Continuing on the theme of apparatus history… In the late 1800s, horse drawn steam pumpers became popular in the late 1800’s as well as the iconic dalmatian dog used to guide and calm the horses. The engine could pump at over 200 strokes per minute which was much quicker than hand pumped apparatus. Horses were eventually replaced by gas powered tractors which gave way to the invention of the gas powered fire engine. Newly founded companies like Waterous still build fire pumps today.

Thanks for reading, stay safe.

Shameless self-promotion alert:
If you go to my online shop, I’m selling postcards and posters featuring this firetruck as part of a series.