1803The Social Fire Society was organized.People and Communities, Local Organizations

This order by the selectmen nominated and appointed the first members of the Social Fire Society. Courtesy of the Gloucester City Archives, CC14, Box 14
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This organization had its rules, orders, and watch-word, and buckets and bags were provided. The members pledged to help one another in case of fire.

Somes, John J. The Gloucester Fire Department: Its History and Work from 1793 to 1893: The Old Machines, Fire Clubs, Hand Engines, Steamers, Etc., Etc., and the Part Each Performed in Fighting Fires, with a Record of Fires from 1656 to 1893. Proctor Brothers, 1892. Gloucester City Archives, CC14, Boxes 14
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