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Citizens Hose Company, 1920s
These photos and accompanying information come to us from Wilson Malloy, Assistant Fire Chief at the Freeland Fire Department and Freeland Borough EMA Coordinator. Thank you to Wilson for these great photos and information.
1922 - Pump Number# 488, Job Number# 0404 Freeland, PA- 1883-1922 During these early years, many fires were either fought and won or lost with bucket brigades. First hand pumpers and later hose carts appeared in 1885 and by the nineteen twenties, several hand drawn hose cart and one hand drawn ladder cart were in service. These carts were all purchased and maintained by the borough.
The Citizens Hose Company receives their Reo/Hale pumper on November 24, 1922 with a Hale B/R 500-gallon per minute pump. This rig was the first motorized fire apparatus to appear in Freeland. The engine was purchased by the borough and remained in service until 1954. The pumper served the community for 38 years and in 1958 was salvaged. The phase out of hose carts began, as the motorized era had arrived for the Freeland Fire Department