For today’s stop on our tour of a few of the vehicles that went through Martin’s Auction last weekend, we have a hand-pump fire engine.

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that streetlight just looks like it’s part of the fire pumper … it’s really not

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these old leather-looking hoses appear a bit stiff and unwieldy now

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two (three?) fire fighters would’ve sat here, and two in the front, on the way to the fire

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The metal arms on the top of the pumper unfold, one to the front and one toward the back. When they’re both unfolded and locked into place, they form the arms of the pump mechanism, which could be operated by four people.

In the first photo, do you see the trough under the mechanism, behind the seat? There’s one of these on each side, with a heavy wire-mesh screen on top to act as a filter. Bucket brigades would’ve kept a supply of water pouring into the troughs, which was then pumped out through the fire hose.

How do I know this, you ask?

Bonus material alert!

Here are a few photos of a similar hand-pump fire engine, first “at rest” (but with the pumping arms already folded out) and then “in operation” with CAA members manning the pumping stations.

This fire pumper is owned by CAA member Miguel Angel Gutierrez Camarillo, whose collection our CAA group visited during our 2011 trip to southern Spain:

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