Founded in 1853, Protection Engine Co. #3 is the oldest fire company in the Honesdale Fire Department. Protection Engine Co. #3 in cooperation with Honesdale Borough purchased Silsby Steam Fire Engine #483 from Silsby manufacturing in Seneca Falls, NY in early 1875. This engine, built in 1874, an another similar but older Silsby purchased from Towanda, PA in 1880 became the primary fire protection for Honesdale and the surrounding area for more than fourty years.
Today, Protection Engine Co. No. 3, but one of four companies that make up the Honesdale Fire Department, is among the oldest fire companies in Northeastern PA.
The company now operates it's fifth motorized apparatus since the days of the steamers.
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