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Fire Extinguisher History

By K. Johnson
September 19, 2016 Category • Fire Extinguisher, Extinguisher Training

Believe it or not, not only are fire extinguishers an important part of our everyday safety, they are an important part of our history as well! If you are as curious as we are at County Fire Protection, you have probably wondered how these bright red powerhouses have come to be a staple in homes and businesses worldwide. Here are a few highlights of how fire extinguishers developed and changed throughout the decades. 200 B.C. - Ctesibius of Alexandria crafted a hand pump designed to deliver water to fires. This method replaced the cumbersome technique of passing buckets from hand to hand to transport water to fires. The Middle Ages Devices called squirts were developed which worked like bicycle pumps. These were used on the 1666 Great Fire of London. 1819 Captain George Manby invented the first version of the modern portable fire extinguisher. It was made of copper vessel which sprayed potassium carbonate solution using compressed air. 1912 An extinguisher model using carbon

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