Tucson Fire Department Archives

Bell Sound

A Historical Index: The Tucson Fire Department Archive

This is one of many sections that contain information, documents, letters, newspaper articles, pictures, etc.  They have been collected and arranged in chronological order or by a subject.  These items were collected, organized and entered into a computerized database by Dave Ridings Assistant Chief Tucson Fire Department, Al Ring friend of the department,

Greater Tucson Fire Foundation and with the help of many friends and fellow firefighters.

All graphics have been improved to make the resolution as good as possible, but the reader should remember that many came from copies of old newspaper articles.  This also applies to other items such as documents, letters, etc.

Credit to the source of the documents, photos, etc. is provided whenever it was available.  We realize that many items are not identified and regret that we weren’t able to provide this information.  As far as the newspaper articles that are not identified, 99% of them would have to be from one of three possible sources.  The Arizona Daily Star, The Tucson Citizen and the Tucson Daily Citizen, for which we want to give a special thanks.

Please use this information as a reference tool only.  If the reader uses any of the information for any purpose other than a reference tool, they should get permission from the source.

Should the reader have additional information on the above subject we would appreciate you sharing it with us.

Assistant Chief Joe Gulotta, Joe.Gulotta@tucsonaz.gov
Assistant Chief Dave Ridings, Dave.Ridings@tucsonaz.gov
Historian/Archivist Al Ring,  ringal@comcast.net

The BELL sound which you hear on this page was bought by the Tucson Volunteer Fire Department in 1881 to alert the firefighters to alarms. It is still in active service at Fire Central in its tower and is used for ceremonial duty. Throughout most of history, the life of a firefighter has been closely associated with the ringing of a bell. As he began his hours of duty, it is the bell that started the shift. Through the day and night, each alarm was sounded by a bell, which called him to fight fire and to place his life in jeopardy for the good of his fellow man. And when the fire was out, and the alarm had come to and end, the bell rang three times to singal the end.