Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New York City Fire Department

Today's picture shows the scene of a fire on Broadway in New York City. The picture was taken in 1893.


  1. Lots of detail in this photo.

    I like the policeman's uniform.

  2. Think of the time necessary to respond to a fire.
    First, you have to get the horses from the stable, and hitch them to the wagon, buckling all the traces and other harness.
    Next, you have to fire up the boiler and build up a head of steam to power the pumps. Steam is not like an internal combustion engine; you don't just turn a key, and away you go.

    1. These fire teams in the city were kept at the ready, with the horses in their harnes and a low fire always burning under the boiler.
      Once the alarm came in...they were off just about as quickly as todays units.

  3. That photo is 14th St. and Broadway.


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