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Hydrant History: Founding Fathers & Firefighters

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Hydrant History: Founding Fathers & Firefighters The History of Philadelphia’s Union Fire Company Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Paul Revere, John Hancock, Alexander Hamilton, Samuel Adams: what do they have in common? Yes, protecting home and hearth from the Redcoats and, as it happens, the red flames. The invigorating mixture of new cities and revolutionary fervor […]

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Hydrant History: America’s First Fire Teams

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Hydrant History: America’s First Fire Teams A Look at Colonial America’s Earliest Organizations, and New England’s First Paid Firefighter   From bucket brigades to the first professional firefighter, early American settlers innovated fire protection to keep fire from consuming their growing cities. The first American settlement, Jamestown, was founded in 1607. Captain John Smith led […]

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Hydrant History: The Great Fire of Rome, 64 AD

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Hydrant History: The Great Fire of Rome, 64 AD A Glimpse into Firefighting Tactics in the Roman Empire   One of the first large fires of recorded history gives an example of how dramatically an urban landscape can change after demolition by flames. Like the California of today, Rome had been suffering years of drought […]

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Hydrant History: Introduction

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Fire. Water. Hydrant History, pictures of London and Rome fires, old fire truck and Hydrant guard valve attachment

Hydrant History: Introduction A Series on the History of Firefighting, Fire and Water Reform, and Hydrant Technology Hydrant Guard is grateful for the work of water agencies and fire departments. Our above-grade check valves work with municipal water systems to provide a solution to hydrant shears. Those same water systems have evolved over centuries to […]