Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fire Fighters



This is a very early picture of fire fighters. The picture was taken in 1855, and it shows three members of the Phoenix Fire Company of Charleston, South Carolina. I wonder what the trumpet/megaphone looking device was for?

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  1. They are so thrilled to be there!

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  2. I'm pretty sure that's a hose nozzle.

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  3. It is a megaphone. The Chief would use it to shout directions to his crew. Most firefighter logos & badges still show it along with many other symbols such as a ladder, grappling hook & some kind of lantern. Perhaps PJM would post such a logo?

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  4. I think Judie is thinking of the firefighters union logo.

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  5. It is a megaphone. They were the radios of the day, and allowed the men to hear the shouted orders of the chief above the noise at the fire scene.

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  6. I thought it might be a trophy for some action where only three men are pictured but on closer look, I see the man on the right seems to have a similar device hanging down below his left hand and the man on the left has a string that could be holding one which can't be seen.

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  7. Al: different fire stations have different logos.

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  8. Judi and KCD are absolutely correct. See "Ranks and Insignia" in this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefighting_in_the_United_States

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