San Jose Fire Department celebrates 170th anniversary

Learn how you can celebrate our local fire department’s exciting milestone.

A black-and-white photo of a San Jose Fire Department firetruck dating back to 1880-1910.

Check out this early photo of a San Jose Fire Department vehicle dating back to the late 1800s.

Photo via History San José

170 years? Wow, we really are old.

When California became a state in 1850, San Jose became the first unincorporated city in the state. And with a growing population came a need for essential services.

Just four years later, San Jose was officially incorporated + the San Jose Fire Department was formed. The date is commemorated on badges worn by local firefighters today.

This Saturday, Jan. 27, the San Jose Fire Department will celebrate its 170th anniversary at Old Fire Station One on Market Street.

Stop by from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for a free pancake breakfast, followed by a ceremony recognizing the long history of our city’s fire department — RSVPs are encouraged.

(Psst... The San Jose Fire Museum will also have its soft opening starting Saturday, Feb. 3.)

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