Firefighting scene, broadsheet, 1769-1790.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm

Firefighting scene, broadsheet, 1769-1790.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Broadsheet isued by the London engine maker Hadley, showing firefighters putting out a fire in a building using a fire engine. A crowd of spectators watch while water is being pumped through a jet which is directed into the flames. Men are filling the pump with water from a nearby pipe using buckets. The text below the engraving refers to Hadley's fire engines and gives a table with statistics including the number of firefighters deployed with each type of engine, the amount of water that can be pumped, and the price of the engine itself.

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