Sunday, May 25, 2008

Horse Drawn Fire Engine

This picture was taken in the early 1900's in New York. It shows a horse drawn fire engine, and a group of New York's finest fire fighters. It is hard to imagine how difficult it must have been to fight fires with old units like this. Given the amount of wood in many structures at this time, you wonder how they ever got big fires put out.

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  1. The simple answer was that they didn't put out "big" fires. Witness the aftermath of the S.F. Earthquake. That said, horse-drawn engines were able to get to fires more quickly than today's engines because there was little traffic and the horses ran at break-neck speeds. There was one case of a firefighter being trampled by the horses because he didn't get the firehouse doors open fast enough.The horse-drawn era is a fascinating read.

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  2. horse-drawn engines were able to get to fires more quickly

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