Firefighting in Charlotte

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ISBN: 9780738552606

$19.99

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The story of firefighting in Charlotte is a tale of explosive growth and change that dates back to its humble beginnings in 1887. During the textile boom of the 1880s, the volunteer firefighters who were protecting Charlotte and Mecklenburg County could no longer adequately protect the growing city. Thus, the More »

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ISBN: 9780738552606

The story of firefighting in Charlotte is a tale of explosive growth and change that dates back to its humble beginnings in 1887. During the textile boom of the 1880s, the volunteer firefighters who were protecting Charlotte and Mecklenburg County could no longer adequately protect the growing city. Thus, the Charlotte Fire Department was formed. Race tensions of the 1960s and the financial boom of the 1990s also figure in the fire department's history and growth. Images in this book provide a photographic time map of how the department grew from horse-drawn engines of the 1800s manned by volunteers to the state-of-the-art apparatus today in the hands of more than 1,000 paid professional firefighters in 38 firehouses.

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