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Muk Revisited | Firefighting and dispatch--from Mrs. Pugh to 9-1-1


Last updated 12/4/2019 at 9pm

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The Rose Hill School building could not be saved after a fire in 1916.

We take so much for granted. Today, when we are faced with a fire or a medical emergency, we simply dial 911 and a fire truck or other emergency vehicle should arrive within seven minutes.

Mukilteo history from the early 1900s tells stories of using a bucket brigade to extinguish fires. Imagine using pails of water to put out a house fire. With no fire department, it was up to the residents of the city to help with the water buckets. Before the 1920s, that's how things were done.

In the early 1920s water mains were installed in Mukilteo, leading to a significant change for fighting fire...

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