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Sioux City Fire Department

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Major Fires Roll Call Heros History THE CHIEFS City Photos Guest Book Apparatus Last Call Fire Houses

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This is an unofficial Sioux City        Fire Department Web Site!   

Fire Department History

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"Dedicated To SAFETY & SERVICE."

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The Sioux City fire department had a modest beginning in 1869-1870 when Sioux City was a frontier village. The first Hook &Ladder truck (with buckets) was purchased for $65. In 1874 a more formal fire department was organized. In addition to a steam fire engine and the Hook & Ladder truck, the department had two hose carts, drawn by hand.

The water supply consisted of cisterns, the largest one located under the central fire house. At this time there was no waterworks system. In 1881 the city purchased a team of horses for use in drawing the steam engine to fires. During the time hand hose carts were used, there was considerable rivalry among the various companies in the matter of promptness in getting to fires. The days of the horse drawn carts, were the romantic days of the department - romantic for both fireman and townspeople. No one who lived in those days will forget the thrill of seeing the horse drawn carts rolling rapidly on the way
to a fire to the combined music of clanging gong, rattling vehicle and beating horse hoofs, with the accompaniment of ring fire bells or moaning waterworks whistle in the distance. Sioux City was known for Paddy & Prince, the famous fire steeds that one held the worlds record, with their crew, for a stall start,hitching, running half-mile, laying out 150 feet of flat hose, and attaching nozzle and couplings.


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new(1).gif (6097 bytes) Added obituary of A. J. Pruvot (chief electrican for the fire department). I have exceeded storage restrictions for this site and am in the process of revising it to accommodate more station photos.

The caretakers of this site are busy compiling the history of the Sioux City Fire Department (1869 - 1998). It will be broken down into six volumes.

  1. Volume One - THE CHIEFS


  3. Volume Three - THE FIRE STATIONS

  4. Volume Four - APPARATUS

  5. Volume Five - FOUR ALARMS

  6. Volume Six - ROLL CALL

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