Fire and Rescue - an Illustrated Guide to Fire Trucks Around the World, with 700 Pictures of Modern and Historical Appliances
Author: Neil Wallington
Publisher: Lorenz Books
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Fire engines are some of the most impressive and sophisticated vehicles. With bright conspicuous colors, strobe warning lights and wailers, and carrying an impressive amount of kit, these firefighting machines are truly awesome. This comprehensive book presents a complete history of firefighting from Roman times to the present day, as well as a wide-ranging encyclopedia of major fire engine manufacturers from around the world. Section One: The World of Fire Engines and Firefighting charts the history of firefighting and the development of the fire engine from bucket chains and manual pumps designed to be pushed or pulled to the scene of a fire by hand. Horse power, steam power, electric batteries and the coming of the motor age saw impressive changes in the design and engineering of fire trucks. With vast social change in the twentieth century, increasingly sophisticated technology in the home, and ever more dangerous chemicals in use in industry, the role of the fire service has broadened to encompass a wide range of emergency and rescue work.