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By John Garvey

In San Francisco, historical past is as shut because the sound of the fireplace engines and vans racing by way of, sirens wailing. The San Francisco hearth division took form, as did the town, from the ashes and embers of the nice hearth of 1906. within the tumultuous seaport filled with these looking California's newly came upon gold, volunteer hearth businesses needed to adapt to a teeming urban choked with canvas tents, wooden shacks, kerosene lanterns, ocean breezes, and hilly winding streets. From a strength that at the beginning pulled hand-operated pumps and competed to be the 1st at a hearth, touring in horse-drawn gear, the dept has grown from a volunteer contingent of some hundred to a firm 1,800 robust and built to guard a urban of forty nine sq. miles, surrounded on 3 aspects by means of salt water. The ancient pictures of this quantity rfile the institution of the volunteer division on Christmas Eve 1849 and the inception of the paid strength in 1866, in addition to such colourful characters as Lily Hitchcock Coit, a belle who battled many a blaze with the volunteers and a component to whose property went to construct the 210-foot Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill. impressive photos, many by no means earlier than released, illustrate how the hearth division used to be affected not just by way of the well known inferno of 1906 yet by way of the six blazes that leveled the waterfront within the 1850s and several fires through the city's background.

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