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Originally, the Port Louis Fire Brigade was a separate entity and was only responsible for providing services within the municipality of Port Louis with a separate fire service operated in the rest of the country. In 1899, Merryweather produced the "Fire King", the world's first successful self-propelled steam fire engine. The first Fire King was purchased by the Chief Oficer of the Port Louis Fire Brigade, Samuel Koesell and delivered to Port Louis. Samuel Koesell was the Chief Officer from 1897 to 1916. The Fire King was named "Louis Léchelle" who was the mayor of Port-Louis from 1850 to 1853 and again in 1856. Samuel Koesell was a former officer of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in London and arrived in Port-Louis on July 18, 1896. As you can see from the date on the buildings, 3rd June 1906, they were constructed after the Fire King had entered service but would have been built with forward thinking to accomodate further developments in fire fighting equipment.

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