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November 14, 2012

Firefighter’s backpack

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Firefighter's backpack (front)Firefighter's backpack (back)

Firefighter’s backpack consisting of rectangular metal water tanks strapped to a wooden frame.  The wooden frame is L-shaped with the base of the tank resting on the bottom plank and fastened with a black leather belt to the uprights.  The frame has four horizontal fabric straps across the back and two adjustable shoulder straps, all nailed to the wooden frame. The tank has two circular openings with screw caps on the top, one wide and one small.   A spigot with an operation lever is welded to the front of the tank.  ”MFS” (Minnesota Forest Service) is stenciled onto the front of the tank near the top. Used circa 1930.

For details, view the backpack in our online collections database.

To view more historical firefighting objects, and to learn about the dedication of the Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial on September 30, 2012, watch our podcast Firefighting in Minnesota: A Salute to the Fallen.

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