Monday, February 14, 2011

Fire Department Records Now Available at the Library

Mount Clemens Public Library is pleased to announce that the historical records of Mount Clemens Volunteer Fire Department #3 are now available in the library's local history collection. Recently, the department made its fire run journals, which cover the years 1908 to 2009, available to the library for microfilming and indexing. These record books are a diary of each call the volunteer fire department answered, and usually include the date, location, type of fire or event, and the names of the fire fighters in attendance. The records are useful for individuals who are researching the history of a house or property in Mount Clemens, and for genealogy researchers who want to know more about events that shaped a family's history, or wish to establish a family's address in between census years.

The fire department records were indexed by library staff and the index may be searched online by visiting http://offserv.libcoop.net/mtc/mtcfires.asp. The index is searchable by surname or business name, and also by street address. Copies of the record books are available for public use in microfilm format. Library supporter Lorelei Maison Rockwell, who has a keen understanding of the value of this type of local record to researchers, generously provided the funds to pay for the microfilming of the fire run journals.

The library is most grateful to Captain Tom Fisher and the members of Mount Clemens Volunteer Fire Department #3 for making their records available to researchers, and to Lorelei Maison Rockwell for making it possible to have them microfilmed.

Photo: Capt. Tom Fisher of the Mount Clemens Volunteer Fire Department looks over the fire department record books and the microfilms that were made from them.

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