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Company History
About the end of 1894 the business men of Berlin purchased a hand pumper and some hose and made plans to construct a wooden tank as a water supply. A loose and informal organization automatically sprang into existence. All who had contributed met to discuss its use and anything pertaining to it… so when on a Sunday night in August of 1895, a fire started in a hayloft on Gay St., directly behind the Atlantic Hotel, some of these men went onto action with their acquired pumper. They pulled it to an open well and for a short time fought the fire. However, the well went dry—their water supply now gone, the pumper was abandoned and burned along with most of Berlin's business section.

From 1895 until the time that the first water mains were laid, the town was served by a bucket brigade. There was no organization, you simply grabbed a bucket and started water on either your, or your neighbor's house.

In 1901 another major fire stuck the downtown area, and again on October 1, 1904. These fires were fought with will, determination, and buckets.

A meeting was called by the Mayor and Council on January 28, 1910. All persons interested in forming a fire company were requested to attend. The following men volunteered: Thomas Jarvis, Wade Brittingham, George Mitchell, Frank Barlett, Harry L. Jarvis, Harry Davidson, George Givans, S. C. Jones, S. M. Quillin, Walter Wimbrow, Guy E. Boston, William Bethards, Theodore Purnell, A. P. Collins, Peter Wimbrow, Selby Purnell, O. H. Cropper, Robert Massey, Howard Furbush, Carey Birch, Reg Pattey Thomas Marshall, Scott Bowman, and E. Bounds.

From this meeting, the Berlin Fire company was born. The first equipment the company had were 2 hand pulled hose carts which were built by Theodore Wimbrow.

The first major fire was on November 2, 1912 at the Berlin Milling Co. the fireman were delayed in responding the alarm due to bad street conditions, and after reaching the scene, they were handicapped by the lack of water, which were the main factors which caused the total destruction of the mill.

1912 saw the purchase of the first motorized piece of equipment, a used Oldsmobile Autocrat, purchased from a dealer in Philadelphia. The truck was kept at Murphy's Garage until the company moved in new quarters in June 1916.

In 1922 Pocomoke fell victim to a serious fire of their own, and requested assistance from numerous neighboring fire companies, including Berlin. Just past the Dryden's house, now known as Merry of Sherwood, every tire on the Oldsmobile blew out. After the firemen returned from Pocomoke to which they got by hopping rides with other responding companies, they decided to get a new truck.

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100 Years of Service
1910 - 2010

Upcoming Events
December 20, 2014
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December 21, 2014
Santa Arrives at Berlin via Fire Engine
Current Fire Stats
2014 YTD: 412
Nov 14 37 May 14 35
Oct 14 26 Apr 14 36
Sep 14 42 Mar 14 42
Aug 14 34 Feb 14 19
July 14 42 Jan 14 42
June 14 57 Dec 13 24
Dec 2014: 0
2014: 412
2013: 359
2012: 361
2011: 294
Current EMS Stats
2014 YTD: 1425
Nov 14 123 May 14 105
Oct 14 119 Apr 14 127
Sep 14 153 Mar 14 113
Aug 14 163 Feb 14 88
July 14 171 Jan 14 118
June 14 145 Dec 13 106
Dec 2014: 0
2014: 1425
2013: 1332
2012: 1573
2011: 1574