What should I know about fire horses?
In the 1850's horses became an integral part of urban fire fighting. This is due in part to equipment becoming heavier. Systems were developed to quickly harness the fire horse teams. Often, when the alarm sounded, stall doors would open and the horses were moved below their suspended harness.

The harness, complete with collars, was placed on their backs and secured in place by the driver. The entire process could be completed quickly. Speed of response was and continues to be essential in fire fighting. Percherons (Draft Horses) were often selected as fire horses due to their speed and strength.

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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?