Gretna’s David Crockett Volunteer Fire Department Oldest in Country

A South Louisiana fire department holds the distinction of being the oldest volunteer fire department in the country and those volunteers in the city of Gretna still have their first steam-powered pumper, reports WAFB 9.

Gretna’s David Crockett Volunteer Fire Department has been in continuous operation longer than any other fire department in America. The old fire house was built a couple of years before the Civil War, and they still have their original horse-drawn steam pumper purchased in 1876.

Only 73 of these steam-powered water pumpers were ever built, and the one here in Gretna is the only one that’s still in existence today.

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