A lot folks do not give much thought to fire trucks until we actually need one. Then we are happy to see them and all the enormous capabilities of different fire trucks. They give us peace of mind that we do not even realize until needed.
It had been 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.
The tanker, the pumper and the ladder truck. Each with its own unique qualities and abilities to aid the fire men in most any situation that they might 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 located too far from a hydrant to run a hose from. The ladder trucks are equipped with extendable ladders that can reach up to very high locations to rescue people or animals, or provide the fire fighters greater accessibility to extinguish hard to reach fires.
The next time you see a fire truck go by, remind yourself how fortunate you are to have such capable machines available to help you anytime of day with your fire and rescue emergencies.