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Question #89669 posted on 05/10/2017 9:08 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

As a follow-up to Board Question #89604, if there were no sirens back in the days of horses and buggies, how would officers on horses let someone know they were to pull over? Did they have a blow horn they yelled through? Some other kind of instrument?



Dear meow,

Probably Maybe Definitely like this.


posted on 05/12/2017 12:34 p.m.

They would probably have a bell.
They would also have a carriage dog. A carriage dog was a dog that ran either next to the carriage, by the horses or under the carriage. The job of the carriage dog was to protect the carriage. A common dog used for this was the Dalmatian.
"Since Dalmatians and horses are very compatible, the dogs were easily trained to run in front of the carriages to help clear a path and quickly guide the horses and firefighters to the fires."

The Dalmatians also protected the horses in the stables.

That's why firehouses now days have a Dalmatian as a mascot.
This I learned randomly one day from Wikipedia pages [url=]Dalmatians[/url] and [url=]Carriage Dog[/url]