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Monterey Fire Department History

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Administrative Office
Monterey Fire Department
610 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940

Administrative Office: (831) 646-3900
Fax: (831) 646-3723
Non-Emergency: (831) 646-3914

Art & History
Art & History
The Monterey Fire Department has been serving the citizens of Monterey since 1882 when the first brigade was established by a group of citizens to render aid as fires occurred. The fire department was chartered by the City in 1890; that is when it officially came under the City and Chief William E. Parker was appointed its first fire chief. Chief Parker would go on to be come the oldest fire chief in the nation, serving in the position of fire chief from 1890 until his retirement in 1942.
The Monterey Fire Administration office has a small historic display in the reception office, displaying some of the fire departments early equipment and badge collection dating back to the 1800's. Also on display is a gallery of fire chiefs who have proudly served the City of Monterey. On display at Fire Station 2 on Hawthorne Street are some of the department's early hand drawn fire apparatus, and Fire Station 3 on Dela Vina Street is the home of the 1916 Seagraves — the Monterey Fire Department's first fire engine.

Acadia Publications released a book on the history of the Monterey Fire Department July 2012, which covers 129 years that Monterey Fire Department has been serving the community.

The Monterey Fire Department is always looking for early equipment or pictures of the department to be placed on display, including badges, awards and parchments given to its earlier members. For more information, please contact Mike Ventimiglia at Fire Administration at (831) 646-3900 or email ventimig@monterey.org