Schumer Helps Johnstown Fire Unveil Brand New Ladder Truck

May 17, 2010

The city of Johnstown gets a brand new fire truck, one that was desperately needed after a massive fire two years ago. The fire happened in April of 2008, starting on West State Street and eventually destroying much of a city block. While there were no fatalities because of that fire, the fire department says the new ladder truck will help them keep residents safer.


The Johnstown Fire Department was formed on a volunteer basis on April 1, 1808. By December 1808 there were 24 appointed volunteer firemen.

September 9, 1809 - It was the duty for every freeholder to form in line att a fire under penalty of $2.00 fine. To distinguish the Trustees at a fire they were to wear a white scarf over the right shoulder to the left hip.

1809 - The first Hand Engine House was built and Ladder, Hooks & Spuds were bought.

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