Sixty Years Advance in Fire Apparatus

Issue 10 and Volume 90.

Sixty Years Advance in Fire Apparatus Great Progress in the Perfection of the Fire Engine During This Period—Influence of Gasoline Propulsion on This Advance So much depends upon the efficiency, reliability and dependability of the fire engine in the battle against man’s worst enemy—Fire—that a review of the progress in perfecting this important apparatus is very interesting and instructive. While up to almost the end of the Nineteenth Century the improvements in this important adjunct to the fireman’s profession lagged discouragingly, the past sixty years, on the other hand, have seen a marvelous advance in all branches of the fire apparatus industry. Limitation of the Horse-Drawn Truck Of course, a large amount of this progress can be ascribed to the invention of the automobile and the adaptation of the principle of self-propulsion to the fire apparatus. The horse-drawn vehicle was, of necessity, limited by the capacity of the animals which…

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