Leadership

The Steam Fire Engine in Cincinnati.

Issue 12 and Volume 1891 10.

The Steam Fire Engine in Cincinnati. Although for twenty years experiments in the application of steam to the working of fire engines had been made in different parts of the United States, and had conclusively demonstrated the superiority of the steamer over the hand engine, when once in operation, yet it was not until 1852 that A. B. Latta of Cincinnati succeeded in producing a machine combining the requisite power with strength, lightness and quick steaming qualities, solving the problems which had puzzled his predecessors and inaugurating the age of steam in the fire service. It was the volunteers, the knights of the hand engines themselves who precipitated the revolution. In the fall of 1851, at a fire in Cincinnati, the damage was enormously aggravated by one of the frequent fights between rival companies, and the then chief engineer, R. G. Bray, aroused to wrath by the disgraceful scene and…

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