At first glance, a casual eye would probably miss how synonymous the words fire and desolation are. That is due to the fact that not always do we associate fire with something dangerous and unpleasant, especially when we think about it as a way to bring warmth to a home. However, without it being purposefully invoked by a responsible human being and far from the careful watch of one, a fire (especially a wildfire) can bring about terrors destructive beyond the imaginable.
Thankfully, certain modern accomplishments in the filed of fire-fighting have assisted the alteration of this perception. Nowadays, we can enjoy a great deal of help that arrives in the blink of an eye – well trained fire fighters with equipment that seems to only get more simplified, precise and powerful every day. However, if we care to take a trip down fantasy and memory lane, we’d realize how much we are truly to feel grateful for living in the 21st century. This is especially true for those of us who live in Australia, since due to the climate, we are far from being strangers to a fire’s desolation. Well, for the purpose of proving my point, I’ve decided to throw in a little history and some reference to two fire-fighting tales, one imagined and one real. Here we go.
If by any chance, in the third part of the trilogy The Hobbit, Bard the Bowman had fought Smaug the dragon with his black arrow mounted on a fire fighting pump, would there have been less civilian casualties? – I cannot help but wonder. However, the history of firefighting had started in a rather different kind of setting, no dragons included (sigh) and no Laketown melting. It all began with a single bucket and a few men, back in Ancient Rome. Were they successful? Well, it depends on what is one’s imagined fire-fighting goal, but one thing’s for sure – they were quite slow.
But let’s not forget the rather comical than successful firemen’s hand pump record setting event that took place in Battersea Park, London, 1968. The whole deal with it being humorous was the paradoxical success of the firemen who were able to put more water back where it came from rather than aim at the supposedly burning forest.
Thankfully, today’s manufacturers have parted with all that could waste a fireman’s physical force and time. We need to look no further than the latest models of fire fighting pumps Australia manufacturers have to offer to realize that.
They feature a far sleeker design that what people used to rely on in past times and they require much less force from the user. Their strong engine and their ability to create a flow that gives way for a remarkably convenient distance between the utilizer and the fire renders them exactly the fire fighting pumps Australia environment requires.