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Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 10:25 am

June 5th

1879 – Cape May City officials recognized the need for a full time fire department following the Great Fire of 1878.  As a result, they became the first in the county to have a “paid” fire department.  Volunteers were on call 24/7, but 50 full-time chauffeurs were hired because the horses needed constant care.  It wasn’t until the 1970s that Cape May and other Cape May County towns hired full-time, paid fire fighters. 

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