“I can think of no more stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine.”– Kurt Vonnegut

Throughout the history of civilization one of the greatest threats to men has always been fire. In a moment, fire can go from small and controlled to completely out of control spelling destruction for anything in its path. With this danger in mind Essex Fire Engine Company Number 1 was formed by state charter on June 22, 1833. The charter called for a volunteer company of up to 30 members who would protect the Village of Essex from fire and it is to this first fire company that we can trace our roots.

The character of the original fire company was largely dictated by the community it was sworn to protect. Unlike current members of the department who serve the town out of a sense of duty and community spirit, the founding members of the fire department were primarily the owners of ship building companies or businesses in town wh