Series P: Fire and Prevention 1879-1926

Series P: Fire Prevention. — 1879-1926. — 20 cm of textual records.

Series consists of records pertaining to fire prevention in the Municipality of Argyle. Although by-laws pertaining to the prevention of fires existed in the Municipality of Argyle, the only organized fire department within the Municipality was located in Tusket Village. This fire department was known as the Mayflower Engine Company.

The appointment of collectors of fire taxes and officers within the Mayflower Engine Co. by Municipal Council makes it clear that the fire department was considered a branch of the Municipal Government. Most other fire prevention activities found in these records pertain to forest fires and forest fire prevention in the remainder of the Municipality of Argyle.

Sub-series 1: Mayflower Engine Company. — 1879-1923. — 10 cm of textual records.

Sub-series consists of minutes and treasurer’s accounts for the Mayflower Engine Company for the years 1879-1923.

Sub-series also consists of loose documents pertaining to:

the collection of fire taxes in the Tusket district
requests to Council for financial assistance for purchasing equipment
appointment of fire officials
payment of fire accounts
setting of fire tax rates
repairs to the engine house

Sub-series 2: Forest Fires and Forest Fire Prevention. — 1904-1926. — 10 cm of textual records.

Sub-series consists of:

forest fire assessment rolls
records of payment to forest rangers
records of fire fighting activities
collection of fire taxes
fire rangers reports
bills & receipts for officials and fire fighting expenses