Fires and Fire-Fighters


Read by Maria Kasper

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John Kenlon became a New York City firefighter in 1887, and was appointed Fire Chief in 1911. In 1913, he wrote this authoritative book surveying the history of fire-fighting from ancient Rome to 20th-century New York. The first part of the book explores the evolution of fire-fighting techniques in various countries and the development of equipment and organization, and describes several famous historical fires and how they were fought. The remainder of the book discusses in greater detail some particular types of fires confronting an urban fire department in 1913, such as hotel, theater, factory, hospital, and school fires, sea port fires, and skyscraper fires. The author also emphasizes the need for high pressure water delivery systems, sprinkler systems, modern apparatus, and proper training for firefighters, and touches on the role of underwriters and salvage corps. - Summary by Maria Kasper (14 hr 12 min)

Chapters

Introduction 14:06 Read by Maria Kasper
Fire Fighting in Ancient Rome 11:28 Read by Maria Kasper
The Evolution of Fire Fighting 24:46 Read by Maria Kasper
Past and Present - Reminiscences of a Fire Fighter 53:27 Read by Maria Kasper
The French Fire Fighter 47:44 Read by Maria Kasper
Fire Fighting in Germany 36:36 Read by Maria Kasper
Fire Departments of Middle Europe 36:22 Read by Maria Kasper
The Trade of Arson 33:55 Read by Maria Kasper
Gasoline and Garages 21:33 Read by Maria Kasper
Great Fires and How They Were Fought, part 1A 39:36 Read by Maria Kasper
Great Fires and How They Were Fought, part 1B 34:24 Read by Maria Kasper
Great Fires and How They Were Fought, part 2 52:10 Read by Maria Kasper
The Hotel Peril 38:09 Read by Maria Kasper
Theatres and Fire Panics 28:09 Read by Maria Kasper
The High Pressure System 27:21 Read by Maria Kasper
Fire Control in Schools, Factories, and Hospitals 40:08 Read by Maria Kasper
Fire Fighting in the United Kingdom 56:48 Read by Maria Kasper
The New York Fire Department 40:43 Read by Maria Kasper
Sea Port Problems 36:35 Read by Maria Kasper
Fire Strategy in the Homes of the People 29:02 Read by Maria Kasper
Quick Burners 36:07 Read by Maria Kasper
The Problem of the Skyscraper 26:33 Read by Maria Kasper
Apparatus for Fire Fighting 36:28 Read by Maria Kasper
Two Platoon System 7:55 Read by Maria Kasper
Underwriters and Salvage Corps 22:25 Read by Maria Kasper
Conclusion 20:24 Read by Maria Kasper