A month later, the first hose company and hook and ladder brigade was formed and named the A.J. Kasson Hose Company. On July 12, 1888 the name was changed to the Neptune Hose Company.
Subsequent hose companies were formed including the Mechanics Club and Drill Corporation, the Glove City Hook and Ladder Company, The South End Hose Company and the John B. Judson Hose Company.
These Hose companies participated in competitions all over the state for a first prize of $250 which was won at one time by the Neptune Hose Company at Herkimer, NY in 1891