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    Did you know that almost two thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarm? It's an alarming number considering you, as a homeowner and or renter have full control over smoke detectors being installed in your home. Having properly placed and properly installed smoke detectors greatly increases your chance of surviving a fire in your home.
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    Some great historical photographs from the Gloversville Fire Department
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    This word struck fear into the hearts of Gloversville citizens on May 21, 1877. The fire was on North Main Street!
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    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.
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    Scaling Buildings for Fire Company Competition 
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    The first horse purchased for the department was "Old Kit" and soon after, two more horses were purchased.
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    In May of 1892, George L. Fort was installed as the first paid Gloversville Fire Chief.
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    Until 1904, all members of the fire department were volunteers, but on April 1st,the Common council authorized that personnel be paid and the department was then comprised of 14 paid men and 15 call men with the exempt firemen held as reserves.
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    The department became motorized in 1912 when a car was purchased for the Chief. This vehicle carried chemicals and a roll of hose. Early fire trucks at first had no roofs so that when approaching a fire, the men could look up to see the building and assess what action needed to be taken to knock the fire down.
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    Today the Gloversville Fire Department is equipped with the latest technology and equipment which includes a thermal imager to locate victims in a smoke filled building, air packs, and a safety trailer which teaches fire safety and procedures to children.
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