Who invented the "modern" portable fire extinguisher?
The portable fire extinguisher was invented by Captain George William Manby in 1819. It consisted of a copper vessel of 3-gallons of pearl ash (potassium carbonate) solution under compressed air pressure. Over the years, many effective fire extinguishing agents have been discovered but, their use was discontinued because of side effects such as toxicity. To view and learn about fire extinguishers visit the FYR-FYTER page.

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1. Where do fire poles come from?
2. When did the first fire apparatus arrive in America?
3. In the 1800's what was developed in England that changed the technology of firefighting?
4. Who pulled the steam pumpers to the fire scene?
5. In the hit T.V. show of the 70's "Emergency!" what were the names of the paramedics?
6. On October 9, 1871 the infamous "Chicago Fire" killed 300 people, but there was an even more tragic fire that same day that killed 1200 people. Where was that fire?
7. How long have fire sprinkler systems been in use?
8. Why do some fire apparatus display a green warning light? Why is it there? Why are red and green lights on fire stations?
9. What is a bucket brigade?
10. What are fire grenades?
11. Who invented the "modern" portable fire extinguisher?
12. What is a "Squirt"?
13. Who is St. Florian?
14. What is the Star of Life?
15. Who were the "Prowlers"?
16. Where did organized fire fighting in America begin?
17. What should I know about fire horses?
18. Do you know what a novelty lighter is?
19. What is a Fire Mark?
20. What is a Fire Tetrahedron?
21. Where did the bagpipe tradition at fire department funerals originate?