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Catalog Number 1985/114/072
Collection CITY, Fire Department
Object Name Archival Collection
Scope & Content
The Sacramento Fire Department was organized as a responsibility of the City of Sacramento by mandate of the California State Legislature in 1872. Since its beginning, the primary mission of the SFD has been to prevent and extinguish fires. The role of the fire department has expanded significantly over time, however, and presently emergency medical service plays a major role in today's department.
This collection includes a number of records and reports from the 1920s through the 1980s, which reflect various aspects of the administration and operation of the Sacramento Fire Department during those times.

Scope and Content:

This collection is composed of five series: administrative records, reports generated by the Uniform Fire Incident Reporting System-UFIRS, logbooks and journals, policy and procedures, and various printed material. The collection provides a sampling of various aspects of the Sacramento Fire Department over time. For example, handwritten journals from the 1920s document the daily attendance record of fire department members while, during the 1970s, the SFD's first computerized fire reports (UFIRS) begin to appear. Of particular interest in this collection are the logbooks associated with Fire Station No. 2. These are handwritten accounts of the various activities and events occurring during each particular work shift. Also of note is the personal binder of Battalion Chief Frank M. Hultado wherein he filed copies of general orders, memos and other items related to fire department procedures between 1956 and 1964.


Printed Materials
There are a number of printed items in this series that promote public fire safety, such as a fire escape floor plan, a home fire inspection sheet, instructions on how to call the fire department, an explanation of why fire burns and a packet of materials for school teachers to help educate their students in fire safety. In this series, too, is a record of the third and fourth Fire Prevention Seminars (1963-1964) presented by the California State Department of Education.

Title Promotional Literature on Public Safety
Date 1960s
Classification Fire Departments
Fire Equipment
Fire Prevention
Public Fire Safety
Fire Drills