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History of the Fire Department

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The first fire company in the City of Des Moines was organized in 1865, and was known as the "Hook & Ladder.” After the City purchased an engine, the Company was reorganized under the name of the "Hawkeye Hose Company", with Charley Spofford as Chief Engineer. 

For more information about our Fire Department's history, check out the following links:


A gallery of some of our historical photos is below. To view in a larger format with captions, click on the photos.


Jack and Jack
Station 1 - 1900
Station 1 - 1910-15
Station 1 - 1920
Station 5  - 17th & Crocker St