A Look Back on the Paola Fire Department
|Organized in 1871 the PFD started service with over 50 volunteer firefighters and met the first Saturday of every month. The council was asked for funds for a hose wagon and fire hose.
Ethel Hunt’s “History of Paola, Kansas” tells that the fire wagon was horse drawn and firemen all put on red shirts before going to a fire. Water was pumped from nearby wells.
1874 a Disastrous Fire ripped through the St. Charles Hotel and Union Block. Considered at the time the worst fire in the City’s history. A large number of Business Rooms were destroyed with an estimated $75,000 loss.
Over our 135 year history of service the Citizen Volunteers of the PFD have been on the ready, twenty four hours a day seven days a week.
For More Information
For more information, please contact:
Fire Chief Andy Martin
202 E. Wea
Paola KS, 66071
Ph: (913) 259-3600 or (913) 406-5543
The Peiker & Scheer Fire 1918
The Old City Hall Fire House
Firemen in Gear
Paola Fire Dept Volunteers