Fireman facing to his right in image moving to his right while pulling hitch of fire water wagon out of doorway – color image.
Louis Maurer, who often based his fire fighting scenes on direct observation, created two series of prints on the lives and activities of firemen. “Always Ready” is one of four works in “The American Fireman”, a group of prints that celebrated the heroism of the men who volunteered to respond to conflagrations. Maurer shows the fireman pulling his engine out of the firehouse in response to a fire. Though his body reacts to the strain, his face remains calm, fearless and focused on the task ahead of him. Maurer may have based the portrait on Nathaniel Currier, a volunteer firefighter in New York City.