The first steam powered fire pump was manufactured by Braithwaite and Ericsson of London in 1829
The first successful “Steamer” was constructed by Shand Mason of London in 1858 and this company had been involved in the fire appliance business since 1774.
This example of a Shand Mason steam fire appliance was delivered to Oxford Fire Brigade in 1887 and served the town throughout both World Wars.
It lay at the back of Oxford Central Fire Station for many years before being gifted to the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh in 1973.
This appliance was originally pulled by a team of two horses and steam was raised very quickly en-route to the fire scene. On arrival at the fire, the horses would always be un-harnessed and led away from any danger.
Members of the then “Strathclyde Fire Brigade Preservation Group” uplifted the steamer from the Fire Service College on Friday September 1st 2006 and their thanks went to Mick Kernan, Honorary Historian and Archivist at the college and also to Strathclyde Fire & Rescue for supplying the transportation.
This stunning example is now on long term loan to The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust from the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh