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[473] and energetic of all the citizens; and, once a month, each engine was examined and played.

March 3, 1828: “Voted that the selectmen be a committee to examine and consider the necessity of procuring a new engine for the west part of the town.”

1828: The first record of the organization of a new engine-company. 1831, the town voted to give a supper each year to the firemen. Nov. 14, 1836: Voted to purchase a new engine.

Nov. 9, 1835: The town voted that the fire-engines may be employed to water ships, and that proper compensation be required therefor.

March 6, 1837: At this time there was a general call for a more extended and efficient defence against fire; and the town voted that it approves of the Revised Statutes, sections 19-21.

1839: The town voted to petition the Legislature for an act of incorporation for their fire-department. This petition suggests to the Legislature the importance of considering the whole subject; and accordingly they reconstruct the laws; and, on the 9th of April, the present law was passed. The next day, they authorized the town of Medford to organize a fire-department, according to their petition. The form runs thus:--

An act to establish a fire-department in the town of Medford.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives, in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:--

The selectmen of the town of Medford are hereby authorized to establish a fire-department in said town, in the manner, and according to the provisions. prescribed in an act to regulate fire departments, passed on the 9th of April, 1839; and the said fire-department, when so established, and the several members thereof, and all the officers and companies appointed by them, and the said town of Medford, and the inhabitants thereof, shall be subject to all the duties and liabilities, and be entitled to all the privileges and exemptions, specified in said act, so far as the same relate to them respectively.

April 10, 1839.

The ninth section provides that the act establishing the fire-department “shall not take effect until it is accepted and approved by the inhabitants of the town.” It was approved by the town, and the present fire-department organized in due form.

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