Story: Fires and fire services

A jumping sheet

A jumping sheet

Members of the Petone fire brigade practise using a jumping sheet in 1917. The jumping sheet, which came into use in New Zealand in the late 1870s, was a useful way of rescuing people trapped in low-rise burning buildings.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Albert Percy Godber Collection (PA-Group-00048)
Reference: APG-0501-1/2; G
Photograph by Albert Percy Godber

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Fires and fire services - Early fire services', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010