Canandaigua Fire Department

200 Years of Service – 1816-2016

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For 200 years, firefighters in the upstate New York community of Canandaigua have protected the people, homes and businesses in this gem of the Finger Lakes region. The name Canandaigua comes from the native Seneca people, and means “The Chosen Spot”.

Canandaigua is a beautiful, vibrant and richly historic place. The peace treaty between the United States and the Iroquois Confederacy was signed here. Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony often spoke here. Susan B. Anthony’s trial for “illegal voting” was held here. And, since 1816, the Canandaigua Fire Department has answered alarms of fire here – from the days of bucket brigades to the era of steam-powered fire engines to response with modern fire apparatus. This book will be enjoyed by fire buffs and history buffs alike, as well as any reader interested in real-life tales of perseverance and valor in small town America.

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