A bus (archaically also omnibus,) is a road vehicle designed to carry passengers.
And the largest can carry up to 300 passengers
The most common type of bus is the single-decker bus, with larger loads carried by
double-decker buses and articulated buses, and smaller loads carried by midibuses
Coaches are used for longer distance services.
Buses may be used for scheduled bus transport, scheduled coach transport, school
transport, private hire, tourism; promotional buses may be used for political campaigns
and others are privately operated for a wide range of purposes.
Horse drawn buses were used from 1820, followed by steam buses in the 1830 and electric
trolleybuses in 1882.
The first buses powered by internal combustion engines were used 1895 and this is
still the most common power source. Recently there has been growing interest in hybrid
electric buses, fuel cell buses, electric buses as well as ones powered by compressed
natural gas or bio-diesel
A fire engine is a vehicle that is designed to help in fighting fires by taking
firemen (nowadays called firefighters) to the scene and giving them access to the
fire, water or other equipment.
The first modern fire engine was invented in 1905 by Knox Automobile in Springfield,
Massachusetts , USA
1923 Foden Steam Omnibus named ‘ Puffing Billy’
1912 Hallford bus built in Dartford by Trevithick's employers J & E Hall & Co Ltd.
This 1939 Leyland Pump Escape was purchased by Dartford Borough Fire Brigade in the
same year and was then used as part of the national war effort during the Second
Withdrawn from active service in 1955, the fire engine was restored in the 1970s.
Dartford council has bought the vintage fire engine for just £1 from the Kent and
Medway Fire Rescue Authority and will be preserved by the town.