In 1736, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Benjamin Franklin formed the first American volunteer fire company. Other colonies soon did the same. Notable historical figures who served as volunteer firefighters include Sam Adams, Alexander Hamilton, John Hancock, Paul Revere, and George Washington.
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