MARIETTA, Oh.-(WTAP) A local fire department celebrates a milestone this coming weekend.
The Marietta Fire Department was established 125 years ago this Sunday.
It became a paid department December 1, 1894. Over the years, it operated four fire stations, and still has three today. Station #2 was opened in 1930, and closed in 1986.
And, while it's still visible while fighting fires, like other departments around the country, its duties have expanded.
"We've added a dive team, we've added a hazardous materials team, we've trained in confined space in trench rescue," said Fire Chief Charles W. Durham. "We keep adding more things to provide services to the community, because we see those risks out there and we want to be prepared if anything does happen."
At the beginning, horses pulled all the fire trucks. In 1912, motorized vehicles were introduced and a few years later, horse-drawn trucks were eliminated altogether.
The fire department now responds to more than 3500 service calls a year: a number that has more than doubled during the past 40 years.