Each time I go to work, I am reminded that it is a profession that's steeped in history and tradition; a job that traces its earliest roots back to the days of the Roman Empire. And while the job has evolved exponentially through the years, its core values remain--to protect and serve.
Here in New Bedford, we are very fortunate to have a museum where the proud history of our job is preserved so well that it would seem as though these old fire engines are still ready to fly out the door at a moments notice; clydesdale horses charging at full force pulling a shiny brass steam engine down cobblestone streets. Bells ringing, children pushing through crowds to catch a glimpse, firefighters clamoring up and down ladders, playing water onto fire until all is calm again.
As I walk through this firehouse and think of days past, I am keenly aware of how past and present remain closely entwined. The horse-drawn engines have been replaced by diesel powered, computer controlled pumpers; but the firefighters still remain. And always will.
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📍New Bedford Fire Museum (Former Fire Station No. 4, built in 1867). Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975