In 1830, the Connecticut state legislature called on town leaders to “form a Fire Company to work a fire engine for the protection of buildings” in Willimantic. By 1832, the Willimantic Fire Engine Company had purchased an engine known as the “Deluge” and began a rich tradition of service to the people of Willimantic.
Over the years, various fire companies were formed. From hand-drawn to horse-drawn to motorized equipment, and from loosely organized volunteers to highly professional career firefighters, the Willimantic Fire Department has provided citizens with skilled, trained, and compassionate service.
Through photographs, memorabilia, and stories—the majority of which were collected by the firefighters themselves—Firefighting in Willimantic recognizes the traditions and accomplishments of this outstanding department.
Peter J. Zizka, a Willimantic native, is a past volunteer firefighter who has spent countless hours researching Willimantic and fire department history.
Marc A. Scrivener is the acting fire chief of the Willimantic Fire Department and an adjunct instructor at the Connecticut Fire Academy. Author proceeds from this book will be donated to International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1033 for their many community service activities.