When cars were first invented, they were all painted black! So to help clear the roads when a fire truck was coming through, they painted them red so everyone would see them rushing to an emergency!
The fire pole was put in place so the firefighters could easily get down stairs when the bell rang for a fire!
Many years ago, when horses pulled the fire wagons, the firehouses used to have spiral staircases to prevent the horses from climbing the stairs!
The horses were stabled in the firehouses, ready to go at the sound of the fire alarm!! Their harnesses were hung from special hooks in the equipment bays, ready for the big horses to be buckled in quickly!!
Firedogs were used to protect the horses that pulled the firewagons from other dogs and animals while running to an emergency! (Please see our Points of Interest for a full story!)
Women have been in the fire service since the 1800’s!! To become a firefighter, there are rules and training you have to follow to keep the public and fellow firefighters safe! But when you work hard and believe in yourself, you can be any profession you want to be!!