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Could someone tell me how 'fire engine' came about when 'engine' means "a machine with moving parts that uses a fuel to produce movement, for example in a road vehicle or airplane"?
I believe in AmE, the term is "fire truck", which makes more sense to me.
When fire appliances looked like http://www.culture24.org.uk/asset_ar.../v0_master.jpg, I imagine they weren't called engines. But when this sort of thing came along - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._dalmatian.jpg - 'engine' was the word used. (The dog is coincidental!)