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Baton Rouge Fire Department

Identifier: brfa043

Scope and Contents

Collection includes logs and record books, fire and public safety reference materials, scrapbooks, and records relating to the organizational and transactional history of the department.


  • 1875 - 2006

Biographical / Historical

The Baton Rouge Fire Department was formed in 1825 when a group of 94 citizens formed the Baton Rouge Bucket Company. As the city began to expand, it became clear that more sophisticated equipment needed to be purchased. In 1837 the first semi-professional fire company was formed as Washington Fire Company No. 1. In 1875, Samuel Hart was elected as Baton Rouge's first Fire Chief. Since those early years, the Baton Rouge Fire Department has continued to evolve an meet the needs of a growing population. The BRFD not only serves the community in the capacity of fire fighters, but also as partners in many community events including Mardi Gras and the Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association fund drive. This collection is representative of the organization's history with the primary dates of items in this collection ranging from the 1950's and 1960's when Robert A. Bogan, the department's longest serving chief oversaw it's continued growth.


13 box

19 scrapbooks

17 see container summary (Diploma holders.)

2 framed items

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Physical Location

BRS R10: 1.1-2.5

Custodial History

Materials were originally depositied by Mike Paternostro to be temporarily held by the archive. Over the years, items have been added.

Processing Information

Collection was originally processed by Melissa Eastin on October 14, 2014. Further processing and relabeling completed by Emily Ward, August 2018.

Baton Rouge Fire Department
Melissa Eastin
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Repository Details

Part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Repository

7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge La. 70806 USA