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The St. Louis community formed a volunteer fire department in 1822 and for thirty years, fires in the city were fought by volunteers. It was not until 1857, almost ten years after a devastating fire swept through the city destroying many blocks around the riverfront, that a paid fire department was established. Early fire trucks were horse-drawn; not until well into the twentieth century were fire engines motorized. The St. Louis Fire Department website has more information on the its history.
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