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Firefighting History: From Water Buckets to Hydrants and The Modern Fire Hose

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Firefighting History: From Water Buckets to Hydrants and The Modern Fire Hose

Modern day advances provide many tools that have contributed to the success in fighting fires. For example, the fire hydrant allows firefighters access to a water source in close proximity to the fire. However, it is easy to take such tools for granted.Prior to the creation of the fire hydrant, firefighters used a bucket brigade and/or hand pumping system. Picture in your mind a fire that took place during Colonial Times and you’ll likely envision bucket brigades. In fact, individual homeowners were required to keep special leather buckets on hand so they could help to transport water from a nearby well...

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The History Of The Fire Helmet

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If you could point to one item of clothing that clearly distinguishes the firefighter, it would undoubtedly be the helmet. The firefighter helmet is one of the most iconic symbols of the emergency service profession. Believe it or not, the fire helmet was first introduced in 1739 as a leather hat.  Jacob Turk, a gunsmith who would later become the head of the New York Fire Department, was the man to champion the invention. What you see most firefighters wearing today, however, is a blend of progress and tradition started by a New York luggage maker.  Almost 100 years later, luggage...

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