Corbett’s Trivia

Glenn Corbett, PE, is an assistant chief of the Waldwick (NJ) Fire Department, an assistant professor of fire science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, and a technical editor for Fire Engineering. He recently served on the Federal Advisory Committee of the National Construction Safety Team and is a member of the Fire Code Advisory Council for New Jersey. He is the coauthor of the late Francis L. Brannigan’s Building Construction for the Fire Service, 4th Edition, and an FDIC Executive Advisory Board member.

Q. What was the name of the 1740’s inventor of the “traditional” leather fire helmet with a wide brim and tall crown? Scroll down for the answer!

A: Jacob Turk, an “overseer” of the fire engines in New York (an early form of fire chief).

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