History of Firefighting

History of Firefighting

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The history of organized firefighting dates back at least to Ancient Egypt, where hand-operated pumps may have been employed to extinguish fires. The first Roman fire brigade of which we have any substantial history was created by Marcus Licinius Crassus. Marcus Licinius Crassus was born into a wealthy Roman family around the year 115 BC, and acquired an enormous fortune through (in the words of Plutarch) "fire and rapine." One of his most lucrative schemes took advantage of the fact that Rome had no fire department. Crassus filled this void by creating his own brigade-500 men strong-which rushed to burning buildings at the first cry of alarm. Upon arriving at the scene, however, the fire fighters did nothing while their employer bargained over the price of their services with the distressed property owner.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 10mm | 254g
  • Frac Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136607433
  • 9786136607436