July 22, 1837
Event: Moyamensing Hose Company No. 27 was instituted.
The Moyamensing Hose Company No. 27 was founded on July 22, 1837 in the Moyamensing section of Philadelphia. With the adoption of steam fire engines by the hand engine companies the hose companies were required to acquire new hose lines because of the increased pressure. Around 1863, with an acknowledgement to the new firefighting technology, the “Moyas,” as they were known, adopted the name “Moyamensing Steam Forcing Hose Company” No. 27.
In an effort to deflect the consequences of a notorious riot caused by the Moyamensing with the Hibernia Fire Company in early 1870, the Moyamensing purchased and used the name of the “Philadelphia Hose Company No. 1” and operated out of their own firehouse. They served until March 15, 1871 when Philadelphia’s paid firefighting department was established.