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Blazing a trail across the ages

posted 6 Aug 2010, 05:13 by David Rintoul   [ updated 6 Aug 2010, 05:32 ]

One of the world's oldest known fire engines will be the star of a fundraising open day being held in the Capital.

The vehicle dates back to 1806 and belonged to James Braidwood, who founded the Edinburgh Fire Brigade before going on to become known around the world as the "Father of Firefighting".

Braidwood established the brigade in 1824 and almost immediately helped earn its spurs during the Great Fire of Edinburgh that same year.

Some 400 homes were destroyed after a blaze broke out in a printer's shop in the High Street, raging for three days and killing 13 people, including two recruits.