November 14, 2012

A Firefighter's Work is Never Done

Even though the weather is starting to cool down, there are plenty of things out there that would cause things to start to heat up. Just this morning there was an accident involving a fire truck after the truck just got finished dealing with another accident. In addition, a house fire was caused overnight by an unattended fire pit, and another fire has been burning for more than 8 hours in the Port Boliver area. Despite how incredible these events are, they're nothing that the fire department hasn't dealt with before.
Accident involving a Station 7 service truck and a 1952 Mac truck
Accident involving a Station 7 service truck and a 1952 Mac Truck
Firefighters at a restaurant fire
Firefighters at a restaurant fire
Oil tanks on fire
Oil tanks on fire after the Texas City Disaster
The Houston Fire Department has been in service since the late 1800s and has evolved from a horse-drawn water tank to the massive fire trucks you see today. For more than a century it has been putting out fires big and small throughout the city and neighboring areas. It also takes care of Houston's emergency medical services as well.

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Firefighters of Station 7 with steam truck
Fire engine, 1929
Firefighters of Station 18 on fire engine
Station 54 firefighters standing next to crash truck
Station 54 firefighters standing next to crash truck
You can view more pictures of the Houston Fire Department's long history in the Houston Fire Department collection of the University of Houston Digital Library.

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