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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.
The museum houses a collection of important fire marks.
United Firemen’s Insurance Company
1860 – 1956
Cast iron fire mark with policy #3339; issued April 5, 1872
The Fire Association of Philadelphia managed an insurance company bearing the same name. Not all fire engine, hose and ladder companies were able to join the Association due to the prohibitive entrance fee. Also, non-members did not receive any monetary assistance from the Association even though they fought fires and protected the city as much as the member companies. Because of this disadvantage, the non-member companies on August 2, 1860 chartered a new company named the United Firemen’s Insurance Company of Philadelphia. This new company issued a fire mark depicting a steam fire engine which was the latest in technology in the fight against fire. —Bob Shea