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Fire Department History

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Venice Fire Department's first piece of apparatus was this 1926 American La France fire engine purchased from Moore Haven, Florida. The engine has a 750 gallon per minute pump and a 40 gallon tank for use on small fires. The engine is still in existence today -- affectionately known as "Old Betsy" -- and can be seen in many parades held by the City. Venice's first fire chief was retired J.C. Haladay from Cleveland Ohio. A retired firefighter from up north moved here to take up the position as Venice's first fire chief.

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