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History of the U.S. Fire Service: Apparatus and Equipment History

This guide provides resources for researching the history and traditions of the U.S. fire service.

Web Resources

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Use the resources on this page to research and learn about fire apparatus and equipment history.

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Apparatus History Video

The Charlotte Fire Department showcases 85 years of fire engine apparatus in the 2010 Thanksgiving Parade.

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