Adrian Fire Department
Adrian founded its fire department in 1841. By 1851, it had 102 male volunteers, who served in two companies. They pulled hand pumpers and hose carts to fires, using water from city-built reservoirs. In 1867, the city began to use horses to pull its steam engines. Drivers were the only paid staff from 1867 to 1918, when the city hired its first firemen. Beginning in 1912, the city bought motorized fire trucks and retired its horses.