Oakland Fire Department (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) (Paperback)

Oakland Fire Department (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) Cover Image
Usually Ships in 1-5 Days


For over 150 years, brave firefighters have battled to preserve the lives and property of the citizens of Oakland. Beginning in 1853, volunteer engine and hook and ladder companies organized and the Oakland Fire Department formed in 1869. Until 1922, teams of magnificent horses pulled steamers belching black smoke and embers, with firemen holding on for dear life. These gallant fire horses were as much firefighters as the rugged men of Oakland who extinguished blazes with leather hoses and brass nozzles. After waging an internal battle of racial integration a 35-year struggle that began in
1920 the Oakland Fire Department became one of the first in the nation to hire women firefighters beginning in 1980.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780738529684
ISBN-10: 0738529680
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Publication Date: February 9th, 2005
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)