German firefighting porta-sprinklers of 1931


20 Responses to “German firefighting porta-sprinklers of 1931”

  1. Bluecobra says:

    That fireman looks like someone you would find in Rapture.

  2. santellana says:

    oh no, i can imagine riot cops using similar gear, only spraying mace instead of water.

  3. Marley9 says:

    My how things have changed. Nows-a-days, a building burning down in Germany is so rare, the fire people are just bored to death. Nothing has been built in the last fifty years out of wood, save maybe the backyard Hütte’s. If the contents of a German residence, apartment building, etc, catch on fire, the most that would ever burn is the roof and the furniture. They construct things here out of ceramic bricks that put a cinder block to shame. This should be the defacto outfit for American firefighters. The US continues to build homes out of wood mostly, and are horrified when they burn down.

    As a profi photog, one of the best images I have seen in a decade, is a subdivision in SoCal where every single home was destroyed by forest fire. Every single one, save one that was built to German standards. It was not touched by fire whatsoever.

    May water raining helmets grace all the brave firefighters in the states, at some point in the future. -Or- May building standards there wise up to the realities of the materials they build with.

  4. Anonymous says:

    California needs to build out of wood, since bricks, ceramic or otherwise, don’t do to well in earthquakes.

  5. sickoatze says:

    metiers dangereux

    And another one from around 1928 on a chromo lithography from Liebig.

  6. angryhippo says:

    As a firefighter there appears to be some significant problems with this design: 1. As stated before, hello steam burns! Water is a FF’s best friend, but only if used correctly. 1.a. Dragging an additional hose to supply this would be too cumbersome. 2. Encapsulate the head in a metal bucket? Crispy!

    If this was a good design/idea, it would have been put into practical use.

  7. FLG says:

    “I choose you, Charizard!”
    “I choose you, German Firefighter of 1931! Your sprinkler attack will be highly effective against Charizard!”
    “Das Sprinkle!”

  8. Takuan says:

    wasn’t the diving helmet firesuit intended for fighting ship-board fire in wartime?

  9. prodigous says:

    I’m imagining problems with super heated steam caused this to be abandoned.

  10. Van Diemen says:

    “The outfit, which looks like a deep sea diver’s uniform…”

    ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ says the old bronze diving helmets were originally invented for fire fighting.

    Brilliant way to roast your skull.

  11. Yann says:

    Hello there. I have some scans from an old french magazin called “Sciences & Voyages”. You can find photos of the fireman plus the cover of the magazin:

  12. mdhatter says:

    I’ll wager the solution used is a small tank of muriatic acid and bicarbonate (I think).

    That’s what was used in the old-school fire-fighting “grenades” (before central sprinklers were common) that you still see hanging in the rafters of some old wooden buildings. Just add air.

  13. erzatsen says:

    i respectfully submit
    “Getting Ready For Fire, Kaiser Wilhelm”

  14. michaelk99 says:

    That’s great! It looks like something Jack Kirby would have drawn.

  15. Razzbar says:

    “It’s a dry heat” NOT. Have you ever picked up a pot with a wet towel? In the heat encounterd in a building fire, water would proabably only make things worse. Doesn’t look very smart at all.

  16. Takuan says:

    that’s from a trading card collection on different trades if I remember correctly. I remember the power linesman card; they used wooden “saddles” over the power lines while working on them hot.

  17. VICTOR JIMENEZ says:

    Also, great for summer!

  18. Pipenta says:

    Jack Kirby nothin’. That looks right out of a John R. Neill Oz illustration!

  19. infophobic says:

    He looks like a large sprinkler toy!

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