The Inspiring History of Women in Firefighting in the U.S.

The first known woman to join a firefighting brigade may not have done so by choice. Introduction Are there female firefighters? How many, and who was the first? The history of organized firefighting began all the way back in Ancient Rome. Since then, most organized firefighting forces have been made up of men… until recently.[…]

In the Early 19th Century, Firefighters Fought Fires … and Each Other

Fighting fires in early America was about community, property, and rivalry. By Jackson Landers In a scene from the film Gangs of New York, set in Civil War-era Manhattan, a crowd gathers in the night as a fire breaks out. A volunteer fire department arrives, and then another. Instead of cooperating to extinguish the blaze, the rival fire companies head[…]