Steam Engine Fire Truck

An early American Railroad Journal newspaper from 1833 shows an engraving of one of the first steam engine powered fire trucks. At about the same time, the President of the United States at the time, Andrew Jackson, rides the first passenger steam-powered train in America. He is the first President to do so.

This steam engine was designed in America, used for the sole purpose of protecting public buildings.

Benjamin Franklin was one of the first to lobby for public fire departments to protect citizens of towns from fire. He set up the first Philadelphia Fire Department, and was a pioneer in development of this need across America.