Lowell Firefighting – Images of America series. By: Jason T. Strunk. The Lowell Fire Department in Massachusetts was established on February 6, 1830. Lowell was a center of industrial power. The fire protection evolved from the days of the United Fire Society’s bucket brigades to organized volunteer fire companies and onto a full-time paid department. “Lowell firefighting” features images, memorabilia, photographs and numerous incidents covering more than 175 years of firefighting in this mill city. Today Lowell Fire Department protects a city rich with tradition that is reinventing itself, responding to all manner of fire and rescue emergencies. Author, Jason T. Strunk, is a member of the Lowell FD since 1997. This is a publication worth having for its historical significance, wood-frame multi-story residence fires, and huge mill fires and see the various fire apparatus used to fight these overwhelming flames. B&W Photos. Softbound. Pgs. 128.