Norwich Firefighting – Images of America. Connecticut. By: Glenn M. Watts. In 1769, Norwich began fire protection with the use of water buckets and a hand-actuated piston pump named the Torrent. In the early 1800’s, the need for an organized fire service paved the way for the first fire companies of the downtown Norwich area. Today, the career firefighters continue to build upon its rich and historic tradition of service to the city Consolidated District. Author, Glenn Watts has compiled this book with photos from the Norwich Fire Department’s archives and from private collectors. B&W Photos. Softbound. Pgs. 128. Book measures approximately 5″ wide X 9 1/4″ high.