Fires have been threatening our humanity since forever. Before the first agricultural revolution, hunters and gatherers were threatened by wildfires. After people settled and built the first farms, agricultural areas, and cities, fires have become more and more dangerous. Therefore, people started investing in designing and building fire engines. Here is a short history of fire trucks and the stupendous evolution of fire engines.
The early fire engines
Before the 16th century, there was no record of any portable fire truck. In the past, the firefighting tools were simple manual water pumpers. In early 1700, fire apparatus was simply water pumps on wheels dragged by human force and designed to accompany the firefighters’ brigades. Later in the 1800s, volunteer firefighters started getting paid, which lead to the introduction of horse-drawn fire pumps. The fire truck manufacturers would come into existence few years later after the first self-powered fire engine was built in New York in 1841. For more than few decades, the steam propulsion was considered dangerous and unreliable.
Fire apparatus after 1900
In early 1905, Knox Automobile was the first fire truck producer, which created the first modern fire engine. It was mounted on a truck body. Twenty-five years later, producers started adding ladders to fire trucks, which would allow firefighters to rich heights up to 150 feet. In 1940, fire engines were fitted with cherry pickers ( a large bucket attached to a bending arm). Only in 1960 the fire engine became fully equipped with water tanks, pumps, ladders, cherry pickers, enclosed seats, hoses, and other equipment. Since then, manufacturers have developed many types and models of fire apparatus, to respond different types of fires. Volkan Fire is the best fire truck producer Turkey, with tens of fire apparatus models, perfect for every fire department’s needs and requirements.