By Michael R. Glore and Michael J. Kitsock
From the inception of the Friendship Hose Company No. 1 of Orwigsburg in 1820 to the organization of the West Penn Fire Company No. 1 in 1999, more than 130 volunteer fire companies have served Schuylkill Country. Using the archives of the Schuylkill County Historical Society, Schuylkill Historical Fire Society, and many fire companies and individuals, Schuylkill County Fire Fighting captures in its images the daunting challenges faced by generations of Schuylkill firefighters.