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Before fire trucks, there were horse-drawn carriages. One of the most effective fire-fighting tools in the middle of the 18th century was the steam pumper- a machine that consisted of a boiler which was able to use steam to force water out of hoses and onto a fire. The fire brigade’s horse-drawn carriages would be loaded up with the machine, the horses would be hitched up, and the vehicle would tear off down the road.

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http://www.livescience.com/33293-dalmatians-official-firehouse-dogs.html
http://www.windsorfire.com/fire-buffs-traditions-dalmations
http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/?irn=207677

Why are firehouse dogs usually dalmatians?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalmatian_(dog)#Origins

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