Fire Service History: Sleighride!

02/19/2014
Severe weather reminds us that, despite our advanced technology for forecasting and mitigating its effects, it can still bring us to a standstill, as it did more than once this winter. Cold weather and heavy snowfall affected large areas of the United States, especially the Southeast, which is unaccustomed  to it. In this 1926 Fire Engineering article, "Fire Department Sleighs Used During Heavy Snow in New England," Massachusetts firefighters, their motor apparatus bogged down by heavy snow, responded using horse-drawn sleighs. Despite these efforts, "a considerable number of fires gained headway and, in some cases, destroyed property which could have been saved under ...

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