LCC-LFB horse drawn escape cart and ladder

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A horse-drawn 50 foot wheeled escape ladder and five man crew in Southwark Headquarters drill yard. These escape ladders could be very quickly slipped by the crew and extended up to a window. Their sole purpose was rescue, and these units, one of which was based at each fire station, carried no firefighting equipment. There were no warning devices to help them through London’s traffic the crew would should Hi! Hi! Hi! to clear the way. 1890