Leadership

THE EVOLUTION OF FIRE APPARATUS.

Issue 2 and Volume 22.

THE EVOLUTION OF FIRE APPARATUS. (Continued from page 213) LIFE saving at fires in this country is accomplished in different ways. The hook and ladder trucks and the extension and aerial trucks, the jumping net and sheet, the life lines, the pompier ladders are all familiar to American departments. The pompier ladder life saving service is the result of a fatal fire in St. Louis, Mo., when the Southern hotel in that city was burned down, several lives were lost, and many others jeopardized. A pompier corps was thereupon organized from among the members of the hook and ladder companies. Such a corps is equipped with light scaling ladders by means of which the firemen mount from window to window and story to story, a coil of rope, hatchet, etc. (In the British fire brigades every fireman from the superintendent downwards carries an axe in his belt). By means of…

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