05/26/07 100 W, 2 I - + 12 - 21 Birth of a Fire Department

For your holiday reading enjoyment, here's a new history piece on the development of the Raleigh Fire Department in the early 1910s. During this period the first full-time fire chief was appointed, the first fully-paid firefighters were hired, and the first motor apparatus was purchased. The narrative is drawn primarily from newspaper accounts and city minutes, and consists nearly entirely of paraphrasing or direct quotations. And though its has been proofed some dozen times, there's probably a typo or two to be found. Feel free to red pen accordingly.

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