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A firefighter practices a forcible entry drill during a recent training session for Rim Country firefighters. The session took place at the Payson Fire Department’s new training simulator at the town yard. The town’s fire department has grown from a “make-do” company in the early days to a modern, professional firefighting operation.

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The Story of Payson, Arizona

The Story of Payson, Arizona Chapter 40: Volunteer fire department organized

For many years fighting fires in Payson consisted of the town folk running to the scene and forming bucket brigades. Large fires, like the burning of the Herron Hotel in November 1918, left the populace helpless, except to drape wet blankets over the neighboring structures and watch until the fire burned itself out.

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