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Use this page to help find resources to aid your research into the history of specific fire departments across the U.S.
Titles from the IFSI Library
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Boston on Fire by
Call Number: TH9505 .B7S34 2003
Publication Date: 2006-01-30
A comprehensive history of Boston's major fires as well as key Boston firefighting innovations.
Chicago Fire Department 1858-2008 by
Call Number: TH9505.C4 .C45 2008
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
Examines the history of the Chicago Fire Department, including details regarding major Chicago fires.
Dancing with the Devil by
Call Number: TH9505 .E52 2015
Publication Date: 2015-09-04
Dancing with the Devil is a collection of stories from the history of the Streator Fire Department. Streator, Illinois is a medium sized community in North-Central Illinois. The history of the fire department goes back to the 1880's. Dancing with the Devil is a collection of short stories describing the conflagrations and disasters, the highs and the lows that faced Streator Firefighters through the last 130 years. This collection tells many stories that have not even been told. Some incidents include the death of two firefighters while battling a fire at the Kennedy Truck Body plant, the explosion and fire at the Williams Hardware building, an oil refinery inferno, a powder explosion at Old Coal Mine No. 2, the destruction of the Heenan building, and many other short stories.
Hands, Horses and Engines by
Call Number: TH9505 .B2 1982
Publication Date: 1982-10-01
Covers the history of the Baltimore Fire Department, including line of duty deaths and major Baltimore fires.
Our Firemen by
Call Number: TH9505 .N5C87 1997
Publication Date: 1997-03-01
Includes biographical portraits of the most famous New York firemen, an illustrated history of the old hand engine of the past and the steam engine of the present, and major fires in New York history
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