This is an interesting video for many reasons. The first being the fact that it was made about 100 years ago, the second that it shows mechanized fire fighting in that time period, and the third is that it was made in Paris, France. Fire has been man’s best friend and worst enemy since the dawn of civilization. Today in the “advanced” society we live in, we still cannot tame the flaming beast when it roars at its strongest. One cringes to think what things were like in 1922, right? Shockingly, there are more similarities to today’s world than you think. This video serves as proof.
While we do not know what manufacturers made the trucks and equipment being used by the men in this video, we can assume it was perhaps Renault or Citroen. The trucks have guys packed on them as tightly as they can sit and there are pumpers, tenders, and ladder trucks in an early form as we see them today. The biggest similarity between 1922 and today is guts. When you see the man scale the nearly vertical ladder at full extension rising from one of the trucks, it’ll make your toes curl as it did ours.
The video is divided in sections. One is called, “Too much pressure for two men…” and it shows two guys wrestling with a high pressure line, not in a comical fashion, in a pretty hardcore fashion. This is not a comedy film or anything like that, it is a documentary and interestingly it was clearly aimed at either Britain or the USA with its English titles.
Massive respect for firemen and women here at BangShift. From 1922 to today.