Story: Fires and fire services

Motorised engines

Motorised engines

Motorised fire engines were an important advance in firefighting, as they enabled brigades to get to fires much more quickly. Here, members of the Whanganui fire brigade pose with their Merryweather fire engine (right) and a modified Model T Ford, in 1919.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, F. J. Denton Collection
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Photograph by Frank J. Denton

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Fires and fire services - Early fire services', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 11 Mar 2010