July 31, 1865 in New York history

📝 On This Day 📝

159 years ago on July 31st, 1865

The Metropolitan Fire Department begins service and would become the FDNY five years later

Although firefighting in the city can be traced back to 1648, when volunteers fought fires with buckets of water, the MFD's Engine Company Number 1 at 4 Centre Street was the beginning of a paid firefighting organization. The first reference to "FDNY" came when the MFD was placed under city control in 1870.

A fire on Fifth Avenue. Burning of the Hanover Apartment Hotel via The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library


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🌞 Weather Records 🌞

Record High: 102°F in 1933
Record Low: 57°F in 1895

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