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Article title[edit]

It's called the History of fire brigades but it's opening line says it's a history of firefighting. Why? I propose moving it to the history of firefightingEscaper7 13:19, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

I agree. I believe it should be moved as well. I will also make this article a priority for cleanup. --Daysleeper47 13:39, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
Count me as a second. I'd also like to see some actual history of fire-fighting methodologies; that is how I got here. Bucket brigades, I guess? I'm curious about it. --mordicai. 05:46, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

Link needs to be fixed[edit]

[[James Braidwood]] should be changed to [[James Braidwood (firefighter)|James Braidwood]], so that the link leads to the relevant article rather than to a disambiguation page. Tried to fix it, but the change wasn't accepted. 24.178.228.14 (talk) 18:28, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

Religious Alignment?[edit]

As a child in school I was taught that early fire brigades in England were initially organised along religious lines. This could sometimes result in a brigade turning up at a fire where the property belonged to someone not of the same faith, and so they would drive off.

I can find no confirmation of that claim - does anyone have any ideas, opinions? AncientBrit (talk) 18:28, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

Firefighters in German speaking Countries[edit]

The central role of the amateur fire brigade in southern germany, Switzerland and Austria and as well the scandiavian countries lacks some elaboration here. German fire services is much too technical. --Polentario (talk) 23:44, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

When did firefighting begin?[edit]

The article firefighting contains a sourced statement saying that organized firefighting began in A.D. 43 during the Roman occupation of Britain, but the article on the history of firefighting contains unsourced statements that the Roman emperor Augustus began the vigiles in A.D. 6, and before then, Marcus Licinius Crassus engaged in private, for-profit firefighting. The article on the vigiles says that Augustus began a tax on the slave trade in A.D. 6 and used the proceeds to set the vigiles up but doesn't specify when this was accomplished, and the article on Marcus Licinius Crassus explains that he put the fires out by knocking the burning buildings down rather than pouring water on them. Is this a contradiction, or is it true that firefighting by pouring water on a fire began in A.D. 43? Bwrs (talk) 23:13, 21 November 2011 (UTC)

Modern Development Citations[edit]

See http://mises.org/journals/jls/3_3/3_3_6.pdf, with two citations to support the following paragraph:

The rivalry among companies, which became extremely strong after 1840 or so, resulted in collisions on the street, false alarms to create contests between the companies and attempts to frame a too-efficient company. To improve its chances of being first to throw a stream of water on the fire, some Pittsburgh companies organized "plug guards"-auxiliary groups to rush to the scene of the fire, place barrels over the fire hydrants and sit on them until the engine arrived. The disorganization was not entirely the fault of the volunteer fire companies, however. Sometimes the fights were caused by rowdy groups that "ran with" the volunteers but were not actually members of the companies.

jiHymas@himivest.com — Preceding unsigned comment added by 65.92.72.179 (talk) 03:00, 10 May 2012 (UTC)

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