Early to Mid 1800s
As the 1800's began, firemen started to organize and train. After organizing and training, the firemen were now committed and skilled, but they did not have a place to meet or a building to house their equipment in. Firefighters would hold their meetings at the local tavern or anywhere they could find a space with enough chairs. Soon local governments charged the firefighters with building firehouses to protect their equipment from the weather. Often times these structures were nothing more than whitewashed sheds that the equipment fit into snuggly, with little room left for anything or anyone else. Later in the era, these structures were made larger to accommodate bigger and more powerful pieces of apparatus and the firefighters themselves. Thus the "romantic" age of firefighting (generally considered to be from 1825 to 1865) had arrived.
Innovation of the Era!