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History of the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company:

There are no records to document the idea that some people have believed, that there was a fire department in Chestertown as early as 1825.The mutual fire insurance company was founded in 1845 and probably was the source of firefighting equipment. A hand pumper that was built in Philadelphia, PA in 1804 was purchased in 1878 for $1,000 and was operated by volunteers. All of the equipment, including the hand pumper, was turned over to the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company when it became a corporation in 1908. Some of the other equipment included a ladder wagon with one 40 foot single section ladder, a chemical tank on wheels, and a hose reel on wheels. The company still owns the original hand pumper.

A new firehouse was started in 1908 and fire company members built it from blocks they made themselves. It was completed and dedicated on October 11, 1909. A 600-pound bell that was donated to the town by Miss Helen B. Denmead of Baltimore was rung at the celebration. 

Chestertown's first motorized piece of equipment, an International with a rotary gear pump, was bought in 1923. A Pierce Arrow touring car was converted into a fire truck in 1926 and an ambulance was purchased in 1929.

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Jan - 70 Jul - 53
Feb - 44 Aug - 48
Mar - 49 Sep - 58
Apr - 33 Oct - 51
May - 66 Nov - 60
Jun - 53 Dec - 73
Yearly Totals:
2022 - 658 2021 - 577
2020 - 527 2019 - 638

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