - 1788
Great Fire New Orleans
Fire destroyed a large section of New Orleans. 856 buildings destroyed. 
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978) 
1788 04/28 US HISTORY   US STATE 7 - MARYLAND - 1788
Becomes the seventh state in the new United States of America
1788 05/23 US HISTORY   US STATE 8 - SOUTH CAROLINA - 1788
Becomes the eighth state in the new United States of America
1788 06/21 US HISTORY   US STATE 9 - NEW HAMPSHIRE - 1788
Becomes the ninth state in the new United States of America
1788 06/25 US HISTORY   US STATE 10 - VIRGINIA - 1788
Becomes the tenth state in the new United States of America
1788 07/26 US HISTORY   US STATE 11 - NEW YORK - 1788
Becomes the eleventh state in the new United States of America

 

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1787 12/07  US HISTORY    US STATE 1 - DELAWARE - 1787
Becomes the first state in the new United States of America
1787 12/12  US HISTORY    US STATE 2 - PENNSYLVANIA - 1787
Becomes the second state in the new United States of America
1787 12/18  US HISTORY    US STATE 3 - NEW JERSEY - 1787
Becomes the third state in the new United States of America
         

 

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1784 1784 PHILADELPHIA, PA    FD HISTORY - MUTUAL ASSURANCE COMPANY - 1784
Philadelphia, PA
Dr Benjamin Rush and other home owners join to establish the Mutual Assurance Company to insure home owners with tree-fronted homes, previously uninsurable because of fire spread danger with tree lined streets.
Fire marks with "A tree" represents company covered homes.
More
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
         
         
         

 

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1776  09/20-
09/21 
NEW YORK, NY    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - NEW YORK - 1776
Great Fire of New York, 1776
Revolutionary War. 500 buildings destroyed.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1776  07/04  US HISTORY    US - DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE - 1776
Declaration of Independence 1776
Philadelphia, PA - 13 Colonies breaks away from England
         
         

 

 

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1775 1775  US HISTORY    US - AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR BEGINS
Against Great Britain. Battle at Lexington & Concord, Massachusetts 4/19/75
         
         
         

 

 

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1703 1703 CHATHAM   CAPE - CHATHAM INCORPORATED - 1703
The Town of Chatham incorporated in 1703.
1709 1709 TRURO   CAPE - TRURO INCORPORATED - 1709
The Town of Truro incorporated in 1709.
1711  10/02  BOSTON, MA    FIRE - OAKUM FIRE - BOSTON - 1711
A major fire struck Boston once again as a fire started by accident in some oakum quickly spread burning over 100 houses, the post office, town house, and old meeting house.
Several lives lost. Young 6 year old Benjamin Franklin observed  the devastation of the fire. (See 1736)
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1711 1711 BOSTON, MA    FD HISTORY - BOSTON FIRE WARDS - 1711
Boston appoints fire wardens to discourage fires and related looting.
Law called for "prudent persons of known fidelity" to act as fire wards, with proper badges, to respond and exert their authority to organize and lead efforts to extinguish fires and prevent spreading of fire.
Mutual fire societies, associations of people banding together to support each other in battling fires and salvaging property were also organized.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1727 1727 PROVINCETOWN   CAPE - PROVINCETOWN INCORPORATED - 1727
The Town of Provincetown incorporated in 1727.
1730 1730 PHILADELPHIA, PA    FIRE - FISHBOURNE WHARF - PHILADELPHIA - 1730
A major fire strikes Philadelphia causing the city to seek more and better fire equipment.
Newspaper publisher Ben Franklin advised readers to take precautions against fire (see 1711)
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1731 1731 NEW YORK, NY    FD HISTORY - NEW YORK -  ENGINE 1 -
New York took delivery of two Newsham fire engines from London.
Engine 1 and 2 were established.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1736 1736 PHILADELPHIA, PA

 

  FD HISTORY - PHILADELPHIA - FIRST VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY
Union Fire Company organized in Philadelphia, led by Ben Franklin. 1736
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978) 
1736 1736 CHARLESTON, SC   FD HISTORY - FIRST FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY
Charleston, SC. First organized fire insurance organization.
1740 11/18

 

CHARLESTON, SC

 

  FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - CHARLESTON - 1740
The Great Fire of Charleston, 1740
Fire Consumed houses from Broad Street and Church Street down to Granville Bastion. destroying 300 houses, stores, stables, and wharfs.
Fire resulted in regulations prohibiting use of materials other than brick or stone in construction.
Fire losses resulted in failure of Fire Insurance company formed in 1736.
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1741 1741 NEW YORK, NY

 

  FIRE - NEW YORK CITY - 1741
Fire Destroyed governors house inside Fort George.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978) 
1743 1743

 

NEW YORK, NY

 

  FD HISTORY - NEW YORK - FIRST AMERICAN PUMPER -
Thomas Lote built first American made fire engine for New York, Engine 3.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1750's 1750's HISTORIC VOLUNTEERS

 

  FD HISTORY - FAMOUS AMERICAN VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS -
Many of our country's founding fathers also served their communities as volunteer firefighters. These include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Samual Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, John Jay, Aaron Burr, Benedict Arnold, Alexander Hamilton, John Barry.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978) 
1752 1752 PHILADELPHIA, PA

 

  FD HISTORY - INSURANCE FIRE MARKS - 1752
Benjamin Franklin formed a fire insurance company in Philadelphia utilizing one of the first Fire Marks to identify those
who were protected. The "Hand in Hand" fire mark would be fixed to the exterior of the building. 
See Fire Marks
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978) 
1754 1754 US HISTORY   US - FRENCH & INDIAN WAR
British defeat French in North America
1760 1760 BOSTON, MA

 

  FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - BOSTON - 1760
Boston struck by a fire that destroyed some 174 dwellings and 175 warehouses, shops, and other buildings resulting in the largest fire loss in the colonies to date. 
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978) 
1763 1763 WELLFLEET   CAPE - WELLFLEET INCORPORATED - 1763
Town of Wellfleet incorporated in 1763. It was originally part of the Town of Eastham since 1651.
1770 03/05 US HISTORY   US - BOSTON MASSACRE - 1770
British troops fire into a mob in Boston killing 5
1773 12/16 US HISTORY   US - BOSTON TEA PARTY - 1773
Colonial patriots dump tea into harbor to protest British Tea Tax.
1774 1774 US HISTORY   US - FIRST CONTINENTAL CONGRESS - 1774
Philadelphia, PA representing colonies
         

 

 

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1651 1651 EASTHAM   CAPE - EASTHAM INCORPORATED - 1651
The Town of Eastham incorporated in 1651. The original town included areas of Orleans that would break off in 1797 and Wellfleet that would break off in 1763.
1653  1/ BOSTON, MA    FIRE - BOSTON - JANUARY 1653
Fire ravages water front in Boston destroying about 1/3 of the dwellings and warehouses.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1666 09/02-
09/06 
LONDON, ENGLAND    FIRE - CONFLAGRATION - LONDON 1666
The Great Fire of London, 1666
Destroyed 13,000 dwellings and 87 Churches
(Source: Fire!, Goodman, 2001)
1677 1677 BOSTON, MA    FD HISTORY - BOSTON - ARSON PREVENTION - 1677
Boston enacts law to combat "evil-minded persons" that set fires.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1679 1679 BOSTON, MA    FD HISTORY - BOSTON - FIRST FIRE ENGINE - 1679
First fire engine in Boston - hand tub
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1685 1685 BARNSTABLE COUNTY   CAPE - THE COUNTY OF BARNSTABLE - 1685
The County of Barnstable incorporated in 1685. Encompasses all the area of Cape Cod.
1686 1686 FALMOUTH   CAPE - FALMOUTH INCORPORATED - 1686
Town of Plymouth incorporated as a town in 1686.
1694 1694 HARWICH   CAPE - HARWICH INCORPORATED - 1694
Town of Harwich incorporated 1694. At the time also included the area that would become Brewster in 1803.
         

 

 

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1602 1602 CAPE HISTORY   CAPE - CAPE COD NAMED - 1602
Bartholomew Gosnold, an English explorer and part of the Virginia Company of London and Jamestown, Virginia is credited with naming the peninsula "Cape Cod" in 1602.
The area that is Cape Cod had been explored and given various names in ancient times. Norse voyagers may have referred to it as "Promontory of Vinland" between 985-1025. Leif Erickson, Norwegian explorer c.970-1020 is believed to have explored the area, as did Giovanni da Verrazzano, Italian explorer c.1000. French, Portuguese, and Spanish explorers also area believed to have visited the Cape.
1607 1607 US HISTORY    US - JAMESTOWN, VA
First permanent English settlement in America
1608 01/07  JAMESTOWN, VA    FIRE - "FIRST" RECORDED - VIRGINIA 1608
Jamestown, Virginia, 1608
Most of buildings, and belongings destroyed by fire at first American settlement.
Made for hard winter.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1620 1620 US HISTORY    US - PLYMOUTH COLONY - 1620
Pilgrims from England sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on a ship called the Mayflower.
Pilgrims landed at Cape Cod (Provincetown) and explored the area.
Later Settled in Plymouth, MA
Mayflower Compact established a form of government on 11/11/1620
1623 11/  PLYMOUTH, MA    FIRE - PLYMOUTH COLONY
Several houses burned in Plymouth Plantation in November.
Fire extended from wooden chimney to thatch roofs.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1627 1627 CAPE HISTORY   CAPE - APTUXET TRADING POST - 1627
The Pilgrims had established a trading post in Sandwich (actually in area of current Bourne village) in 1627.
1630 1630 BOSTON, MA

 

  FD HISTORY - FIRST FIRE REGULATIONS
As a result of a number of fires involving wooden chimneys and thatched roofs,
Boston selectmen made a regulation ordering that
"No man shall build his chimney with wood, nor cover his house with thatch." 
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
1639 11/ US HISTORY   US - FIRST POST OFFICE - BOSTON - 1639
The first post office in Boston, and believed to be first in the US opened.
1639 1639 SANDWICH   CAPE - SANDWICH INCORPORATED - 1639
Sandwich is first town to incorporate on Cape Cod. At the time it also included the area that would break away and become Bourne in 1884.
1639 1639 BARNSTABLE   CAPE - BARNSTABLE INCORPORATED - 1639
Barnstable incorporates as a town in 1639.
1639 1639 YARMOUTH   CAPE - YARMOUTH INCORPORATED - 1639
Yarmouth incorporated as a town in 1639. At the time it also included the area that would break off as Dennis in 1793.
1648 1648 NEW AMSTERDAM
(New York City)

 

  FD HISTORY - FIRE WARDENS
First fire wardens appointed in New Amsterdam (New York City)to inspect chimneys.
Wardens were empowered to fine offenders, including fines for actual fires in homes,
used to buy ladders, hooks, and fire buckets to be ready in time of need.
(Source: History of Firefighting in America, Dennis Smith, 1978)
         
         
         

 

 

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Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the natives in the area periodically put fire to the woods, in a controlled manner that kept the underbrush to a minimum, reducing the danger of major forest fires.

18,000 Years ago, the ice retreated, leaving what would one day be known as Cape Cod. Chunks of ice would melt, creating the many kettle ponds around the Cape.

20,000 Years ago, what is now Cape Cod was totally covered by hundreds of feet of glacial ice, during the last ice age.