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Fire engines, fire engines, and more fire engines

Updated on June 21, 2015

The grand history of organized firefighting gets it's roots from all the way back to the times of ancient Egypt, if not farther back in time. Back then hand operated water pumps might have been used to fight fires. In the United States of America there weren't any full time firefighters until around 1850. The first horse drawn steam engines for combating structural fires were employed for fighting fires around the year 1860. These horse drawn steam fire engines disappeared from the scene around 1925. The reason for their demise was because of the introduction of the new internal combustion fire engines in 1907, which is what we still have in this world today.

Today's modern fire engine is still as bright and shinny as ever before. Other then the highly polished red fire engines, you'll also find today's fire engines in yellow, purple, blue, green, and white. These are all of the colors that I've seen in my lifetime, but I'm sure that there's other colors of fire engines out there as well.

I've never really seen another hub on just fire engines out there on the good old hub pages. Out of over 1,254,084 published hubs, I thought it was time for those who like and enjoy looking at pretty fire engines to finally have a place to go. I'm sure there are exceptions, but who doesn't look around over their shoulder at a shinny polished fire engine when it's speeding past you on the highway with it's flashing lights on and it's loud siren blaring. Just about everyone loves fire engines from little children who run over to the window of a house to watch them speed on by, to grown adults who chase down the road after fire engines in their own cars.

There's all types of different fire engines out there today. Some of those are the famous pumper engines, hook and ladder trucks, water trucks, and brush fire trucks. And don't forget the one that's always there in your time of need - the ambulance. I've spent some time compiling a collection of 25 photographs of all types of beautiful fire trucks, and ambulances for all of you to look at. Some of them are real life fire trucks, and others are simply just very colorful toys. All of them I hope you will find enjoying..................................................................

Do you think that all fire engines should be red in color?

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    • BeyondMax profile image


      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Awe...I like the purple one, too! Great job finding so many varieties, I haven't seen any other colored than red ones (maybe the reason is because we are used to the red and other colors just don't register?).

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      April Reynolds 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for these great pictures! I have never seen a purple one, I believe it's my new favorite. It's hard to believe how long the "new" internal combustion engines have been around.

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      Faith Reaper 

      9 years ago from southern USA

      I love this, and I bet you are the first to write on the fire engine. In my little town at Christmas, it is so sweet the fire engine comes down through all the neighborhoods playing Christmas music with santa waving and if they notice your small children or grandchildren on the porch, they will stop in front of your house for a minute. The children love it, as you can hear it coming from miles away.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      9 years ago

      There's just something about a fire engine that makes you watch them as they go by. Guess the spark of excitement as a kid never goes away. I think they should keep painting them in different colors, but I really like the fire red. Great read.


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