Redwood City Fire Department kicks off 150th-anniversary events 

New and historic firefighting equipment will be on display Monday as the Redwood City Fire Department kicks off its 150th-anniversary celebration.

A news conference will be held at 11 a.m. in front of Fire Station No. 9, 755 Marshall St. The street will be closed briefly to display the fire apparatus.

Fire Chief Jim Skinner and Mayor Jeff Ira will help kick off the festivities, which include an exchange of commemorative badges between firefighters.

Many more events are planned throughout the year.

A Sesquicentennial Firefighters Ball will take place Aug. 13 at the Fox Theatre.

The Fire Department came into existence in 1861, six years before the city became incorporated.

The first firehouse was built a year later on Main Street. There are currently five fire stations with five engines and one truck.

A total of 70 people — including firefighters to paramedics and support staff — are employed by the department. For more information about the department, visit www.redwood city.org/fire.

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