West Palm Beach Fire Department Centennial History

By Ronald E. Johnson, Battalion Chief Retired 1991

"Fire is a good servant but a terrible master."

Benjamin Franklin

The Centennial History of the West Palm Beach Fire Department 1894-1994

The Centennial History of the West Palm Beach Florida Fire Department details events over the 100 years from 1894 to 1994. This informative book chronicles the fire history from the early years of the Flagler Alerts, the fire company formed by developer and railroad tycoon Henry Morrison Flagler, to the revitalization of the city with the Downtown Development Project of the 1990s.

There are heroes and fiascoes; bravery and treachery; great saves and total losses; life and of course death. It is the way of the profession which will continue into the next hundred years and beyond.

With this history the past is documented for those who come in the future.

A recently discovered video of the Department from 1930 entitled Women Firefighters filmed in West Palm Beach CLICK HERE

Scene from Women Firefighters

 

Centenial History of the West Palm Beach Fire Department PDF

This history was published in 1994 for the Centennial celebration of the West Palm Beach Fire Department.

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Photo Library

Photo history of the West Palm Beach Fire Department.

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About the author

Ronald E. Johnson, Retired Battalion Chief

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