Fire and rescue - an illustrated guide to fire trucks around the world, with 700 pictures of modern and historical appliances. It is a fully illustrated guide to fire trucks from around the world, including an A-Z directory of 165 of the best-known fire engine manufacturers. It includes a comprehensive history of firefighting from Roman times to the modern day - with stories from horse-drawn and manually pumped engines to the spectacular modern-day equipment used for fighting fires in all kinds of hazardous and hard-to-reach environments today. It features information about chassis manufacturers, coach builders and special appliance makers. This is the definitive encyclopedia of fire engines from all over the world, charting their history from Roman times to the super-advanced firefighting machines that we rely on today. An A-Z of fire engine manufacturers depicts each type, from General Motors in the USA and Metz in Germany, to Hino in Japan. There is documentation of early fires, including the Great Fire of London, and a section on modern-day fire brigades provides facts about training, uniforms and special rescue techniques.With 700 photographs, many depcting fire engines in action, this fabulous book is an essential history, identifier and source book of fire engines and firefighting.