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Big Fire Engine Book by Virginia Brody (fl.1960)
Illustrations by Mazoujian.
New York, McGraw-Hill, 1958. Copyright not renewed.

This online edition is dedicated to Firemen everywhere, especially
the Firemen of New York City.


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BIG FIRE ENGINE BOOK
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Copyright © 1958 by McGraw-Hill Inc.
All rights reserved     Made in U.S.A.
Published by the

McGraw-Hill Book Company
New York . Toronto . London
Written by Virginia Brody . Pictures by Mazoujian

Jack and Sue's father is taking the children to visit the Fire House.
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Fire Chief Adams is ready to tell the children about fire engines.
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This is a Hose Wagon. Some hoses are big and fat.
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Here is a picture of an old Bucket Brigade. Firemen are passing pails of water up to the fire.
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Long ago, firemen pumped the water into the hoses. They had no engines to do the work. This is called a Hand Pumper.
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This is an old steam fire engine, named Jumbo. Steam power made it go. Steam power pumped the water through the hoses, too.
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Firemen named this old steamer the Elephant because it was very strong. It could pump many gallons of water on a fire and put it out quickly.
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Three horses are hitched to this steam fire engine.
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Spots is the Fire House pet. He is a Dalmatian. Sue shakes Spots' paw.
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Jack is standing on a Pumper Truck. He is turning the big nozzle, called a Turret Pipe. The Turret Pipe can turn around in a circle.
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Fire Chief Adams says, "Watch our fire drill." The firemen slide swiftly down the pole.
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The firemen hurry to the Ladder Truck.
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The Fire Chief has a special car. It has red and white spotlights and a big bell or a siren.
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The big Ladder Truck has a fireman driver in front. Another fireman sits in the back and steers the back wheels.
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The Aerial Ladder Truck can lift its tall ladders up high into the air.
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Firemen on the Pumper Truck use a Fogger. The Fogger spreads a water cloud.
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Jack, Sue and Spots watch the firemen. They are attaching the hose to the hydrant.
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Firemen practice climbing ladders. One man climbs the truck's aerial ladder. The other man follows the hose into the training building.
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The first fireman is using Pompier Ladders. The other man climbs an Extension Ladder. The chief talks to the men through an electronic megaphone.
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Jack and Sue watch the firemen put the hose back in the truck. "There is another fire engine to see," say the men. "Look through the window."
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A big Fire Boat is pumping water into the air! It is saluting the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor.
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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

The size, colour, and placement of the illustrations may vary somewhat from the original book.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom