Paris Fire Department was founded in 1874 with only two full time firefighters who worked 24 hours a day seven days a week at $75 per month.
A STEAM PUMPER ENGINE (See first image below) Paris fireman needed to build up a "head of steam" in the boiler before they could start fighting fires with this 1880s fire engine. The horses that pulled the equipment were stabled in the basement of the fire station on courthouse square, but two horses were always kept upstairs to be ready quickly. Paris had early fire fighting equipment by 1810 but the first formally trained fire company was not formed until 1874 after the disastrous courthouse fire.
As one of the oldest fire stations in the nation, Paris Fire continues to serve the community 140 years later.