Glenn Corbett, PE, is the former 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, editor of the upcoming Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and II, and an FDIC Executive Advisory Board member.
Q. What gift did the New York City Exempt Firemen’s Association give to the city of Columbia, South Carolina soon after the Civil War? Scroll down for the answer!
A. They presented the city with a four-wheel hose carriage for the Independent Engine Company #1. Two hose reels were actually built; the first hose reel was lost at sea when the ship carrying it from New York to South Carolina caught fire.