Horse Drawn Fire Engines (1896)

Four horse drawn fire engines roar up a snow-covered Newark, New Jersey, street while spectators watch from the sidelines. Until the mid-19th century most fire engines were manoeuvred by men, but the introduction of horse-drawn fire engines considerably improved the response time to incidents. The first self-propelled steam engine was built in New York in 1841. It was the target of sabotage by firefighters and its use was discontinued, and motorised fire engines did not become commonplace until the early 20th century. (Wikipedia)

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Men operating a water pump to put out a fire. Illustration in “Theatrum Machinarum Novum” (1662) by German architect and engineer Georg Andreas Böckler – Source

Hibernia steam fire engine and horses (1859) – Source

Knox Automobile of Springfield, Massachusetts, manufactured the first modern fire engine in 1905 – Source