In a few short years at the beginning of the 1820's, Nashua NH went from an agrarian community of small farms to a booming, industrial city thanks in large part to the textile industry. Large factories were built along Nashua's rivers where they could access water power. This brought people to work the mills, and business to support the people. There was a growing need for fire protection and suppression and so the first fire apparatus, a hand tub, was purchased by one of the mills in 1824, called the T.W. Gillis. From there a second and third hand pumper was secured and by 1837, Nashua had it's own fire department. This book covers the evolution of the department from hand drawn carts to steamers to the first mechanized apparatus to giant diesel pumpers capable of pumping 1250 gallons per minute or more. Saving lives, saving property and protecting Nashua's residents - that's Nashua's Bravest.