The fire extinguisher was invented by George William Manby in 1818. It was a simple device that used a copper cylinder and compressed air to push large amounts of water through the nozzle of the cylinder.Know More
In 1872, Thomas J. Martin improved upon the fire extinguisher developed by George Manby. The modern fire extinguisher uses a chemical foam that is stored in the cylinder and propelled by nitrogen or carbon dioxide. The chemical-foam fire extinguisher was invented by a Russian named Aleksandr Loran in 1904.
The two variants of the modern fire extinguisher are the stored-pressure and cartridge-operated fire extinguishers.Learn More
While it is believed that Frederick Graff invented the pillar-type cast iron fire hydrant in 1801, there is no extant evidence to confirm this. The U.S. Patent Office and its contents were destroyed by fire in 1836.Full Answer >
The first fire alarm system was invented by Dr. William F. Channing. It was put into service in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 28, 1852. The first alarm received by the system occurred the following day.Full Answer >
T.J. Marshall is credited with improving the design of the fire extinguisher, with a patent issued on March 26, 1872. He invented a system in which water is pumped through pipes in buildings to individual sprinkler heads. The system can be activated by manually turning a valve in the building.Full Answer >
Percy Julian invented the fire extinguisher, Aero-Foam. It was extensively used during World War II, and was referred to as the United States Navy's "bean soup."Full Answer >