HISTORY OF THE NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT by Lowell M. Limpus

HISTORY OF THE NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Interesting for ""smoke eaters"" as well as ""buffs"", this history of how fire was fought in N.Y.C. from earliest times to present, from bucket brigades to the complex efficient organization today. A rcord of how the service had to keep pace with the growing city, of the seven bad fires that laid sections in waste, of the prestige of the various companies, the use of horses, the changing types of engines, the infiltration of politics, the interdepartmental feuds, the solving of the water problem, the inauguration of fire escapes, firemen in the Civil War and subsequent wars, and the development of the professional aspects of fire fighting. Plenty of bouquets for the present commissioner, brave deeds, famous firemen -- good New York material.

Pub Date: March 15th, 1940
Publisher: Dutton