Fire Dept. Fun Facts

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FUN FACT #3

Initially firemen passed buckets of water to be thrown on a fire.  “Throwing water” remained a common term even after the introduction of fire hose.  Many cities, in an effort to motivate quick response, rewarded the first company to get water on a fire, resulting in fights among the companies.

Arkansas Gazette August 12, 1871:

     Last night, about ten o’clock, quite a number of firemen became engaged in a quarrel about who threw the first water which resulted in a general fight, resulting in several knockdowns, broken noses and bruised faces.