An illustrated talk by HLFM Director Pierce Rafferty.

Sunday, February 19, 2017
Time: 4 p.m.
Place: Museum’s 2nd Floor

Pierce Rafferty’s talk begins with a survey of the first recorded fires on Fishers Island, including the burning of Winthrop’s main house by pirates in 1690 and the torching of the island by the British during the Revolutionary War. After briefly reviewing the major conflagrations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries that spurred the creation of a volunteer fire department, the main body of his talk chronicles fires and firefighting since the founding of the F.I.F.D. in 1927. He highlights how the Department and its associated emergency services have evolved over the ensuing decades with a focus on their remarkable record of dedicated training, service and accomplishment.

Drinks & Refreshments to follow.

Note: This talk is an expanded version of a presentation first made at a Fire Department Dinner in 2012.