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Fire Trivia: Wage Earners


Check out the Fire Blog and look for trivia questions and answers to boost your fire IQ!

Q:  In what year did firefighters in Portland, Oregon begin receiving wages?



A:  In 1903, a civil-service system was implemented in the City of Portland.  This brought about the formation of a fully paid fire department in 1904.  Funding for the first modern fireboat, the George H. Williams, was also secured at that time.


Congratulations to Fire Blog Reader NICK for his correct answer!


A big thanks goes out to

Bryan P.,

Mary E.,

Peter F., and

Mike M.

for submitting guesses!


March 5, 2010


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