|First Volunteer Fire Company
December 7, 1736
Under Benjamin Franklin's urging, a group of thirty men came together to form the Union Fire Company on December 7, 1736. Their equipment included "leather buckets, with strong bags and baskets (for packing and transporting goods), which were to be brought to every fire. The blaze battlers met monthly to talk about fire prevention and fire-fighting methods. Homeowners were mandated to have leather fire-fighting buckets in their houses. This was the first organized fire brigade in the United States and the predecessor to the Philadelphia Fire Department.