From a Fire Service Historian: Part 1

  • From a Fire Service Historian: Part 1

    Posted by Robert Avsec on April 19, 2023 at 10:41 am

    This is the first of a four-part series on professionalism in firefighting, specifically how it evolved out of the transition from urban volunteers to a paid fire service and how volunteers would later come to embrace the concept of professionalism itself.

    Our fire service history is seeped in myths, half-truths and legends; understanding how our service evolved means separating fact from fiction.

    Firefighting history: How did we get professional?

    About the Author. Bruce Hensler served as a firefighter from 1976 to 2011 in career, combination and volunteer departments. He previously served as a fire program specialist in the Emergency Response Support Branch of the U.S. Fire Administration, retiring in 2017. He also previously served as deputy director of the operations division for the firefighter training program in Maine. Hensler has a master’s degree in public administration. His interest in history led him to write “Crucible of Fire: Nineteenth-Century Urban Fires and the Making of the Modern Fire Service.” More information about his book is available at

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