The Earliest Fire Engines
The earliest fire engines were simply as a machine for pumping water, though it has since developed into something considerably more comprehensive. In Britain at the end of the sixteenth century the principle implements for fire fighting consisted of the siphos, or squirts, which had been known as far back as the Roman occupation, and leather buckets. The job of using this primitive equipment was left to civic dignitaries and any public-spirited citizen who happened to be available at the time of an outbreak of fire. It was gradually realized that something more effective was required.
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