Abstract or Introduction
This essay examines the creation and success of the fire brigade of the United States and provides a quick historical overview over its technical development and success ever since the foundation of the first fire brigade in 1736.
Firefighting is a profession that has blossomed from an unskilled to a noble and skilled profession. Other duties include fire prevention, investigation and education and community relations. Not only do firefighters put out fires. They are also trained EMTs. They also save people in cases of tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes among other emergencies that require assistance.
Effects of fire in the United States of America far outweigh all the natural disasters combined. They include loss of lives and property. In ancient times, people used to fight fires using bucket brigades, constituted of volunteers. The volunteers formed a queue that was used to pass water buckets from the back to the front. Other people provided ladders that were used to access the fire. In 1736 Benjamin Franklin established the first fire brigade that was run on a volunteer basis in Philadelphia. This was after individual efforts of communities to protect their properties against fires through formation of voluntary societies. At this time fire brigades were not that wide spread. Municipal administrations made them to be an integral part of society in the 19th century, and this was after the modernization of fire departments with paid employees.
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- Musaad Alruwaili (Author), 2013, A Short History of the Fire Fighting Profession in the United States. Training, Organization, Success, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/503727