Belvidere Fire Company’s First Engine

In 1949 residents of Belvidere, a suburban community outside Wilmington, started working to organize a fire company.  After raising money, the newly organized group acquired a fire engine and the men were just about ready to start answering alarms by the May of next year.  The Journal Every Evening, a Wilmington newspaper, published a photo of seven proud members of the start-up group with their first unit at that time.  According to a History of Flame in Delaware, the first responders had purchased a retiring unit  from Delaware City.  The company was formally incorporated in 1951.

Photo Source:  Journal Evening, May 17, 1950, from the Delaware Room of the Wilmington Free Library.

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The Belvidere Fire Company’s first engine. Source: Journal Every Evening, May 17, 1950

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