In 1655 a book of inventions mentioned a steam engine pump used to raise a column of water 40 feet into the air. It was then created and invented that year.
There were no fire alarms in the 1950's so speaking trumpets were being used. They were used by captains to send orders to their men, to alarm citizens of a fire nearby or in the town, and to send messages easily in small areas. They were made of silver and brass of various shapes and sizes. It was not very effective but it was better than nothing.
In 1807, the first fire plug forerunner to the modern fire hydrant was put down at the corner of William and Liberty Streets. Fire plugs operated like large corks, stopping the flow of water from holes firemen bored into wooden water mains.
In 1812 the first hose company was established. The hose companies brought extra hose for engines, especially as the city grew beyond available water supplies.
In 1825, Italian scientist Giovanni Aldini attempted to design a mask to provide heat protection and fresh air. He was not successful but he learned and taught things that have helped make all fire fighting gear since.
In 1831 the first hydrant company was established. It was very effective and useful at the time. This allowed water to be accessed almost anywhere using hoses.
The first self-propelled, steam powered fire engine came to be in 1841 and was built in New York. Firefighters thought that the engine would catch on fire because of the heat, but strangely enough it didn't.
There was a fire in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. It was mainly in the forest but it spread very quickly. The fire resulted in 2,500 deaths and 3..8 million acres of land destroyed. It was a tragic fire.
Starting in 1910 motorized fire engines were being made and used in many places all around the world, mainly in the United States. By 1913, Ahrens-Fox Manufacturing Company from Cincinnati was the leading company when it came to the the conversion of fire engines. Mack Trucks began producing fire trucks, slowly becoming the most famous manufacturer in this field. It was a revolution.
The explosion caused large fires, killed over 600 people, and leveled over a thousand buildings. The fire quickly spread and caused lots of damage. There was almost nothing but ash and flames surrounding the dock freighter or within a mile.
In the 1960's motorized fire engines were being defined and modified for the better. On all fire engines the put long ladders, "cherry pickers", large water pumps, and much more. All of the additions helped firefighting extremely.
The National Fire Protection Association was established. It has been making fire standards, building standards, and laws regarding fires. The government run association has been very helpful and successful since.
The first Bambi Bucket was delivered in 1982. Fifteen years and seventy-five countries later on the Russian Riviera, SEI Industries Ltd. of Canada teamed with Skytech Heavy Lift Helicopters of Belgium to give birth to this new ultra heavy lift Twin Bambi Bucket system. This amazing demonstration sparks the future of aerial delivery of fire suppression services by the world's largest heavy lift helicopter. Twin Bambi Buckets with a combined payload of 20 tons were successfully test flown under a Mi-26T on June 24, 1997.