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Looking for historical information about Philadelphia firefighters or fire stations, or other information about the Philadelphia Fire Department?

We can help. We will be glad to research the files and find the information you need. Visit our gift store to purchase a request for research.

Archival information is also available through the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries.

Fireman’s Hall Museum is pleased to present:
From Horsed to Horsepower
A History of Philadelphia’s Fire Apparatus 1871 to 2017
Hardcover, 272 pages, archival quality, limited edition, collector’s item. Ships 7/27/2018

This special book truly captures the evolution of the Philadelphia Fier Department’s fleet of fire engines, from the inception of the paid professional department in 1871, utilizing horse-drawn equipment outfitted wit steam-powered pumps, to today’s diesel-powered apparatus. Combining text and historical photographs, the reader can learn about the trial and triumphs faced with providing fire protecting one of the largest cities in the United States.