1900's firefighting and our advancement
You have got to see this video on youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/dallas21045?feature=mhum
It shows a 1901 box alarm assignment responding thru an intersection. Four engines and a ladder go by powered by horses and steam.
It is amazing the progress we have made since then in apparatus alone. I think about the changes since I started in 1983 when we had screw jacks on our truck. Where will we be in another 50 years, I probably won't last that long but anyway.
Watch the video and enjoy, it's worth the effort!!!