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In the 18th century, firefighters gave orders over brass "speaking trumpets," an early version of the megaphone.
Photograph by Oliver Hoffmann, Dreamstime
Fire trucks were originally painted RED because that was the cheapest color.
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Police officers use lasers to clock the speed of cars by measuring the time it takes the light to hit a reflective surfact on the car and bounce back.
Photograph by Bruce Chambers, The Orange County Register
A firefighter's gear—including the helmet, pants, jacket, boots, belt, gloves, and breathing apparatus—weighs about 60 pounds—about the same as three car tires.
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Fireboats are large tugboats equipped with powerful pumps that can shoot out streams of water to fight a fire.
Illustration by Nat Geo Kids
Some police cruisers can fire GPS devices that stick to a fleeing car and report information about its location and movement.
Photograph by Nerthuz, iStockphoto / Getty Images
Some police officers in Cairo, Egypt, patrol the pyramids and other tourist spots on camelback.
Photograph by Jack Sullivan, Alamy Stock Photo
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