Boss Tweed Fights

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Fights would break out between runners and the responding fire companies for the right to fight the fire and earn the insurance money. On April 1 of 1853, Cincinnati OH became the first professional fire department made up of full-time employees and they became the first company to use steam fire engines. During the 19th and early 20th century volunteer fire companies served as fire protection and as political machines. The most famous firefighter/politician is Boss Tweed, head of the notorious Tammany Hall political machine in New York City. Tweed got his start in politics as a member of the Americus Engine Company Number 6.
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