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Firefighting

Firefighters at a major fire involving an abandoned convent in Canada, 2006
Firefighting in Jyväskylä, Finland

Firefighting is the act of extinguishing fires. A firefighter suppresses and extinguishes fires to protect lives and prevent the destruction of property and the environment. Firefighters may provide many other valuable services to their communities including emergency medical services. Firefighting requires professionals with a high technical skill who spend years training in both general firefighting techniques and specialized areas of expertise. Some of the specialized areas of fire and rescue operations include Aircraft/airport rescue; Wildland fire suppression; and Search and rescue.

One of the major hazards associated with firefighting operations is the toxic environment created by combusting materials. The four major hazards associated with these situations are smoke, the oxygen deficient atmosphere, elevated temperatures, and toxic atmospheres. Additional risks of fire include falls and structural collapse. To combat some of these risks, firefighters carry self-contained breathing apparatuses.

The first step of a firefighting operation is a reconnaissance to search for the origin of the fire and identification of the specific risks and any possible casualties. A fire can be extinguished by water, fuel removal, or chemical flame inhibition. In the US, fires are sometimes categorized as "one alarm", "all hands", "two alarm", "three alarm" (or higher) fires. There is no standard definition for what this means quantifiable though it always refers to the level response by the local authorities. In some cities, the numeric rating refers to the number of fire stations that have been summoned to the fire. In others, the number counts the number of "dispatches" for additional personnel and equipment.[1][2]

Contents

  • History 1
    • Ancient Rome 1.1
    • United Kingdom 1.2
    • United States 1.3
  • Firefighter duties 2
    • Firefighter skills 2.1
    • Specialized skills 2.2
    • Shift hours 2.3
    • Other fire services 2.4
    • Fire warden 2.5
  • Hazards caused by fire 3
  • Reconnaissance and reading the fire 4
  • Science of extinguishment 5
  • Use of water 6
    • Open air fire 6.1
    • Closed volume fire 6.2
  • Asphyxiating a fire 7
  • Tactical ventilation or isolation of the fire 8
  • Categorising fires 9
    • USA 9.1
  • Calculating the amount of water required to suppress a fire in a closed volume 10
    • Volume computation 10.1
    • Notes 10.2
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

History

Bulgarian firefighters in action, 1930s

Ancient Rome


www.saveh125.ir firestation web site

  • CDC - NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program

External links

  1. ^ a b "Washington DC Business News - Business, Money, Financial & Corporate News". NBC4 Washington. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Four-alarm fire on Avenue B". thevillager.com. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Dillon, Matthew; Garland, Lynda (2005). Ancient Rome: From the Early Republic to the Assassination of Julius Caesar.  
  4. ^ History « UK Fire Service Resources
  5. ^ a b c "Fire History - A Historical Repository for the Fire Service of the United States of America". Fire History. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  6. ^ City of Fort Lauderdale (April 2011). "Fire-Rescue - Special Operations Command". fortlauderdale.gov. 
  7. ^ Tommy Tine (January 2014). "City of Dallas:Dallas Fire-Rescue Department". City of Dallas. 
  8. ^ Jobmonkey (January 2014). "Firefighter Schedules and Work Life". jobmonkey.com. 
  9. ^ "Fire & Rescue NSW - Annual Report 2012/13". Fire.nsw.gov.au. 
  10. ^ "7 key duties of a fire warden". healthandsafetyhandbook.com.au. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  11. ^ Essentials of Fire Fighting and Fire Department Operations 5th Edition. 2008. 
  12. ^ a b c Thomson Delmar Learning. The Firefighter's Handbook: Essentials of Fire Fighting and Emergency Response. Second Edition. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Publishers, 2004.
  13. ^ "Firefighting stiffens arteries, impairs heart function - News Bureau - University of Illinois". illinois.edu. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Hall, Richard. Essentials of Fire Fighting. Fourth Edition. Stillwater, OK: Fire Protection Publications, 1998:
  15. ^ http://www.msn.com/en-us/video/wonder/george-mason-university-students-use-sound-to-put-out-fire/vi-AAa6qWQ
  16. ^ "Firefighter Career Guide". FireTactics. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  17. ^ Bernard Klaene. Structural Firefighting: Strategies and Tactics. Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2007. ISBN 0-7637-5168-5, ISBN 978-0-7637-5168-5

References

See also

^ indeed, the mass of one mole of water is 18 g, a liter (0.001 m³) represents one kilogram i.e. 55.6 moles, and at 500 °C (773 K), 55.6 moles of an ideal gas at atmospheric pressure represents a volume of 3.57 m³.
^ same as above with a temperature of 100 °C (373 K), one liter of liquid water produces 1.723 m³ of vapour
^ we consider that only Vr - Vv of the original room atmosphere remains (Vv has been replaced by water vapour). This atmosphere contains less than 21% of oxygen (some was used by the fire), so the remaining amount of oxygen represents less than 0.21·(Vr-Vv). The concentration of oxygen is thus less than 0.21·(Vr-Vv)/Vr, and we want this fraction to be 0.15 (15%).

Notes

Of course, a room is never really closed, gases can go in (fresh air) and out (hot gases and water vapour) so the computations will not be exact.

Note that the formulas give the results in cubic meters, which are multiplied by 1,000 to convert to liters.

Amount of water required to suppress the fire
volume computation
Area of the room Volume of the room Vr Amount of liquid water Vw
maximum optimal
25 m² (30 yd²) 67.5 m³ 39 L (9.4 gal) 5.4 L (1.3 gal)
50 m² (60 yd²) 135 m³ 78 L (19 gal) 11 L (2.7 gal)
70 m² (84 yd²) 189 m³ 110 L (26 gal) 15 L (3.6 gal)

for a temperature of 500 °C. The table below show some results, for rooms with a height of 2.70 m (8 ft 10 in).

V_v = 0.286 \cdot V_r

considering a temperature of 100 °C. To compute the optimal volume (dilution of oxygen from 21 to 15%), we have

V_v = V_r

For the maximum volume, we have:

V_v = 1723 \cdot V_w

and for a temperature of 100 °C (373 K, 212 °F, worst case concerning the volume, probable case when the fire is suppressed and the temperature is lowered):

V_v = 3571 \cdot V_w

then for an air at 500 °C (773 K, 932 °F, best case concerning the volume, probable case at the beginning of the operation), we have

  • Vr be the volume of the room,
  • Vv be the volume of vapour required,
  • Vw be the volume of liquid water to create the Vv volume of vapour,

Let:

The amount used should be between the optimal value and the upper limit. Any additional water would just run on the floor and cause water damage without contributing to fire suppression.

The optimal, and minimum, amount of water to use is the amount required to dilute the air to 15% oxygen: below this concentration, the fire cannot burn.

Fire needs air; if water vapour pushes all the air away, the fuel can no longer burn. But the replacement of all the air by water vapour is harmful for firefighters and other people still in the building: the water vapour can carry much more heat than air at the same temperature (one can be burnt by water vapour at 100 °C (212 °F) above a boiling saucepan, whereas it is possible to put an arm in an oven—without touching the metal!—at 270 °C (520 °F) without damage). This amount of water is thus an upper limit that should not be reached.

Volume computation

These computations are only valid when considering a diffused spray that penetrates the entire volume. This is not possible in the case of a high ceiling: the spray is short and does not reach the upper layers of air. Consequently, the computations are not valid for large volumes such as barns or warehouses: a warehouse of 1,000 m² (1,200 square yards) and 10 m high (33 ft) represents 10,000 m3. In practice, such large volumes are unlikely to be airtight anyway.

  • The amount of water required to make the atmosphere inert, i.e., to prevent the pyrolysis gases to burn—this is the "volume computation"
  • The amount of water required to cool the smoke, the atmosphere—this is the "thermal computation"

In the case of a closed volume, it is easy to compute the amount of water needed. The oxygen (O2) in air (21%) is necessary for combustion. Whatever the amount of fuel available (wood, paper, cloth), combustion will stop when the air becomes "thin", i.e. when it contains less than 15% oxygen. If additional air cannot enter, we can calculate:

Calculating the amount of water required to suppress a fire in a closed volume

Categorization of fires varies between each fire department. A single alarm for one department may be a second alarm for another. Response always depends on the size of the fire and the department.

The reason behind the "Alarm" is so the Incident Commander doesn't have to request each apparatus with the dispatcher. He can say "Give me a second alarm here", instead of saying "Give me a truck company and two engine companies" along with requesting where they come from.

  • 2 Engine Companies
  • 1 Truck Company

Second and subsequent Alarms:

Note: This is the balance of a First Alarm fire.

  • Air/Light Units
  • Other specialized rescue units
  • Chief Officers/Fireground Commanders (if not on original dispatch)

Working fire request (for the same incident)

This is referred to as an Initial Alarm or Box Alarm.

  • 3 Engine/Pumper Companies
  • 1 Truck/ladder/aerial Company
  • Heavy Rescue

Structure fire response draws the following equipment:

Example:

Alarms are generally used to define the tiers of the response by what resources are used.

In the US, fires are sometimes categorised as "one alarm", "all hands", "two alarm", "three alarm" (or higher) fires. There is no standard definition for what this means quantifiably, though it always refers to the level response by the local authorities. In some cities, the numeric rating refers to the number of fire stations that have been summoned to the fire. In others, the number counts the number of "dispatches" for additional personnel and equipment.[1][2]

USA

Categorising fires

Hydraulic ventilation is the process of directing a stream from the inside of a structure out the window using a fog pattern.[12] This effectively will pull smoke out of room. Smoke ejectors may also be used for this purpose.

Positive pressure ventilation (PPV) consists of using a fan to create excess pressure in a part of the building; this pressure will push the smoke and the heat out of the building, and thus secure the rescue and fire fighting operations. It is necessary to have an exit for the smoke, to know the building very well to predict where the smoke will go, and to ensure that the doors remain open by wedging or propping them. The main risk of this method is that it may accelerate the fire, or even create a flashover, e.g., if the smoke and the heat accumulate in a dead end.

Ventilation affects life safety, fire extinguishment, and property conservation. First, it pulls fire away from trapped occupants when properly used. In most cases of structural firefighting a 4x4 foot opening is cut into the roof directly over the fire room. This allows hot smoke and gases to escape through the opening returning the conditions of the room to normal. It is important that ventilation is coordinated with interior fire attack as the opening of a ventilation hole will give the fire air. It may also "limit fire spread by channeling fire toward nearby openings and allows fire fighters to safely attack the fire" as well as limit smoke, heat, and water damage.[17]

Grimwood's original definition of his 1991 unified strategy stated that, "tactical ventilation is either the venting, or containment (isolation) actions by on-scene firefighters, used to take control from the outset of a fire's burning regime, in an effort to gain tactical advantage during interior structural firefighting operations."

Paul Grimwood introduced the concept of tactical ventilation in the 1980s to encourage a better thought-out approach to this aspect of firefighting. Following work with Warrington Fire Research Consultants (FRDG 6/94) his terminology and concepts were adopted officially by the UK fire services, and are now referred to throughout revised Home Office training manuals (1996–97).

One of the main risks of a fire is the smoke: it carries heat and poisonous gases, and obscures vision. In the case of a fire in a closed location (building), two different strategies may be used: isolation of the fire, or ventilation.

Tactical ventilation or isolation of the fire

  • some chemical products react with the fuel and stop the combustion;
  • a layer of water-based fire retardant foam is projected on the product by the fire hose, to keep the oxygen in air separated from the fuel;
  • using carbon dioxide, halon, or sodium bicarbonate;
  • in the case of very small fires, and in the absence of other extinguishing agents, literal blanketing of the flames can eliminate oxygen flow to the fire. A simple, and usually effective, way to put out a stove-top pan whose contents have become ignited is to put a lid on the pan and leave it there.

It is then necessary to asphyxiate the fire. This can be done in different ways:

  • some chemical products react with water and produce poisonous gases, or even burn in contact with water (e.g., sodium);
  • some products float on water, e.g., hydrocarbons (gasoline, oil, alcohol, etc.); a burning layer can then spread and extend;
  • in case of a pressurised fuel tank, it is necessary to avoid heat shocks that may damage the tank: the resulting decompression may produce a BLEVE;
  • electrical fires where water would act as a conductor.

In some cases, the use of water is undesirable:

Asphyxiating a fire

French firefighters used an alternative method in the 1970s: they sprayed water on the hot walls to create a water vapour atmosphere and asphyxiate the fire. This method is no longer used because it was risky; the pressure created pushed the hot gases and vapour towards the firefighters, causing severe burns, and pushed the hot gases into other rooms where they could start a new fire.

The modern methods for an urban fire dictate the use of a massive initial water flow, e.g. 500 L/min for each fire hose. The aim is to absorb as much heat as possible at the beginning to stop the expansion of the fire, and to reduce the smoke. When the flow is too small, the cooling is not sufficient, and the steam that is produced can burn firefighters (the drop of pressure is too small and the vapor is pushed back). Although it may seem paradoxical, the use of a strong flow with an efficient fire hose and an efficient strategy (diffused sprayed, small droplets) requires a smaller amount of water: once the temperature is lowered, only a limited amount of water is necessary to suppress the fire seat with a straight spray. For a living room of 50 m² (60 square yards), the required amount of water is estimated as 60 L (15 gal).

Only short pulses of water must be sprayed, otherwise the spraying modifies the equilibrium, and the gases mix instead of remaining stratified: the hot gases (initially at the ceiling) move around the room and the temperature rises at the ground, which is dangerous for firefighters. An alternative is to cool all the atmosphere by spraying the whole atmosphere as if drawing letters in the air ("penciling").

  • it cools the smoke, thus the smoke is less likely to start a fire when it moves away;
  • cooler gas become more dense (Charles's law), thus it also reduces the mobility of the smoke and avoids a "backfire" of water vapour;
  • it creates an inert "water vapour sky", which prevents roll-over (rolls of flames on the ceiling created by the burning of hot gases).

Using Grimwood's modified 3D attack strategy, the ceiling is first sprayed with short pulses of a diffused spray:

Use of a diffused spray was first proposed by Chief Lloyd Layman of the Parkersburg Fire Department, at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in 1950 held in Memphis.

The most important issue is not the flames, but control of the fire, i.e., the cooling of the smoke that can spread and start distant fires, and that endangers the lives of people, including firefighters. The volume must be cooled before the seat is treated. This strategy originally of Swedish (Mats Rosander & Krister Giselsson) origin, was further adapted by London Fire Officer Paul Grimwood following a decade of operational use in the busy West End of London between 1984 and 1994[16] and termed three-dimensional attack, or 3D attack.

Spraying of the seat of the fire directly can have unfortunate and dramatic consequences: the water pushes air in front of it, so the fire is supplied with extra oxygen before the water reaches it.

Additionally, in these conditions, there is a greater risk of backdraft and of flashover.

Until the 1970s, fires were usually attacked while they declined, so the same strategy that was used for open air fires was effective. In recent times, fires are now attacked in their development phase as:

Closed volume fire

Breathing apparatus is often required as there is still the risk of inhaling smoke or poisonous gases.

It might be necessary to protect specific items (house, gas tank, etc.) against infrared radiation, and thus to use a diffused spray between the fire and the object.

Spray is aimed at a surface, or object: for this reason, the strategy is sometimes called two-dimensional attack or 2D attack.

The fire is always fed with air, but the risk to people is limited as they can move away, except in the case of wildfires or bushfires where they risk being easily surrounded by the flames.

For fires in the open, the seat of the fire is sprayed with a straight spray: the cooling effect immediately follows the "asphyxia" by vapor, and reduces the amount of water required. A straight spray is used so the water arrives massively to the seat without being vaporized before. A strong spray may also have a mechanical effect: it can disperse the combustible product and thus prevent the fire from starting again.

Open air fire

Water may be accessed from a pressurized fire hydrant, pumped from water sources such as lakes or rivers, delivered by tanker truck, or dropped from aircraft tankers in fighting forest fires. An armoured vehicle (firefighting tank) may be used where access to the area is difficult.

The extinguishment is thus a combination of "asphyxia" (cutting off the oxygen supply) and cooling. The flame itself is suppressed by asphyxia, but the cooling is the most important element to master a fire in a closed area.

  • in contact with the fire, it vaporizes, and this vapor displaces the oxygen (the volume of water vapor is 1,700 times greater than liquid water, at 1,000 °F (540 °C) this expansion is over 4,000 times); all this leaves the fire with insufficient combustive agent to continue, and it dies out.[12]
  • the vaporization of water absorbs the heat; it cools the smoke, air, walls and objects that could act as further fuel, and thus prevents one of the means that fires grow, which is by "jumping" to nearby heat/fuel sources to start new fires, which then combine.

Often, the main way to extinguish a fire is to spray with water. The water has two roles:

A firefighting aircraft dumping water on a forest fire in South Africa.
USMC firefighters neutralize a fire during a training exercise

Use of water

[15] Sound waves have been successfully used in a device by two

One final extinguishing method is chemical flame inhibition. This can be accomplished through dry chemical and halogenated agents. These agents interrupt the chemical chain reaction and stop flaming. This method is effective on gas and liquid fuels because they must flame to burn.

Another way to extinguish a fire is fuel removal. This can be accomplished by stopping the flow of liquid or gaseous fuel or by removing solid fuel in the path of a fire. Another way to accomplish this is to allow the fire to burn until all the fuel is consumed, at which point the fire will self-extinguish.

A fire can be extinguished by taking away any of the four components of the tetrahedron.[14] One method to extinguish a fire is to use water. The first way that water extinguishes a fire is by cooling, which removes heat from the fire. This is possible through water’s ability to absorb massive amounts of heat by converting water to water vapor. Without heat, the fuel cannot keep the oxidizer from reducing the fuel to sustain the fire. The second way water extinguishes a fire is by smothering the fire. When water is heated to its boiling point, it converts to water vapor. When this conversion takes place, it dilutes the oxygen in the air with water vapor, thus removing one of the elements that the fire requires to burn. This can also be done with foam.

The reducing agent, or fuel, is the substance or material that is being oxidized or burned in the combustion process. The most common fuels contain carbon along with combinations of hydrogen and oxygen. Heat is the energy component of the fire tetrahedron. When heat comes into contact with a fuel, it provides the energy necessary for ignition, causes the continuous production and ignition of fuel vapors or gases so that the combustion reaction can continue, and causes the vaporization of solid and liquid fuels. The self-sustained chemical chain reaction is a complex reaction that requires a fuel, an oxidizer, and heat energy to come together in a very specific way. An oxidizing agent is a material or substance that when the proper conditions exist will release gases, including oxygen. This is crucial to the sustainment of a flame or fire.

  1. Reducing agent (fuel)
  2. Heat
  3. Oxidizing agent (oxygen)
  4. Chemical Reaction

There are four elements needed to start and sustain a fire and/or flame. These elements are classified in the “fire tetrahedron” and are:

Fire elements[14]

A fire helicopter is used to fight a wildfire

Science of extinguishment

Ideally, part of reconnaissance is to consult an existing preplan for the building. This provides knowledge of existing structures, firefighter hazards, and can include strategies and tactics.

  • Hot zones, which can be detected with a gloved hand, especially by touching a door before opening it;
  • Soot on windows, which usually means that combustion is incomplete and thus there is a lack of air;
  • Smoke going in and out around a door frame, as if the fire breathes, which usually means a lack of air to support combustion;
  • Spraying water on the ceiling with a short pulse of a diffused spray (e.g., cone with an opening angle of 60°) to test the heat of the smoke:
    • When the temperature is moderate, the water falls down in drops with a sound of rain,
    • When the temperature is high, it vaporizes with a hiss—this can be the sign of an extremely dangerous impending flashover

The "reading" of the fire is the analysis by the firefighters of the forewarnings of a thermal accident (flashover, backdraft, smoke explosion), which is performed during the reconnaissance and the fire suppression maneuvers. The main signs are:

The first step of a firefighting operation is a reconnaissance to search for the origin of the fire (which may not be obvious for an indoor fire, especially when there are no witnesses), and identification of the specific risks and any possible casualties. Any fire occurring outside may not require reconnaissance; on the other hand, a fire in a cellar or an underground car park with only a few centimeters of visibility may require a long reconnaissance to identify the seat of the fire.

Reconnaissance and reading the fire

According to one article: "Three hours of fighting a fire stiffens arteries and impairs cardiac function in firefighters, according to a new study by Bo Fernhall, a professor in the department of kinesiology and community health in the College of Applied Health Sciences, and Gavin Horn, director of research at the Illinois Fire Service Institute. The conditions (observed in healthy male firefighters) are "also apparently found in weightlifters and endurance athletes..." [13]

Additional risks of fire include the following:

Heat causes human flesh to burn as fuel, or the water within to boil, causing potentially severe medical problems. Depending upon the heat of the fire, burns can occur in a fraction of a second.

Heat can make flammable liquid tanks violently explode, producing what is called a BLEVE (boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion).[12] Some chemical products such as ammonium nitrate fertilizers can also explode. Explosions can cause physical trauma or potentially serious blast or shrapnel injuries.

Obvious risks are associated with the immense heat. Even without direct contact with the flames (direct flame impingement), conductive heat can create serious burns from a great distance. There are a number of comparably serious heat-related risks: burns from radiated heat, contact with a hot object, hot gases (e.g., air), steam and hot and/or toxic smoke. Firefighters are equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE) that includes fire-resistant clothing (Nomex or polybenzimidazole fiber (PBI)) and helmets that limit the transmission of heat towards the body. No PPE, however, can completely protect the user from the effects of all fire conditions.

To combat these potential effects, firefighters carry self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA; an open-circuit positive pressure compressed air system) to prevent smoke inhalation. These are not oxygen tanks; they carry compressed air. SCBA usually hold 30 to 45 minutes of air, depending upon the size of the tank and the rate of consumption during strenuous activities.

  • Smoke, which is becoming increasingly dangerous due to the rise in synthetic household materials.
  • Oxygen deficient atmosphere, 21% O2 is normal, 19.5% O2 is considered oxygen deficient.
  • Elevated temperatures
  • Toxic atmospheres

One of the major hazards associated with firefighting operations is the toxic environment created by combusting materials. The four major hazards associated with these situations are as follows:[11]

Structure fire in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US

Hazards caused by fire

In fire fighting, there are also people designated as fire wardens. The duties vary, some may ensure evacuation of that part of the building for which they are responsible. Another type of warden is one who has responsibility for fire control in a particular area, directs a crew in the suppression of forest fires, or is a fire patrolman in a logging area.[10]

A fire warden poster

Fire warden

In the U.S., firefighters also serve the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as urban search and rescue (USAR) team members.

Other fire services

Firefighters usually follow a 24-hour shift schedule. Some fire departments work eight or 12-hour shifts, but the 24-hour shift is more common.[8] Australian firefighters work a 10/14 shift, in which the day shift works 10 hours and the night shift works 14 hours.[9]

Shift hours

A hose team training to fight an aircraft fire aboard a US aircraft carrier, 2006

There are specialized areas of fire and rescue operations that are considered special operations. These areas may require firefighters to attend schools and classes for subject-specific training.[6][7]

Specialized skills

Because firefighters are often the first responders to people in critical conditions, firefighters may provide many other valuable services to the communities they serve:

Firefighter skills

Aerial video of Firefighting

A firefighter's goals are to save lives, property and the environment. A fire can rapidly spread and endanger many lives; however, with modern firefighting techniques, catastrophe is usually, but not always, avoided. To prevent fires from starting, a firefighter's duties may include public education about fire safety and conducting fire inspections of locations for their adherence to local fire codes.

Firefighter duties

The first American attempt at fire insurance failed after a large fire in [5]

As early as January of 1608, a fire destroyed many of the colonists' provisions and lodgings in [5]

United States

Fire services are typically funded through local property taxes.

After WWII, firefighting terms, procedures, ranks, and equipment were standardized.

In World War II, the Auxiliary Fire Service and later the National Fire Service were established to supplement local fire services. At that time there was no countrywide standard for firefighting terms, procedures, ranks or equipment (such as hose couplings). As a result, fire services from different parts of the UK often had difficulty working with local resources. The Republic of Ireland also assisted by sending firefighters and equipment to Belfast after a period of heavy bombing.

The steam powered appliances were replaced in the early 1900s with the invention of the internal combustion engine.

Steam powered apparatuses were first introduced in the 1850s, allowing a greater quantity of water to be directed onto a fire.

In 1833, companies in London merged to form The London Fire Company Establishment.

Prior to the fire brigade, and other companies followed suit. By the start of the 1800s, insured buildings were identified with a badge or mark, indicating that they were eligible for firefighting. Buildings with no coverage, or insurance with a different company, were left to burn [4] unless they were adjacent to an insured building, in which case it was often in the insurance company's interest to prevent the fire from spreading.

United Kingdom

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