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fire truck

1930-35; fire + truck1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Every ambulance and fire truck will be trackable on digital maps.
  • He brings her a big read fire truck with a horn and flashing lights and demonstrates for her how to play with it.
  • Six years on, a low-flying plane or a speeding fire truck can make the heart pound.
  • After the fire's out, though, you still have to stick around to clean the fire truck and put the gear away.
  • Come nightfall, they still toiled, aided by a fire truck's flood-lights.
  • The event includes a river race, live music, fire truck rides and craft vendors.
  • Children are also invited to play and explore a real fire truck and a real helicopter.
  • Scheduled activities such as crafts, fire truck rides and ice cream socials take place regularly.
  • Schedule a fire truck or speaker to visit your school, parade, or event.
  • The clothing and equipment included bunker gear and protective clothing, fire fighting equipment, and a fire truck.
Encyclopedia Article for fire truck

fire engine

mobile (nowadays self-propelled) piece of equipment used in fire fighting. Early fire engines were hand pumps equipped with reservoirs and were moved to the scene of a fire by human or animal power. In large fires, the reservoir was kept filled by a bucket brigade, but the method was inefficient, and the short range of the stream of water necessitated positioning the apparatus dangerously close to the fire. The introduction of more powerful pumps and flexible hose solved this problem, and a great advance was made with the introduction of the steam-powered pump in many large cities in the 19th century. Steam fire engines were used in the Chicago Fire of 1871. A steam engine remained in use by the New York Fire Department as late as 1932

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