Originally known as the Britannia Fire Company of Bridgetown because it was founded when the U.S. was still apart of Britain, the Mounty Holly Fire District No. 1 was organized in 1752. The name was changed in 1787 because the original name was considered unpatriotic.
Although everyone understands the obvious danger that fighting fires involves, not all people may realize that firefighters also risk getting cancer or other debilitating diseases from exposure to carcinogens. One case that has brought this issue to the general public’s mind is the controversy over funding for the first responders who were on site during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.