Images Of America San Bernardino Fire Department
Sixty miles east of Los Angeles, the now-bustling city of San Bernardino established its first fire department in 1865 with just 4 ladders, 4 axes, 4 hooks, and 24 buckets. Though this company was soon disbanded, another rose to take its place following several disastrous blazes in 1878. From these early days of leather helmets and hand-drawn trucks to the modern era of computerized equipment, the San Bernardino Fire Department has kept step with the community's rapid growth through the 20th century and, today, continues to provide first-class service to the citizens of San Bernardino.
Author Bio: Author Steven Shaw, a second-generation firefighter for the San Bernardino Fire Department and co-founder of the Pioneer Fire Museum, has been collecting related photographs and memorabilia since the 1970s. With images drawn from his extensive archive, Shaw has compiled a fascinating glimpse into the history of this admirable organization and the men and women who have charted its course.