Friday, July 16, 2010

Cumberland Valley Fire Companies First Hose Reel

There may be another major incident to report on this date other that the ones I posted the last two years, but I could not find one so today’s post will feature another Shippensburg rig.

In January 1859 Shippensburg Borough Council decided that more hose and a reel were needed to protect the borough. On February 3, 1859 a hose reel was delivered to Shippensburg. The reel and hose was purchased from the Howard Street Hose Company in Baltimore, Maryland for $311.00. This was the company’s first hose reel and the first one ever mentioned in the borough. It is unknown how long the reel was used or what its disposition was.

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