Today’s Fire Department has its roots in California’s Gold Rush era when the Folsom Volunteer Fire Department was established. Early volunteers rushed to the fire scene when an alarm sounded. They fought fires by passing buckets of water from volunteer to volunteer (the bucket brigade) to get water from the source to the fire. In the early 1900s, the Fire Department purchased a Ford Model T, replacing the horse drawn water pumps used in the late 1800s. While the Model T is long gone, the City still maintains two older fire trucks for parades and special functions.