|100 Years Of The British Fire Engine tells the story of how fire engines developed from early horsedrawn contraptions to today's advanced lifesaving vehicles.
Starting with the first motorised fire engine, the 1903 Tottenham Merryweather, it reveals how competition between great British manufacturers including Dennis, Leyland and Bedford fuelled important innovations far beyond their ability to pump firefighting water such as turntable ladders and hydraulic platforms. It gives an account of how fire engines rose to the challenges of World War II and how the post-war period brought both the introduction of standard specifications for engines and the iconic Green Goddess. It also traces the decline of British makers in recent years, as foreign badges became an ever-more familiar sight in fire stations.
As well as technical information, 100 Years Of The British Fire Engine is full of fascinating facts and stories. Find out why firemen had to hold on tight until the 1930s, which fire service painted their engines yellow and how London taxis played their part during the Blitz. The author, Neil Wallington, had a distinguished thirty-year firefighting career and has written a number of other books, including Firemen At War, In Case Of Fire and Great Fires Of London.
With many photographs of old fire engines both in preservation and in action, 100 Years Of The British Fire Engine will appeal not only to fire service enthusiasts but to anyone interested in vintage vehicles. Its magnificent engines are a lasting monument to British engineering and invention, as well as to the brave firefighters who rode them.
128 pages, 90 colour and b/w images softback