It is clearly known that necessity is the mother of all inventions. This rule includes the evolution of fire trucks, from horse-driven pumpers to motorized, modern fire apparatus. Over the last decades, fire apparatus have known multiple changes and innovations, which made them extremely efficient and safe. Just 300 years ago, there was only one type of fire engine. Today, we have tens of different specialized apparatus, depending on the emergencies they respond to.
The first fire trucks
In the early 1800, fire trucks were very slow and ineffective. The first steam-powered engine was designed and built-in in 1841. It was a huge innovation, which allowed firefighters to reach incidents quicker. However, a more important invention occurred in 1868, when the aerial ladder was invented. At this point fires, which occurred at height were not considered such a challenge anymore. The first motorized fire engine for sale came into picture in early 1900.
In the early 20th century, fire trucks started to be equipped with aerial ladders. In the beginning, firefighters were using manually extendable ladders. It was very hard to transport them, as they grew in size and weight. In the mid 20th century, turntable ladders were invented. Nowadays, they are mechanically extendable, longer, and installed on the body of the vehicle. Aerial platforms came into the picture as well, which provide the firefighters with greater efficiency and stability for putting out fires at height. The platforms extend to unreachable corners of the buildings and provide refuge for firefighters and victims. Volkan Fire is a specialized and experienced fire truck manufacturer in Turkey. We have been producing high-quality fire apparatus for more than twenty years. We offer innovative solutions for our customized vehicles. The fire truck price varies from 50.000 dollars to 750.000 dollars, depending on the features.