Classic fire-fighting action photos

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
Looks like the fireman in the foreground has had enough for a while...
All 3 photos from the Warren Jenkins collection
 

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
Another Chicago scene shows the original "Snorkel" up the street.
From the Warren Jenkins collection
 

brucobuff

Assistant Chief
;)Thanks, I have a few more from various places in the USA, here's some from Nashville,Tenn.
I think these are from the 1960's also, the Seagrave snorkel was unique to Nashville.
From the Warren Jenkins collection
 

MFDPhoto1

USAF-SAC/Vet.
Classic fire-fighting action photos - Fort Worth, Texas

A great devastating fire visited the City of Fort Worth on April 3, 1909. The fire started when two boys decided to experiment with smoking. One barn began to burn leading another barn to catch fire. When the fire department arrived on the scene of the incident, several homes were burning. Before the firefighters could set up to extinguish the fire, the blaze had already outdistanced them. The fire began to spread from one wood shingle roof to another aided by 40 mph winds. Chief Bideker attempted a third alarm, but the pull box was unable to transmit due to intensive heat melting the copper telegraph wires. Chief Bideker located a phone and requested a general alarm. The fire was outrunning the firefighters, and to make matters worse, Engine #8 had crashed into a telephone pole, killing the lead horses while veering to avoid a collision with a pushcart peddler.

Hose Company #5 also met with misfortune when one of the horses slipped on the pavement breaking its leg and putting #5 out of service.. Company #1 Panther Engine answered the general alarm and prepared to attack a wall of flame, but radiating heat began to burn their rubber hoses before water could be pumped through the lines. In a heroic effort the men of Company # 1 managed to pull the Panther Engine from the blaze before it was lost.

The fire was consuming everything in its path. Texas Pacific Railroad's roundhouse and adjacent shops formed a natural barrier between the downtown area and the Southside of Fort Worth. The railroad roundhouse and shops were consumed by fire, but allowed firefighters to gain control of the blaze and breathe a sigh of relief. If not for this natural barrier, the downtown area would have surely perished. Only one fatality was reported, but more than 290 homes and businesses lay in smoldering ashes in an area that covered 26 square blocks

photos: courtesy C.L. Swartz - Jack White collection - University of Texas at Arlington ]
text: FWFD history by Ret. Bat. Chief Jim Noah


Ret. Bat. Chief Jim Noah passed away on Sept. 5, 2008 at the age of 80
 

Box 2565

C.F.D. Engine 14
Staff member
This photo is late 1960's or early 1970's Chicago. An FWD aerial has it's stick up; and one of the IH/Darley fog-pressure units is working too.
Bob Barber photo.
 

FAO25

Captain
MFDPhoto1 said:
October 23, 1915. Washington, D.C.
"Bedell fire, Seventh & D streets." Bedell Manufacturing made mattresses.

photo - National Photo Company Collection
One interesting thing of note here is the use of the trussed ladder to brace the aerial ladder. I have seen this recommended in period literature for wooden sticks but this is an excellent actual depiction of it's use.
 

magicitybill

Lieutenant
The weight of the tip of the areal should not rest on the window sill. That takes the load off the areal's truss rods and loads the beam of the ladder.

That looks like a horse drawn rig. The other areal looks like a front drive.
 

Will

Probie
I have no info on who this guy is or what dept he's on but I've always thought this was a cool pic.

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FAO25

Captain
Will said:
I have no info on who this guy is or what dept he's on but I've always thought this was a cool pic.
Ahh yess, the day the Captain forgot the burgers on the broiler.... I remember that. :-X
 

dep75

Probie
FAO25 said:
Will said:
I have no info on who this guy is or what dept he's on but I've always thought this was a cool pic.
Ahh yess, the day the Captain forgot the burgers on the broiler.... I remember that. :-X
From the looks of it, he could be FDNY pre bunkers.
 

FAO25

Captain
MFDPhoto1 said:
Washington, D.C. 1904 Balto Street:
D.C. Chief Belt at the helm...

Library of Congress photograph
Ummmm, do we agree this is a street in the City of Baltimore Md. during the conflagration of 1904 and the chief is reponding on mutual aid? Camden Station referring to Camden Yards perhaps?
 
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