Chapter 1 . Overview of the History, Tradition, and Development of the American Fire Service. Introduction. This chapter covers: Importance of the mission of the fire service Purpose of a mission statement Major events that alter the history of the fire service
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Overview of the History, Tradition, and Development of the American Fire Service
Figure 1-1 Understanding the history of the fire service is like climbing a ladder.
Figure 1-3 An early European hand-operated pump based on the ancient Roman design.
Figure 1-4 Symbols taken from history: (A) red cross and (B) Maltese cross.
Figure 1-16 Triple combination engine companies can carry water and hoses and other equipment as well as pump the water. (Owned and photographed by William Killen)
Figure 1-17 The fire service has expanded into many areas, including hazardous materials response.
Figure 22-2 Firefighters are often called on to assist EMS crews with patient care.