#TBT From the NFPA Archives: Cold Climate Firefighting in the 1930's

Blog Post created by jrodowicz Employee on Feb 16, 2017

Cold Climate Firefighting in the 1930's

Pictured here: A mid-winter fire in Montreal, circa the early 1930's


From Volunteer Firemen v.1, no. 14, 1934:

"In addition to the problem of snow and ice as factors in making response to, and work at, fires more difficult, the major problem of cold weather is to keep the water in radiators, booster or chemical tanks, extinguishers and hose lines from freezing... A heated place to keep the apparatus between runs is practically essential. An unheated station house or garage multiplies difficulties in freeing weather."


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