1785The fire department is mentioned in the town records.Events & Anniversaries, Government and Public Service, Fires, City Departments

Minutes of Town Meeting, April 4, 1785. Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800, 1800, p. 287.
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Minutes of Town Meeting, April 4, 1785. Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800, 1800, p. 287.

The town voted that the Selectmen procure staff for the fire wardens. Each member of the fire department received one or two buckets and two leather bags that held the capacity for three gallons of water.

Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800. Vol. 3, 1800, http://archive.org/details/townrecords17531800
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