Many folks do not give much thought to fire trucks until we really need one. Then we’re delighted to see them and all of the tremendous capabilities of different fire trucks. They give us peace of mind that we do not even realize until needed. In the United States we are lucky to have so many available at a moments notice to help anyone out with a fire or rescue emergency.
It was 1841 when the first steam powered fire truck was tried out, with much skepticism by the fire fighters. They looked at it as dangerous and less reliable as a horse drawn unit. For ten years they relied on the steam powered invention. That is until 1911 when Mack became the first manufacturer of gas powered fire engines.
Each with its own unique attributes and skills to assist the fire men in most any situation that they may be called to, whether it’s a fire or rescue situation. Some of the bigger tanker trucks can carry up to 5,000 gallons of water for fires which are too far from a hydrant to run a hose from. The ladder trucks are equipped with extendable ladders that can reach up to very substantial places to rescue people or animals, or provide the fire fighters better access to extinguish hard to achieve fires.
The next time you find a fire truck go by, remind yourself how blessed you are to have such competent machines available to help you anytime of day with your fire and rescue emergencies.