City of Massillon: Fire Department

The fire department began as volunteer fire fighters with leather buckets, often filled from the canal or river by a line of men, or bucket brigade. In 1853, the city purchased a rotary hand engine made
by the Cataract Fire Pump Company, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On July 4, 1885, Massillon firemen
used their old Vigilant hand-pumper for a water stream competition held in Wooster, Ohio. From left to
right are Flaxie Miller, Fred Stryker, Harry Bergemier, Christian Baatz, Owen Miller. (MM, 76.12.2.)

Clement Russell served as first engine in the city of Massillon’s first fire department in 1853. The Massillon Fire Department second engine was James S. Kelley, third engine was Samuel F. Jones, and fourth engine was John D. Hofman.


Fire Department: Engines


Fire Department: Personnel


Fire Department: Stations


Fire Department: Exhibition Run


Fires: Bee Hive Department Store 1898


Fires: Buckeye Cereal 1943


Fires: Conrad Hotel Fire 1983


Fires: Erie Hotel Fire April 1, 1974


Fires: Fast and Friendly Fire 1994


Fires: First United Methodist Church Fire 1899


Fires: Griscom-Russell Fire


Fires: Hess-Snyder Fire


Fires: Independent Newspaper Fire 1967


Fires: La Cuisina Fire 1979


Fires: Lee Furniture Fire 1963


Fires: Lincoln Hotel & Brooks Clothing Fire 1938


Fires: Russell & Company Fire 1899


Fires: Street Fair 1898


Fires: State Hospital Fire


Fires: Pocock Glass Fire


Fires: Misc Business Fires


Misc House Fires

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