Private Fire Department

Private Fire Department

A small factoid here. At one time Charleston had private Fire Departments. Several of them in fact.

Private Fire Department
Private Fire Department

A fee, like a tax, was paid to your choice of Fire Brigade. In turn a small plaque was provided to hang on your home. If you had a fire, and a plaque, the designated department would come along.

Private Fire Department
Private Fire Department

The same thing with insurance. If paid I guess they worked a little harder ?

What happens if you have neither ?

What good did all this do during the big fire of 1861, or the earthquake of 1886 ?

Another case of you never know what you might see out there… or the rabbit hole it can take you down.

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