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The Minerva is a very important part of Cumberland’s history. Organized fire protection in the City of Bridgeton started in 1819. Sometime around 1840, the City’s original volunteer fire brigade was replaced by the Minerva Volunteer Fire Company. These volunteers used a horse drawn hand pumper fire wagon they called the Minerva. After the formation of the Cumberland Mutual Fire Insurance Company, we worked closely with the organized fire brigades in the area. This cooperation ranged from fire inspection services to outright ownership of fire apparatus such as the Minerva. The Minerva Fire Company disbanded sometime in the 1850s, and unfortunately, the original apparatus was lost. However, the Minerva continued to live on as it became a part of our Company logo. In January 2010, the Company unveiled a full size steel replica of the Minerva at the main lobby circle of the New Jersey corporate offices.