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Tucson Fire Department (access required)

The Tucson Fire Association, Tucson Fire Company and Tucson Hook and Ladder Company formed the first Tucson fire department under the fumes of cigar smoke in the Gem Saloon on Congress Street in the early 1880s. While the volunteers had the will to fight fires, technology and city support still needed to catch up.

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Tucson fireman Alex McNeil is pictured on Old No. 1 chemical engine in about 1906.

Firefighting in the Old Pueblo with Alex McNeil, Buck and Ted

This is Tucson fireman Alex McNeil on Old No. 1 chemical engine with his equine coworkers Buck and Ted in about 1906.