You may have heard the Metalfab team or your fellow firefighters refer to 6″ suctions—or intakes, as it is called by the NFPA—as “steamer” ports. We have customers all the time ask us how and why 6″ suctions got this name when there is no steam involved in their use nor are their any intake processes. In fact, the roots of this term lie in fire service history, and today we’d like to share with you the story behind the name.
A Look into Fire Service Past
Before motorized fire trucks came to the fire service in the early twentieth century, horse-drawn steam engines and pumpers were the most efficient means of responding to fires. These steam engines utilized a vertical water tube boiler [...]