Fire Department was establish as a fully paid fire department in 1879.
The fire department has grown with the city through the years to it's
current authorized strength of 49 uniformed fire personnel. The current
crisis has reduced us to 38 persons on staff, the lowest number since
the end of the Eisenhower administration. We are also only
permitted a minimum of 7 firefighters to respond on emergencies, which
is the fewest since Warren G. Harding was president. in 1919.