The Fire Service: History, Traditions and Beyond

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ISBN: 9781591139645

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It is said that, "A person without knowledge of his/her history is like a tree without roots." This book provides every firefighter with career roots. Have you ever wondered why fire engines are red? why a chief has five bugles and a captain only two? why fire hydrants are also More »

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ISBN: 9781591139645

It is said that, "A person without knowledge of his/her history is like a tree without roots." This book provides every firefighter with career roots. Have you ever wondered why fire engines are red? why a chief has five bugles and a captain only two? why fire hydrants are also called fire plugs? and why bells are tolled and bagpipes are played at firefighter funerals and other special events? Rhodes explores the origins behind some of the most popular American fire services symbols: the speaking trumpet, fire helmet, Maltese Cross, Star of Life. A timeline listing major fires and firefighter deaths throughout history is provided, along with the origins of fire engines, hose, hydrants, fire extinguishers and bunker gear and turnouts.

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