Found this video on Liveleak and it was fascinating. Old firetrucks didn’t have sirens- just a stupid clanging bell, and I get the feeling the dude riding shotgun had to keep pulling that string to keep the bell clanging away. This firetruck weaves in and out of traffic, startling pedestrians, taking back alleys filled with snow, and even drives on the sidewalks a few times. And then it hit me- This is the Naked Gun intro from 1926.
Here is the hilarious comparison: