History of Firefighting

  • Jan 1, 1300

    24 BC

    Roman Emperor Augustus create fire vigiles, which were referred to as “Watchmen.”
  • 1631

    1631- Enormous and extremely destructive fire in Boston occurred. Sparked fire regulations and rules in America.
  • 1648

    1648- Fire wardens were assigned to New York City, which was one of the biggest steps towards fire departments in America.
  • 1666

    1666- “The Great Fire” occurred in London, England. Insurance companies formed fire brigades, as they were called, to protect their clients from future fires.
  • 1736

    1736- Benjamin Franklin founded the first official fire department of The United States.
  • 1830

    1830- First official fire department rules and regulations were established in Edinburgh, Scotland.