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Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department

4150 Montgomery Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042
(410) 313-2602
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Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department

A group of local citizens recognizing the need for organized fire protection, met on Tuesday evening July 10, 1888, and formed The Volunteer Fire Company of Ellicott City No. 1, 'a bucket brigade', the first within Howard County. Prior to this, coordinated firefighting activities in the town were virtually non-existent. In efforts to guard against the outbreak of fires, the City Council adopted a law on June 17, 1867 to regulate the cleaning and sweeping of chimneys. As fires were frequently caused by fouled chimneys, the Council later passed an ordinance prohibiting attempts to clean chimneys by burning them out.

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