Cincinnati Fire Museum

Just another example of how Cincinnati still continues to amaze me. Did you know that in 1853 Cincinnati formed the first professional fire department and changed the way every city in the world fought fires?
That the Ahrens-Fox Manufacturing Company of Cincinnati developed the first steam powered pumpers and air powered ladders to reach tall buildings.
I'm always amazed at how down the native Cincinnatians are on the city, but luckily this amazement is eclipsed by how innovative, creative and in the forefront Cincinnati really is and has been through history.
Tuesday night, Jim Tarbell shouting at a rally that less than 100 years ago the world looked to Cincinnati for leadership.
Wow, places like the Firefighters museum really puts that statement into perspective.

Cincinnati Fire Museum
Cincinnati Fire Museum
Cincinnati Fire Museum
Cincinnati Fire Museum
Cincinnati Fire Museum
Cincinnati Fire Museum

In 1808 this was the pinnacle of fire alarm technology, mounted on a shop roof and beat to warn people of fires. Back then it was law every able bodied man helped firefight manning hand pumps and buckets.
This drum is 201yrs old, incredible.
Cincinnati Fire Museum

They had to have a patch from every fire dept. in the country. Its been awhile but I pretty sure my dad hand this on his shoulder back in Springfield Township.
Cincinnati Fire Museum
[where:315 West Court Street 45202]cincinnati ohio downtown coast-usa streetcar Ahrens-Fox Manufacturing Company Firefighting History Fire Museum
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  1. What would the world be without volunteer fire fighters. Remember when we had the Springfield Township Station No. 3 fire alarm button in our house. Before they had 911 operators and dispachers, people would call our house to report a fire and we would push the button to set off the alarm. The alarm could be heard for miles and miles calling everyone to the station.

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