German Firemen Protected by Odd Sprinkler System (Feb, 1931)

German Firemen Protected by Odd Sprinkler System

IT’S a far cry from the old bucket brigade to modern fire-fighting efficiency. Even now the American fireman is known as a “smoke-eater,” but that term would hardly fit the present day fire laddie in Germany, for with the new portable sprinkler system adopted by some of the larger cities of that country a fireman may approach quite close to the flames without becoming singed.

The outfit, which looks like a deep sea diver’s uniform is equipped with a sprinkler helmet which operates off a connection attached to the nozzle of the hose. The fireman can control the spray by a simple movement of a hand lever.

  1. jayessell says: September 1, 20088:41 am

    About the cover…
    It looks something like ‘The Gigantic’ from the motion
    picture “The Big Broadcast of 1938”.
    It was a broadcast powered high speed transatlantic ocean liner.
    Maybe this article inspired the prop designer!

  2. Dale says: September 4, 200811:39 am

    Wow, that is a great image. I would love to get my hands on a hi-res version and make myself a piece of wall art. Anyone got access?

  3. Charlie says: September 4, 200811:55 am


    This is the highest resolution version I’ve got.


  4. Dale says: September 7, 200810:17 am

    @ Charlie

    Thank a lot. At that res and using a bit of halftone magic, I was able to get an image worthy of poster print size.
    Very cool. Thanks again.

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