Story: Fires and fire services

A jumping sheet

A jumping sheet

Members of the Petone fire brigade practise using a jumping sheet in 1917. The jumping sheet, which came into use in New Zealand in the late 1870s, was a useful way of rescuing people trapped in low-rise burning buildings.

About this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, Albert Percy Godber Collection (PA-Group-00048)
Reference: APG-0501-1/2
Photograph by Albert Percy Godber

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick. 'Fires and fire services - Early fire services', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 10-Jul-13
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/21869/a-jumping-sheet