World Encyclopedia of Fire Engines and Fire-Fighting

World Encyclopedia of Fire Engines and Fire-Fighting

by Neil Wallington


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World Encyclopedia of Fire Engines and Fire-Fighting by Neil Wallington

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.

Section Two: The A-Z of Fire Engines is the definitive encyclopedia of 165 of the world's major manufacturers, bodybuilders, chassis manufacturers and special appliance makers, both existing and defunct. Many early pioneers of firefighting equipment are included, and their place in the history of firefighting recorded. Each manufacturer's history, innovations and specialist equipment are listed, accompanied by a unique collection of photographs of historical and contemporary fire apparatus. Technical specifications of the engines describe the key elements of their design, performance and innovations. With dramatic images of the fire service at work, and an impressive catalog of historical and modern fire apparatus, The World Encyclopedia of Fire Engines & Firefighting is the definitive book for every fire truck enthusiast.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754812562
Publisher: Anness Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 03/15/2004
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.28(w) x 11.96(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Section 1The World of Fire Engines and Firefighting8
The Story of Firefighting10
Fire Engine Development34
Contemporary Fire Brigades70
Section 2The A-Z of Fire Engine Manufacturers124
Picture Credits256

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